Breaking Taboos and Amplifying Voices
My name is Mmamello Matake, and I would like to invite you to walk with me on a delicate path of healing. In this heartfelt column, we will look at a topic that is often overlooked: the intertwined experiences of food trauma and eating disorders among black women. It deeply saddens me that in my search for survivors within my creative community, I found no one who felt comfortable acknowledging this issue. So, let us gently grasp each other’s hands as we embark on this healing journey together.
Transforming My Communication: A Journey to Authentic Connection
In all honesty, I knew that my way of communicating was perhaps too clinical and uptight for the cosy atmosphere of social gatherings. My usual circle of interaction has always revolved around my top three friends and my dear family, where I was never questioned about my lack of greetings, my directness, or my indifference to exchanging pleasantries. And so, baby girl – that’s me – ventured into a new job, a path I contemplated leaving only three weeks into it. Surprisingly, I managed to overcome the initial discomfort my body and emotions displayed during this period of change.