Shehab Ahmad

Notes from a professional dilettante

diversityinya:

10 African American YA Authors to Know

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Lamar Giles

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Stephanie Kuehn

Kekla Magoon

Walter Dean Myers

  • The 2012–2013 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, and winner of the Margaret Edwards Award for lifetime achievement.
  • www.walterdeanmyers.net

Jason Reynolds

Ni-Ni Simone

Sherri L. Smith

Jacqueline Woodson

Bil Wright

  • A playwright, director, and author of the YA novels Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy and Sunday You Learn How to Box.
  • www.bilwright.com

dynamicafrica:

DOCUMENTARY: “Kaffir Culture” by Kannan Arunasalam.

In some parts of the world, the word ‘kaffir’, an Arabic term meaning ‘infidel’, is or was used as a derogatory racially offensive term in reference to black people. Used during the Arab slave trade, the it was later adopted by various European communities, such as the Dutch and Portuguese, to refer to the Africans they kidnapped and enslaved.

Through the enslavement of black people from the African continent to other parts of the world, the word found its way to Sri Lanka where it was used to describe the descendents of Africans brought there by Portuguese enslavers and British colonists from around the 16th century. But where in South Africa the world still carries a negative connotation even amongst black people, Sri Lankan kaffirs use the term boldly as a descriptor and a way of acknowledging their East African roots and heritage.

In this short documentary, filmmaker Kannan Arunasalam tells the story of a small group of Sri Lankan kaffirs, many of whom are mixed, and their struggle to keep their culture alive as their community shrinks.

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thechanelmuse:

Rosie Perez with the triplets that were cast to play her and Mookie’s son in Do the Right Thing. 

thechanelmuse:

Rosie Perez with the triplets that were cast to play her and Mookie’s son in Do the Right Thing

aljazeeraamerica:

In between in California: above the poverty line but not quite middle class

In this collection of multimedia stories, we provide a snapshot of Californians living above the poverty level but still struggling. We draw on consumer-expenditure datafrom the Bureau of Labor Statistics and social-science research on how families spend their time and money. On average, housing is the biggest expense, followed by transportation and food. But geography matters, and so do the unique constraints and priorities of every household.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the 2014 CFDA fashion awards on June 2, 2014 in New York City

Lupita Nyong’o at the 2014 CFDA fashion awards on June 2, 2014 in New York City

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