Feet Firmly Planted on Sapelo

By Bashirah Mack My earliest memories of Sapelo are steeped in girlhood from my father’s fascinating stories about the island off the coast of Georgia where our African Muslim ancestors lived and practiced Islam as early as the 1800s. The narrative of Bilali Muhammad, a well educated African Muslim enslaved […]

Dar ul-Islam: Principle, Praxis, Movement

By Kamal Hassan Ali The following is an excerpt from the book Dar ul-Islam: Principle, Praxis, Movement by Dr. Kamal Hassan Ali, professor of Ethnic and Gender Studies at Westfield State University. This seminal work by Dr. Kamal Hassan Ali is rooted in his personal involvement with the Dar ul-Islam […]

Paradise is Under Her Feet: Honoring Our Sister’s Sacrifices

Visual Verse [A Poem & Film] By Mustafa Davis and Amir Sulaiman  Film director/photographer, Mustafa Davis and poet/recording artist, Amir Sulaiman teamed up to do an art series entitled, VisualVerse. These are spontaneous mash-up collaborations. Sometimes Mustafa will shoot something and Amir will give his interpretation in verse. Other times, […]

Daughters of the Dust: A Classic in American Cinema

By Aïdah Aliyah Rasheed, Arts & Culture Editor Julie Dash’s film Daughters of the Dust is one of the most visually brilliant films in American cinema. Shot with only natural light, the film feels almost like a documentary, along with having some qualities of ethnography film. Dash’s story beautifully weaves layers […]