Off the Record

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Raza Shar (played by Nabhaan Rizwan) in the episode “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”.

Breaking away from mainstream Hollywood portrayals of counter-terrorism and Muslim immigrant communities, Informer succeeds precisely because it doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not.

Freddie Mercury performing at Wembley, 1986.

Freddie Mercury is one of my biggest idols. And no, in case you are wondering this isn’t a "Bohemian Rhapsody" or "Queen" bandwagon fan piece. I feel like we all know a person who as soon as they saw the movie decided to obnoxiously play “Don’t Stop Me Now” at every party they went to.

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I, politically compromised, took

two cents from the homeless.

Tuned out trigger warnings

and walked through the unfamiliar

unarmed. There was Michigan’s blue

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(inspired by Danez Smith’s “alternate names for black boys”)

  1. not cho chang

  2. not mulan, not jasmine

Blackbody symbolism

I’ve always wondered if a woman’s Blackness will be remembered, or if our importance, impact and beauty will fade. Sometimes, I feel I allow my mind to dabble in what-if’s and what society thinks rather than focusing on the beauty of my Blackness, and the strength of my Black body.

Awkwafina (left) and Margaret Cho in the music video for “Green Tea."

In the late 90s and early 2000s, Asian-American teens and young adults experienced a subculture called “AZN pride”.

From left to right: Elena (Isabella Gomez), Alex (Marcel Ruiz), and Penelope (Justina Machado).

On March 14, Netflix announced it was cancelling its original series One Day at a Time.

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With the New Zealand shooting affecting our Muslim community, to midterms and tests stressing many students out, these last few months have been difficult and busy for many. Music has always been there for me through tough times and it is the thing that I turn to when I need comfort.

Another Angle

In elementary school, if I wasn’t drawing, I’d be in the city library, lost in a biography of Magritte or a history of Impressionism. I was certain that I’d become an artist, sharing my self-expression with the world in the greatest museums.

sesame-seed desset

 I remember watching people poke around the “ethnic” food platters at my graduation party with extreme caution. It was like watching untrained scientists study a new species.