Brother Ali has been one of my favorite rappers ever since “Shadows on the Sun” came out. I was immediately hooked on the subject matter, rhymes, and flow, and, of course, Ant's (of Atmosphere) production.
Privilege is something that has often been discussed in recent years but rarely understood. One group of people that is often overlooked but could potentially explain the issue to those who enjoy privilege are people of mixed ethnicity. In this post, I want to shed some light on the issue from my own perspective and experience.
It's been two and a half years since we last heard a release from one of my favorite hip hop groups CunninLynguists, but they finally came out with a new EP. The Rose EP contains three tracks, which might be considered short even for an EP. However, as per usual, CunninLynguists put out a piece of art that is perfectly on point from the concept itself, to the lyrics, the artwork, and the production. As far as I‘m concerned, a three-track CunninLynguists EP is worth significantly more than a double album from many other so-called artists.
For a while now I have been thinking about writing a blog post in German. When I write about social justice issues in English the focus automatically shifts to North America, even though there is so much to say about Europe, and Germany in particular. That’s why today’s post is going to be in German. I might translate it in the future or post a summary.
Intersectionality and the privilege of white vegan men are finally being discussed at a higher rate in the vegan movement. However, many people still don't understand the terms "intersectionality" and "privilege" - and others outright refuse to acknowledge these concepts.
Muslim women who don’t wear hijab are in the unfortunate position to get a lot of outrageous comments from Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
While I understand that non-Muslims don’t necessarily know a lot of things about Islam and may want to ask certain questions there are some things that are really insensitive. Some questions are better left to Google if you’re not willing to actually read a book on the matter.
On the other end of the spectrum, many fellow Muslims tend to feel like somehow their commentary is actually welcome.
In order to make things very simple for everyone, I hereby present to you the twelve things you should never say to a Muslim woman who doesn’t wear hijab.
H&M is one of the most well-known fast fashion brands in the world with thousands of stores on all continents. The retailer’s success is based on low prices and aggressive marketing, including collaborations with high-profile celebrities. As any big company, H&M is interested in profits and nothing more. A lot of money is spent on their marketing campaigns and the décor in their stores. The prices are kept low so that the lower middle class can afford to shop there, and yet Stefan Persson, the son of H&M founder Erling Persson, is one of the richest people in the world. His son Karl-Johan Persson is currently the CEO of H&M. How is that possible when we, the consumers, have to pay such low prices, and H&M spends so much money on advertising and nice locations?
I previously wrote about Islam vs. Feminism and Islamic Feminism.
As much as I and other Muslim women wish it weren’t, the hijab is the subject that everything comes back to with regards to women’s rights in Islam. Since there is no way of avoiding this topic, I might as well confront it head-on (no pun intended).
Last month, A Tribe Called Quest released their sixth and final studio album after the passing of Phife Dawg earlier this year. As far as chart positions go, it’s also their most successful album, topping the US billboard charts, peaking at number 3 on the Canadian charts, and securing top 20 and top 30 positions in New Zealand and the UK.
I previously wrote about the main arguments some Muslims use against feminism, but let me talk more about Muslim feminists.
Some Muslim feminists like to point out that Muslim-majority countries have produced many female heads of state. While I wouldn’t use this as an argument to present Muslim societies as inherently feminist, I think it's necessary to point out that Muslim women are particularly keen on fighting for their rights precisely because they are often taken away from us. We know that we have to work hard in order to get what we deserve because nobody is just going to hand it to us. This produces very strong women who are able to take the highest position in a country.
Half Bulgarian Turk, half German living life as an expat in Greece.