What It’s Like To Be Labelled As An Angry Black Girl (325/365)

Spoiler alert = it's not fun. So, let's talk about a tale, a tale of being labelled as an angry black girl, which is basically my whole life. I think it doesn't help that I'm a naturally confrontation person who is willing to stand their ground, alongside being blunt - but these personality traits were … Continue reading What It’s Like To Be Labelled As An Angry Black Girl (325/365)

What It Means To Be The Oldest Daughter in a Somali Household (292/365)

I've written about this before, but I feel like I need to expand on this topic because it's really personal and truly aggravates me to my inner core. It's also something I think about a lot especially as I watch my sisters receiving a similar amount of responsibilities that I had at their young ages … Continue reading What It Means To Be The Oldest Daughter in a Somali Household (292/365)

Why is Divorce so Common in Somali Culture? (192/365)

I'm going to write this one on the fly so it's purely opinion driven and honestly there's not a lot written online about this issue. So if you've read the title you know this is exploring divorce in the Somali community and how ridiculously common it is. When I was younger, I went to mosque … Continue reading Why is Divorce so Common in Somali Culture? (192/365)

So, When Are You Getting Married? (186/365)

"So, when are you getting married?" This question has quite possibly been the bane of my existence for most of my life, I'm speaking from purely a Somali perspective here but I know many women from other cultures will relate to this. As children we're essentially spoon fed the idea that we'll get married and … Continue reading So, When Are You Getting Married? (186/365)

What is Happening in Sudan? (162/365)

I feel like whenever there's a conflict in the Eastern world a lot of the West just ignore it and pretend it's not happening - until one of their citizens is involved and honestly it's kind of scary. I will admit I'm fairly ignorant to what's happening in Sudan but even with my rushed knowledge … Continue reading What is Happening in Sudan? (162/365)

Why I Wished I Had an Older Sister (144/365)

Growing up as the older sister does have its privileges, I get to tell my younger siblings off, be responsible and generally run the house (that might be Somali girl specific), but sometimes it's just tiring and draining. One thing I am very jealous of is, of anyone who has an older sister because having … Continue reading Why I Wished I Had an Older Sister (144/365)

“You’re Not Black, You’re Somali” (142/365)

I always love being told what my race is by other people who aren't of the same race (hint hint, this is sarcasm). I feel like this is an experience shared by every Somali diaspora across the globe, but I can only speak from the UK perspective - it's ridiculous and it happens a lot. … Continue reading “You’re Not Black, You’re Somali” (142/365)

Sometimes We Don’t Want to be ‘Strong Independent Black Women’… (127/365)

I personally feel like one of the most damaging racial stereotypes is the one of the 'strong independent black woman', not because we're not strong or have our own autonomy. It's because this trope forces us to be strong by default and not allowing a moment of weakness, it doesn't give us the autonomy of … Continue reading Sometimes We Don’t Want to be ‘Strong Independent Black Women’… (127/365)

We Need To Start Talking About Addiction in the Somali Community (122/365)

The Somali community has a whole has loads of great things, we have a rich culture and truly lit weddings, but there's a lot of things we've been keeping swept under the rug - and we need to start addressing these problems. I'm not saying to create an expose and ruin people's lives, but some … Continue reading We Need To Start Talking About Addiction in the Somali Community (122/365)

Weird Racist Things That No One Talks About (93/365)

This might offend some of you, so if you're not open to hearing about underlying racist things - this is your warning. I've faced a lot of racism in my life, it's gotten to the point that you kind of get used to it. I remember sitting in a sociology seminar and the professor/PHD student … Continue reading Weird Racist Things That No One Talks About (93/365)