Researching History

My interest in history is wide indeed.

equestrianPrimarily, my work has revolved around Black history. A former historical reenactor with the Society for Creative Anachronism (under the name of Lady Ines DeFreitas), I spent much time during the 1990s developing a bibliography of academic sources covering the history of Black people living in the Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

But I also looked at other areas. My interest in Blacks in period dress came as result of Gatsby theme party held at a historic house in Toronto.  They provided no pictures of people of colour from the time.  Well, I was not putting up with that.  In the end, my Pinterest collections covered period dress in the Black community from the mid-19th century to the 1950s.

The Black community  in the arts and entertainment industry are also of interest to me.  Annoyance at an article about lack of presentation of Blacks in the SciFi (not true) has lead to a Pinterest page on that very topic featuring over 350 actors and voice actors.

For a time, I acted as historian for Burlesque and Vaudeville Alliance, as a result of my research of African-American dancer Lottie “The Body” Graves, who was featured in the documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown. In 2004, I curated Bad Girls Run Amok, an exhibition covering the history of burlesque in Toronto as part of the Mayworks Labour Festival.

In my late 20s/ early 30, I was a regular on local television in Toronto. I was featured twice for my work on Black History.