Shahida's Recent Articles

Hola Morena: Between Culture & Colorism in Colombia

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Since I moved abroad to Colombia last March, I’ve adapted to a plethora of cultural differences; from the intricacies of hailing a Taxi to the faux pas of turning down food. Though there are many aspects of life in the South American nation that I...

If You’re Not Black You Have No Place Critiquing Our Fight for Justice

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Music artist MIA recently sparked controversy after comments criticizing black social justice movements that she shared in a recent interview with ES Magazine have gone viral. The London-born singer of Sri Lankan descent was asked to share her thoughts on Beyonce’s “Formation”, which she responded...

What’s Been Missing From the Conversation on Black Americans “Appropriating” African Culture

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It´s been no big secret that there have long been underlying tensions within the African-American and African immigrant community, even these labels can be a topic of dispute as to which is appropriate for whom. Yet whether we had been blind to the subtle rifts...

Colombia While Black, And Natural

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When I made the decision to journey to Colombia for a months-long fellowship in early March, I tried my best to mentally prepare myself for the many cultural adjustments I knew would likely be in store. Out of all the new customs and realities I’ve...

Back Pocket Friend

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“Yeah, he’s keeping you close enough to keep an eye on you but distant enough to say you’re just friends,” said one of my male friends, confirming what I already knew about a certain ‘friendship’. This had been going on for sometime. We’d hang out,...

I.N.D.E.P.E.N.D.E.N.T: Do We Know What That Means?

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What do we mean when we call ourselves 'independent women?'