April 29, 2018

Review by Layla Abdullah-Poulos RESILIENCE – FROM KILLING FIELDS TO BOARDROOM By Emad Rahim, Ph.D $17.99, pp. 106, Paper $ 6.50, pp. 106, Kindle There are books that we may read once or twice. We enjoy them—or not— and then shelve, give away, or toss them as necessary. Then there are those books that become mainstays in our lives for one reason or another. For many Muslims, the Quran, ahadith books and scholarly works are staples in their reading repertoires,… Read more

April 23, 2018

By NbA Muslims Staff Layla Abdullah-Poulos joined Tariq El-Amin to discuss the book American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear, racial dynamics and how intracultural anti-Blackness hinders the ability to resist subjugation. El-Amin and Abdullah-Poulos begin their conversation talking about the execution of Beydoun’s book and extend it into how many American Muslims need to develop an increased understanding of how layers of Islamophobia in the country affect their lives as well as the way interact with each other…. Read more

April 22, 2018

Review by Layla Abdullah-Poulos AMERICAN ISLAMOPHOBIA: UNDERSTANDING THE ROOTS AND RISE OF FEAR By Khaled Beydoun, Ph.D University of California Press $20.81, pp. 264. Paper $14.55, pp. 265, Kindle In his new book, American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear, law professor and activist Khaled Beydoun speaks truth to power and encourages empowerment and liberation from subjugation. American Islamophobia is a critical examination and explication of the multifaceted endeavor to dehumanize a diverse population of people based on… Read more

April 17, 2018

By NbA Muslims Staff This year’s The Hijabi Chronicles at New York University featured an array of hip-hop and spoken word performers. NbA Muslims creator and ME, Layla Abdullah-Poulos was invited by organizers to do an authors reading of her work. Layla, who writes under the pseudonym Lyndell Williams, will be releasing her first novel, the much-anticipated interracial romance My Way to You. The novel features Asian American lawyer Simon Young and pro-Black blogger Regina Kent. They are immediately attracted to each other,… Read more

April 2, 2018

Original Post – About Islam By Layla Abdullah-Poulos   NEW YORK – In the US, Black Muslims and their fellow Black citizens mourned the death of another gunned down by police violence. Stephon Clark, 22, an unarmed African American man, was shot 8 times in the back, neck, arm, shoulder, and armpit, which many consider a contradiction of police account that he was posing a threat at the time of the shooting. Clark’s death is one in a line of… Read more

March 24, 2018

Original Post Papatia Feauxzar I’m not a scholar but I will try my best to shed some light on the matter with some common sense and personal experience. So, let’s rephrase the question a little bit in order to answer this controversial topic in the ummah. Do you consider the stories your parents and family members told you throughout your life to teach you a morale all lies? Additionally, do you consider the scenarios your teachers gave you in class all… Read more

March 1, 2018

The Black Muslim experience in the United States is intrinsically linked to the tragedies and triumphs of African Americans since before our country was one. By Layla Abdullah-Poulos Black History Month presented Black Muslims across the country opportunities to focus on the extensive historical ties and heritage that merges their faith and race. NbA Muslims, in partnership with Djarabi Kitabs Publications, Muslim Girls Read and the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, hosted #BlackMuslimReads—a month-long event that involved daily highlighting of literature and… Read more

February 26, 2018

Authors and readers converged on Twitter for the NbA Muslims #BlackMuslimReads Black Muslim History Month chat, which focused on the literary contributions of Black Muslims globally. The chat was a celebration of Black Muslim authorship and the essential roles of nonfiction and fiction in fostering positive identities along intersections of faith and race and demonstrating the importance of Black Muslim experiences in Muslim culture as well as Islamic history. via GIPHY Chat anchors Papatia Feauxzar (@DjarabiKPub) Umm Juwayriyah (@UmmJuwayriyah1 ) Khadijah… Read more

February 19, 2018

Poet ALKEBULAUN (Arleym Habeeb) presents Black Muslim women a poem for Black History Month. By Layla Abdullah-Poulos African American and Black Muslims have owned Black History Month this year. Multiple endeavors by Black Muslims encourage everyone to appreciate how very totally determinately Blackity, Black, Black, Black Islam is in American culture. African American Muslims served as the stabilizers of Islam in the United States and continue to be a main representative group in American Muslim culture with dynamic identities that demonstrate solid ownership of… Read more

February 18, 2018

Black Muslims in the US are engaged in a plethora of Black History month endeavors that highlight and honor their heritage. By NbA Muslims African American Muslims represent a culture infusing multiple experiences along intersections of faith, race and national identity. As inheritors of a legacy containing a void stemming from the enslavement of their ancestors, preservation is key to preventing further loss. Twitter Chat The online Black Muslim resource, Sapelo Square is partnering with  Pen America and The M… Read more

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