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

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Mashup Pon Di Road is a 'bashment circus variety show' bringing joy to Little Jamaica on a big truck

Bahia Watson and Liza Paul's new show is a whirlwind of circus, Caribbean carnival culture and vaudeville traditions.
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Black films at TIFF 2022: The programmers share their favourites from this year's festival

It's a stacked year for Black storytelling at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Cameron Bailey, Robyn Citizen and Nataleah Hunter-Young have some tips on what to watch.
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'This is liberation': Toronto R&B singer R. Flex wants to create a queertopia

The self-proclaimed "future of R&B" is making space for Black queer freedom on their latest EP Flex with Benefits.
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With her musical Dixon Road, Fatuma Adar is rewriting what it means to be from Toronto

Adar's love letter to the Somali diaspora community channels both Disney and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony with a heavy dose of Mogadisco.

Rita Shelton Deverell has been a Black woman in Canadian media for half a century

From her start at a segregated theatre school, to founding Vision TV — Deverell reflects on a career breaking down barriers in Canadian media.
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Does it matter who owns Black art?

We talked to prominent Black Canadian art collector Dr. Kenneth Montague and AGO curator Julie Crooks about the ethics of art collecting
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Scarborough: The Backbone celebrates the dynamic suburb as 'this place that makes Toronto what it is'

The positive reception of Canadian indie film Scarborough points to a bigger cultural renaissance taking place in Toronto's eastern suburb
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The Porter finally centres Black ambition on Canadian television — and it's a revelation

Vibrant characters and a rich setting have Amanda Parris hooked on the new CBC period drama.

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.