How Black Futures Now Toronto Turned Local Histories into a Virtual Community Centre | Adwoa Afful

Season 1 | Episode 16
44m | Jul 24, 2022

In this episode, I chat with Adwoa Afful, the founder of Black Futures Now Toronto (BFN TO). BFN TO is collective that uses a mixture of storytelling, radical mapping, and a whole lot of creative talent, to develop a number of interactive ways of archiving, experiencing, and celebrating overlooked Black histories and geographies. During our talk, we explore their innovative Mapping Black Futures (MBF) story mapping project, and how in collaboration with Black nonbinary youth and women from across the Greater Toronto Area, they built a virtual community centre that highlights Black histories and placemaking. 

In this episode, you'll learn about:

  • why it's important to map Black histories and Black geographies,
  • what is counter/radical mapping and how it can be used as a tool for community building,
  • how Black Futures Now Toronto developed their virtual community centre,
  • the youth responsible for creating the content for the Mapping Black Futures project,
  • and much more!

Guest: Adwoa Afful, Black Futures Now Toronto


This episode is co-sponsored by the University of Toronto School of Cities and the Department of Geography and Planning. 

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Music by Imany Lambropoulos

Editing by Hannah Ahamedi

Podcast concept, development, and design by Alexandra Lambropoulos

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