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I will marry myself, first:
Marriage and Misogyny

In Power by Nicole Anozie March 20, 2021

As an Igbo woman living in Canada, I have experienced a fusion of cultures. This means that while I do understand the values held within Igbo marriages, I have also come to see what marriages in this part of the world look like. This piece will contrast Igbo and Candian marriages to explore how power works within them.


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Leading by Example:
The Unique Leadership of Muslim African Women

In Power by Rika Mpogazi March 20, 2021

Muslim African women, lead by example. They rally the troops, cultivate awareness and inspire generations. They do not need to declare their presence and showcase their battle scars to command authority. In fact, most often, their sole objective isn’t to become warriors of a cause or the face of a movement.


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When The Monuments Fall

In Power by Bayley Esteves March 20, 2021

The act of removing the monument universally stands for the refusal to accept that colonial forces shall continue to define our present and future. The perpetuation of racism and oppression is no longer an option. By keeping these monuments in public parks or in front of government buildings, they validate and normalize the atrocities these generals, emperors and governors inflicted on human lives.




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

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


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


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


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    The People Vs. Sunday

    In Justice by Ike Ezekwu May 1, 2021

    The ostractization is the worst form of punishment that a village can impose on its own. Constable Sunday became widely known as Sunday Onyeoshi, and with this stigma and the attendant humiliation, he left the village, and spent the rest of his career in ignominy.



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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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    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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    Ganja:
    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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