Picture of the Day

photographed by DJ Ahmed October 2010: My second MBA graduation after completing the second of my dual degrees. That whole day my sister joked, "you just like graduating, don't you?" 🤣 I may still be paying for my degrees (thanks for nothing DOE) but I'm grateful for the adventures it lead me too. I've collaborated…

Be Like Shabana. Be a Beggar for Life

Be Like Shabana. Be a #BeggarForLife. Yesterday's funeral services for our sister and friend Shabana Patel was bittersweet. We gathered amongst hundreds from many communities to support her children and honor her life. We hugged, wept, smiled and laughed remembering her warm hugs, tears, smiles and laughter. Shabana always deemed herself a #BeggarForLife as she…

FGM in the West

AlJazeera's The Stream will be doing a piece about female genital mutilation (FGM) and it's growth in the west, mainly the UK, later today. I was approached to include my comments which I'm sharing with my readers below. Click here for the link to a very important story! The fact that this horrid act continues into…

Closer To The Dream

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Living the Confused Expatriate Life – Part 1 of a Few

However, living this expatriate life comes with a couple of interesting confusions. Maybe I just lived in this wonderful tolerant city that is San Francisco to have to deal with this identity confusion that I'm dealing with now. I'm a Muslim Egyptian American expatriate who talks in a lovely California accent but "looks" and talks Arabic like an Egyptian. Confusing much? Apparently so!