Road Trip to Nowhere

Nowhere is a Place by Bernice McFadden is fiction, but much of the story could easily be based on true events. The book begins with the main character Sherry being slapped across the face – it’s a memory she’s recalling from her childhood as she drives cross- country with her mother, Dumplin. There is so… Continue reading Road Trip to Nowhere

Feminism, Activism and Politics in Ivory Coast

Aya is the first-ever graphic novel that I’ve read. I stumbled upon it at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival and I even got to meet the writer, Marguerite Abouet. The name of the series is based on the lead character, Aya, a young woman named who lives in the Ivory Coast during the 1960s. When I… Continue reading Feminism, Activism and Politics in Ivory Coast

Black Girl Searches for God

I’ve been searching for some decent plays that feature Black women as main characters for a while. A couple weeks ago, I was invited to Ottawa for a conference, and how lucky was I to catch the closing night of ‘direct-her’ Djanet Sears‘ play, Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God. Have you ever… Continue reading Black Girl Searches for God

Kerry James Marshall and the Lost Boys

Last week, I got to see the Kerry James Marshall exhibition before it left the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. This photographed work, Lost Boys, gave me chills – it could be an everyday childhood scene – kids playing with toys and toy cars, nothing seems out of the ordinary yet, but after looking closer… Continue reading Kerry James Marshall and the Lost Boys

In the moonlight, Black boys look blue

Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins and originally written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, is one of this year’s most critically acclaimed movies. The film has been named a big contender for the 2017 Oscars and is a direct challenge to the #OscarsSoWhite trending topic that took over Twitter last year. A poignant reflection on black masculinity, my first thought after watching… Continue reading In the moonlight, Black boys look blue

Jamaican restaurant on the Danforth

Last week, I was discussing with my homegirl, Eden the Black Foodie about new Jamaican food spots in Toronto that I could try out. My criteria was pretty simple: taste delicious. Well, I’m happy to report that Eden recommended an amazing spot called Simone’s Caribbean Restaurant, and it’s located, of all places – in the heart… Continue reading Jamaican restaurant on the Danforth