Rachel's 2015 Blog

December 23, 2015
I completed my first semester of grad school. Can't wait to get home for the holidays.

November 2, 2015
I've been nominated for an Engaged Public Citizen award!

October 20, 2015
I participated in a lobbying effort on Capitol Hill to address the Human Rights violations in the Dominican Republic, where upwards of 200,000 Dominicans, most of whom are dark skinned, have been stripped of their citizenship. Junot Diaz and Edwidge Danticat were also part of the group of concerned citizens. This is probably one of the most fulfilling work I've ever done.

September 26, 2015
Mission accomplished! You will recall the general indignation when the CBC reported on the dozen sites in Quebec which included the N-word in the toponomy, including "N*gger Rapids." north of Gatineau. The Quebec authorities had no appetite for changing the insulting names. Apparently, they caved to public shaming came to their senses. I can only hope they will mend fences by honouring oft-forgotten visible minority heroes who helped make Quebec the pioneering province it is today. Hint, hint.

September 25, 2015
CTV NewsNet - Sept 2015 "There are more Murdered and Missing Aboriginal women than there are women wearing the niqab". CTV News. Post French debate discussion about the niqab and family reunification policies. Watch it here.

September 19, 2015
My election debate tweet has gone viral in Canada. The Toronto Star, the CBC and many other MSM have referred to it. If you're not following me on Twitter, start today!

November 5, 2015
When we're told that the cabinet "looks like Canada", you gotta wonder what year they are referring to because it's not 2015.

October 30, 2015
This year, I went as Michael Jackson again, since no one in Washington has seen my costume. Happy Hallowe'en!

September 5, 2015
I'll be talking about Canada's long, chequered history of refusing refugees on Labour Day Monday, on CBC's The Current.

August 21, 2015
I participated in a CTV panel discussion about the Shaun King controversy regarding his ethnic origin. You can watch an excerpt here.

August 3, 2015
GWU Capital change: Later this month, I will start a Masters degree at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.. I can't wait to discover the American capital and all its free museums!

July 6, 2015
I am a special guest on this week's edition of "Commons", which is part of the CanadaLand suite of podcasts. We're taking diversity quotas, tokenism and equity in Canadian politics. Listen here.

June 30, 2015
What a coincidence. Second year in a row I get to attend a FIFA semi-final where Germany opposes the USA. Last year, Germany won over the USA in Brazil. This year, the American women showed Germany the door at a sold-out game in Montreal's Olympic stadium. I took my dad to the game. #RoadTrip

June 15, 2015
I'm attending FIFA World Cup games for the second year in a row. Enjoying the games in Ottawa and Montreal. I love Germany's Celia Sasic! I saw her dominate the games at Lansdown Park.

June 3, 2015
If you missed my appearances on CTV News panels, here are few of them.
  1. Talking about Rachel Dolezal and the NAACP.
  2. Baltimore uprising and police relations in the USA.
  3. Glamour Magazine's sexist column

February 3, 2015
Earlier this week, I did a segment on Rogers TV's show "Entre Nous". Rachel Decoste on  Rogers TV

February 2, 2015
If you heard me on Radio-Canada and are looking for details on the Black History lecture I'm giving on Feb 17th, here it is). If you missed it, listen to it here.

February 1, 2015
It's Black History Month! While the temptation is high to fixate on African American exploits and MLK, I hope Canadians take time to learn about the contribution of Afro-descendants in CANADA. That's the portion of history that is least understood and most ignored. I will be on Rogers TV 23 in Ottawa on Monday, Feb 2nd and on Radio-Canada's Ottawa feed after 5 p.m. ET.

January 22, 2015
This week, I made my debut in two ways: first, I was published in a magazine about Canadian performance and theatre! Second, I was interviewed by Wing-D, an Ottawa based online magazine and lifestyle website hoping to celebrate life through creative articles, pictures and videos. They called me "fierce".

January 12, 2015
Today, I had a moment to remember the victims of the quake...

January 10, 2015
It is my pleasure to share with you two upcoming events on my calendar. I will be the guest speaker. All are welcome to either event!

January 6, 2015
I'm very happy that my collection of Oprah magazines will find a good home, in a project which helps the mentally ill through art!

January 5, 2015
What a treat to watch Team Canada win the gold at the World Junior Hockey Championship with not one but two Black Canadian team mates! Diversity is ever increasing in the national sport. 2015_WJHC_team_Canada_1 (184K) Thank you to Darnell Nurse and Anthony Duclair!

January 3, 2015
I am at Ottawa's 211th anniversary cocktail to celebrate the first freed Black nation in the Americas.

January 1st, 2015
Happy New Year! Today, I celebrate 211 years of freedom bequeathed by Toussaint Louverture. 1804.