F*ck Tha Police: A Rumination on Black Life and Death

The police must be abolished because they cannot protect and serve when the perpetuation of Black death is at the very root of the institution.

Mapping the Intersections of Islamophobia & #BlackLivesMatter: Unearthing Black Muslim Life & Activism in the Policing Crisis

By Donna Auston First Posted on May 19th, 2015 James Baldwin once said, “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage nearly almost all of the time.” Last month, Baltimore erupted, and the rest of America got a glimpse into […]

“The Name Means Everything”: On the Birth of the Black Muslim

by Will Caldwell First Posted on April 19th, 2016  “From Mr. Muhammad on down, the name, ‘Black Muslims,’ distressed everyone in the Nation of Islam. I tried at least two years to kill off that ‘Black Muslims.’ Every newspaper and magazine writer and microphone I got close to: ‘No! We are […]

Where Did All That Power Go?: Black Muslims in the Movement for Community Control and Police Accountability

The Nation’s 1972 call for local control of the police was not atypical. Black Sunni Muslims in urban American cities pursued similar strategies. While they may not have mounted campaigns for all-Black police forces, many initiated efforts to maintain law and order in their own neighborhoods.

Ramadan: Black Muslims Reflect on the Qur’an – Juz’ 2

By Margari Aziza Hill  Today is the second day of fasting in the month of Ramadan, with many of us reading the second of thirty equal portions (juz) of the Holy Qur’an. This section of the Qur’an is comprised of the chapter Al-Baqarah (The Cow) verses 142 to 252. In […]

Black Muslim Politics: Anthems

anthem, n. a popular song with rousing, emotive, qualities, often one identified with a particular subculture, social group, or cause

Black Churches Burning- Speech at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Emerging Leaders Plenary

First Posted on October 20th, 2015 First I’d like to thank the Parliament of World Religions for inviting me here, I feel honored and humbled to be on this stage given the fact that I am so early in my own journey. I’d like to begin by talking to you […]

Road Trip

They were leaving. Where exactly? She and her son had yet to decide. There were no good choices. But staying was not an option.

Above the Lens: A Talk with Photography Phenom Yasin Osman

by Tariq Toure On my last day in Toronto in November 2016, I meandered around the jam-packed lobby of The Drake Hotel on Queens St. West, waiting for the arrival of my host Gavin Sheppard, co-conspirator of the Creative Jungle DAIS Creates. I had been in Toronto for 2 days […]

#BlackGirlMagic: A Sapelo Square Women’s History Roundup

By Sapelo Square Each March, since 1987, Women’s History Month is celebrated in the United States to amplify the many contributions women have made locally, nationally and globally. Commemorative months like these are created because the contributions of marginalized people, like women, have been historically unrecognized or underappreciated or unknown. […]

What’s Next for Black American Muslims?

By Imam Dawud Walid Recently, different factors in American society have reenergized or, perhaps, provided more space for Muslims who are the descendants of enslaved Africans to center our concerns as part of the public debate within the broader American Muslim community. We have been involved in celebrating our cultural […]

Where Do We Go From Here?: Action Steps (Livestream)

Sapelo Square closed out Black History Month 2017 with ‘Where Do We Go From Here: Action Steps.’ This dynamic livestream panel was a follow up to Sapelo Square’s post-election discussion ‘Where Do We Go From Here? Black Muslim Political Action.’ Panelists discussed what it means to be Black and Muslim in America under […]