Ethnicity, Skin, and Language: My Sudanese Identity

Exploring faith, race, and Sudanese identities in Black History Month By Guest Author Mariam Babiker, Ph.D. Growing up in Eastern Sudan, I was never really aware of my identity in respect to the larger diaspora of Sudan and the world as a whole. The perception of a Sudanese or black African identity is unique to those in [Read More…]

Boxes – A Spoken Word

“Being Sudanese means being too African for the Arabs, and too Arab for the Africans.” Khaedega Mohammed had this to say about the Executive Order banning travel from 7 Muslim-majority countries. “9 years ago, my family and I arrived on American soil at the JFK airport, the same airport where the 2 Iraqi men were recently turned [Read More…]

Speechless

Exploring faith, race, and Sudanese identities in Black History Month By Guest Author Mona Hagmagid The Iftars hosted by the sudanese community Are my annual attempts at preserving my african roots The smells of Sudan race through the American built public elementary school we rent out on those Ramadan Saturdays. We sit around, eating good food that [Read More…]

This Sudanese American Life

Exploring faith, race, and Sudanese identities in Black History Month By Guest Author Hana Baba ACT 1: African Booty Scratcher ‘Why your mama got that thing on her head? Looks like a Pizza Hut tablecloth.’ I knew I wasn’t like the other Black girls because they made sure I knew. I looked like them, but my mama [Read More…]

Safia Elhillo on Art, Identity, and Belonging

Exploring faith, race, and Sudanese identities in Black History Month Republished by Guest Author Isra El-Bashir, whose original interview can be found here. A wanasa1 with Safia Elhillo on Art, Identity and Belonging I often reflect on the ominous state of racial tensions in the U.S. and how it helped to solidify my identity and engagement with [Read More…]

American Routes to African Roots

Exploring faith, race, and Sudanese identities in Black History Month By Guest Author Walla Elsheikh In my identification with Blackness around my Sudanese identity, it has been crucial for me to explore the history of African Americans in the US and its impact on and relevance to me. It’s not emphasized enough that without the Civil Rights [Read More…]

I AM Sudanese (Pretty Simple)

Exploring faith, race, and Sudanese identities in Black History Month By Guest Author Aya Elmileik “Where are you from?” “I’m from Sudan.” “Wait, from where?” “From Sudan. In Africa. Near Egypt.” “No way! But … you don’t look Sudanese.” “I don’t know what to tell you, I’m definitely Sudanese.” “Well … you just don’t look like them. You [Read More…]

Why are we not all Quebec City?

Had a Muslim guy entered a church or synagogue and shot up the place, murdering 6 worshipers as they prayed and injuring more, anywhere in the Western world, we would still be talking about it. It would dominate the nightly news for weeks. Profile pictures would be changed into the fleur de lis or the [Read More…]

#ZoulSoul: On Being An Immigrant

Exploring faith, race, and Sudanese identities in Black History Month By Guest Author Mawada Abdalla Elmahgoub On Being An Immigrant I was brought into this world lost between two lives. My body, a sandy vessel that crossed the red sea and crept its way into the crevices of the Nile. But I opened my eyes in a [Read More…]

#MuslimBan: Sudanese-Americans speak out

It was nearing the close of the workweek on Friday when President Trump signed an Executive Order banning refugees and citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States. Ostensibly designed as a way to prevent terrorism, the Executive Order wrought chaos in airports across the country and around the world this weekend, as people [Read More…]

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