black Muslims

The politics of Black hair and hijab

For Mother’s Day last year, my husband surprised me with a spa treatment at a Muslim-owned beauty salon.  Long overdue for self-care, I gladly accepted the gift of the works done under the care of an Afro Brazilian Muslim woman. When we arrived at the shop, my daughter ran into…

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The importance of Ahmed’s race

I remember a particularly sunny afternoon in South Brunswick, NJ, when my high school had a “bomb threat.” We’d had six already and everyone knew it was just some vagrant scrawling threatening words on the bathroom walls. Still, the school was evacuated. As I gleefully followed my friend out the…

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#BlackMuslimRamadan Photos and Stories

Donna Auston, a doctoral candidate in Anthropology, started the hashtag #BlackMuslimRamadan on July 8th. Auston told BuzzFeed she started the hashtag in order to increase visibility and exert a greater level of control over the American Muslim narrative, where black Muslims are rarely included. Auston also said she launched the…

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Zarinah El-Amin Naeem

My work seeks to inspire, enlighten, and empower women of all walks of life through education, publications, media, and fashion. Overall, my mission is simply to be a vehicle which works to create a global culture of love for all. Who are you? I am from a place that people…

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A Black Muslim on #MuslimLivesMatter

Last Tuesday, three Arab-American Muslim students, two of them newlyweds, were murdered execution style in their own Chapel Hill, NC apartment. The murders, and subsequent lack of media coverage, sparked widespread outrage among the Muslim community, which expressed its sentiments heavily through social media. What followed was an emotional response,…

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Nia Malika Dixon

My Specialties: Writer, Director, Producer. Also, Mom, Wife, and Wonder Woman. Who are you? A native of Baltimore, MD, I’m a former school teacher who has written professionally for nearly two decades including articles for national magazines, a published novel, short stories, blogs, two volumes of poetry, and several screenplays….

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