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3 Heroes in Portland

3 Heroes in Portland

The climate of Trumpistan (aka America) is one where the most dreadful things like hate speech and incitement of violence are dying to become normalized. So much so- people are dying. Trump’s America is killing people. When a white, extremist terrorist who will not be named on my blog- no notoriety here- walked on a […]

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Turkish Airlines Business Class Is All about Pampering

Turkish Airlines Business Class Is All about Pampering

By on May 9, 2017 in culture with No Comments

Photos by Sadaf Syed, Author of ICover: A Day in the Life of a Muslim-American COVERed Girl (This story was translated into Turkish and published in the AirportHaber Magazine. http://www.airporthaber.com/thy-haberleri/abdli-gazeteci-thyye-hayran-kaldi.html ) I had the privilege, along with my Photojournalist colleague, Sadaf Syed, of attending Turkey’s DS Centre of Policy Studies’ Spring 2016 Journalism Academy. This Think […]

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I Joined Faith Leaders in Discussing Faith and Our Duties as Voters

I Joined Faith Leaders in Discussing Faith and Our Duties as Voters

By on February 16, 2017 in politics, spirituality with No Comments

RELIGION Why All Spiritual People Should Vote, According To These Faith Leaders Think, pray, vote. 11/07/2016 07:06 pm ET Antonia Blumberg  Associate Religion Editor, The Huffington Post This election cycle has been divisive and draining. It’s forced Americans across the spectrum to interrogate their own beliefs, make compromises and reflect on how much further we […]

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First Black American Girl Doll Of The Year. Could A Muslim Doll Be Next?

First Black American Girl Doll Of The Year. Could A Muslim Doll Be Next?

By on January 4, 2017 in culture, current events with No Comments

This article was originally published on the Huffington Post.  American Girl Doll Company (owned by Mattel) finally took customer feedback to heart and introduced their first black doll of the year, Gabriella McBride. Each January for more than a decade, they have unveiled the doll of the year and accessories that coincide with her story. […]

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Good Bye, 2016

Good Bye, 2016

By on December 23, 2016 in current events, personal stories with No Comments

I’m not one of those people that would lump an entire year into a negative label and dramatically welcome in the coming year. You know what I’m talking about– when people are all, “This year sucked! The new year can’t get here soon enough!”  No- I don’t talk like that. Every day that I wake […]

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Aleppo

Aleppo

By on December 13, 2016 in civil rights with No Comments

#Aleppo

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Guest Blogger on DAPL: A Timeline for a Timeless American Tragedy

Guest Blogger on DAPL: A Timeline for a Timeless American Tragedy

I’m so excited to introduced guest blogger, Natasha, to yasminareality.com.  Natasha and I met at an open house mosque event that brought more than 400 community members together in Schaumburg, IL of all faiths and walks of life. The event brought together Americans who want to look past fear-mongering and hate and unite in our […]

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Guest Blogger, Hani: Thanksgiving Message to Immigrants

Guest Blogger, Hani: Thanksgiving Message to Immigrants

I always love having guest bloggers. In fact, I am soliciting aspiring writers and activists to contribute to the yasminareality.com independent platform on topics such as immigration, hate crimes, Standing Rock, Flint water crisis and other ideas you might have. This blog comes to you from Hani on the topic of immigration.  Thank you, Hani!  […]

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My Non-American Friends, It’s Black Friday in America

My Non-American Friends, It’s Black Friday in America

By on November 22, 2016 in social issues with No Comments

My non-American friends, my country is preparing for black Friday this week.  Black Friday is the day after the Thanksgiving holiday when corporate retailers typically, allegedly, aim-to-be “in the black” or realize their corporate profit goals which rely a lot on the Christmas shopping season. Today, as I pulled the mail out of my mailbox, […]

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It’s Election Season and I Have Faith

It’s Election Season and I Have Faith

Originally published at the HuffPost Religion on an Editor’s writing prompt. Great prompt, HuffPost! Thanks! Yasmina The 2016 elections are like none we’ve seen before. If you were to look up the meaning of “rock bottom,” the picture that would pop up would be the presidential debates of 2016. Typical political mudslinging has now morphed […]

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