Dear Black Girl: A Love Letter to My Younger Self

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February is Black History Month & what some like to call the Month of Love. For me, it is a time of self-reflection as I often find myself reminiscing about the past and contemplating the future.

I recently came across a video I made in Grade 12 for my Media class. The video visualized my personal essay titled “Inner Shards,” and I was so delighted to find it because I thought I had permanently lost the essay due to technological issues. Now a 20-year-old Black woman, watching the video transported me into the past as I listened to then 17-year-old me narrate her story.

So, in the spirit of this month, I would like to share that story with you and dedicate a love letter to my younger self and all the young Black girls reading this.

Black on Black: A Quick Guide to Dismantling Colourism in Black Communities

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Colourism is defined as prejudice or discrimination, especially within a racial or ethnic group, favouring people with lighter skin over those with darker skin. This divide is most often seen between black and white regardless of how progressive times may seem, yet the largest grey area is brought to light when the divide is between…

“Tough on Crime, Tough on BIPOC”: The Racialized Interplay between Police Violence and The Prison System.

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By putting the spotlight on Canada, the relationship between police brutality, racial profiling and the overrepresentation of marginalized groups in the prison population is examined, leaving no stone untouched. Government initiatives such as “tough on crime” strategies are analyzed to expose detrimental results such as increasing police violence, dangerous prison conditions, and the systemic oppression of BIPOC.

The Other Side Isn’t Greener: Prejudice and Discrimination in the Modelling Industry

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Within the age of technology, we often find ourselves comparing our lives to those we praise on social media. Models, influencers, YouTubers, celebrities… the list goes on. But have you ever stopped to consider the main difference between these people and yourself? As women within a highly discriminatory society facing various forms of prejudice, these…