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In her book Beauty In A Box, author Cheryl Thompson delves into the social, political and corporate history of Black women's hair in Canada | BY CHAKA V. GRIER | APRIL 10, 2019, 7:00 AM

“In 2008, hair was of little professional interest to Cheryl Thompson. But after a series of events that included locking her own hair and American shock-jock Don Imus’s “Nappy-headed ho’s” verbal assault on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, the Ryerson University professor realized that Canadian Black women’s hair herstory was barely a blip on the beauty radar, yet it affects their everyday experiences.” Read more at

One-third of Americans are OK with blackface on Halloween: Pew survey | By Jane Gerster | February 11, 2019, 5:05 pM

“It’s just so shocking in this century that people can’t really connect why it would be offensive to the other people,” says Cheryl Thompson, an assistant professor at Ryerson University’s School of Creative Industries, who researched the history of blackface in Canada.” Read more at:

CBC News

'I can talk about my troubles': Why chats with barbers can promote health for black men | CBC News · Posted: Dec 24, 2018 4:00 AM ET

“To discuss the Los Angeles study findings, CBC News spoke to Cheryl Thompson, an assistant professor in the faculty of communication and design at Ryerson University in Toronto who has studied the history of barbering in Canada.” Read more at

Real Talk on Race: Blackface performances a hit in bygone Montreal | Ainslie MacLellan · CBC News · Posted: Mar 23, 2016 1:30 PM ET | Last Updated: March 23, 2016

“While a PhD student at McGill, Thompson scoured photo and print collections of Montreal's McCord Museum and found dozens of images of blackface performers and advertisements for minstrel shows in Montreal.” Read more at

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