Who is TRAD?
TRAD is a grassroots educational organization. We create African centered educational experiences, publish tradmag.ca a bi-weekly ideas magazine, and create educational resources for learners, teachers, and community.
We should not be afraid of change. Instead, we must explore the ways in which we are still connected. We are all on a common journey to freedom.
In lieu of being deprived of the best celebration of the year. Let’s remember the man dem we’d see on the road that made Carnival, Carnival.
We have to pay homage to the women who make Carnival, Carnival. Without them, whining and liming would not be the same.
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.
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!”
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.”
“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 Sidow
Prof Maurice Iwu
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
“At the time too, I was contemplating what justice could mean. Right? And not even just justice, honestly, it was what kindness meant on a deeper level, it was what patience meant on a deeper level. It was the beginning of me understanding forgiveness and how it heals you more than it heals the other person.
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.”
We talk to Kabaka about the ideas behind his music, and how he uncovered an alternate curriculum of consciousness
A celebration of the food we love. The food that reminds us of home and awakens our senses of nostalgia.
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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