• Black Futures

    A series of programs using the lens of Afrofuturism to explore and present arts, dialogue and well-being at Hart House.

About

A series of programs using the lens of Afrofuturism to explore and present arts, dialogue and well-being at Hart House.

What will the future bring for Black women, men and children? Who is responsible for Black Futures, shifting narratives, flipping experiences and crafting new realities? Hart House explores the idea of Afrofuturism as a way to blend the knowledge of the past with a re-imagining of the future. A showcase of intersectional arts and dialogue, this series aims to reflect the experiences of today's Black leaders and artists while providing a platform for real-world knowledge to help students be future ready, self-aware and empowered citizens as they move into their imagined realities.


Afrofuturism is the reimagining of a future filled with arts, science and technology seen through a black lens.

- Jamie Broadnax

  • Target Audience: U of T students, staff and faculty
  • Program Cycle: Ongoing
  • Program Contact:
    • Zoe Dille

      Manager, Dialogue & Expression

      .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 416-978-5362
      picture of Zoe Dille
    • Nadia Thompson (On leave)

      Program Associate, Dialogue and Expression

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Image of a billboard in the Detroit skyline that reads THERE ARE BLACK PEOPLE IN THE FUTURE.

Alisha B. Wormsley, There Are Black People in the Future.

Manifest Destiny, Library Street Collective, Detroit, MI. Curated by Ingrid LaFleur. Image by Alessandra Ferrara.

July 2019-September 2019.

How to Get Involved

Rarely, if ever, are any of us healed in isolation. Healing is an act of communion.

— bell hooks


Black Futures is a series of programming created to specifically reach Black-identifying students and community members. Engaging in various workshops, series and events, Black Futures aims to open dialogue and spaces for Black individuals to heal and thrive. Explore our various workshops, series and programs below for more information on upcoming events and how to get connected with Black Futures and our growing community. 

Barbershop

Over the years I came to understand that barbershops were more than places to get a shape up, a shave, or trim. I learned that barbershops were the only spaces created in [American] life where black men can speak and receive feedback about who they are, who they want to be, and what they believe to be true and the world around them.

— Antonio “Tone” Johnson

Black Futures presents: Barbershop – bi-weekly hair services right on campus. Whether you need to refresh your fade, crisp up that line, or braid back your curls and coils, Barbershop has got you covered. 

Join us at Hart House bi-weekly for our free drop-in barber services for Black identifying students. Hosted in the reimagined pop-up Edges Laid Lounge, The Barbershop is excited to feature weekly campus and community partners. From fresh trims and healthy tresses to fly beats, eats, and comfy seats, each week you’ll leave knowing that your hair (and self-care) game are on lock.

Full details coming soon.

Tastes of Culture

To really think about that relationship between Blackness and food, I feel like you have to look to the past and understand what food has always meant for us. It was always about having a little and making a lot. Taking the scraps and doing the damn thing with them. Food has been and always will be a tool for survival.

— Kia Damon

Black Futures has teamed up with the UTM International Education Centre to create the Taste of Cultures Food Series. With multiple sessions hosted at the UTM and St. George Campuses, students are invited to explore and expand their understanding of how food informs culture and wellness. Each session will be an interactive conversation, led by a food and culture expert who will share a recipe that is significant to their culture and personal history.

Discover the many ways food teaches us about culture and creates community, while learning a tasty recipe and skills to help you in the kitchen.

Full details coming soon.

Laugh, Cry, Cringe

Through conversations exploring current events and personal stories of lived experiences, Laugh, Cry, Cringe is a storytelling series dedicated to creating safer and braver spaces, while unmasking misconceptions about various groups, communities and people.

Laugh, Cry, Cringe aims to normalize conversations around anti-oppression in a respectful way, encouraging participants to share their perspectives and ideas, going beyond the surface level approach. Our hope through this initiative is to bridge current gaps between our diverse communities through dialogues of understanding and respect, and to create more inclusive and sustainable learning environments for students and the broader community.

Each session will include a different speaker, perspective and topic led by students, staff, faculty and/or community members. Explore our upcoming and previous Laugh, Cry, Cringe events below.

Full details coming soon.

Wealth-Building Sessions

Black Futures has partnered with Hart House, Dialogue and Expression and the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology at UTM to present a 5-week Wealth-Building program.

This program seeks to empower students from equity-seeking groups and the BIPOC community with the ability to navigate barriers and understand their personal finances within current socio-economic structures. The series will also give students the opportunity to ask questions and demand change for greater access and equal opportunity to financial literacy knowledge.

Dr. Radha Maharaj aka Dr. M. will be leading this exciting 5-part workshop series and sharing her considerable economic and financial literacy knowledge and life experience with students in an engaging and activity-based format. 

Full details coming soon.

Upcoming Events

  • Fri, Sep 20, 2024

    Black Queer & Trans Drop-In

    Are you a UofT student who identifies as Black, Queer, and/or Trans? Are you seeking a vibrant community where you can be your authentic self?

  • Thu, Oct 17, 2024

    Black Queer & Trans Drop-In

    Are you a UofT student who identifies as Black, Queer, and/or Trans? Are you seeking a vibrant community where you can be your authentic self?

  • Thu, Nov 14, 2024

    Black Queer & Trans Drop-In

    Are you a UofT student who identifies as Black, Queer, and/or Trans? Are you seeking a vibrant community where you can be your authentic self?

Previous Events

Keep the conversation going.

  • Thu, Mar 7, 2024

    Pacific Immigrants’ Stories – Undoing the Silence

    Co-Presented by the EDIO Office at UTM & Hart House, broaden your knowledge and create space for dialogue around histories that may be different from your own.

  • Wed, Feb 28, 2024

    Annual Black History Month Luncheon

    Join us as we celebrate an annual tradition over 2 decades long. Inspiring speakers, showcasing Black excellence and sharing stories, this annual event returns.

  • Thu, Feb 8, 2024

    The Journey: Black Leadership Navigating Institutional Spaces

    Join the Anti Racism and Cultural Diversity Office and Hart House for a film screening of Steadfast and discussion centered on Black women in leadership.

  • Fri, Feb 2, 2024

    Rest Is Resistance – Black History Month

    Join the Well Being Collective @ Hart House for additional spaces of rest during Black History Month. Rest is resistance.

  • Mon, Jan 29, 2024

    Barbershop 2024

    Black Futures Barbershop. Afro-textured hair services at Hart House.

  • Wed, Jan 17, 2024

    Black Self-Care Fair

    Join us for a day of creating, pampering, learning and connecting – all free of charge.

  • Mon, Jan 15, 2024

    The Wealth Building Series

    Empowering students from equity-seeking groups and the BIPOC community with the ability to navigate barriers and understand their personal finances.

  • Mon, Nov 27, 2023

    Steadfast Film Screening & Panel Discussion

    Join us for a screening of "Steadfast - The Messenger and the Message" alongside the Hon. Dr. Jean Augustine!

  • Mon, Nov 13, 2023

    Tastes of Culture

    How does food teach us about culture, community and wellness? And how does it shape our relationship with the food that sustains us?

  • Sat, Sep 30, 2023

    The Route to Canada

    A live presentation of the art form of step, spoken work and song highlighting the resilience, creativity, influence of our ancestors in the African Diaspora.

  • Fri, Sep 29, 2023

    Stepping Workshop with Montreal Steppers

    Performance group the Montreal Steppers are hosting a stepping workshop. Register now!

  • Mon, Sep 18, 2023

    Barbershop 2023

    Black Futures Barbershop. Afro-textured hair services at Hart House.

Blog

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