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 and watches too many movies. In her past lives she wrote arts based curriculum, attended numerous acting auditions, and dreamed of being interviewed by Oprah.

Latest from Amanda Parris

CBC Arts columnists survey the year in Black arts, queer culture and the warm bath of nostalgia

We asked Amanda Parris, Peter Knegt and Anne T. Donahue to pick their best of the worst year.
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While she's away, Amanda Parris is sharing her column Black Light with a new voice every month

Meet the writers! These top artists and thinkers will each take on a guest edition of the column.
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Nia Centre and the legacy of Black arts and culture spaces in Toronto

Nia Centre announced plans for expansion last month. Their Toronto venue will double in size.
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On the eve of its final season, Amanda Parris reflects on five years of CBC Arts: Exhibitionists

It's the show that launched her entire career, but it's time to say goodbye. Season 6 premieres tonight on CBC.
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Still working on your TIFF schedule? Check out these must-see films by Black directors

Amanda Parris and TIFF's Cameron Bailey share their picks.
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Is there a way to save Toronto's only Black-owned radio station G98.7FM?

Black-owned spaces in this city seem to be under constant threat. How do communities grow in their absence?
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7 African artists share their feelings on the glory — and missteps — of Beyoncé's Black is King

Read this before watching (or re-watching) the new visual album.
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Anti-racism is not a trend. To keep the movement strong, look out for these 3 roadblocks

Movements have been derailed in the past. Here are some things we should be watching for.
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Black artists come first: Lessons from Philip Akin after 20 revolutionary years at Obsidian Theatre

The acclaimed artistic director talks to Amanda Parris. Watch their conversation.
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Canadian cultural institutions have silenced Black voices for years. Can we write a new chapter?

Fighting the power comes at a cost. To better support today's activists, take a lesson from history.
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TXN is a powerful new film capturing 10 years of Black culture in Toronto

Director Matthew Progress talks to Amanda Parris about the making of his short film.
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Erykah Badu vs. Jill Scott, Teddy Riley vs. Babyface...Verzuz is what's getting me through lockdown

The culture's coming together to celebrate and heal, and we're doing it on Instagram Live.
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An oral history of the Black Film and Video Network

Including Claire Prieto, Clement Virgo and Cameron Bailey, they were the architects of Black filmmaking in Canada.
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COVID-19's impact on Canadian theatre: 3 artistic directors weigh in

Their finances have been hit, and so have their personal lives. How will the show go on?
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12 of the best Black Cancon films you can stream for free right now

From dramas to short docs, there's plenty to binge. Find these titles on YouTube, CBC Gem and the NFB website.