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Cheryl Thompson: Beauty in a Box & Canada's Black Beauty Culture


Mon Sep 30, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
60 mins


Toronto Reference Library
Hinton Learning Theatre

Cheryl Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Creative Industries, Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University, and her book is one of the first feminist studies of Canada's black beauty culture, and how it's been influenced by African American standards and trends.

In words of Ingrid Banks: 'By including black Canadian women within the visual culture of modernity, Cheryl Thompson rejects the erasure of black female Canadian bodies from representations of beauty and consumerism in Canada.'

Cheryl Thompson's recent book, Beauty in a Box: Detangling the Roots of Canada's Black Beauty Culture centres the hidden history of Black Canadian beauty culture in relationship to advertising, retail establishments, and media across the country. This book and talk explore the role Black community media - through advertisements, editorials and global brand marketing - has played in the promotion of Black beauty products and it explains why Black beauty products are still sold in a separate section on store shelves at department stores, drugstores, and big box retailers.

Hear Dr. Cheryl Thompson reveal and explain the role local black community media has played in the promotion of African American-owned beauty products; how the segmentation of beauty culture happened in Canada; and how black beauty culture, which was generally seen as a small niche market before the 1970s, entered Canada's mainstream. Cheryl will discuss these topics in conversation with Chaka V. Grier, arts and culture journalist.

Q&A and book signing to follow. Books available for purchase.




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