Self-Love is Political

Taking taking of yourself, using your energy on things that matter to you and spending resources on yourself can sometimes feel incredibly selfish and in recent years self-love has become the buzzword that we can’t escape. If it isn’t slogans on t-shirts, it’s face masks and candles on Instagram, and honestly I can’t shake the feeling that it sometimes feels incredibly ingenious. Maybe that’s because the western ideals and values that hold the pillars to everyday life aren’t really ones that I deeply resonate with (or because it is always protrayed as editorial when it’s a valley girl and ‘too extra when it’s a woman of colour). Read More

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The Identity in Language

The Uber driver looked at me confused when I entered the backseat of his car. Puzzled he looked at me through the rearview after we exchanged hellos and he asks “So what is your name again?”

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#AMonthInMusic: Feb’ 2018

I thought that it would be much easier to use YouTube playlists from now on vs. Soundcloud and Spotify. I brought together some of my favourite songs from the past month, a lil’ Janelle Monáe, some Yemi Alade and one of my favourite songs from George the Poet! Check them out.

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I Read James Baldwin For The First Time & I Get It

I have never read anything by James Baldwin. I know of who he was and what he represented by the masses of people who claim him to be a genius, but I have never felt the urge to pick up his works.

That is until of course, today.

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ON REPEAT: Jan’ 2018

I can’t lie I thought January was gonna be done like two weekd ago because 2017 went by super quick, so I’m surprised that we’re only just here. The past couple of months have been quite busy for me and I haven’t been able to blog much let alone curate playlists but you better believe a lot of listening to music has been going on.

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STOP SUFFOCATING CREATORS

I remember getting a call from the founder of an online women’s magazine who wanted to talk to me about potentially working with them, after a friend of mine had sent examples of my work to her. I walked into their offices and we had a chat about what I was interested in and what they were looking for. The conversation ended with being told that my writing was too ‘intellectual’ and although they would read and enjoy my work they weren’t sure their demographic, young women in country X, would be. They wanted to focus more on snappy love & sex, fashion and celebrity news pieces and not only did I feel some way about the sweeping generalization that their demographic didn’t want susbstance, I was also left conflicted because I needed my foot in the door but felt like I would be doing myself a disservice, not to mention they called me after having seen my work.

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#DayOfTheGirl

Annually, on the #InternationalDayOfTheGirl, there are a plethora of stats that are highlighted and shared by many from developmental agencies to passionate individuals bringing awareness to the atrocities that girls face all over the world. They range from there being approx. 130 million girls out of school to every 10 minutes a girl dies as a result of violence.

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Everything is not fine…and that’s okay.

I was scrolling through IG last night (btw you should not be on your screens before bed kids) and I came across a post by actor Grant Gustin (from CW’s The Flash), where a few of his friends had designed these t-shirts with “I Don’t Mind” on the front in order to create dialogue on mental health and I’m assuming to raise money for the cause. Read More