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The Trump Card – “Trump didn’t win because of why you think”

Today’s news filled me with despair – as a citizen of the world, as a woman, as a person of colour, as a human. Even though the results of the American election has a drumroll effect on the rest of the world, and tells us a lot about about the general mindset of a large portion of population, I cannot even begin to fathom how an American might feel, especially one that feels now more than ever, that they are experiences are worth nothing in a country that claims to be great. I had a lot of election conversations today to try and understand why a forward thinking country like...

Remember – A Poem for Women’s Day

I was asked to write a poem about Women’s Day and while I believe that it is pitiful to celebrate Women’s Day and pretend for one day that we live in an equal society. But my feelings aside, the words came, and I was grateful to be given the opportunity to deliver it this morning. 60 years of “You strike a woman, you strike a rock” 60 years of “Help” “I’m sorry” “No” “Please don’t” 60 years of “You must have liked it” “You should have covered up” “You asked for it” “Shhh, don’t tell anyone” 60 years of inequality fear betrayal pain The end of the facade The rise...

Review: The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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Synopsis: Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of women of color in the southern United States in the 1930s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture. The novel has been the frequent target of censors and appears on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2000-2009 at number seventeen because of the sometimes explicit content, particularly in terms of violence. Rating: 8/10 Opinion of the book: I read The Color Purple as part of the Emma Watson Book Club Challenge, sw. This is a book that I’ve always wanted to read but I...

Fictional Heroine: April Ludgate from ‘Parks and Recreation’

It’s almost a year since Parks and Recreation aired their final episode, and of course there are late bloomers like me that only just finished watching the series. But watching Parks is an experience, it’s a learning curve, it’s an inspiration. So naturally I would find a character that I would gravitate towards, that I would relate to, and for most people that would be the amazing Leslie Knope – driven, enthusiastic, ambitious, assertive – but for me, it was Parks’ Debbie Downer – April Ludgate....