Because my trip was rightfully cancelled, the year of prep I put into planning formed the building blocks to a new lifestyle. And the biggest facilitator of my knowledge was YouTube.

some weird thing I did with an Empire Records screenshot and YouTube logo

I haven’t been on YouTube this much since I was in middle school. I started planning my first solo trip in February 2019 and I returned to that world for research on everything. I searched “what luggage to buy” (I bought the 30L Porter but I plan to sell that and get a carry-on suitcase cause my back just can’t), “how to navigate hostel culture” and then gravitated towards…

To Miranda, “having it all” actually means having all the power white men have, suppressing anyone (she imagines) gets in her way, and not apologizing for it.

Way back in 2014 Vulture wrote that Miranda, “ended up being one of the only women in television history to truly have it all. She had a high-powered job, a husband, a baby, a dog, and an actual house with a yard…and no one ever gave her her due.” 5 years later, We Should All Be Mirandas was written by the creators of @everyoutfitsatc, Chelsea Fairless and Lauren Garroni. And I’ll admit, while reading it during my research, I had some epiphanies. …

From the outside looking into Canada’s mainstream media; here are some reasons I didn’t immediately enter the industry post-internship

Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

I was an intern at MuchMusic and CTV when Niedzviecki’s appropriation prize article came out. I remember laughing at my desk while I watched journalists “donate” to a cause meant to make my entire existence as a storyteller irrelevant. The laugh was a product of petty vindication. The illusions, repeatedly fed to me and other Black and racialized journalism students by white professors, about “things being better now”, was just proved wrong by the only people they’d believe or respect; white mainstream-legitimized journalists. I always struggle with what to say in the subject line of an email, but I wish…

goat faces bundled to shape goat horns

I wonder, a lot, about what diasporic cooking in the next generation(s) will look like.

It’s mostly because I’m a lazy, guilt ridden second gen Jamaican-Canadian that my thoughts get dragged in this direction. I’m in my mid-20’s, I don’t have my own dutch pot or know how to make oxtail. And the oats in my oats porridge still come out hard instead of soft and creamy. So, admittedly, part of this wondering is out of fear. I’m worried that I’m always behind. …

Jody Anderson

Freelance writer from Scarborough (Toronto) interested in culture, aunties, & how they all relate. @meshisland

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