BA Honours in Communication, Media & Culture joint Publishing Media, Oxford Brookes University (2013)
AA in Sociology, The College of The Bahamas (2007)

Biography

Simone graduated in the MA program at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Media & Culture joint Publishing Media from Oxford Brookes University. Her current research project examines the intersectional positions of Black women and their production of self narratives in the face of representational bias. Simone is also interested in how certain bodies are racialized and represented in the media, sexual practice and the notion of sexual choice, narrative succession, interracial relationships, destabilizing gendered and raced HIV/AIDS bodies of knowledge and Flesh-memory as visual art. Her BA Honours thesis work focused on meaning production in Black women interpretive communities and audiences and from the Caribbean, particularly The Bahamas.

At Oxford Brookes University, Simone was the twice voted Humanities Student Representative and voted Communication, Media & Culture Student Representative championing the rights of student diversity across campus. Trained by World Learning in Strategic Communications & Media Relations Training, she volunteers at The Bahamas AIDS Foundation as a member of the Educational Committee under the direction of the President, Lady Camille Barnett.

Research

Simone is currently interested in exploring within Bahamian Canadian diasporic community’s the negotiation and performativity of the sexual identity of Bahamian women within intimate relationships. ‘What informs the Bahamian woman’s understanding of sexuality and how does this knowledge contribute to the negotiation and performance of her identity within intimate relationship’? I hope to locate themes such as sex, desire, pleasure, taboo culture, belonging, citizenship, identity, representations, contentions between holding multiple personalities and womanhood. It is possible this project will highlight underlying contentions in interracial relationships, the resoluteness of culture permanence, historical knowledge as a constraint to sexual liberation and the importance of narrative succession. This research may also tease out ideas toward the fluidity of culture, sex, race, gender and perceptions of belonging. Lastly it is hoped that this research will give Bahamian Canadian women an outlet for their stories as Black women to add to the reservoir of lived experiences that are so few within this ethnic community.