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Muhammad Ali – Legend

Muhammad Ali – Legend

Allah has taken our brother, Muhammad Ali, back home to Him. inna lilahi wa inna ilahi raji un. To God we belong. To Him we return. Wow- notwithstanding his accomplishments in boxing – and the memories I have of my family watching his matches with such excitement – he leaves behind such an indelible mark […]

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Appreciating the Men in My Life – My Latest on The Good Men Project

Appreciating the Men in My Life – My Latest on The Good Men Project

By on March 30, 2016 in social issues with No Comments

Really proud to be a Contributing Author with The Good Men Project.  Here is my latest. Why Donald Trump Makes Me Appreciate the Men in My Life See more at: http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/why-donald-trump-makes-me-appreciate-the-men-in-my-life-erink/#sthash.0jptomRV.dpuf Yasmina Blackburn talks about Donald Trump’s candidacy as the next US President, and how it has helped to shape her view of men as […]

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Photo Gallery:  Chicago UIC Trump Protest, March 11, 2016

Photo Gallery: Chicago UIC Trump Protest, March 11, 2016

This photo gallery of the protest that took place at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion on March 11, 2016 accompanies my Chicago Monitor story that also has additional photos and that tells more of the “inside” story. I’ve also uploaded a number of outside video clips on my YouTube Channel (see an example below.) Being a part […]

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Why You Sound Like An Idiot When You Say, “All Lives Matter!”

Why You Sound Like An Idiot When You Say, “All Lives Matter!”

By on March 17, 2016 in civil rights, social issues with No Comments

All Lives Matter All Lives {should} Matter All Lives {in practice don’t} Matter {except privileged people} All Lives {in practice don’t} Matter {except privileged people- so those who don’t matter in practice try to say something about the fact that their lives don’t matter in practice} All Lives {in practice don’t} Matter {except privileged people- […]

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Happy International Women’s Day 2016

Happy International Women’s Day 2016

 

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Muslim child’s fear: ‘Is Trump going to exile us?’

Muslim child’s fear: ‘Is Trump going to exile us?’

By on March 3, 2016 in social issues with No Comments

Really proud of this Trib Reporter covering this very important topic. I thank the Chicago Tribune for interviewing me and for shining a light on the reality that today’s right wing rhetoric is terrorizing Muslim children. Including my own. ~Yasmina Alison Bowen Contact Reporter Chicago Tribune Many parents know the feeling of a child asking […]

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Welcoming Refugees with Sweet-Smelling Soap

Welcoming Refugees with Sweet-Smelling Soap

By on February 21, 2016 in personal stories, social issues with No Comments

Having a teenage daughter who is really into body care products that ignite the senses has been fun. From lotions and potions to make-up, soaps and even candles, my daughter has amassed a collection of feel good stuff that resembles mini-spas in our bathrooms and closet shelves. When she dragged me into the store, Lush, […]

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Tackling Islamophobia with Bawb on Yahalavoice.com

Tackling Islamophobia with Bawb on Yahalavoice.com

By on February 5, 2016 in islamophobia, social issues with No Comments

  Bawb And The Friends On Yahala Voice Honored to have been a guest on Bawb and the Friends, an awesome radio show on Yahalavoice.com.  Bawb, or as I affectionately call him, “B,” is my dear friend who happens to be a self-described “recovering Islamophobe.”  We have gone through a great journey together through sharing […]

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Is America Islamophobic? Or White Supremacist?

Is America Islamophobic? Or White Supremacist?

By on January 7, 2016 in islamophobia, social issues with No Comments

This is a guest blogger post. My mentor and friend, Abu Amina Elias, is a blogger at FaithInAllah.org or http://abuaminaelias.com/ where he addresses oft misrepresented elements of the Islamic faith and explains them as well as covers the most intriguing questions regarding Islam.  I’m so blessed to know him. I learn so much from him. We […]

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Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year 2016

By on December 29, 2015 in personal stories, social issues with No Comments

As 2015 comes to a close, I want to take a moment to reflect on this past year. Personally- there are many blessings I thank Allah subhannah wa ta Allah for including the health and happiness of my children and husband, the blessing of having extended family and friends and even the critters in my […]

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