TOPIC: BLACK LIGHT

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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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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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'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.
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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.
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'Grand Central Station for Toronto's queers of colour': The inside history of Dewson House

Activist and writer Makeda Silvera recounts the revolutionary history of the house where chosen family lived and organized together.
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Black representation onscreen has never been higher. Now let's free ourselves from negative tropes

Advancements in representation don't mean much if they're not coupled with increasingly complex and complete portrayals of Black life.
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In Toronto, Black creatives are finding ways to transform the city with powerful public interventions

Public art is an exercise in city-building — and Black artists have been showing us what is possible.
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No matter how far from Toronto he goes, SAFE's music always embodies Esplanade

The neighbourhood's dynamic vibe, which he calls "beautiful but grimy," runs through Saif Musaad's songs.
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These Black Toronto photographers are using their cameras to create the world they want to see

"How do they look at the city? How does it look back? And what happens, there, in the middle of that relationship?"
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These bee sculptures are creating a hive of dialogue about Blackness and collective action

Charmaine Lurch's stunningly intricate work challenges us to reconsider our relationships with nature and each other.
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Why Black artists need to forge our own paths — not try to fix broken institutions

"Our collective protests have created a chasm, one we can fill with Black art, new ideas, and our full selves," writes Black Lives Matter — Canada co-founder Rodney Diverlus.
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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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