Amanda Parris

Amanda Parris writes a weekly column for CBC Arts and is the host of Exhibitionists on CBC Television and Marvin's Room on CBC Radio. In her spare time, she writes plays, watches too many movies and defends Beyonce against all haters. In her past lives she wrote arts based curriculum, attended numerous acting auditions, and dreamed of being interviewed by Oprah.

Latest from Amanda Parris

From Bed-Stuy to Scarborough: How Spike Lee influenced generations of Canadian filmmakers

Do the Right Thing turns 30 this year. 6 artists reflect on the impact of Lee's classic joint.
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The most valuable gift from the new Toni Morrison doc is time with the incomparable author herself

Amanda Parris shares four major takeaways from the revealing new documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.
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What Toronto can learn from The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The Sundance hit asks a crucial question: what happens when people can't afford to live in their own cities?

It's a show about drugs, trucks and crime...and it could only happen in Brampton

Amanda Parris talks to Supinder Wraich, the creator and star of CBC's The 410.
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Unapologetically Latinx and queer: Why I think everyone should be watching Vida

Amanda Parris: "I can already tell you that this female-led story only gets better."

Our Dance of Revolution: This new film builds a timeline of Black queer activism in Toronto

And that's one monumental task. Amanda Parris talks with director Phillip Pike about his ambitious documentary.

Nep Sidhu's latest exhibition revisits a painful chapter of Sikh history

As Medicine for a Nightmare opens in Vancouver, the artist reflects on the making of the exhibition.

At 77, Walter Borden is finally playing a role that reflects his Black-Indigenous identity

Now starring in Lilies, he shares how he's moved through the world thriving rather than just surviving.

For 15 years, this Toronto artist hasn't gone anywhere without a camera

Art, music, nightlife: Kalmplex documents it all. "It's like a time capsule of Toronto from my perspective."

5 things you should know about Marie-Joseph Angélique, a Black Canadian slave who inspired this play

Angélique, a dramatic retelling of a critical moment in Canadian history, is on now at Factory Theatre.

American Gods, The Order, Cardinal...we could go on. Kawennahere Devery Jacobs is on the rise

Timing, talent and tenacity have made this Indigenous actress/filmmaker Canada's latest breakout star.

There's never been a show about a Black female Canadian lawyer — until now

Diggstown creator Floyd Kane says just putting that image out in the world "is awesome."

See Jane and Finch through the eyes of a neighbourhood champion

Making Mr. Jane and Finch changed this filmmaker's view of a stigmatized Toronto neighbourhood.
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In the heart of the AGO, 100 Black women artists gathered to celebrate. Is it a sign of true change?

The Feast brought together Black women and gender non-conforming artists to commemorate how far we've come — and where we can go.

Your 2019 guide to Black History Month arts and culture

A list of must-see events happening around the country.