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 →

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 →

How Should We Talk About Intolerance? 

How should we discuss injustice and intolerance so that our audience isn't uncomfortable, guilt-stricken or attacked? Simple. Well maybe not.  Personally, I don't think it's possible to have honest, behaviour changing conversations without these feelings. I do think there are ways of calling out racist, xenophobic, intolerant behaviours in a way that is respectful, but... Continue Reading →

#BlackGirlMagic is not a Cult

Today I'm writing this post to remind and ensure everyone that #BlackGirlMagic is not a threat to whiteness, it never has been and never will be. Rather #BlackGirlMagic is a hashtag of empowerment. More and more each day this hashtag has populated the feeds of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and for that we have CaShawn... Continue Reading →

Types of Privilege – Part Two

This is absolutely overdue, but better late than never. Today, I'm unpacking five other forms for privilege. Be sure to check out the first part of this blog post here where I deconstruct a few other forms of privilege. With research I've collected great samplings from articles that also deconstruct forms of privilege. Links can be... Continue Reading →

“For despite the great efforts of traditional historians, the past is not something that can be kept in order—kept in place.” – Jennifer A. Gonzalez

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 →

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