Women’s History Month, Celebrating Vantablackness Part I

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos One of the cool things about being a Black Muslim woman is that as soon as one month dedicated to understanding a cultural intersection (race) I embody concludes, it is time for another. Just when Black History Month ends, we begin to recognize the myriad of accomplishments made by women. As we [Read More…]

NbA Muslims’ Post-BHM Reads

  Black History Month is over, but the work to cumulate awareness about and appreciation for the rich heritages and accomplishments of Black Muslims continues. Recognition of Black History Month increases annually in American Muslim communities. Each February, masaajid, Islaamic schools and Muslim organizations offer events and information about the contributions of Muslim and non-Muslim [Read More…]

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Muslim Fiction and Mainstream Publishing, Authors Chat on Twitter

The mainstream publishing platform is infamous for its lack of diversity and inclusion as well as pigeonholing the few minority authors in the industry. NbA Muslim fiction authors Sahar Abdulaziz, Karimah Grayson and Umm Juwayriyah joined Layla Abdullah-Poulos on a live Twitter chat to discuss the significance of mainstream publishing to Muslim fiction.  In addition to [Read More…]

Muslims Respond to 45’s Law Enforcement EOs

45 signed three law enforcement executive orders that potentially have negative consequences for social justice resistance and marginalized communities. NbA Muslims reached out to American Muslim writers, thinkers, educators and activists to give their initial thoughts about the executive orders and the possible ramifications on individuals and organizations involved in social resistance efforts like BLM, NoDAPL [Read More…]

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Muslims Tweet about #BeingBlackandMuslim

#BeingBlackAndMuslim means being affected by both White and Arab supremacy. — Wayfarer Mama (@WayfarerMama) February 15, 2017 On February 14th, Black Muslims of numerous backgrounds took to Twitter for the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative‘s #BeingBlackandMuslim chat.  This was the 4th year of the Twitter chat, which asked participants to answer six questions: What are the effects [Read More…]

#DietWoke: Capitalizing and Branding Social Justice

Social activism is a noble endeavor requiring a substantial amount of time and energy. Most activists dedicate themselves to their causes in varying capacities, make a host of sacrifices, and endure significant pushback to affect change. In addition to the creating and amplifying platforms to engage actual work on the ground, activists frequently need to create [Read More…]

Just Say Sorry: 5 Steps to Becoming a Better Muslim Ally

A simple apology is powerful in healing damage caused by our words and actions and a fundamental part of Islam. American Muslim culture is rich with a multitude of races and ethnicities, which offers opportunities to foster solidarity and become allies in resisting oppression inside and outside of our communities.  Conversely, it may also increase [Read More…]

Muslim Ban, Anti-Blackness and African American Muslims

Four Muslim women connect oppression dots between the “Muslim Ban” and systemic racism, encourage AA Muslims to extend their historic justice struggles…. By Layla Abdullah-Poulos Since the signing of 45’s executive order on immigration, American Muslims from numerous backgrounds engaged in multifaceted forms of resistance. The need to amplify and work against the suppressive measures of [Read More…]

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RISGate 2016: 3 Things (Among Many) Muslims Did Right

It has been over a week since a noted Muslim scholar made incendiary statements promoting the usual bigoted rhetoric used to derail conversations about systemic racism at the 2016 Reviving the Islamic Spirit convention. The scholar referred to common myths about the Black American experience like “Black-on-Black” crime and the breakdown of Black families and [Read More…]

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NbA Muslims, Favorite 2016 Interviews

As the year draw nears an end, we fondly look back at some of the interviews highlighting the unique perspectives of native-born American Muslims. It was a pleasure talking with authors about their works as well as activists to gain some perspective on this dynamic culture. Next: Papatia Feauxzar [Read more…]

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