• Blog Series

    Rhythm & Flow: How Music Shaped My Blackness

    May 20th, 2017     by Jean Boampong     Comments

    ‘Growing Up Black in Canada’ is a writers’ series brought to you by Black Futures Now Toronto in partnership with Shameless Magazine. The series is meant to bring forward local and personal Black histories that do not fit into mainstream narratives about what it means to be a young person in Canada. Throughout the series we will highlight the non-fiction work of five young writers from various backgrounds. Through their stories, we will explore what … READ MORE

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    Why We Need to Focus On Alternatives to Women’s Incarceration

    May 16th, 2017     by Danika Kimball     Comments

    Over the past 25 years, women’s rates of incarceration have skyrocketed. In Canada, the statistics are grim, as recent reports have confirmed that Indigenous women are among the fastest growing prison populations in the country, as poverty-related crimes and nonviolent drug sentences have translated into life-sentences for many. READ MORE

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    Too Depressed to go to Class Today: Surviving Academia With Depression

    May 3rd, 2017     by Farrah Kabeer     Comments

    Being depressed can feel like being stuck in a deep hole where no one can hear your screams. For me, it was not showering for 3 weeks, forgetting to brush my teeth, staying in bed for days, lying in filth, not cleaning my room. Clothes all over the floor, eating too much, eating too little, sleeping too much, not sleeping at all. Being depressed was constantly dealing with the thought that I would be better off dead. It was several hospitalizations. It was feeling worthless. It was missing school for weeks. It was feeling as if I did not have any friends or that nobody loved me. It was feeling as if I did not matter to anyone. Being depressed was living in my own hell on earth. READ MORE

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    Hijab: Subtle Exclusion Remains… And It’s A Problem

    May 1st, 2017     by Sherifa Hadi     Comments

    ‘Growing Up Black in Canada’ is a writers’ series brought to you by Black Futures Now Toronto in partnership with Shameless Magazine. The series is meant to bring forward local and personal Black histories that do not fit into mainstream narratives about what it means to be a young person in Canada. Throughout the series we will highlight the non-fiction work of five young writers from various backgrounds. Through their stories, we will explore what … READ MORE

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    Letters Loved: Letters to myself

    April 6th, 2017     by deb singh     Comments

    Hello dear Shameless readers! I was so inspired by Letters Lived: Radical Reflections, Revolutionary Paths edited by our very own Shameless editor, Sheila Sampath, that I came back after taking a blogging break and wrote my own letter. Letters Lived is an inspiring short read from writers and activists writing to their younger selves, as adults. Ever want to reassure, guide or share your 20/20 hindsight with yourself after the fact? Letters Lived offers that very promise. … READ MORE

  • Announcements

    Politics Issue Out Now!

    April 4th, 2017     by Sheila Sampath     Comments

    Our politics issue is on the stands now! Check out our editor’s letter and be sure to pick up the issue in person or online! READ MORE

  • Blog Series

    Black Canadian Childhood

    March 30th, 2017     by Kelita Braithwaite     Comments

    ‘Growing Up Black in Canada’ is a writers’ series brought to you by Black Futures Now Toronto in partnership with Shameless Magazine. The series is meant to bring forward local and personal Black histories that do not fit into mainstream narratives about what it means to be a young person in Canada. Throughout the series we will highlight the non-fiction work of five young writers from various backgrounds. Through their stories, we will explore what … READ MORE

  • Shameless Podcasts

    NEW SHAMELESS TALKS PODCAST: independence survival guide

    March 28th, 2017     by Julia De Laurentiis Johnson     Comments

    A new ep. of Shameless Talks is here! Hosted by our arts editor, Julia De Laurentiis Johnson, this podcast is an accessory to our print issues and will bring you even more of the kind of smart & fierce discussion you’ve come to expect from the pages of Shameless. In this episode, we’re talking about Independence! You’ll hear from Vivek Shraya, a multi-disciplinary artist, writer and musician, talk about trying out different methods to fine-tune … READ MORE

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    My Name, My Identity

    March 14th, 2017     by Denise Reich     Comments

    I recently learned about the My Name, My Identity initiative. This campaign, created by the Santa Clara County Office of Education in California, USA, invites teachers and school districts to commit to saying students’ names correctly and fostering diversity in the classroom. The project also includes a social media hashtag, #mynamemyid, and encourages youth to share the stories and significance of their names. READ MORE

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    Accessible Organizing Means…

    March 8th, 2017     by Denise Reich     Comments

    Did you participate in the Women’s March on January 21st? Many of us did – millions, in fact, in countries across the globe. But did all of us make it to the march, or feel included there? Before the march, in an article for TheEstablishment.com, Emily Ladau pointed out that disability was mentioned exactly twice in the Women’s March’s platform. One of those mentions referred to caring for and chronic illnesses as a “burden.” Yep. READ MORE

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    A Short History of North American Witchcraft

    March 6th, 2017     by Amelia Henry     Comments

    Witchcraft is a concept that Western culture and society at large has been obsessed with for as long as it has existed. Its idea represents the ultimate “other” from a dominating patriarchal, Christian society: a collective of women free from shame and imbued with power, grace, and sexuality. In this dominating society, the idea of a free community of Pagans proved unacceptable, the most notable example being Salem’s oppression of real or imagined witches. However, … READ MORE

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    12th Annual Strawberry Ceremony Held At Toronto Police Headquarters

    February 21st, 2017     by Christine Smith McFarlane     Comments

    The crisis of the missing and murdered First Nations women of Canada is both a national tragedy and a national shame. The first women’s memorial march was held in 1991 in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in response to the murder of a Coast Salish woman on Powell Street. Though her name is not spoken out of respect for her family, an annual march on Valentine’s Day to express compassion, community and caring for all women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside commenced. Since then, memorial marches across Canada have been held annually. READ MORE

  • Blog Series

    WEEKLY ROUNDUP: FEBRUARY 13

    February 13th, 2017     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

    Check out what’s making been making our headlines this week! READ MORE

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    WEEKLY ROUNDUP: JANUARY 16TH, 2017

    January 16th, 2017     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

    Check out what’s making been making our headlines this week! READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Secret Lives of Girls and Cats

    December 31st, 2016     by Lauren Kirshner     Comments

    A review of Panther by Brecht Evens (Drawn and Quarterly, 2016, $32.95) My cat Jasmine was a flouncy calico with celery-green eyes and a taste for yogurt and grass snakes. Her haughty manner and the roughly 40% of her that was ginger reminded me of the old movie star Rita Hayworth. When I was lucky, she’d anoint me with her presence on my bed. She was my buddy and secret-keeper for 14 years. When she died … READ MORE

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    WEEKLY ROUNDUP: DECEMBER 30

    December 30th, 2016     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

    Check out what’s making been making our headlines this week! READ MORE

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    Call for submissions: Bawajigan Stories of Power

    December 26th, 2016     by Christine Smith McFarlane     Comments

    In the anthology Bawajigan (Anishinaabemowin for Dream) editors are gathering fictional stories about what it means to dream and be Indigenous, how dreams weave their way through our realities, how they impact history, lived experience, and the stories we tell each other and the world. READ MORE

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    WEEKLY ROUNDUP: DECEMBER 9

    December 9th, 2016     by Victoria Fleming     Comments

    Check out what’s making been making our headlines this week! READ MORE

  • Lyn Mikel Brown: Powered by Girl Review

    December 6th, 2016     by Kaitlin Tremblay     Comments

    Growing up, I was raised by my mom, a single mom who was going back to school to become a nurse, while also raising three very rambunctious children. My mom is a loving, compassionate woman, but she also is a fighter. She taught me so much, like how to stand up for myself and others when people and systems were unfair. She taught me that it is okay to be angry, and how to use this anger to try and make things better. READ MORE

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    WEEKLY ROUNDUP: DECEMBER 2

    December 2nd, 2016     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

    Check out what’s making been making our headlines this week! READ MORE

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