In week three of Black History Month, we are highlighting Black artists and creators from the community that you may not know but should be following.
Mark V. Campbell is an assistant professor in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at U of T Scarborough and one of the founding directors of NorthSide HipHop – A digital archive of Canada’s rich hip-hop history.
Shakkoi is a creative entrepreneur. She is an author, poet, spoken word artist (just to name a few) and also a U of T Scarborough alumna.
Stephan James is a Scarborough-born, award-winning actor who’s starred in movies such as If Beale Street Could Talk and 21 Bridges. He has also launched The Black Academy with his brother, Shamier Anderson, that will celebrate and showcase established and emerging Black talent across Canada.
Erika DeFrietas is a Scarborough-based artist whose body of work includes performance, photography, video, installation, textiles and writing. Erika is also a U of T Scarborough alumna.
Savannah Ré is Toronto-based R&B artist and one of the most sought-after songwriters in Canada.
Jonathan Broderick is a Toronto-based graphic designer and artist that that has done exhibitions with BAND Gallery and a recent panelist of the Black Creatives Series hosted by the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion office at U of T Scarborough.
Alison Duke is a Toronto-based writer, producer, director, and co-founder of Oya Media Group. Alison led the Akua Benjamin Legacy Project, featuring films from all women directors on Black Activism in Toronto.
A very special thank you to Raquel Russell from the U of T Scarborough Library and Cam Litchmore from Equity, Diversity and Inclusion office at U of T Scarborough for their help curating this list.