I've long held the stance that there's a certain prototype of a Muslim you need to emulate, living in the West, if you come to prominence (whether it is actively sought or is a by-product of the work that you do). I don't want to add on to the false conceptualization of the "clash of … Continue reading Speaking truth to power never has and never will be easy
I just finished reading The Color Purple for the first time. The timing is no mere coincidence. Alice Walker is now getting some pretty bad press for her apparent endorsement of David Icke, a "professional conspiracy theorist" according to Wikipedia and whom critics call a Holocaust denier and anti-Semite, which of course he denies. But don't they … Continue reading One among many complicated figures: Alice Walker
It seems even in Indy there is no consensus. But regardless, Ramadan begins either today (technically, last night) or this evening. Mr. Rafia and I both agreed last night that it does not feel like Ramadan. Honestly, you only really feel it when you feel your mouth parched and can't reach for the water bottle … Continue reading Ramadan begins today! Technically, last night… or maybe this evening?
I like using the word self in the third person in reference to myself because I like to think what I write has some sort of universal appeal. I could be wrong. Or simply pretentious. Regardless, I often find myself in head spaces where I feel as if I have to decide if I stay … Continue reading Moo-sings on The Self, Diversity, & Other Things That Shall Not Be (Explicitly) Named
So, I usually don't do film reviews on this blog, because a) most of the films I watch are those artsy-fartsy indie films no one has ever heard of (BTW, has anyone seen Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri? I really wanna see it) and b) my film reviews aren't actual film reviews in that I … Continue reading Dangerous stereotypes couched under song and dance – a film review of “Padmaavat”