We have been given emancipation but it seems we still have a long way to go to achieve it

Hairstyles are an important factor when it comes to expressing the identity of individuals, whether from a cultural or religious point of view. Appearance structure is the key that makes us all different in our unique ways. Therefore, recently coming across the news of a seven-year-old girl in Jamaica whose…


The mental health of black children gets neglected when they work beyond measure to get minimal success compared to their peers

I have always been told that I need to be ‘ten times better or work twice as hard’ as my peers because the stats were against me as a Black man. …


Anti-blackness is universal so it’s unsurprising that some non-black POC are distant from the BLM movement

We have been made to assume that the term ‘POC’ refers to a harmonious and collective group. Who are all people of colour coming together on issues that relate to us as the minority in a society where our voices are not heard on a large scale. But this isn’t…


I care. Very much.

I like my own space sometimes. I tend to shut the world off and go into complete hibernation. My family and friends get annoyed. But it’s not personal. I have a million thoughts running through my head sometimes. Taking a step back to breathe is something I tend to do…


White gay men throwing remarks towards black men about “BBC” are unknowingly taking on the role of a white slave master.

I love your skin. I want to wear it. Black guys have huge cocks.

These are the things people write to me on dating apps.

It has gotten to the point that whenever I log on check my possibilities, I brace myself for the usual dross. I mean I get…


Destructive parenting can have a profound effect on the lives of young black boys

Damaging. That’s what I have to say when it comes to scenarios such as these. When will we learn?

The rapper Boosie Badazz recently revealed he paid for his under-aged 12 and 13-year-old sons and nephews to receive oral sex from sex workers. All in the name of ‘love’ and…


A simple prayer should work. Right?

There I was scrolling through Twitter when I came across a tweet from a guy who claimed to be a ‘reborn again Christian’ saying he had a conversation with God, and he was now no longer Gay and living a life of sin. He got rid of his homosexual spirit…


Living in a society that I felt disregarded me, self-hatred was the only answer

Coming to terms with my experience of internalised homophobia has been a tough pill to swallow. Plucking up the courage to share my thoughts and experiences on this has had me delaying writing on this for the past few weeks as I wasn’t comfortable writing on the struggles with my…


Not having sex forced me to face the inner demons I have been running away from for so long

Yes. I’ve been celibate for over a year. That’s right. No sex. Nothing. Well, nothing isn’t completely true. I’ve had moments of lust but no sex. Why have I been celibate you ask? Not for religious reasons, that’s for sure. I’m in my 20s, the supposed “prime of my life”…


I had to release those caged emotions to soar to higher heights

“You’re so private. You never talk about your situations.” A statement I’ve heard from friends in the past. Do I keep my heart very close to me? Yes.

There’s no denying I don’t like to reveal what’s really going on with me. I’ve been comfortable for long, keeping a part…

Jay Austin

I like to write. Complicated. Dreamer. — Trying to tell stories and lived experiences with a human touch. Break the norm. Upset the status-quo.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store