Inheritance of War A Case for Reparations in the Caribbean Sikhism’s Teachings on Justice have Taught Me about Myself. Last Call I forgive my Father for the injustice he has caused me Isokan What you learn from suing your teachers A Legacy of Self Advocacy How to sit on a man The People Vs. Sunday TRAD Vol.13 Playlist


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TRAD is a grassroots educational organization. We create African centered educational experiences, publish a bi-weekly ideas magazine, and create educational resources for learners, teachers, and community.



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Carnival Playlist Essentials

In Carnival by Jada Cadasse August 8, 2020

Within Carnival and in the hearts of Caribbean people soca is truly the spirit of the celebration. It goes beyond just music to tell stories of who we are. It is a representation of unity, togetherness, and celebration and, during Caribana, it is a taste of home.

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Our bodies remember

In Carnival by Angelo Grant August 8, 2020

When asked, the Moko Jumbie will assert that he walked across the Atlantic from West Africa to the Caribbean, and that even though he has been brutalized for centuries, he stands “tall, tall, tall!”

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Play Yuself; Play ah Mas’

In Carnival by Sarah Brooks August 8, 2020

As revelers are unmasked, they shed traditional characters to reveal embellished bodies. Individual bodies replace character costumes as the central feature of mas’ and revelers are free to “play themselves.”

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In Carnival by N Rams August 8, 2020

“How?” he asked. One word. A small question with a big answer that I didn’t know how to give right then, unprepared, still dehydrated and tired from standing and jumping all morning … It meant that he didn’t know what freedom was.


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Learning to walk


    Elder Mohamed Sheikh

    A lesson in negotiations, geopolitics and marriage diplomacy with Somali-Canadian elder.

    Prof Maurice


    Prof. Maurice Iwu invites you to consider that our ideas of medicine are never complete.  



    One-on-one with Celina Caesar-Chavannes about power, politics and Black womanhood in Canada.

    Dr. Chika Ezeanya

    Dr Chika Ezeanya- Esiobu discusses the relationship between knowledge and power.

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    Otjize: Earth’s Beauty

    In Beauty by Tine Ndhlovu April 11, 2021

    Africa and its African queens are so unique and beautiful in all of their melanin. It is a land filled with beautiful people and beautiful resources. One who is in tune with nature is in tune with the practice of living, embracing Earth’s beauty. Our bodies are our most sacred spaces, and the vessel for our spirit. Using the body …

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    On Beauty:
    Investing and Divesting

    In Beauty by Dinan Alasad April 11, 2021

    I distinctly remember the first comments ever made about my appearance. I must have been two-years-old when a relative asked my fair-skinned mother why it was that I was so much darker than both her and my siblings. Soon after, comments about my sparse, patchy hair and its relatively rougher texture began. As I grew older, many people would ask …

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    I Wanted to Ask Him, What That Hair Do?

    In Beauty by Yannick Mutombo April 11, 2021

    Show me your favourite childhood picture from the early 2000s, and I will show you an era trafficking almost exclusively in clumsiness, where everything is either oversized or ill-fitting, sometimes both. Like say, the trendy jean shorts and the fast-food combos, the haircuts given to unsuspecting Black boys – no ifs, ands, or buts. Back then we weren’t quite what …

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    Happy Feet

    In Beauty by Shaza Elnour April 11, 2021

    Artist Statement  Shaza Tariq Elnour’s Happy Feet is a short retrospective that looks at her work capturing celebrations and events during her role as Marketing Director for the University of Waterloo’s Black Association. The aim of this series is to highlight how community events enabled the positive and joyous communion of Black, African, Afro-Caribbean, and Caribbean communities in Waterloo-Kitchener. The …

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    Wrapped in the Fabrics of Home:
    A Photo Essay exploring the Evolution of the Sudanese Traditional Toub

    In Beauty by Iman Abbaro April 11, 2021

    I often think of the elder Sudanese women around me when I think of their resilience to stand in beauty. I think of my mother, my haboba (grandmother), and of my aunts. I think of the way they have gracefully embraced tradition throughout generations—specifically the tradition of the Sudanese toub from its vibrant colours to the way it elegantly flows …

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    The Wounds of My Motherland Scar Me:
    A Nigerian-Canadian Perspective on National Trauma

    In Editor's Pick Health and Healing by Noroh Dakim and Sonia Igboanugo February 14, 2021

    Because national trauma is hardly discussed in the context of its effects on diasporans, we often experience a dissonance between the distress we feel as we watch our motherland bleed, and the unspoken message that we should not be as affected because we are far away from home. The lack of validation and under recognition of the impact of national trauma on the wellbeing and mental health of members of the diaspora is a huge disservice and quite frankly harmful.”

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    A most sacred plant

    In Editor's Pick Food by Donisha Prendergast December 20, 2020

    I love ganja, herb, marijuana, cannabis, weed, trees… whatever name the plant goes by in your world. I love everything about it. The colour, the smell, the taste, the texture, what it represents, how useful it is in the world, how it makes me feel, the ceremonious way I encounter it within Rastafari, the space that it brings me to.  …


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