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This month's #RadicalLove is out! It's short, because I talk about our Poetry-A-Day for Ramadan project and the beautiful poems being churned out through the group. Please read and share!: 

"This Ramadan has been hard, so far. The long summer solstice days and deep heat. The nation charged with racial tensions. The obligatory iftars, the late night taraweeh, the early morning suhoor. The problematic tafsirs with implicit “-isms” that are so triggering. The thirst, the faltering, the not knowing if your piety is enough or how come the piety isn’t feeling more.

It is in this time of chaos and reflection that I choose to write. It’s the only way I know how to calm my mind, to focus my feelings. I know that if I can commit myself to writing one poem every day, that in those words I find healing energy, time to reflect, and a connection with Allah. It is for this reason that every Ramadan I challenge myself to writing a poem daily.

This year marks the second year I’ve hosted an online Poetry a Day for Ramadan virtual writing group. With close to fifty members, the only rule for poets is they must commit to writing daily. They can share if they want to. Just write. Make art."

http://loveinshallah.com/2015/07/01/poetry-ramadan/
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We are ecstatic to have Saqib Keval​ join us for the Ramadan of Stank Breath episode #6 of #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast!!!! We talk about my trip to Ferguson, Zahra Noorbakhsh​ getting asked if she's pregnant, I get mistaken for a Shah of Sunset, Saqib goes hunting while Muslim and scares people, and we are almost all hangry because we are fasting for Ramadan. But no P.E. for us! Aaaaand I got the homework links up for shows #5 & #6 up at www.goodmuslimbadmuslim.com

Listen to episode #6 on iTunes, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast platform! OR right here: http://www.goodmuslimbadmuslim.com/podcast/2015/6/30/006-ramadan-of-stank-breath-with-guest-saqib-keval
#GoodMuslimBadMuslim: A monthly podcast featuring Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh about the good and the bad of the American Muslim female experience. But you know, satirically & disturbingly hilarious.
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This Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 - join South Asians for Justice Los Angeles for a night of art, music, and dancing to raise funds for #BlackLivesMatter : Los Angeles

Show up in support and solidarity! 
-Our host for the evening D'Loco Kid 
-Music by Oliver Rajamani / Flamenco India with Neel Agrawal
-Dance by Navarasa Dancetheater 
-DJ'ing by Discostan
-Reading by Taz Ahmed
-Art by activist Khushboo Kataria Gulati 
-Art by Adnan Hussain
-Photography by activist Manoj Jayagoda

Facebook event page here. https://www.facebook.com/events/1651064315139374/

Buy your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sajla-for-blmla-fundraiser-tickets-17421043811
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Ramadan Mubarak! Last call if you want to join our Poetry-A-Day for Ramadan writing group! Must commit to writing daily!

And if you just want to read what our group is doing, be sure to check out our online publication daily here: https://medium.com/poetry-a-day-for-ramadan
Ramadan is a time of reflection and prayer and for some of us — poetry. This space is for poets to share their Ramadan poems or prose or paint or music daily for Ramadan 2015.
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For this whole week, I get to hang out with one of my favorite podcasters, Andrew Ti, on the Yo, Is This Racist?​ podcast! 

Each day we answer a question - and in typical Taz fashion, i call everything racist. Listen the the first one below where we answer the question, is being told "You speak English well!" racist? 

And of course, don't forget to listen to the latest  podcast as well!

#YoIsThisRacist  
Yo, Is This Racist?
635 You Speak English Well (w/ Taz Ahmed)
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Had an awesome time with Bitch Magazine's podcast talking about our #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast & our guilty pop pleasures - mine is Christmas Movies, sub-category RomComs. Listen in for the full story: http://bitchmagazine.org/post/popaganda-episode-guilty-pleasures
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Thanks to IdeateTV for interviewing me at #v3con this weekend! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL1Zsk5e2y0
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Going on RIGHT NOW. Join us!
 
You’re invited to get a sneak preview of 18MR’s exciting new project! 

On Tuesday, June 30, hear about a community solution we’re building to overcome language barriers in voting and the election system. It’s one part app, one part volunteer network, and three parts AWESOME. Be a part of this opportunity to trade cultural stories, make connections across communities, and bridge the language gap.

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Some of y'all were wondering what i was doing in #Ferguson -I was part of an AAPI artist delegation convened by Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and Hands Up United.  It was inspiring, humbling, and a blessing - so meaningful I got to share this experience w/ fellow artists Jenny​, D'Lo​, Terisa​ as well as APALA folx Gregory​, Johanna​, Teferi​. Thank you for believing in the artists role in movement building and culture shifting. Watch the video of our trip below - special shout out to Rob Biko Baker​  for making an amazing video! And Rika​, Tef Poe​, Antoine​, Tara​ for being awesome!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAtczlck17M
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My latest ‪#‎RadicalLove‬ column, I talk about missing touching Mom, how being single decreases oxytocin production, and why I think mom sent a cat to watch over my family. Check it out Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women and if you like it, please share! http://loveinshallah.com/2015/06/03/almost-touch/

"Mom was the glue in our family. She was our oxytocin – always there to give us a hug. ..She held your hand when she knew you were sad but didn’t know why. In our family, she was our touch. And our touch point. After she left, we didn’t know how to be affectionate to each other. Our family had to re-learn and struggle through what it meant to be a family without her.

I missed her hugs so desperately after she died. I missed her touch. Profoundly, I realized that I wasn’t being touched by anyone at all – not by my sisters, nor by friends. I missed being touched so much. There were the perfunctory greeting hugs, but no one to cuddle and no one to hold hands with. All those years I had been single, it was Mom who had been my primary source of oxytocin highs. Without her, my skin just ached to be touched again. I missed human contact.

Recent research says that people who live alone are less likely to live long lives. My heart sank the first time I read this – I thought about how the simple act of not being able to find a partner could shorten my life span. What an unfair side effect to not being able to find romantic love. They say that without human contact, your body stops producing oxytocin – the chemical that helps to stave off physiological and psychological issues. The simple act of bodily contact causes your brain to release low levels of oxytocin. A ten-second hug will boost your immunity and lower your risk of heart diseases. But what about those of us who don’t even have that?

I think, maybe, that’s why the stray black cat must have been sent to us....“I think Mom sent him,” my sister said conspiratorially. “We named him Casper.”"
I stare at the palms of my hands, as if seeing them anew. They are fairer than I remembered, plumper and drier. All the tiny crinkles have deepened and the slash of my life line has lengthened. I t...
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It's time for May's episode (NUMBER FIVE) of #GoodMuslImBadMuslim! The theme for this episode is SHAME and we talk about how Zahra Noorbakhsh​'s hubby got proposition in Dubai while pushing her grandmother in a wheelchair and I talk about the awkwardness around how I don't know how to say my last name. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, and your fave podcast app - and SHARE!!!!!

ps - Homework post w/ links for Ep 5 will go up shortly!

http://www.goodmuslimbadmuslim.com/podcast/2015/5/28/005-shame-on-you
The one where Taz gets shamed by association while Zahra's entire family gets propositioned (by handshake) in Dubai.
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 A student animated me and my Awkward Ask a Muslim segment from ‪#‎GoodMuslimBadMuslim‬ Episode #4 podcast for her class project!!!!! YOU GUYS I'M DYING CRYING LAUGHING!!!!!! AND SHE MADE ME LOOK SKINNY!
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