A few days ago on my Instagram account, I spoke about facing yourself. Last week I was really moved by Pepper Brooks’ latest blog post. In case you don’t click to read, in “It’s easier to be a Workaholic” Pepper wrote a bit about one of the masks that she wears. I was struck by… Continue reading The struggle is real.
The air around me is rife with people talking about their purpose. A couple of weeks ago my mentor Krista Foss encouraged me to write down my mission. I left our meeting thinking. As a writer, what am I passionate about? What do I want to achieve? I, Claire would like… To honestly discuss topics of… Continue reading Mission? In progress.
I’d heard there were videos that captured the HERstory in Black experience, but I’d completely forgotten. Then one day, I caught a clip on on How She Hustles’ Instagram account. Jully Black led the ladies as they sang “This Little Light of Mine”. I can feel the sisterhood in every frame of this video. Be… Continue reading Flashback Friday: HERstory in video
If, like me, you live in Paris, Ontario, you probably know the Arlington Hotel. But do you know Erin Dunham? Erin is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Other Bird Restaurant Group . The Other Bird owns our beloved Arlington, as well as five Hamilton-based restaurants: Two Black Sheep, Burro, The Mule , Black Sheep Snack Bar ,… Continue reading Introducing: Erin Dunham
In December, all I knew of HERstory in Black is that it was an idea. Emily Mills, CEO of How She Hustles had decided to step out on faith and share her vision: she wanted to create a digital photo series featuring 150 Canadian Black Women. Along the way, Emily asked the women of How… Continue reading A taste of HERstory: Reflections on an unforgettable evening
Can I confess something horrible? As a longtime naturalista, over the years, I’ve caught myself judging other Black women. Not in an overtly hostile way. But I fell into a mindset where natural hair was the only hair that made sense to me. I thought it was the best choice for everyone. And for the… Continue reading Halle and Hairplay
The brainchild of Emily Mills, How She Hustles is a women’s network that’s been thriving for nearly 7 years. Their events are a celebration of sisterhood. Bringing together women of diverse backgrounds, How She Hustles encourages women to connect, and enjoy each other’s company. In December, Ms. Mills announced that she was working on a project… Continue reading Making HERstory: The Photographers
True story: A week or so ago, after I’d done my hair, I decided to take a photo. I picked up my phone, and put the camera in selfie-mode. The next thing you know, I was making a screwface at the thing, like, “What kind of [new-twist-on-old-swearword] is this?!?” My new ‘do–which was full and… Continue reading Selfies suck.
You know what? I’m tired of people thinking that racism in the workplace isn’t actually a problem unless someone burns a cross on someone’s desk or yells, “Hey, nigger!” Honestly. The signs of bigotry don’t have to be that obvious in order to be harmful. When it comes to claims of racism and believability, writing… Continue reading Sorry? Not sorry.
I can’t begin to tell you how long I’ve wanted to review this book. I finished reading The Universe Has Your Back a long time ago. So what’s kept me from talking about it? Fear. On one hand you have the fact that I’m spiritually liberal: Religiously speaking, I have a Christian background. I’m familiar with… Continue reading Read it!: The Universe Has Your Back