How to raise a champion

by Jendella Benson  So I’ve been thinking about buying life insurance, and also about writing a will. Apparently these are the things that you’re meant to do when you become a parent. I need to think about my kid’s future and how I can secure it on his behalf. The cheerful daytime TV adverts that… Read More

The Gender Pay Gap Does Exist – and Childcare is Key to Tackling it

by Bobby Gardiner Late last year, Sony was comprehensively hacked by a group called the ‘Guardians of Peace’. The company’s inner workings were gutted and thrown into the public eye, with many of the originally private email conversations sparking outrage and debate. One such conversation was between Andrew Gumpert and Amy Pascal, who were discussing… Read More

Blogging: “I always wanted to be Marilyn Monroe, Debbie Harry or Madonna”

by Swazi Rodgers After attending last year’s Mumsnet BlogFest, I wrote a post about how bloggers who go to conferences appear to be uniformly white. It received a lot of responses including a positive promise from two blogging networks to meet up and discuss how to improve diversity and inclusion at their events. Mumsnet –… Read More

How can we combat the ignorance, fear and anxiety about illness, death and dying?

by Vaidehi Mujumdar  My grandmother passed away during my senior year of college, one week before my 23rd birthday. She died in the house in which I had lived for the first three years of my life. I was in New Hampshire, she in a city in Central India. For months my grandmother had insisted to… Read More

Screen Time For PoC in 2014

by Shane Thomas CONTENT NOTE: This post will contain discussion of domestic violence, and also contains spoilers for ‘Murdered By My Boyfriend’ and ‘The Secrets’ Earlier this week, I was in conversation with a work colleague. She’s a black woman, and we both reminisced about the 1990’s sketch show, The Real McCoy, while simultaneously interrupting… Read More

Visions of Postcolonial Ageing

By Sangita Mistry  A memory of my grandfather wafts into the air each time someone passes me, chewing paan. The distinctive aroma of the crushed supari (diced betal nut), sprinkled like crimson gold dust onto the white paste (chuno – lime stone) and spread onto a betal leaf is a vivid sense memory. My research… Read More

Mommy, When Is our Father Son Time? Shattering the Parental Binary

by Carolyn Wysinger  Today is the day that we take out to celebrate Mothers. We celebrate the new beginnings that they birth, the lives they nurture and support, the faith that they have in their families and also instill in their children. On this special day we will see many images of mothers, grandmothers and… Read More

No Alibis – Educating children about racism

by Margarita Aragon This past October I sat in the assembly room of my children’s primary school for the Year 1 presentation for parents. After a group of children in animal masks told us about their visit to the farm, and a few songs, another group of children came to the forefront of the stage to… Read More

Does Canada damage black people?

by Zetta Elliot “When You’re Strange” Last semester I was displeased but not surprised when a student raised her hand at the end of class and asked how I felt about my hometown’s crack-smoking mayor. Rob Ford is ridiculous enough to be quickly dismissed, but another controversy emerged from Toronto last fall that was deeply… Read More

Sex, Cash, and the Afridicto Disposition

…or, Why the African Parent has the Tendency to Push their Kids into the Elite Traditional Professions by Jasmine Boadi I often wonder why most African parents belonging to the older generations are so keen on getting their kids (my generation) to become doctors, lawyers, bankers, dentists, engineers, accountants (or any other job title that… Read More