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Apparently, our relationships with soap and water vary (*cough* Ashton Kutcher *cough*), and the conversation is steeped in privilege.

“Yuh bade yet?”

Part of being raised in a Jamaican household meant being interrogated by your parents and frequently accosted with this question.

Jamaican parents often check-in with their children and ask them many things (“Yuh tek up yuh book fram mawnin?” “Yuh couldn’t wash up di two likkle plates dem inna di sink?” “Ah hoofa socks dis deh pon di groung?” “Yuh say yuh prayers?”) but the question of whether or not we had all taken our daily shower is a fond memory of my childhood.

In fact, one of the questions that almost define my childhood is whether…


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The way in which we work was not working. We now have an opportunity to change that, but will we — can we — seize it?

“We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate and lack. We should not long to return, my friends. We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and nature.” — Sonya Renee Taylor

EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE PLAN 2021/2022

Employee Information

Employee Name: Simone Samuels

Department: Proletariat

Supervisor: Capitalism

Report start date: February 1988

Report end date: When work kills me or when I die — whichever one comes first.

Goal 1…


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But also, having some is a good idea. Let your success make the noise.

It will never not irk me when people suggest that Black women should act a certain way. Whether it’s wearing bonnets or not acting out during a tennis match— I just wish people would leave Black women alone and let us be.

And I know, I know — people will say that this has nothing to do with being Black or being a woman or being a Black woman. Here I go again implicating race into everything, yada, yada, yada. Y’all should know by now that I am very pro-Black woman. I never said that I didn’t have a bias…


I’ve also never had coffee. The things I’ve never done don’t mean what you think they do, Ellen McRae.

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Like Ellen McRae, I’m thirty-three and female. Unlike Ellen McRae, I’m single. I’ve also never had sex. You could say that I’m an anomaly. A social misfit if you will.

I haven’t done everything that I “should” have. At some point, in the not too distant future, I will probably get married and have sex (hopefully in that order, but one can never be too sure), the last step to completing the thirty-something rite of passage as prescribed by modern society.

I didn’t plan my life like this. It sort of, just, you know, happened.

I did not set out…


I keep hearing Simone referred to as a “young girl.”

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“Leave that young girl alone!”

“For such a young girl, she has done a lot…”

“That girl is under a lot of pressure.”

Girl, girl, girl, girl, girl.

She may be just under 5 feet but she is twenty-four years old. She is a leader and she is a professional. She is no girl, and I cringe when I see women — especially accomplished women — infantilized and referred to as a “girl.”

Simone Biles is a woman. A young woman if you must, but a grown woman still.

No one refers to Michael Phelps as a “young boy.”

Put…


In an anti-Black Olympics, I support my namesake in prioritizing herself.

I will fully admit that I’m biased. I’m biased towards Black women — partly because I am one myself. I’m biased towards people who look like me, because, despite our profile or our differences, I assume that there is an undercurrent of racism and sexism and misogynoir that we all confront — an experience that I believe unites us. But I’m also biased because Black women give and have given so much to the world. So when they choose to take time out for themselves and their health, I stan.

By now, if you have been following the Olympics, you…


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I find myself quoting Rod Stewart more and more lately.

“Some guys have all the luck
Some guys have all the pain
Some guys get all the breaks
Some guys do nothing but complain

Alone in a crowd on a bus after working, I’m dreaming
The guy next to me has a girl in his arms, my arms are empty
How does it feel when the girl next to you says she loves you?
Seems so unfair when there’s love everywhere but there’s none for me.”

It feels like that sometimes doesn’t it? That some guys/gals have all the luck…


When you solve for the margins, you solve for those with the most privilege

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“I feel seen and heard.”⁣

I’m responsible for EDI at work, so I get to spearhead Pride events at the org.⁣

That quote is what a colleague today told me as he thanked me.⁣

I did a presentation on the history of Pride in Toronto. We talked about what each identity means, why I prefer 2SLGBTQ+ to LGBT, the use of pronouns, sex vs. gender and then played a game to reinforce that people are more than their sexual identities.⁣

Many Christians feel hostile towards anything LGBT-related, but I’m thankful for the thinking on multiple sexual identities and the asexuality spectrum.⁣

I went through life…


What, to the Indigenous person, is the 1st of July?

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“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.”

— Frederick Douglass, “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro”

Sometimes I think we forgot that two things that seem to be in opposition can both be true.⁣

I saw a @ripleysaquaca ‘s advertisment on the subway that depicted a shark chasing after a fish. The instinct to hunt, devour and nourish is a natural instinct. The instinct to flee and survive…

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