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Getting OLDER? Keep cozy, Friends.

I have never resented aging. But the way that society and the media handles it…? If you listen to their noise, you could very well get a complex. ‘Round these parts, the stench of the media’s latest agist disaster is still in the air. Every now and then on Twitter, someone seems stunned when a woman’s face has barely changed after 20+ years of being an adult. (Psssst! Forty-something isn’t that...

Losing Lisa LaFlamme: Familiar Territory

In case you’ve missed the news over the past week or so, here’s a nugget for you. Here in Canada, Lisa LaFlamme, the anchor of CTV News’ 11PM broadcast, was dismissed. Since it was first released, this story has become international news: In the United States, People and The Hollywood Reporter have published their own summaries of what happened. The last time I checked Google, stories have also...

PSA: On Misogynoir

There’s a story behind this post. I just don’t feel like telling it right now. Certainly, if I ever do, I won’t mention any names. And I’ll likely obscure details, because those are no one’s business. That said: If you’re a Black woman, and another Black woman confronts you for being horrible to her, that’s not an example of misogynoir. Things are tough enough out here without having to face...

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...

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...

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