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Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah

Blogger and Public Servant

Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah is a Ghanaian-born, Vancouver-raised Rhodes Scholar and graduate of the University of Oxford and the University of British Columbia. She works as a Senior Trade Policy Officer for the federal public service and is the author of The Y Variable blog (, a weekly digest of conversational musings on day-to-day issues. Yaa-Hemaa is an executive member of Ottawa Young Black Professionals, the Canadian Association of Rhodes Scholars, and the Ottawa Oxford University Society. She is also an avid classical pianist and jazz singer.

"Scandal": Talking and Not Talking About Race on TV

While the wheeling and dealing and fast-talking that are the staples of the show <em>Scandal</em> are fascinating in and of themselves, what's most striking about the show is how race is simultaneously discussed and not discussed at all.
04/01/2013 12:23 EDT
Black History Is Everyone's

Black History Is Everyone's History

<img alt="2013-02-01-FERGIEJENKINSBANNER.jpg" src="" width="300" height="60" /> I don't know how history was taught when you were in school, but in my school our teachers skipped over the chapter (yes, only a single chapter) on blacks in Canada and North America more generally. These omissions skew our view of the world and lead to erroneous assumptions.
02/06/2013 06:40 EST