How We Police Our Culture And We Need To Stop This Shit (361/365)

If I had a pound for every time my Black or Somali card got revoked I would be a multi-millionnaire.. ok maybe that's an overreaction but it gets revoked on the daily. I gave up trying to practice my personality in a way that was complicit with the Black and Somali people around me years … Continue reading How We Police Our Culture And We Need To Stop This Shit (361/365)

My Transition from being a Tomboy to the Woman I am Today (321/365)

Like many girls who grew up and experienced their teenage years in the naughties, I was a proud tomboy. Part of it was because I rejected anything feminine and looked down on 'girly girls' and another big part of it was because I crave comfort over anything else. So I looked down on dresses and … Continue reading My Transition from being a Tomboy to the Woman I am Today (321/365)

Why Dont People See Somalis As Black? (272/365)

"You're not black, you're Somali" - Raise your hands if you're Somali and you've heard this sentence before? Keep them raised if you still don't know how to react to this because it doesn't make sense to you. I wish this was a blog post with answers about this weird conundrum, but I'm 26 and … Continue reading Why Dont People See Somalis As Black? (272/365)

Why Are People So Scared to be Single? (160/365)

I've been in many situations with many friendships circles where I've been the perpetually single person. Which in some cases baffles some of them, they're genuinley surprised and shocked by the lack of interest I had in pursuing a relationship. Whenever we'd meet up they'd ask the same question: "So Fatima, hows your love life?" … Continue reading Why Are People So Scared to be Single? (160/365)

“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)

Not Being Black Enough (34/365)

What is being black? Is it listening to certain types of music, having specific styles, talking a certain way? Honestly, it's something that's fascinated me my whole life because I've never been 'black' enough and as a result, it's been a life long struggle to overcome this and to stop trying. Being Somali brings a … Continue reading Not Being Black Enough (34/365)