AuthorClaire

Thank you for stopping by! My name really is Claire. I’m a Canadian of Caribbean descent. I enjoy writing and thinking about theology, culture, health, beauty, and books. My site's cover photo is from CreateHER Stock stock photos.

Meet Maya Ford!

It’s Black Business Month, and I’m proud to bring you my latest discussion. This time around, I spoke with a thriving African-American entrepreneur and businesswoman. Maya Ford is the founder of FordMomentum!, a communications firm located in Houston, Texas. The FordMomentum! team remains committed to treating communications as a science, while upholding an inclusive perspective to their work. As...

Mind Your Media: The Core of The Grift

Further to yesterday’s post, I’ve finally got a clear idea of what’s been bothering me. Certain media figures lie consistently about the way the world works and how people treat each other. They seem to love comforting themselves and their audiences with the idea that the oppressed or vulnerable within society are trying to fool everyone. Some do it with great flair. They may produce just enough...

On Compassion

Just FYI: My next interview starts off with a question that uses this word. I was inspired to write this post because I wanted to address something that’s been lurking in the atmosphere. Let’s start things off off with a definition. According to Merriam-Webster, compassion is a “sympathetic  consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” These days...

Black Women’s Freedom Weekend

How are you doing, Dear Reader? On Twitter I mentioned the combined phenomenons of Beyoncé dropping Renaissance, and this past weekend’s Caribana parade. The blissful timing of it all made me dub the last few days Black Women’s Freedom Weekend. There’s no doubt that if, like me, you’re a Black woman of Caribbean descent, and you love Bey, your mood might’ve gotten a double boost of energy within...

Beyond “Break My Soul”: Anticipating New Beyoncé

“B is back,” indeed! Like so many of you I’ve been blasting Beyoncé’s lates single. It’s a certified hit. But it’s also been speaking to me on a deeper level. When I hear “Break My Soul” my spirit feels unstoppable. It gives my mood a boost. Queen Bey’s new album drops tomorrow, and I can’t wait! From what I read last night, her new...

Juneteenth: It’s about freedom. Part Two

Today my discussion on Juneteenth with Jason Greer continues, as I asked him to share an issue of his own choosing. Claire Francis – Is there anything that I haven’t brought up thus far related to Juneteenth and its commercialization or portrayal that you think needs to be brought out into the open and discussed further? Jason Greer – Yes. One thing I will say is that we need to be...

Juneteenth: It’s about freedom. Not merch.

The story of Juneteenth is an important part of American history: On January 1, 1863, in the United States, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Yet enslaved Texans did not know that they had been set free until two and a half years later. On June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, Major General Gordon Granger issued General Order Number 3. This document declared what the rest of...

Don’t use news to abuse.

I’ve tried to stay away from social media over the past several weeks. Although I click  on a tweet every now and then when I see it in an article, for the most part, I’ve succeeded. But a few days ago, I noticed that I’ve been drawn to something else. For, although I’ve tried to keep my distance from the Land of Likes, I’ve become a little too fond of my News app. Have you ever...

Mind Your Media: Manipulating Martin

“…I have not said to my people ‘get rid of your discontent’.”Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior – Letter from Birmingham City Jail Last week on the internet, I noticed someone with a following misinterpreting Dr. Martin Luther King’s words. Since last month was the month of his birth, I shouldn’t have been surprised.  And although the person’s speech was grandiloquent their...

A Taste of Home

I haven’t read the article yet. But I feel like seeing Bee Quammie in the Toronto Star has freed me to write this post. A few years ago, there was a story in the Star about roti. As a Canadian of Caribbean descent, I was disappointed, and I know that I wasn’t alone. For those of you who do not know, roti is a food staple within Caribbean and South Asian communities. Articles such as this one...

Claire

Thank you for stopping by!

My name really is Claire. I’m a Canadian of Caribbean descent.

I enjoy writing and thinking about theology, culture, health, beauty, and books.

My site's cover photo is from CreateHER Stock stock photos.