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Molding the Hardened Heart

March 25, 2016
So many have opinions about what the Quran is and is not. Coming from a very religious family, I have read several versions of the Bible and my studies led me to the Quran. After serving as an acolyte in my youth at my Episcopal church and as the great-granddaughter of an Anglican priest, seeking...
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Quince años de odio, toda una vida de lecciones

March 22, 2016
Cuando me convertí al Islam en Agosto del 2000, sabía que sería una transición algo difícil añadiendo cinco oraciones a mi rutina diaria, ayunando desde el alba hasta la puesta del sol durante el mes sagrado de Ramadán y cambiando mi ropa escotada por piezas más conservadoras y un pañuelo. Sin...
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Fifteen Years of Hate, a Lifetime of Lessons

March 21, 2016
When I converted to Islam back in August of 2000, I knew it would be a transition adding prayer 5 times a day to my daily routine, fasting from sun up to sundown during the month of Ramadan, and exchanging my revealing clothes for more conservative threads and a headscarf. However, these changes...
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Black Lives and Gun Violence

February 25, 2016
This blog post originally appeared in the Huffington Post . -MomsRising team Black lives matter. They matter whether they are taken at the hands of a hate-filled 21-year-old in a church prayer meeting, by a police officer who shoots a suspect he fears is armed or in a drive-by shooting on Chicago's...
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#BlackHistory365: Dismantling the Stereotypes and Ensuring My Kids Know They Matter Too

February 24, 2016
When my son was 4 or 5 years old, I noticed some things in him that surprised and concerned me. He started saying things about himself that he wanted to change – like his skin color or his nose. He noticed he didn’t look like any of his teachers or his classmates, his new friends. And he wasn’t...
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Men of Honor

February 24, 2016
Of course Black History Month is important to me. I’m an African American woman who just happens to be a mother and an educator. So, in a sense every day is possible for me because of Black History. I have a responsibility to continue the tradition of passing down knowledge to my children as well...
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Taqwa (Virtue) through Anti-Bias Education

February 23, 2016
Note from the author: This piece originally appeared in Muslim Matters . As part of one of the most racially diverse faith communities, Muslim children in the United States are at the intersection of Islamophobia (a global system that stereotypes and marginalizes Muslims) and global anti-blackness...
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Growing Up In Brownsville With Racism

February 23, 2016
/*-->*/ When I think back on where I grew up in Brownsville there certainly was racism but I didn’t fall victim to it. It wasn’t like it was oblivious to racism, but wherever I went, I noticed I never really fit in. Was I going to let it break me? NO! I didn’t live in ignorance but I just simply...
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Open Letter to all Good Cops

February 23, 2016
Note from the author: This blog was originally posted on and the e-newsletter for Mocha Moms, Inc. I wanted to share this post for blog carnival because I want the country to know how I feel as the mother of a 7 year African American boy. I wanted the frustration to pierce through...
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The Flint Water Crisis is a Feminist Issue

February 22, 2016
A note from the National Women's Law Center: This post previously appeared on NWLC's blog . We thought it was appropriate for this blog carnival since, as the post mentions, the Flint water crisis is an issue that disproportionately impacts poor women of color, particularly black women, and thus is...
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