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(Dis)Respecting Our Elders

A couple weeks back, I was at my university’s campus and a few yards away from me (to my left) was a little girl descending the staircase. She grabbed my attention cause I just heard a tiny voice say, “wait for me!” She must have been about 5 years old but had a number of items in her hand. As a result of her extremely small stature, everything in her possession looked much bigger than her. This explained her delay to catch up to the person she was following.

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My Jihad with other Muslims

This is probably something that’s best left in my personal journal but whatever. I could care less at this point. I write this article with a specific scholar in mind but am refraining from using their name because I want to be respectful. Despite this scholar showing disrespect and doing it under the guise of someone whose looking out for…

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Saying “No. Just no.” to online arguments

Recently, I’ve opened myself up for arguments on Facebook or Instagram, and I realize they’re futile, but for some reason, I can’t help but want to fix people. But as a friend once told me, “it’s not my job to educate them.” In other words, I’ve finally learned to walk away from a fight. It’s hard though, to just let…

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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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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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Remembering the Memphis Sanitation Strike, 50 Years Later

This past week, I was at the Asian American Journalist Convention in Houston, TX; my hometown. I was privileged to meet some wonderful people and hopefully, future employers. I also was invited to attend NBC University, a day long workshop, sponsored by NBC (obviously). We were asked to produce a script on a particular story and we would get critiqued…

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Obscuring Testimonies: Review of Thomas Jefferson & Sally Hemings by Annette Gordon-Reed

This is a late post and is pretty irrelevant. It’s just shameless self-promotion of my work as a scholar. This was a reaction paper for my Theories & Methods class I took in the Fall Semester of 2017. My professor praised the paper so much and I think it was also a pretty good start to a successful semester (shukarAllah)…

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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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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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