The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Upside Down and Backwards: When International Aid Flows from Africa to the West #YMMfire

It’s been a few weeks since thousands fled from the Canadian city of Fort McMurray to escape the raging wildfires. The news has died down but the big blaze rages on. It is not unusual for the U.S. to lend a hand in this type of exceptional natural disaster, as Canadians have been deployed state-side ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Upside Down and Backwards: When International Aid Flows from Africa to the West #YMMfire

It’s been a few weeks since thousands fled from the Canadian city of Fort McMurray to escape the raging wildfires. The news has died down but the big blaze rages on. It is not unusual for the U.S. to lend a hand in this type of exceptional natural disaster, as Canadians have been deployed state-side ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The O stands for Originality, aka the oxymoron to "Ottawa"

This article was published in The Huffington Post Canada. Read it here and post a comment! This week is momentous for legions of moms and women in general: the “Big O” is comin’ to town. Yes, the former Queen of Television, the one then-Senator Obama called “possibly the most influential woman in the country” , ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: La semaine de la mode a Ottawa : le « blackface » sur scène

La semaine de mode Ottawa est un événement annuel qui prend de plus en plus d’envergure dans la région d’Ottawa-Gatineau, en créant une occasion unique de promouvoir le talent canadien dans l’industrie de la mode. Après y avoir assisté l’année dernière, j’ai constaté l’heureux mélange d’origines culturelles, de formes et tailles corporelles — à la ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Ottawa’s Fashion Week: Bringing Blackface Back

[Written Sunday, Feb 19 2012] Ottawa Fashion Week is a growing staple in the nation's capital, which brings together local residents and the burgeoning home-grown fashion industry in a unique style. Having attended last year, I noticed the mix of cultural backgrounds, shapes and sizes on both the designer and runway models' roster — something ...