On Malcolm X, Blackness and Muslim-ness Through the Lens of Ta-Nehisi Coates

How, are we to understand Malcolm X’s legacy at a time when a prominent face of American Islam has spoken out against the movement for Black Lives even as calls for solidarity between Muslims and communities of color in the age of Trump are invoking his name anew? Viewing Malcolm X through the Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book, “Between the World and Me” is a good place to start. [Read more…]

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…]