The Oreo Effect: The Conflicting Identity of Being Black in a Western State

Yesterday I wrote about having seemingly conflicted identities in my previous post “You Don’t Seem Black“; being an Oreo and having to  balance the scale my Blackness. W.E B. Du Bois writes in his book “The Souls Of Black Folk” about the concept of a double consciousness. It can be defined in  Du Bois’ experiences as reconciling his African heritage with an upbringing in a … Continue reading The Oreo Effect: The Conflicting Identity of Being Black in a Western State

“You Don’t Seem … Black”: Having to Justify my Identity

As I am visibly Black , I have been told many times unprovoked that I act ghetto because I like R&B and like chicken (which I don’t know why liking chicken is a “Black” thing), or I’m an oreo because I can’t fluently speak Patois and like drinking lattes. I have to be either or which I have stated I’m not. So growing up I … Continue reading “You Don’t Seem … Black”: Having to Justify my Identity

Inclusivity Versus Diversity: The Problems with Tokenism

  Updated It takes a lot to accept who you are as a person, and be proud of it. Especially when who you are or who you want to be is different from the so called norm. I draw on experiences of moving to a different city for university. To maintain an income, I transferred locations from one to another. The demographics were different from … Continue reading Inclusivity Versus Diversity: The Problems with Tokenism

What to know about #ADayWithoutAWoman

On March 8th, an international strike will occur world-wide in protest of Trump, and multi-issue sexist ideology. Purposefully assigned to the same day as International Women’s Day, the strike was created by the same organizers as the January 21st “Woman’s March” The protest will allow women to participate by: Taking the day off, from paid and unpaid labour Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions … Continue reading What to know about #ADayWithoutAWoman

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes is the creator, producer, writer, director and showrunner of various shows part of ShondaLand. You might know them as Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder among others. Her longest running show, Grey’s Anatomy, has been on the air for 12 years. It’s 13 season has garnered multiple awards for the show acting, design and writing. But behind it all is … Continue reading Women’s History Month Spotlight: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Trump Removes “Fake News” from Briefings

As in my previous article, I mentioned the importance of media in a Democratic state. The United States prides itself culturally on being the land of the free, thus including the importance of free speech and freedom of the press. Media then has a right to openly state opinions or critiques of anything happening in day to day life, including the actions of the state. … Continue reading Trump Removes “Fake News” from Briefings

Top Three Favorite Books on Feminsim

Based on personal opinion, these are my top favorite books on feminism I have come across. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay I finished this book in a day. I read it front to back two summers ago. It reaffirmed but validated the flaws I had in my philosophies on social structure and modern gender equality. It, through the author’s voice, allowed for a natural growth of … Continue reading Top Three Favorite Books on Feminsim

Black History Month Profiles: “Confessions of a Fangirl: I can’t get enough of Chimamanda & Michelle”

Originally posted on Rowana Abbensetts:
? It’s time that I just got this off of my chest: I’m absolutely infatuated with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Michelle Obama. Honestly, I could write two separate essays on why these two ladies inspire me so much, and maybe I will one day because I believe that are both already legendary and worthy of note from a historical perspective. But for… Continue reading Black History Month Profiles: “Confessions of a Fangirl: I can’t get enough of Chimamanda & Michelle”