Episode 10: Omar Mouallem

Last week, Jesse Lipscombe was filming a piece about his love of the downtown area of Edmonton when a couple of males shouted at him and his crew “The N***** are coming!” This mirrored the event that Bashir Mohamed faced when he was cycling down a busy street and a man shouted the same racial slur at him. This prompted the mayor of Edmonton, Don Iveson along with Lipscombe to start the #makeitawkward campaign.

But these two incidents are not just isolated incidents in Edmonton, and people of color face these forms of racism far more than they should. This was the theme of three of our past episodes (Robin Mazumder, Jason Garcia, and David Shepherd), and you will hear that it was a theme on today’s episode with Omar Mouallem. This is just to show how much farther we need to go as a city and as a society.

Omar Mouallem is an acclaimed writer and editor of The Yards magazine, and has written for publications like Rolling Stones, WIRED, and The Walrus. He’s also a teacher, a thinker, and a man with a high degree of curiosity. All of which made this a very fascinating chat.

We will delve into the Wilson brothers, feminism, MRA’s, his own culture, and what he fears about the tides of race today

Check out Omar’s writings at his website: or his Twitter @omar_aok


By German V

My name is German Villegas and I have worked with youth and males in a human service capacity for 5 years plus. It was one of my passions to help out males of all kinds in their quest for their own perfect manhood, and to be a better ally to the many marginalized population in my community and beyond.

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