Archiving the Women Who Made Me Possible (after Sitawa Namwalie and Aleya Kassam)

This article was first publishes on Skin Deep in January 2021, and edited by Nkenna Akunna. Check out their amazing work! This article was made possible by donations to the Black Creatives Fund. Donate now. [Trigger Warning: Homophobia, Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia] * Let me tell you about Haneen and Channah, my aunts who are like mothers to…

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schwarz – a personal approach to contemporary black Germany

“schwarz is exemplary of the kind of mindful discussions that should be taking place in Black communities: discussions where nobody is shouting above anyone else to declare that the racism they’ve experienced is more damaging than what someone else has faced; where people are free to speak their piece and be heard; and discussions underpinned…

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What’s next?

Winter doesn’t seem a great time for starting new adventures, but here we are. We have built enough steady groundwork this year to dare the jump. 2020’s madness had us rethink health, communal care and our needs as a socially distant collective. Together, we were pushed (or – ventured?) towards the edges. In 2021, we…

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You Know My World Was Never Flat: Toolkits for Liberation

Dear Friend “Before you were artist/activist/feminist/socialist/revolutionary/she/he/they/queer/polyamorous/heterosexual/agnostic/atheist/believing/firefighter/activator/organiser/reader/…/…/… you were once a child. A child that was curious, not nasty. A child who questioned, but was not judgemental. Let this be our common ground.” Community is the only way through. We manifested this in our residency K I N O T I T A in spring. Holding…

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K I N O T I T A

This residency ran from April 1st – May 30th 2020. Thank you to all who made it wondrous. The apocalypse is best prevented in κοινότητα – kinotita – community. In these weeks of stillness, it is easy to get lost in our anxiety and future fears. Many of us are frustrated and scared, which can…

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The Virgin Complex

You will feel it                       he said The ache                he said You will grow and know                                        he said What it is to want and be wanted                                                        he grabbed Haunted by hands too big and feet kicking against the waterDon’t say my name Don’t be nice  Hold me and go fast fuck yeah that feels good even…

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Melanin Permission Slip

Melanin Permission Slip by Jessica Fisher Hmmm, Brown skin, curly hair Intriguing Black? Latina? Native American? All three? Maybe, but surely too pretty to be black And not mixed with something Oh. Does that make it more acceptable to love me? Do you now have permission with the assumed dilution of my melanin? Could your…

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Feminist Fathers

  feminist fathers don’t exist in my home loving and supporting fathers do. impressed by independent mothers proud of outspoken daughters sometimes victim blaming always happily bathing in their pool of toxic masculinity though loving femininity (for women) not minding tears (for women) accepting fears (for women) therefore still patriarchal, still entitled and still surprised…

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Homoeroticism in Homophobic Islamic Countries: Egypt as a Case Study

“Islam has ended homosexual practices, not homoerotic sentiment” – Homoeroticism and homosexuality in Islam, Sabine Schmidtke In this paper, the relationship between homoeroticism and homophobia in Muslim countries will be explained while mainly focusing on Egypt, through mentioning a brief introduction about Egypt’s history and the rise of Islam, and reflecting the differences between the past…

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Mohini Can Scream

Mohini Can Scream Mohini woke up ten minutes before her alarm. On a normal morning, bombarded with images of the day’s to-do-list, she would have risen by instinct, deactivating her alarm prematurely and shrinking her every movement to not disturb her Sleeping Working Husband. But this morning even began different. Anand’s snoring had crystallised overnight…

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مقاومة النساء في مصر للتحرش الجنسي بواسطة الفن

“أنا هنا لأربككم” هو عنوان خطاب لمنى الطحاوي الصحفية المصرية والذي ألقته في TEDWomen 2010. وتستخدم منى الإرباك كوسيلة لتغيير وجهات النظر ومكافحة كراهية النساء في العالم العربي وأيضاً في الغرب حيث أن هناك صورة نمطية منتشرة عن المرأة العربية بكونها ضحية ضعيفة ومطيعة ولا تستطيع ان تدافع عن نفسها. وبالرغم من أن هذه الصورة…

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Art is a Weapon

“I am here to confuse you” is the title of a speech the Egyptian Journalist Mona Eltahawy gave at TEDWomen2010. Mona uses confusion as a tool to shift perspectives and fight misogyny in the Arab world as well as in the West where Arab women are often times stereotyped as being helpless and obedient victims…

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Futura Free

What do you wanna be when you grow up? Have you started looking at any career options? I am on the verge of finishing my university degree: sketching a trajectory, defining my course of action and giving a shape to my aspirations has become somewhat pressing. In the West, we are brought from the youngest…

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BODIES: Farah

“Hadn’t it been for literature, I wouldn’t probably have written this. Right?! It’s so scary how I’m a product of something I produce. I write poetry. Does this mean anything in particular? Probably no. But I write my body, my thoughts, my feelings; and if all of this doesn’t qualify as poetry, I guess I…

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