Why It Was Important For Me to See #BlackPanther with Black People

When I saw postings on social media of Black people getting dressed up in kente cloth and Africentric dress on their way to the theatre, I knew that I needed to somehow see this movie with Black people. Mi gente. Continue reading Why It Was Important For Me to See #BlackPanther with Black People

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On Aziz Ansari, Assault, Affirmative Consent and Uncertainty

What was that? I asked myself that question after each interaction with my former manager. Was it sexual harassment or was it merely inappropriate workplace flirting? I thought it was sexual harassment in the sense that if I was a male employee, he would have undoubtedly treated me differently.  He wouldn’t have commented on my … Continue reading On Aziz Ansari, Assault, Affirmative Consent and Uncertainty

Stephanie Chipeur: Lawyer, Advocate and Living with a Disability

For International Persons with Disabilities Day (December 3, 2017), I’ve decided to post this interview that I did with Stephanie Chipeur. The last time I saw Stephanie Chipeur, she and I were chatting and standing outside of our Canadian Legal History class. Today, although she sits in a motorized wheelchair, she continues to stand for … Continue reading Stephanie Chipeur: Lawyer, Advocate and Living with a Disability

Don’t Celebrate “Guiltsgiving” (or Any Other Shame-Laden Holidays While We’re At It)

Happy Thanksgiving to my American followers! Our (Canadian) Thanksgiving was way back in October, but no matter when you celebrate Thanksgiving, there’s always something for which to be thankful. (I, for one, am thankful that I am not an American — especially not right now during this bleak period in American history.  But I digress.) … Continue reading Don’t Celebrate “Guiltsgiving” (or Any Other Shame-Laden Holidays While We’re At It)

Rihanna’s Perspective on Her Weight Changed How I Think – Man Repeller

Rihanna’s weight comment to The Cut changed how I think about myself and the black community at large. Source: Rihanna’s Perspective on Her Weight Changed How I Think – Man Repeller My thoughts: So many thoughts. Where do I start?   “Jean Twenge, Ph.D, who studies the intersection of race and self-esteem, has an idea … Continue reading Rihanna’s Perspective on Her Weight Changed How I Think – Man Repeller

#MeToo: Harvey Weinstein, the Pervasiveness of Sexual Harassment, and Why Women, Like Myself, Sometimes Choose to Remain Silent

Like Terry Crews, reading about Harvey Weinstein makes my stomach turn.

It makes my stomach turn because Harvey Weinstein is a royal piece of sh*t and I have absolutely no sympathy for his fall from grace (like none.  Whatsoever.).  It makes my stomach turn because of the abject perversity of using one’s power and influence to coerce women into sex.  But the real reason these allegations make my stomach turn is because it happened to me. Continue reading #MeToo: Harvey Weinstein, the Pervasiveness of Sexual Harassment, and Why Women, Like Myself, Sometimes Choose to Remain Silent