One of the joys of being mixed race is that you are a participant in the "Guess Your Race" game on a semi-regular basis. It's not that you want to play the game but your existence seems to bring out the overly-curious and the people who...Read More
I find myself conflicted about Caribana/Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival.
Actually, no, I don’t. I’m not conflicted at all. I don’t go to Caribana and I have no desire to go. This is apparently strange because as a Trinidadian living in Toronto, that’s one of the first questions I get asked this time of year. My response to the question is generally, “Nope, I don’t go. That probably makes me a bad Trini.”
When the question went out about whether we’d write something about minorities and the automatic presumption that most are homophobic, I said, “Sure! I’ll write something.” I just wasn’t sure what to write about since homosexuality was never really discussed when I was growing up.
My parents aren’t homophobic and they raised us the same way. When I thought about homophobia and the gay movement in Trinidad, there are three moments that stand out for me.
I recently tweeted that I wore sunblock for three reasons: Vanity, health and post-colonialism. Then I took a moment to actually read what I wrote and then I looked at my coffee table and saw the following:
Roc’s Soleil Protexion+ in SPF 60
Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry Touch in SPF 45
Clinique Body Creme in SPF 30
and Lubriderm Moisturizer with Sunscreen in SPF 15
Fashion experts say that jeans are one of the hardest items to fit and find, especially if you’re a woman. I don’t disagree but I’d add that finding the perfect dress shirt ranks right up there with the perfect denim.
FERKNOT may have solved the problem with their line of bespoke dress shirts for men and women.
Canada is made up of immigrants, some here earlier than others. It’s become a bit of a game to see who’s from here – as in their family has lived in Canada for a few generations – and who may not be from here as often experienced by Canadians of colour despite being born and raised in the country.
My latest article about Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, the basis of True Blood. She is making her first appearance at Polaris. Read it here.