Blackface & London, England

When I landed in London, I took the Southern train from Gatwick Airport to the closest tube station. Naturally, as a commuter, the first few things I noticed were: mind the gap is more valid than it is in Toronto because the trains are NEVER levelled with the platform; the tube is AN ENTIRE world... Continue Reading →

Mini Skirts, Side Salads & Religion

I ate meat accidentally on Wednesday. I was with a party who hadn't realized there was meat hidden in a dish. I was mortified when it was discussed afterward and it seemed everyone knew-- apart from me, although it was announced that I was a vegetarian in the beginning. Everyone seemed to smile at me... Continue Reading →

Rachel Dolezel and Costuming

Being able to choose your race to paint yourself whatever colour you like then call "trans-racial" is clear indicator of privilege. Many black people in some shape or form have racial trauma that has been handed down to them, be it in the mannerisms their were taught, the precautions, and the survivor skills needed to... Continue Reading →

Habits 

It's interesting how old childhood habits manifest in one's adulthood. When I was little I would become silent when offended. The silent treatment was my game -- often I wouldn't speak for days until an apology was made.  Now, without intention I fall silent when someone hurts me. I become incredibly pensive: deciphering the nature... Continue Reading →

Virtual Safe Spaces: Habbo Hotel

I've been playing Habbo Hotel since 2006. I'd sign on, visit a popular space and make new friends. When it comes to thinking about virtual safe spaces the phrase itself can seem contradictory. For example, I entirely avoid the YouTube comment section when Cheescaleigh uploads a video on MTV's Decoded. Francesca even mentioned that she had... Continue Reading →

   I'm constantly impressed by the way in which the film industry uses new innovative marketing techniques to bring watchers to the theatres. This is the marketing for Kubo and the Two Strings, it includes an interactive game and trailer. The geek in me loves their constant effort to keep such a treasured media alive... Continue Reading →

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