Black, British & Muslim; We’re not just a “Complication”


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by Momtaza Mehri

The last UK census undertaken in 2011 showed that Black Muslims made up 10.1% of the British Muslim population, not counting Muslims of mixed Black heritage. The British Black Muslim reality is whispered in hushed tones, it is the Jamaican converts frequenting inner-city mosques, the Nigerian doctors administering your prescriptions, Somali working mothers who nurse the aged in recession-hit care homes. We navigate a precipice few would want to tiptoe in 21st century Britain; the two-pronged realities of unbridled Islamophobia and established racism.

Black British Muslims possess our own distinctive heritage spanning centuries of blood, nobility and disenfranchisement. When Elizabeth I wrote of the need to control the number of ‘blackmoores’ brought into her realm, she was speaking of the many Black interpreters, musicians, servants and sailors who inhabited major English cities in the 1600s. This was a multi-ethnic and certainly multi-faith populace, hailing from what…

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Spirit of Fear


I found another kindred spirit on WordPress. If you like me you’ll like her too.

The Courage of Zayn Malik and Why Strong Men Cry


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by Huma Munshi  

On the face of it Zayn Malik leaving One Direction shouldn’t really resonate. At 34 years old, I am past fawning over boy bands. Even when I should have been gripped by Take That fever, I had a lot more affinity with the music of old codgers like Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. However, there is something about Zayn that does appeal. In part, it is the fact that he’s that rarest of species: an Asian boy band member in the British mainstream – and he is pretty striking at that.

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But it was his recent departure from One Direction, which finally struck a chord. He laid bare the impact mental distress can have on a person. Having experienced significant mental ill-health myself, his honesty mattered. The workplace is a much cited cause of mental ill-health: you have to navigate difficult workplace relationships…

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Self-Confidence will help you master the six basic fears with which every person is cursed


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Black Bonds, Annie and OITNB: How Film and TV Representation limits, liberates, and moulds PoC


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by Otamere Guobadia  

In the wake of the Sony Leaks and the ‘Annie’ reboot starring Quvenzhané Wallis, the Black Bond debate, questions of representation have received renewed interest. A Sony executive expressed the desire that the phenomenal Idris Elba, the Golden Globe and Emmy nominated black actor known for his nuanced and brilliant performances be Daniel Craig’s successor. Much of the dissent, however, has come from people who fervently believe that Bond’s whiteness is somehow central to his character’s identity, and thus to recast him as black would be a gross act of cultural erasure.

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White online commenters, such as those on the Mail Online, have once again shown a distinct lack of self-awareness. Bodies and faces like theirs have played the hero in movies for so long, that it is unimaginable to feel themselves thrust from the driver’s seat. It is false to suggest that the recasting of…

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Versatile Blogger Award


Today I have been nominated by Mutafariq Khayalat for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank you so much for considering my work as versatile. I humbly accept this award and make commitment to myself that I will focus more on the versatility of my blogging activities to complement this award.

I have found your blog versatile in true terms as I found there amazing prose and poetry along with excellent photography and many more flavors as well. Mabruk! to you.

The rules are:

  • Show the award on your blog.
  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate at least 3 blogs.
  • Link your nominees’ blogs, and let them know.

Seven facts about me:

  1. I have a novel I’m working on
  2. I was mildly depressed and I was going downhill, writing saved me.
  3. Writing is what I want to do for the rest of my life.
  4. I would love to write for Marvel, films and comics.
  5. I want to travel the world and live the 4 Hour Workweek lifestyle.
  6. Acceptance, Confidence and Gratitude are the keys to gaining
  7. When I lie about my age I’m telling the truth

My nominations are:

  1. http://johannamassey.com/
  2. https://a1000beautifulthings.wordpress.com/.
  3. https://singhpiyush6089.wordpress.com/
  4. https://inventingreallife.wordpress.com/
  5. https://singhpiyush6089.wordpress.com/

#OnRepeat (Everybody’s gotta learn sometime) – #confidence, #gratitude and #acceptance


So I had a breakthrough of sorts today. The sun came out and I could see the detail in the world and there were no more dark corners within. So yeah, happiness comes from confidence, gratitude and acceptance. (Duh!) I feel like the slow kid at the back of the class who took all lesson to understand what the teacher explained in the first five minutes.

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