An Open Letter To Anti-Black Pakistanis

With all that has been going on in the US lately, from a white woman calling the cops on bird-watcher Christian Cooper, saying, “I’m going to tell them that there is an African-American man threatening my life,” to the chilling murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, by police in Minneapolis, many of my…

What I learned in a week of self-isolation

Before the closure of borders, a total collapse of the global economy and a loose therapy session with a newspaper about being stranded in a pandemic ridden epicentre, I was living my best life. This time last month, I gave my family a tour of London on their visit here. The following week, I was in Munich…

This Somali-British artist is writing a Black future

Aisha Mohamed, also known as Artsyblackheaux, creates digital images that escape stereotypes Aisha Mohamed, a.k.a. artsyblackheaux, is a London-based digital artist of Somali ancestry. The twenty-four-year-old started making art as a teenager as a form of escapism from abuse she faced at home.  Mohamed sets portraits of Black women in environments beaming with magical realism….

On an active volcano in Italy thinking about Trump

A day before my flight to Rome, my phone got stolen. I managed to get my hands on an old iPhone but it couldn’t download much (aka my folder of news apps). I didn’t even bother getting Twitter on it, I know, that’s drastic, but I felt so upset my phone was stolen, my heart…

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,…