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…

The only thing I will add is that you are confounding racial power with economic or political power. A Black member of Congress has political power but lacks racial power.

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When I’m grieving or when my heart is broken, don’t give me platitudes — sit with me.

Thanks Jen. And yes, I totally agree re: UBT. It doesn't go into enough depth and is usually a checkbox for many organizations.

And it’s interesting that it took a male colleague to make you storm off set.

“‘One day you’re cock of the walk, the next a feather duster’”— Margot Barber (Piers Morgan’s Twitter bio. How ironic.)

I’ve written at length about Meghan Markle over the past few days. I beg your indulgence for what I hope is my last piece on this “Megxit” saga and that infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on Sunday night on CBS in North America.

Today, Piers stormed off set after a colleague — weatherman Alex Beresford — took him to task about his unrelenting criticism of Meghan. The interview can be watched below:

Apparently, Meghan and Piers had…

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