HER STORY IN BLACK : 150 BLACK WOMEN MAKING THEIR MARKS IN CANADIAN HISTORY
I was so honoured to have been included in CBC's list of 150 black women who are making their mark in Canadian history. I hated history in school. Why? because it wasn't my history. The books were not built to empower someone with dark skin and coarse hair. If there was one thing a history book ever taught me it was that I was going to be left out, forgotten-- looked over. For years, that is truly how I felt. Left out. Forgotten. Looked over.
Sports journalism in Canada has laid out a lot of mental hurdles in my lane. It truly has shaken up my core and has forced me to fight a lot of inner demons. One thing I had to really get in check early on was my confidence.I was walking into rooms -- whether it be at work or out in the field full of white men. The exception to the rule was in the NBA locker rooms where the men of colour, were the athletes. I'm not going to lie, it was very uncomfortable at first. I would go home and cry. It's not like anyone said or did anything to me.I was starting to ask myself "Why am I here?"-- and that to me was frightening. I was turning on myself. I was questioning myself and it was taking away from the one thing I really wanted to do: tell stories. I got into the industry because I wanted to tell stories and connect with people over one thing that still makes my heart beat stupidly fast ..sports. I had to quickly decide that what I brought to the table was enough and not I, or anybody else was going to get in my way of doing so.
When Emily Mills, founder of the How She Hustles network, reached out to me, I was over the moon. I got the opportunity to hug and connect with 149 other women who likely had to jump over the same kind of mental hurdles that I did when they were first starting out in their careers.I got to meet firsts and onlys. I met lasts and one-of-manys. All beautiful. All resilient. Bold, unapologetic women who are making history on their terms. History built to inspire and empower the next generation of black girls who will take this nation by storm.