Is it really too much to expect a white teacher not to wear a do-rag as a supposed way of celebrating Black History Month?
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After Celina Caesar-Chavannes was cautioned by a white woman to refrain from stealing her wallet, she had some thoughts she needed to let go.
12/29/2017 08:58 EST
History has stripped black women of their voices and as an actor and writer, my goal is to create a space for those voices to be heard again.
06/26/2017 11:53 EDT
I will never forget the day when I was five years old and my father sat me down to have "the talk." He told me "when you get older you will have to work 10 times harder because of your brown skin. Don't think for a second that because you are beautiful and intelligent, you will always be treated with respect."
04/24/2017 03:53 EDT
It has only been a few days since the announcement that you passed away, and as a fan, I was devastated when I heard the news. Whether it was your deep raspy voice, your Brooklyn accent or the fact that you were brutally honest, you left as one of the most memorable comedians of this era. Many people did not know that you were a musician, author and proud father but my hopes are that this letter will describe the true entertainer you truly were.
04/17/2017 12:28 EDT
Book of Mormon is currently on stage in Toronto at the Princess of Wales Theatre (for a second time) until April 16. I saw the show with friends. During (and after), I was deeply bothered by it but I could not fully explain why. Was it the black genital jokes? Or was it the mostly white audience who found such jokes funny?
04/11/2017 12:21 EDT
What Rachel does not seem to understand is the black experience is beyond liking some photos in a magazine. It's beyond waking up in the morning one day and completely changing your look. It does not include spending hours at a tanning salon, frizzing your hair to get tight curls and going to a Historically Black College or University. Walk in our shoes and feel the sting of being called the N-word. Tell us how much you want to be black when you are in an elevator, and a white person holds onto their purse so tightly as if the only purpose you have in life is to take something from them.
04/10/2017 11:01 EDT
As a native Torontonian, I moved to Edmonton about three years ago. Most of my friends left Ontario when Alberta's economy was strong and every year that went by they encouraged me to come for the endless opportunities. They warned me about the racism here, but I thought they were exaggerating.
03/23/2017 04:57 EDT
Recently there have been a string of celebrities calling out people and institutions for racism. Some seem surprised it's happening to them, thinking their celebrity is a shield. While others are seriously emotionally affected.
03/02/2017 01:42 EST
In Paris Jackson's and many other people's circumstance, being biracial isn't easy. The reality is there are people in the black community who will simply not accept her as being "black," and some white people will think of her as being mixed race. One thing is for sure; it seems that now she is an adult and has had a bit of time to live her life, she wants the world to know that she is black. Can we let the girl live?
02/03/2017 07:02 EST
If you think your job is hard, try walking in Obama's shoes for a few days. It is a lesson for all of us; no matter what happens it is always better to walk the high road. Remember that acts of racism are not about you, it is a reflection of how that person is feeling inside about themselves.
01/20/2017 04:22 EST
In a male-dominated world, being an outspoken woman with thoughts and opinions you wish to share with others is still seen as offensive. Societal norms remind us that women continue to play a subsidiary role to men. The mantra, "speak only when you are spoken to" holds true to the relentless backlash that women receive when they are perceived as being bossy or arrogant, just for stating an opinion. However, there is a special kind of misogyny that Black women experience online. The kind that has sought out Leslie Jones in an effort to destroy her image and devalue her self-worth.
08/29/2016 08:34 EDT
If your 12-year-old son was playing in the park by himself with a toy gun and you saw video of a policeman shoot him and stand over him watching him die, and you spoke out against that injustice... what would you say if someone responded by saying All Lives Matter?
07/12/2016 10:36 EDT
For the six months that I wore my hair curly, I felt confident. I felt like I had been a one-girl revolution who walked with purpose, making a statement with every step. But when I wore my hair straight, I felt safe. What's the difference?
04/15/2016 09:22 EDT
Khogali wrote an op-ed in The Toronto Star on Sunday, breaking her silence on a story that's threatened to overshadow the Black Lives Matter protest. She responded to a tweet from February that resurfaced last week where she said, "Plz Allah give me strength not to cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today. Plz plz plz."
04/11/2016 01:59 EDT
The City of Toronto's recent punitive measure of cutting the annual Afrofest festival down to one day from its original two has made me question how we evaluate this "within reason." What is the threshold of noise, traffic congestion, number of complaints and general inconvenience one should tolerate before the city has to put its foot down?
03/21/2016 04:38 EDT
There aren't enough movies being made with Black actors, which is why we are outnumbered on nomination day. We need to hold the industry accountable for not creating more opportunities for Black actors, not funding Black films and making silly excuses like the financial bottom line.
01/20/2016 12:55 EST
In our highly competitive and technological post-modern era, what does Black progress even look like? While the Black community has accomplished so much thus far, there's a lot of progress to be accomplished still.
01/19/2016 10:49 EST
With the current trial of fired Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, there is a marked difference in how this particular case of police brutality has been regarded, leading some to ask, "Does the world care about the victim when the victim is a black woman?"
11/10/2015 02:15 EST
The officer was quick to side with my attacker, making me feel that because I wasn't actually raped, I was making "more" out of this attack. He made me feel like I should just brush it off as "some drunk guy", and that it wasn't a big deal that this man forcefully shoved his hand between my thighs.
11/01/2015 08:44 EST
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