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Re:Awakened: Russell Brand’s Re:Birth Review

For those that know me quite well, Russell Brand is one of my personal heroes. It’s a long story, but you can kind of find it here, in an essay I wrote three years ago. A lot has changed since then i.e., I have more people I look up to, but the sentiments remain the same. I’ve done my best…

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My Strange Relationship with Indian Movies

Author’s note: I use the term Hindi films, in the place of Bollywood films for personal reasons. For more information, check out Margaret Redlich’s blog and her book, that touches on why we should no longer call Hindi films, Bollywood movies. Also, for my non-Desi readers, the term Desi (THEY-SEE) is an umbrella term to describe people of South Asian…

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Talk Faithfully To Me: Religion & Language

I’m not a religious studies scholar by any means. I honestly, have a limited understanding of what I practice myself. Nonetheless, it doesn’t interfere with my status as a believer. Furthermore, when I do read (as I often try) my faith only becomes reaffirmed. However, it still baffles me when I hear people hold strong to these weird ideologies and…

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Objective Journalism: Does it Exist? Did It Ever Exist?

It’s not unusual for people to romanticize the past. Older generations always tend to look back on the most menial of things and proclaim, “oh, back then, we had this and it was great.” Or if there’s something that looks bleak, they’ll look back on the past as if it was better somehow with, “this kind of thing would never…

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How I became Abu Hurairah (Father of Kitten)

For about a year now, I’ve been a Cat owner. My fiancé and I went to Austin to go see Trevor Noah perform Stand-Up Comedy in November of 2016 and the next day, we went to San Antonio to visit my in-law’s and that’s where we met the cutest and friendliest cat ever.Anyone from San Antonio will attest that stray…

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What You Know ’bout Green Eggs and [Happiness]?!

Dedicated to the great friends I’ve made this year: Tarik, Yusuf C., Moadh, Maaz, Yusuf B., Ola, Denise and Stephanie, Brian, Dylan, Kensi, Delilah, Kuba, Teri, Grant, and Jessica Thank you guys for your generosity and making this semester so memorable.  Also special thanks to Asad, Ashley, Ahmad, Krystle, Nathalie, Kyle, Vincent, and Zenoor for their close friendship and timeless…

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Aesthetics, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Comedy, Ethics, Existentialism, General U.S. History, Global Conflicts, History, Identity, Life, Palestine, Philosophy, Politics, Racism, Relationships, Social Justice, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Utilitarianism, World Wars

Does History ACTUALLY Repeat Itself?

This essay was inspired by my beautiful and supportive fiancé, Emily. A couple days ago, my lady was in town and she told me she heard this quote on NPR and was curious what my response on it would be. In all honesty, I tried looking for the quote albeit not very vigorously so you’ll have to bear with the…

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Loyalty and Slavery, Is there a Difference?

This is such a broad question to ask, of whether or not loyalty to something signifies that one is subservient in the ideological sense. If I am going to swear my allegiance to my country, does this mean I am forbidden from criticizing it? If I were to do so, does that mean my status as a “loyal citizen” is…

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Why I Am a Muslim

My sincere apologies for the delay in writing this. I was supposed to publish this after the end of Ramadan, but I got caught up with other things. Please excuse me and Eid Mubarak! The fact that I have to explain why I believe what I believe is really annoying. This is an issue that plagues Muslims worldwide, where we…

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Welcoming Our New King: Review of Hasan Minhaj: “Homecoming King”

I will be honest, I wish I could have dived more into this review but I didn’t, at the risk of giving out spoilers. When we think of the kings of comedy, we think of George Carlin, Jerry Seinfeld, or Bill Hicks however, Comedy has no racial boundaries. Arguably, it was Russell Peters, who broke the barrier for Brown comedians everywhere and showed that…

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