They Pretend To Be Us While Pretending We Don’t Exist

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If you read one thing today let it be this, this, this:

They Pretend To Be Us While Pretending We Don’t Exist by Jenny Zhang via Buzzfeed.

We want to print and frame the entire masterpiece.

What does my headscarf mean to you?

Great TED Talk by Yassmin Abdel Magied!

“I can walk down the street in the exact same outfit and what the world expects of me and the way I’m treated depends on the arrangement of this piece of cloth. But this isn’t going to be another monologue about the hijab because, Lord knows, Muslim women are so much more than the piece of cloth they choose, or not, to wrap their head in. This is about looking beyond your bias.” – @yassmin_a

#MuslimYouthRising Creative Selfies

 YaYasmeen Tumblr

YaYasmeen Tumblr

Here is a salute to creative selfies!

BuzzFeed recently featured Yasmeen, an American-Muslim’s tongue-in-cheek Tumblr take on being a hijabi in America.

Hailing from California, this eighteen-year-old developed the prefect social media response to those questions: “Is it, like, hot to wear that?” and “Do you take it off to shower?”

See the BuzzFeed post here.

Visit Yasmeen’s Tumblr and follow her on Twitter. 

What a fitting kick-off to the month of August, where Loveinshallah, Coming of Faith, storyandchai, Muslimah Montage will highlight American-Muslim youth voices for #MuslimYouthRising.





Veiled Humor: Who Said Covered Girls Weren’t Funny?

Veiled Humor is a creative You Tube channel featuring Mona and Dana, who are “two hijabis who want to prove to the world that Muslim women can be funny, intelligent, and religious all at the same time. I don’t see oppressed on that list. Do you?”

Check out their You Tube channel, and follow Mona and Dana on Twitter!

Happy Friday, loves!

Story and Chai


Writer Jennifer Zobair, the author of Painted Hands, found herself feeling uncomfortable when people thanked her for making Muslim women seem “normal” in her novel.

She wrote, “The repeated use of [the word normal] haunts me. The repeated use of that word inspires me. I believe that stories matter, that who gets to tell a story has real, tangible consequences for people’s lives, that knowing means at least a shot at not hating. It is my hope that if we tell our stories often enough and well enough, we can achieve something even better than tolerance.”

Because stories do matter, Jennifer decided to develop a site focusing on non-majority narratives with an emphasis on the Muslim story, but one that also provided insightful advice on the writing process.

She launched in February 2014. The site has already featured several non-majority Young Adult writers coupled with timely publishing advice from agents. Storyandchai has also featured columns and posts from Salaam, Love’s Mohammed Shamma,’s Aisha Saeed and Deonna Kelli Sayed.

Storyandchai is enlarging the space for narratives from the margin. In the name in all that is loved on a Friday, go visit this site. Tell your friends about it. Follow storyandchai on Twitter.  Consider submitting your own narrative.