Large, loud counter-protest overpowers Khashoggi vigil at Saudi’s London Embassy

Pro-Saudi government demonstrators drowned out a vigil held for Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in London on the one-year anniversary of the journalist’s assassination. As a handful of activists held candles and photos of Khashoggi, pro-government demonstrators across the street chanted support for the crowned prince Mohamad Bin Salman over a microphone. “I…

Detroit bead museum tells African stories

The MBAD African Bead Museum offers insight into social class, spirituality and history Growing up, I seldom saw my grandmother without a strand of prayer beads in her hands. I remember her thumbing the small orbs during breaks from her chores and blowing prayers in my direction. Visiting the MBAD African Bead Museum in Detroit brought back these…

From London, Ontario to London, Eng(land of the colonizers) 

Let’s do a quick catch up because I’ve been slacking with personal updates:  Summer in Toronto was amazing! Found some places to dance bachata, made time for new friendships while catching up with old ones, and soaked in all the sun I could.  I completed my internship at the coolest magazine, sold my award-winning and…

Queer comedians of colour bring all the laughs in Ottawa

Have you ever been sitting there, casually getting in your daily upper-body exercise by swiping left on 50 men in a row on Tinder, and all of a sudden, the white guy you matched with three weeks ago messages you: “What’s up, my caramel mocha princess?” No? Just me? Cool… As a woman of colour,…

Going to grad school as a broke ass bitch

It was always clear to me and my sisters that our parents didn’t exactly have a “tuition” plan for their three kids. With that in mind, I started working in high school to prepare to save for a post-secondary loan I hadn’t applied for yet. That’s nothing new, though. Most people in my circle did…

Hitchhiking in the Canadian Rocky Mountains – as a 5’2”, Female

There are a handful of things we don’t confess to our mothers: like getting piercings in sketchy neighborhoods in Rio from artists who don’t speak English or crossing into countries illegally. Crowning the list of adventures that would provoke parents to fly across the globe and drag you back home from your backpack straps is hitchhiking. There…

The Best and Worst of Travel in 2018

With a full-time job in the first chunk of the year and grad school for the last bit of it, traveling in 2018 seemed grim. But the universe is a magical system and somehow always finds a way to align you with your goals if want them bad enough. This year I managed to take…