What We Are Reading Today: Consent by Donna Freitas

Updated 14 August 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Consent by Donna Freitas

  • The book recognizes the infuriating actions of institutions like universities

Consent is Donna Freitas’ account of the stalking and unwanted attention she faced as a graduate student in college.

Freitas delivers a forensic examination of the years she spent stalked by her professor, and uses her nightmarish experience to examine the ways in which we stigmatize, debate, and attempt to understand consent today. 

She highlights the hurdles and obstacles she had to go through, at first to try and deal with this on her own for a year before speaking up.

The book recognizes the infuriating actions of institutions like universities. 

Freitas was a bright-eyed PhD candidate at Georgetown who was inspired and passionate about her future as a professor when her life started to take a dark turn. “It is a very personal story to the author and yet it is a story that, while some pieces are changed and some have come out worse than others, many women in the world have experienced at one point or another,” said a review in goodreads.com.

Women and men “should understand how harassment and stalking feel and know that they do have a voice,” it added.


Reggae star Koffee keen to perform in UAE again

Updated 09 December 2019

Reggae star Koffee keen to perform in UAE again

  • “Oh yeah! I would come back here to live, what do you mean!”

DUBAI: Jamaican artist Koffee has said she would love to perform in the UAE again after being mesmerized by Dubai.

The 19-year-old singer, who has been making waves with her reggae sounds internationally, belted out her top hits during the city’s annual urban festival, Sole DXB, and during her stay toured iconic landmarks including the Burj Khalifa skyscraper and Dubai mall.

Asked if she would return to the UAE for another performance, Koffee said: “Oh yeah! I would come back here to live, what do you mean!

“I’m happy that I got to spend a few days and see the place and enjoy the scenery a bit before the show. I don’t get to do that often, so this was special for me,” she told Arab News.

The rising young star, whose real name is Mikayla Simpson, prefers to be known by her stage name gained from high-school friends after drinking coffee on a hot summer’s day.

She brought her reggae melodies to Dubai for the first time to link in with Sole DXB’s Jamaican theme.

“Jamaican culture is very strong, very unique. It is a unified culture in terms of we all kind of like to get along. It is a very down-to-earth and irie (Jamaican term for all is good and at peace) culture,” she added.

Koffee, who was performing at the festival alongside her idol Protoje, had also been looking forward to being the opening act for one of her favorite artist’s Burna Boy, until the Nigerian singer cancelled his performance on the day.

However, Burna Boy’s cancellation gave Koffee, who described herself as a “sing-jay-guitarist,” to be the headline act on Friday. Hundreds of concertgoers sang along to her top hits “Toast,” “Rapture” and latest single “W.”

Koffee set the crowd ablaze when she returned to the stage for a final performance with her cover of Burna Boy’s hit “Ye.”

The teenager shot to fame after Jamaican Olympic athlete Usain Bolt shared her YouTube recording of a tribute to him called “Legend,” in 2017.

Since then she has been described as an artist who has modernized reggae. “I bring a newness to the genre … a new reggae awakening.”

Koffee, who said her music was inspired by her experiences, added that she felt “proud” to bring the genre to a new generation.

“Reggae is a very positive genre, it is surrounded by positive words, lyrics, people and it is known for that. I’m proud to use my talent to bring positive attention toward my country, that’s definitely good for me.”
 

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