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The Sapelo Squad

Dr. Su’ad Abdul-Khabeer

Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, Sapelo’s Founder and Senior Editor, is a scholar-artist-activist, author of the groundbreaking book, Muslim Cool, and was named as one of 25 influential American Muslims by CNN, but is best known for reppin’ Brooklyn HARD.

Dr. Su’ad Abdul-Khabeer

Founder and Senior Editor
Aisha Caruth

Aisha Caruth, Sapelo’s Operations Managing Editor, is a publications manager specializing in supporting donor-funded international development projects. She is a behind-the-scenes pragmatic agitator.

Aisha Caruth

Operations Managing Editor
Kamilah A. Pickett

Kamilah A. Pickett, JD, MPH, Sapelo’s Politics Editor, is a critically acclaimed artist, racial equity trainer and public health advocate who specializes in non-profit organizational development and giving advice that makes her mother proud.

Kamilah A. Pickett

Politics Co-Editor
Rashida James-Saadiya

Rashida James-Saadiya, Sapelo’s Arts & Culture Editor, is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist and cultural educator exploring Black Muslimness through storytelling and cultural memory in West Africa and the American South.

Rashida James-Saadiya

Arts & Culture Editor
Narjis Abdul-Karim

Narjis has been shaping a narrative around Indigenous Shi’a Muslims in the United States, using her unique perspective to shape young Muslim minds as an English teacher, and is responsible for making sure that every child she touches knows about the rich and diverse history of Black Muslims.

Narjis Abdul-Karim

Special Features Editor
Nia Malika Dixon

Nia Malika Dixon

Arts & Culture Editor
Byron (Bilal) Maxey

Bryon (Bilal) Maxey, History Editor, is an educator, emerging scholar, and lifelong student of history. Through text-based historical research and oral accounts of living traditions, Bryon interprets and seeks to facilitate greater awareness of the centuries-old Black Muslim, intellectual, cultural and educational heritage bridging Africa and the Americas. As a professional, Bryon has accumulated experience as a multifaith community organizer, secondary educator, and post-secondary educator/administrator at the University of Michigan, where he manages a team facilitating open online learning experiences for thousands of global learners.

Byron (Bilal) Maxey

History Editor
Mahasin Muhsin

Mahassin Muhsin, Sapelo’s Religion Editor, is a globetrotter, a polyglot, and an aspiring librarian. She is a long time student of the sacred sciences who has multiple ideas for world domination, but no time to implement them.

Mahasin Muhsin

Religion Editor
Malikah Shabazz

Malikah A. Shabazz, Sapelo’s Video Producer, is a Detroit-based content creator and producer who has worked on multiple national television programs, various indie films and is currently in pre-production for her upcoming short film, Amethyst. lm.

Malikah Shabazz

Video Producer
Nisa Muhammad

Nisa Muhammad, Sapelo’s Internship Coordinator, is a highly acclaimed university Muslim chaplain that specializes in sharing the joys and challenges of being Black and Muslim on college campuses.

Nisa Muhammad

Internship Coordinator
Aïdah Aliyah Rasheed

Aïdah Aliyah Rasheed, Sapelo’s Special Projects Lead, recognizes the power of art and culture as a means of cultivating communal awareness and connectivity. She is a lover of light and all things beautiful.

Aïdah Aliyah Rasheed

Special Projects Lead
Latasha Rouseau

Latasha Rouseau, Administrative Coordinator, is a writer and youth advocate, specializing in areas of criminal justice. Striving to empower and support the most vulnerable groups in our communities, she has been involved in assisting youth and their families within the juvenile justice system for over a decade.

Latasha Rouseau

Administrative Coordinator
Summiyah Austin Siddeeq

Summiyah Austin Siddeeq, Web Manager, is a St. Louis native and an Atlanta based technology professional. Using technology and innovation to inspire youth is her primary passion. This passion has taken her across the African diaspora to conferences and working with young adult mentees in Rwanda, Haiti, and Jamaica.

Summiyah Austin Siddeeq

Website Manager