Mapping Ontario’s Black Archives:
Building an Inventory Through Storytelling and Community Engagement

Mapping Ontario’s Black Archives (MOBA) is an Ontario Early Researcher Award-funded project (2021-26) that has three objectives.

  1. To create a comprehensive inventory of Black Ontarian archival collections
  2. To examine, using storytelling, how archives are used by creative communities
  3. To evaluate, over a five-year period, how we can bridge the knowledge gap between Black archival collections and Black history in the province.

Blackface Resistance Entertainment in Canada

Blackface Resistance Entertainment in Canada (BREC) is a research site and archive created by Dr. Cheryl Thompson at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU). As a professor at The Creative School, Dr. Cheryl’s research aims to disrupt, critique, and challenge the history of entertainment in North America by pinpointing how, where, when, and why blackface is at the centre of many of its productions, performers, and products. 

21st Century Black Podcast

21st-Century Black is a podcast hosted by Dr. Cheryl Thompson, Assistant Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University in the School of Creative Industries, and Emilie Jabouin, Ph.D. Candidate in the Joint Graduate Programme in Communication & Culture, Toronto Metropolitan University and York University. We have spent the past two years having many thought provoking conversations in private and we felt that now is the right time to share these conversations in a public forum. This podcast will cover social and cultural history in Canada and across the Black diaspora, media and popular culture, and contemporary discussions about race, anti-Black racism, the colonial, post-colonial and de-colonial. This podcast is funded through a SSHRC Insight Development Grant.