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Community Post: Tales of a Mulatto Girl: FAQ’s

Tales of a Mulatto Girl: FAQ’s You’re so exotic. What’s your background? Canadian. No, where are you really from? I am vanilla. I am chocolate. I guess that makes you butterscotch or mocha? You hair – it’s so cool. It’s so thick, curly and kinda of nappy. I love how […]


The 3 Biggest Issues Around Rachel Dolezal 1

Like many folks across North America, as soon as the Rachel Dolezal story broke, I was baffled. Here was yet another example of cultural appropriation of Blackness, which is quite commonplace (think Iggy Azalea, for example), but this story is a bit different. Usually the stories we hear of are […]

This is how I imagine Bob Marley side-eyeing what his legacy has become.

The complicated beast that is “Bob Marley Day”

This is how I imagine Bob Marley side-eyeing what his legacy has become. Happy official “Bob Marley Day”, I guess? Thanks to Toronto’s conservative Mayor John Tory, today is now officially “Bob Marley Day”. What a befuddling thing to write. For those who don’t know (or care), John Tory is […]


Who’s invited to Black History Month?

Well, it’s that time of year again, good old Black History Month (BHM). You know – that one month dedicated to the entire experience of Black folks both here and abroad since time eternal? For me, like many other Black identified people, BHM is a fraught & complicated issue. The […]


Community Post: 6 Ways to Sharpen Your Critical Thinking Skills

What would you do? Have you ever been in a public space before and overheard an oppressive comment? Or read something problematic online? Would you pretend that you didn’t hear/see the remark? Or would you engage in the discussion with your point of view? I know for me the first thought […]


Light Girls: 4 Ways It Went Wrong

When I first heard that Bill Duke was making a sequel to Dark Girls, I was nervous. Dark Girls, as a concept, made sense to me, even if the execution was poor. Dark skinned Black women face more oppression than light skinned Black women. This is an indisputable fact. As […]


You can be both! (And not in the way you might be thinking) 1

Dr. Maria P. Root’s “Bill of Rights for Racially Mixed People” has greatly influenced how many mixed-race folks identify today. One of the things I learned from the Bill was that I had the right to identify however I wanted to, regardless of how my family, friends, society etc thought […]


New doc on Shadeism doesn’t make the cut 1

HUE: A Matter of Colour “This feature documentary by renowned director and cinematographer Vic Sarin is a personal yet global investigation into the history and current state of colourism: the discrimination within one ethnicity based on differences in skin tone. Sarin travels the globe to discuss this complex cross-cultural social […]


Mixed-race identity, Ferguson & why it matters to us 2

By now you probably already know that Darren Wilson wasn’t indicted  yesterday, November 24th, 2014 for murdering unarmed Black youth Mike Brown on August 9th, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Ever since that day, folks around the world have been showing their support, as well as massive hatred, towards the Brown […]


Dear White People, 2004 vs 2014

“There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” – Audrey Lorde Dear White People (DWP) has been one of the most anticipated films of the year for Afro-Canadian audiences, as well as Black and other moviegoers worldwide. What started out as a relatively simple […]