I am an emerging Sociologist specializing in Black Canadian studies, Black masculinity studies, decolonial pedagogy, and anti-racist education. I am active in community work, educational, and research consultancy to support Black, Indigenous, Queer, and other racialized communities. I challenge oppressive traditions by cultivating racialized student & knowledge-centred education as the founding member and co-ordinator of the Decolonial Perspectives and Practises Hub (DPPH) and the project manager for the Anti-Racist Pedagogy Project (ARPP). As a board member of the American men’s studies association, a decolonial consultant for universities, colleges and community organizations, the co-founder of the National Black Graduate Network, and a student mentor and supervisor. I also held the position of student outreach coordinator, with the Black Canadian Studies Association, for two years.
I appreciate your interest in my work. I am on a journey to mobilize my sociological specialization and passions to foster recognition and connectivity amongst Black scholarly communities, developing a theoretical framework dedicated to Black expressivity and creating learning environments that celebrate expertise by racialized peoples in higher education.
I am a researcher experienced in conducting qualitative, statistical, and quantitative, interpretive analyses. I have led research projects on the intersectional oppression of mothers with postpartum depression, sexism in the dating culture, the relationship between citizenship rights, race and gender, multiculturalism on campuses and racialized youth programming. I am preoccupied with Black empowerment, Black feminism, Black masculinity and decolonial pedagogy, celebrating and instituting value for my identities as a first-generation Ghanaian-Canadian-Jamaican woman and others relegated to the margins whilst incorporating popular music and multimedia activism into my action research.
My master’s degree ‘Rap and Modern Love: Intimate Masculinity’ sought to enliven inquiry into the intimate lives of black men. I conducted a qualitative, thematic analysis of the non-hypermasculine expressions of black men toward women in mainstream rap songs. Considering my findings, I coined the concept of Intimate Masculinity that I argue, can serve as a working framework to investigate, and signify the emotional diversity of black men.
For my doctoral project, I prioritize the voices and agencies of Black men to join, Black feminist efforts in eradicating the colonial dehumanization of African bodies racialized, enslaved, and exploited as “Black” I intend to uncover that diverse men racialized as Black within Canada, in their day to day lives elevate themselves and empower society at large. Ultimately, countering the perpetual demonization and marginalization of Black men in western scholarship and mainstream media. Instead of adhering to the academic tradition of addressing the ‘problems’ imposed on and experienced by Black men, I am on a quest to demonstrate that the contributions by Black men and their Black female co-conspirators are and have been indispensable to the Canadian social fabric. I stand with Black Lives Matter Movements, dedicating this work to unifying and complexifying Black Canadians and the knowledge produced about us.
As an anti-racist, and decolonial advocate, my main pre-occupations are combatting anti-Black racism and euro-white supremacy. We, the teams, collaborators, and allies that I work with, are all dedicated to privileging the experiences and needs of racialized Black peoples, Afro-Caribbean’s alike – who have been too often neglected, excluded, and disparaged by social, and institutional constraints. In complementary ways, my initiatives strive to cultivate safe(r) spaces, opportunities, and resources for Black communities and celebrate Black knowledge in education and the community.
The Black Studies Collective at Concordia has been galvanizing multi-stakeholders to institutionalize Black Studies at Concordia University. We co-design conferences, events and mobilize students, faculty, and staff to celebrate and share their contributions to Black Studies. After joining my colleagues in drafting the Concordia Statement for Black Lives in tandem with the 2020 BLM movements, the President’s Anti-Racist Taskforce was established.
I am a sitting board member (2024). The purpose of the American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA) is to develop the critical studies of men and masculinities globally through the advancement of feminist-informed scholarship. AMSA’s goal is to provide a forum for teachers, researchers, students, artists, and practitioners to collaborate and support one another in a mutually empowering environment.
To maintain Black empowerment and celebration at large – I co-developed an online platform for Black graduate students and students of Black studies to collaborate, share resources, mentor and build solidarity across the country. The National Black Graduate Network offers the connectivity my colleagues and I have longed for in our academic careers.
As an executive of the Black Canadian Studies Association from 2019-2021, I have been able to propel my efforts for Black empowerment on a macro-scale – where I worked with a dream-team of Black studies faculty, researchers and students across the country to maintain a culture against anti-Black racism and towards Black enrichment, multidisciplinary and cross-human care.
Change requires us to mobilize social justice reform in and out of the classroom. Academia is insufficient without the teachings of grassroots organizers and activists. I am proud to work for, receive support from and collaborate with leading community organizations.
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