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Farai Gotora


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Why I Decided To Observe Kwanzaa This Year

I’m one of those infuriating people that struggle to give a straight answer. This is only because the things I’m asked are often way more complicated than a mere yes or no can satisfy.Take religion for instance. I’m not a Christian, though I’ve attended church frequently this year and gained great insight. Of my meditation practice, a friend, with no malice,...

Independence Day: How I Changed My Thoughts About What America Would Be For Me

I came to the United States in January 2009. It was to be a strictly formal affair involving higher education and a studious young me. A strict transaction where I’d pay an ungodly amount of money for a respectable degree. I kissed my family goodbye and boarded the plane. I refused food onboard lest it distract me from my goals. There was a plan that I packed with my toiletries...

Darkness In The Diaspora: Dealing With Mental Health In African Communities

There are things you don’t talk about in African homes. You don’t talk about the time Father wet himself then slid in the puddle of his making. You don’t talk about the possibility that we’ve been miseducated in matters ranging from religion to matrimony. You most certainly don’t talk about mental illness; why give demons a foothold over our lives by...