Reclaiming the African in Black America

By Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow I have a strange — sometimes estranged — relationship with my ethnic background. Being the product of a West African immigrant mother and an olive-complexioned Black[1] father and raised as an American Muslim, it is a polyamorous relationship that cycles through breakups and makeups as I accept, embrace, reject and reconcile with [Read More…]

Through the Journey of Art and Activism – Finding Myself

By Kulsum Tasnif Losing my mind. There’s this odd tap that comes from chair legs hitting cold concrete floor, but I try not to think about it because it reminds me of my own shaking legs, leading to thoughts of those legs being broken, leading to thoughts of my face smashing against that floor. There’s [Read More…]

#OurThreeWinners: What Muslims Still Need to Learn One Year Later

By Saud Inam I remember three times in my life where I was shaken to my core and moved to tears. The first was when I lost my childhood friend to suicide in 2004, the second was when I survived my car accident in 2011 and the third was at a vigil for #OurThreeWinners, Deah [Read More…]

Black to the Future: A Black History Month Reflection from Margari Aziza Hill

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles and reflections for Black History month. By Margari Aziza Hill Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go. — James Baldwin I was in sixth grade when first learned of Black [Read More…]

To Be Unknown or Forgotten – the Erasure of Guantanamo Bay Prisoners

By Dr. Maha Hilal They can take everything you own-your property, your best years, all your joys, all your good works, everything down to your last shirt — but you’ll always have your dreams so you can reinvent your stolen world. — Yasmina Khadra When I hear the word “Guantanamo,” there is little other than [Read More…]

Dear Prisoners: A Thanksgiving Letter to those in Guantanamo Bay Prison in Cuba

By Dr. Maha Hilal The U.S.-lead “War on Terror” in response to the 9/11 attacks lead to a myriad of disastrous policies that largely and indiscriminately targeted Muslims and Muslim Americans. One of the biggest stains on the American legacy in this regard is the Guantanamo Bay prison to house an exclusively Muslim male population. [Read More…]


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