It’s 7:00 am, and I am doing my usual routine: sit at the tea shop, people watch, and write. I contemplated my next writing topic when the words of philanthropist and supermodel Aamito Lagum dawned on me. “Define what you want, ask yourself what do I want. If everything was to go away if I had no fear if I had no obstacles, what is it that I want?” And it was as if the flood gates opened and the water came bursting. I want simplicity, joy, and freedom. I want minimalism.
I was afraid of the word “ghetto” when I was young. I was afraid that there wasn’t anything I would be able to do to prevent people from making assumptions about me —thinking the tall Black girl decked out in Baby Phat decals was a trouble-making little “hussy” (as my grannie would say).
Some days I wonder if I’m naturally soft-spoken, or if that’s a permanent vocal change brought on by the fear of being seen as That Loud Black Girl.
The result is that I spent a lot of time policing my behavior. …
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White washed history must go
One month, not enough
We cannot separate Black history from American history. And while it’s amazing to see our history celebrated from sea to shining sea, one month is not enough to highlight our amazing contributions and triumphs. Black History month barely scratches the surface. Also, this subject is not universally accepted. Many people still fight against the idea that public schools should teach Black history.
Your unmatched courage
and freedom fighting instincts
were ingrained with ancestors’ blood
whose strength and heroism
broke barriers and conquered their plights
so that we can stand today — emancipated.
“Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.”
— John Lennon / Paul McCartney
While this long read is primarily based on skin bleaching, it’s impossible not to write about the influence of Western standards of beauty in its entirety as it stems from promoting society’s belief in whiteness as the most beautiful and worthy of respect and admiration. A quick google search (eg. type beautiful women), proves the common sentiments of who is deemed attractive. It’s evident, spreading and pervasive influence sets a precedent in these conversations. They both go hand in hand, intertwined in a union that can’t be ignored as it has affected many aspects within society.
The issue of colourism…
Black Women Matter
their feelings are valid too
makes space for anger
Society puts unrealistic expectations onto Black women, namely that they must act accordingly or get slapped with the angry Black woman trope. While some view this stereotype as a harmless generalization, diminishing Black women’s feelings is no laughing matter. The harm caused by racist tropes are two fold — they dehumanize the marginalized group while simultaneously trying to control them. The angry Black woman trope aims to characterize Black women as over-the-top, out of control, and monstrous.
In the aftermath of slavery and the resulting social, economic, and…
As black women, we encounter an abundance of remarks that are clearly offensive to us as a whole. However, society doesn't realise that some of the remarks they make towards us are derogatory, when they may think they are harmless in effect.
From my personal experiences, I can account for why these are disrespectful and wrong. It may be simple to say "just ignore it'' or ''it doesn't matter, they didn't mean it like that'' from an outside perspective, but as someone who has heard these remarks first hand, it is far more damaging than that.
As a society, we…
Following the acquittal of former President Trump on February 13th, there are clear winners and losers.
For starters, Donald Trump won. The white supremacists won. And Trump enablers won.
But with the acquittal of Mr. Trump, democracy lost, our constitutional institution lost, America has lost.
But it doesn’t have to stay this way.
The Senate should have voted to convict former president Donald J. Trump. It’s appalling that he was not.
I firmly believe Donald Trump was behind the insurrection. Now, of course, the rioters could have chosen not to rampage the Capitol. Still, it is undeniable that Mr. …