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Knowing your worth as a black women in today’s society

When I was 14, I used to pack my flat iron in my school bag. Wedged between my lunch box and pencil case, this seemingly crucial feat of proactivity occurred every Sunday like clockwork; as though I had thought to offer God the words of a church sermon in exchange for biblically flat hair. Between classes, I’d take my chance […]

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February reads to make the most of your week off

February reads to make the most of your week off

Not so Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella Not so Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella If you were a fan of the Shopaholic series, Sophie Kinsella’s newest book will not disappoint.  Kinsella perfectly captures the “young woman in a big city” trope, much like Rebecca Bloomwood’s character in the Shopaholic series.  This trope resonates with newly graduated people who have dreams […]

by Bethany Bowles· · 0 comments · Arts, Arts and Life ·
A diverse playlist to celebrate decades of influential black music

A diverse playlist to celebrate decades of influential black music

“Jab FOREVER” by Skinny Banton The song “Jab FOREVER” by Grenadian Soca artist, Skinny Banton, rings with black pride. It has an infectious rhythm and melody that pulsates in your veins and encourages celebration. While the song hints to elements of Grenada’s carnival (Jab is French patois for “Devil” — a folklore character in carnival celebrations), it also speaks to […]

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Beating the odds conference inspires resilience in K-W students

Beating the odds conference inspires resilience in K-W students

On Friday Feb. 10, the Beating The Odds conference was held in the Turret on the Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo campus. This event is dedicated to inspiring and educating black high school students in the Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge area to pursue post-secondary education. The conference was created 12 years ago by Laurier alumnus David Green, as there were an alarming […]

by Kaitlyn Severin· · 0 comments · Arts, Arts and Life, Life ·
Photo by Alex Trkulja

A new strain of gonorrhoea is sticking around: how to stay safe and aware

What is typically undetectable, extremely preventable and on the rise? Gonorrhea — and like chlamydia, it’s hard to spell but easy to catch. For those who slept through sex-ed in high school, gonorrhea is a bacterial infection that you can get through oral, anal or vaginal sex. Recently, Public Health Ontario has noted a rise in sexually transmitted diseases and […]

by Shyenne MacDonald· · 0 comments · Arts and Life, Life ·