Artist Jag Nagra recalls what life was like before she came out to her family.
Local organizations have numerous film screenings, concerts, and other events occurring throughout the month to celebrate and commemorate Black History Month. Here are a selection of events, on-campus and across the city, to add to your calendar.
It was my third time in Canada, but my first time flushed with inescapable dread.
All this to say that public art matters. It’s important, then, that any efforts at redesigning and expanding UBC give public art its due consideration in the planning process.
I had to watch myself for simple things like to not lose my cool and never raise my voice under high stress situations.
After a successful election, I quickly found myself feeling stagnant. I found that the bureaucratic nature of these council meetings would not allow me to make true systemic change.
At the event, I found myself in an environment where I didn’t feel as though I was being ‘othered.’ I didn’t have to politely explain why I speak English so well or brush off prolonged awkward stares. It was one of the first experiences that helped me believe that I and had a role to play on this campus.
2021 was going to be the year that I would finally make the trip back, a Christmas miracle after three years of coal. However, well after my tickets were booked and my hopes were raised, the Canadian government dropped the news that eight African countries, including my own, were banned due to the emergence of the Omicron variant.
Growing up, I had an unrealistic and unhealthy relationship with my hair. I described any version of my hair that wasn’t straight as “rough,” “unkempt” and “not good enough.”
The beauty and elegance beholden to our melanin shades is far too magical for the world to comprehend. There’s power in our walk, one filled with strength and resilience. There’s beauty in the way we talk; it is as beautiful as a lullaby being sung to a baby barely holding onto wakefulness.
Art grants people strength in times of uncertainty, it also allows us space to reflect on our identity and place in the world.
A collection of poems by Black students on Black resilience.