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    Up Close: 150 Black Women in Canada Share Their Stories


    This essay was a part of a CBC project highlighting the stories of 150 Black Women in Canada. It launched on Canada Day 2017. I am named after my grandmother, whom I never got a chance to meet. She lived in a small, rural village in Eritrea, third eldest of 11 children. She was a sweet, humble woman who had the admiration of everyone in that village, according to all those who tell me about growing up with her. She later…

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    Beyond the Braid

    This article appeared in the April 2017 issues of Avenue Edmonton. T‌here they were: The bubbly models in the Pantene commercials flipped their hair in slow motion while they smiled into the camera,…

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    A Tribe Called Red

    This article appeared in Vue Weekly the week of Nov 23, 2016 It’s the Friday after the US federal election—Remembrance Day—and Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau of A Tribe Called Red is at home with…

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    Massawa Cafe

    This article appeared in Vue Weekly the week of Oct. 12, 2016 When Tewelde “Jimmy” Nemariam opened Massawa Café & Bistro in downtown Edmonton on Canada Day 2015, he hoped for the best, but he…

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    Our Mercury

    This article appeared in Vue Weekly the week of Oct. 6, 2016 All photos by me. When Up + Downtown Music Festival’s artistic director, Brent Oliver, contacted Our Mercury about doing another show, it was…

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    Tim Okamura

    An edited version of this article was the cover story in Vue Weekly the week of Sept 29, 2016 Brooklyn’s iconic Gleason’s Gym has been home to many underdogs since it opened almost 80…

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    This article originally appeared in Afropunk in March 2016.   It’s been just over 10 years since Ashanti Marshall started playing shows in halls and cafes in and around her hometown of Edmonton,…

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    Brown, Black, and Fierce

    This article originally appeared in Afropunk on November 6, 2015. There’s a sore spot for many IPOC (Indigenous, People of Colour) in Canada. While outsiders have long looked at the country as…

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    Ethiopia Skate

    The images that most people outside of Africa have of it are of its tragedies. When one happens, it eclipses the continent and leads to rehashed, cookie-cutter solutions, while grouping it…