Black Girl, Grad School

an amalgamation of personal politics, and my life as a Ph.D. candidate

Posts tagged “caribbean

Women & LGBTQ Struggles in the Caribbean, for Left Forum 2019

Posted on 2019-07-01

This Sunday, on June 30th 2019 I had the honor of facilitating a panel for Left Forum 2019 on the struggles happening in the Caribbean against repressive political, judiciary, and religious groups in those societies– which harm women and LGBTQ populations.  This blog post will include my opening speech at the panel and I hope to update this blog post with video clips that are posted online at a later date. Before sharing my speech, I would like to thank the Socialist Workers Alliance of Guyana and Life in Leggings for sponsoring and hosting this panel, as well as Robert Cuffy for organizing this panel and many other panels at Left Forum.  Good Afternoon everyone, my name is Tamanisha John and I will be…

Curaçao: Exploring a City Full of Art & Culture Infused with History

Posted on 2019-04-13

This year during “Spring Break,” I took my first ever realsolo trip. By real, I mean that I went to a county where I knew absolutely no one on the ground. This experience was exhilarating— not only because I made the decision to go less than a week before and at 2am— but also because I had always wanted to travel by myself and visit the island of Curaçao. The trip itself seemed like to two goals of mine coming together. I went to Curaçao for 5 days and 4 nights during the week of April 11-15. While there I mostly visited many natural sites that were accessible to, me as I was on the most Western point of Curaçao (Westpunt). I hiked a 1,230 feet…

Havana, Cuba

Posted on 2018-06-11

If you’d like to know more about my day to day life, now would be the time to follow me on instagram. I will not really write about Cuba in this post since I am tired of it. Cuba is a beautiful country, not unlike other Caribbean countries; however, right-wing Cubans in Miami mad at the fact that I simply visited Cuba has made talking about Cuba almost exhausting. If you would like to see these discussions, follow me on instagram and view the comments under my photos. I’ve returned from Cuba on Thursday (07/06/18). Cuba was a really interesting country in terms of what I was able to see, who I was able to talk and engage with and it shocked me, since it…

Some thoughts on today…

Posted on 2018-01-18

So I have been having two thoughts today that I thought I’d share and also open up to comments on my thoughts.   Thought 1: Lately, I’ve been thinking about the role of the academic in all of the research that they do. I believe in activist research, however, if we are to say that morality is relative and thus conclude that it is illusive– and that objectivity is unrealistic–how do/should we advocate/fight for things in our work as academics?   I think that this is an important question, because I believe that inaction in the academy helps to produce conservatisms– and in some respects reinforce them. For instance, if we are to say that we are committed to progressive causes in the academy,…

Canada’s Financial Dominance in the Former English Caribbean Colonies (FECC)

Posted on 2018-01-10

I have some exciting news! A section of my Master’s paper was published today by COHA, entitled ‘Canada’s Financial Dominance in the Former English Caribbean Colonies (FECC).’ You can check it out here. Throughout the the Fall ’17 semester, I have been trying to publish this particular section because I felt that it was relevant, not receiving much attention academically, and going to contribute more to the topic due to my conclusions and connections that were drawn from the literature and data. Needless to say, this portion was rejected and usually without explanation and it made me feel a bit saddened. My work felt like it was not receiving the outlet that it deserved and I felt less ‘valid’ in some respects because of it. Especially since…

Bright Colors, Rich History– Caribbean.

Posted on 2017-12-14

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Four years ago, I started smiling in photos.

Four years ago I fell in love with myself–after practicing what it meant to love myself consciously, since 2010.

Love for self led to self-discovery, love of culture, and love of history.

p.s. photos taken with the iPhone 7+ portrait feature