We love artist Saba Barnard’s portraits, including her current project “An-Noor” a series of paintings of American Muslim women.
In an interview with The Aerogram, Saba speaks about her artistic perspective which draws from her experiences growing up Pakistani and Muslim in Raleigh, North Carolina:
“A first generation Pakistani-American woman, I was confronted by my ‘otherness’ from a very young age. As a brown-skinned, big-haired, mosque-going, curry-eating, mustached girl who couldn’t date, eat bacon, or wear shorts, I was the token of diversity at my WASP dominated private school in Raleigh, North Carolina. I envied my blue-eyed, blonde-haired, pop-collared, seer-suckered, church-going peers who vacationed on islands, had boyfriends, and definitely did not have to squat over a hole to use the bathroom when they visited their grandmother.”
See more of Saba’s work on her website www.artbysaba.com
Sometimes, Love, Inshallah editors stumble across something so powerful that we are left speechless. This spoken-word performance, “Not My Fault,” from poet/writer/activist Staceyann Chin , is something we had to share.
Chin is a mutli-racial immigrant from Jamaica, a woman raised without a father by a mother who left Chin as a child to come to America, a story eloquently outlined her 2009 The Other Side of Paradise – A Memoir.
She is also a LGBT activist and writes about the oppression that forced her to leave Jamaica. Her writing and performances often explore intersections of the immigrant experience, sexuality, and female empowerment.
Chin opens this poem by stating, “Today, I am so glad I am a girl, because yesterday, my mother told me to write my story.” Her delivery is so powerful that you stop breathing as she gasps for her own air. She explores the power of writing, the complex nature of mother-daughter love, the challenges we face as women learning to value our own stories.
The female immigrant experience, the power of writing, the freedom of telling. It is all here.
Listen to the end, when she triumphantly declares - Go out and change the world you live in! It is the only world you have.
Check out this gorgeous project, “Follow Me,” by Russian photographer Murad Osmann. Each shot is of the back of his girlfriend as she leads him hand through various locations around the world. The project started when she became annoyed that he was so occupied with his camera and started pulling him by the hand. Read more about the project, here.
We love this hilarious video from author David Henry Sterry, half of the dynamic duo The Book Doctors. Pick up a copy of their book, The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, for expert advice and guidance through the maze of the publishing industry.
We love the Tumblr page Side Entrance which posts photos from mosques around the world, showcasing women’s sacred spaces, in relation to men’s spaces. The blog highlights the beautiful, the adequate and the pathetic. Curated by writer, activist, and overall “fabulady” Hind Makki, the site welcomes photo submissions.
Read more about the intent behind this project, here.