Classics Don’t Die and Neither Do Legends!

It is indeed sad to hear about Chadwick Boseman’s passing. He was only just 43 with so much to offer the world. Chadwick Aaron Boseman was an American actor most renowned for his role as King T’Challa in Black Panther. Born on the 29th of November, 1976, Chadwick died on Friday, 28th of August, 2020.Continue reading “Classics Don’t Die and Neither Do Legends!”

The Dangers of Subscribing to the Single Story about Africa and Black People

When you hear Africa, what’s the first thing that pops in your head? The home of black people? The home of crude, primitive men that live in caves and trees? Maybe a more refined ideology but crude nonetheless: a continent filled with poor, homeless people. Perhaps an abstract: crime, threats. In a large percentage ofContinue reading “The Dangers of Subscribing to the Single Story about Africa and Black People”

Growing Different: The Bearings of the Past on the Present in a Post-Slavery World

While random African and Caribbean brothers might be receptive towards one another in their continent and countries, it might not be the most common thing to see random brothers in the diaspora connect on that same level. Dr. Joy Degruy chronicles this in her book (Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury andContinue reading “Growing Different: The Bearings of the Past on the Present in a Post-Slavery World”

The Biased Portrayal of Black People in Movies

The black skin tone has come to be associated with evil. Villains in more than 50% of movies have the tendency to have a darker skin tone than the rest of the folks on the set. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why this happens? Consider even the simplest examples- cartoons and animations thatContinue reading “The Biased Portrayal of Black People in Movies”

The Attempt at Preserving Culture through Code-switching

Regardless of the racial mix, black people have their own cultures. They have their way of doing things that are generic to them. It’s very common to see a group of black people conversing differently from how they would when they’re among different people. When together, slangs might not be missing from the conversations. ButContinue reading “The Attempt at Preserving Culture through Code-switching”

Post Traumatic Slavery Syndrome: Finding Healing through Understanding

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome affects people of colour in more ways than one. The disturbing images about slavery and the brutalities that engulfed it might cause you to cringe, especially when you know that those things were done to your great grandfathers, and your grandfathers- people whose blood runs through your veins. The horrors mightContinue reading “Post Traumatic Slavery Syndrome: Finding Healing through Understanding”

Dealing with Colour at the workplace

Admittedly, the workplace can be a really tricky environment. With people from all works of life, there is every tendency to play the cards wrong and intentionally or unintentionally foster colourism. But just how do you deal with colourism your institution? Let’s find out! The Colour Difference Colour exists for identification. It is a pointerContinue reading “Dealing with Colour at the workplace”

A Glance at History: The Brown Paper Bag Test

Though coined only recently, colourism has extended its ugly tentacles across several decades. It dates as far back as the 17th Century, to the times when black slaves were still held by white masters. In those times, the masters took some of the slaves into their chambers and bore into them. And so the childrenContinue reading “A Glance at History: The Brown Paper Bag Test”