A painting of me


   15 August 2006, lunch time

“She has pretty hair.”

I looked up to see who Shima was talking about. Three black girls were approaching us, one with beautiful curly orange-brown hair. I assumed this was the girl Shima was talking about, because Shima likes curly hair, and because that girl was Namugenyi from Much Music.

“You mean Namugenyi?” (I type her name out properly now, but at the time I know I said it wrong.)


“Nam. She was on Much Music.”

“Just because you were on Much doesn’t make you famous.”

Fair enough. We saw Nam once more, later that night, at a documentary screening at the ROM. (Which I will write about later.)



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