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Written By: aaminahm on September 13, 2012 2 Comments

It was the first day of school.  As I stood near the front entrance of Mr. Larry’s 6th grade all-boy advisory an African American mother walks in with her son who was on crutches. Mr. Larry was speaking to another parent and student and so I took it upon myself to welcome this […]

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Written By: aaminahm on June 17, 2012 No Comment

As a follow up to my recent post “a fish out of water” I want to provide some
context for my experience in Boston by pointing out that I walked the Black Heritage
Trail through the Beacon Hill district today. This trail begins at the monument
for the 54th regiment who fought the Civil War for no […]

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Written By: aaminahm on June 16, 2012 No Comment

Last night I found myself feeling unsettled as I walked a long with a small group of junior research associates that I met this week at the Digital Media and Learning hub’s Summer Institute in Cambridge, MA. Having grown up in the Bay Area and having spent some time in the south I have experienced […]

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Written By: aaminahm on September 28, 2010 No Comment

I was so frightened to go to Oakland because I was afraid of the Black man. I knew there were Black men in Oakland, so I’m scared, but I went anyway.”

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Written By: aaminahm on August 22, 2010 No Comment

Last night I went to a community iftar in Oakland. I volunteered and was placed on napkin duty. As I stood there, folding napkins, I began to see all of the hungry fasters file in to the community center in preparation for our second meal in about 16 hours.
I was excited about the iftar because […]

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Written By: aaminahm on February 21, 2010 1 Comment

Yesterday I was in Target shopping for a baby shower card with two friends that I’ve know since grade school.  My friend Tasha wondered aloud why there were no cards that represented black babies in the general baby shower gift card section. All of the cards had pictures of little white children, or animal figures. […]

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Written By: aaminahm on January 30, 2010 No Comment

I had my children watch the Rosa Park’s story. I asked my daughter “What did Rosa Park’s say?” She said “Rosa Parks said that her grandfather taught her that all people were equal. And as long as you had dignity, no matter what race you were no one could take that away from you.”

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Written By: aaminahm on September 16, 2009 No Comment
Access or Exclusion…UC and The Sep. 24 Walkout

September 24 marks the date of the UC walkout to protest the State’s fiscal crisis and it’s subsequent impact on UC Faculty, Staff, and Students. In theory I am in support of walk outs because of my passion for social change.  However, my questions about this particular walk out are many. To begin with, how […]

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Written By: aaminahm on June 28, 2009 1 Comment

I thought it only fitting that I write a few words on FIT about Michael. He meant so much to me, my family, African American people, American people and culture, and the world. I’ve decided not to talk so much from a place of pain as an emotion but rather in terms of it as […]

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Written By: aaminahm on May 13, 2009 6 Comments

Today was my last day of my first year of graduate study at CAL. I was thinking about how to express in words the emotions that I feel. I think there is a sensation of excitement, and relief, both are qualified by the tension that still lies in my shoulders.  If there is one place […]

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Written By: aaminahm on May 7, 2009 No Comment
Sincerity, one of my favorite words

I just wanted to follow up on my recent post regarding a complaint I filed with Delta Airlines. I told a few friends and family members of mine that more than anything I wanted a sincere apology. I felt most offended by the fact that the original Delta response placed a monetary value on the […]

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Written By: aaminahm on May 1, 2009 9 Comments

I was born Shanga Nomusa White.  Everyone called me Nomusa. Nomusa is Zulu for with grace or kindness. I didn’t realize until I was much older that I was named after my father whose name is Musa. Musa is Arabic for Moses. He changed his name when he converted to Islam. I, followed suit.

Well, actually […]

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Written By: aaminahm on April 29, 2009 5 Comments
Arablish, the New Muslim Cool

On Sunday Jen, a fellow CAL student, and I went to the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) at the Sundance (formerly the Kabuki) to view New Muslim Cool. This film is a documentary about Islam, Muslim youth, identity, and Hip Hop culture. I found out about the screening because it was on my friend’s […]

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Written By: aaminahm on April 24, 2009 5 Comments

According to Delta Airlines the price to pay for Islamophobia is $25.00. For those of you who might remember, I posted a blog “Do You Speak English?” about an incident that occurred on a Northwest  ( a Delta subsidiary) flight from Minneapolis to Columbus on April 2, 2009.

During that flight the only attendant questioned me […]

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Written By: aaminahm on April 8, 2009 3 Comments

“Sometimes I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me. ” Zora Neal Hurston

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Written By: aaminahm on April 2, 2009 5 Comments

Today Usree and I traveled together from San Francisco to Columbus, OH. We had a three hour stop over in Minneapolis, which turned out to be unforgettable for all of the wrong reasons. First of all it was obvious that we  stood out. We were the only women of color and my Islamic headscarf was […]

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