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I've been with Brown Girl Magazine since 2011. Back then it was just a small Texas blog, a product of love, by founder Aditi Mehta. I was just a struggling medical student looking for a creative outlet, so when I got the welcome letter from Aditi, I clung to BG like a life vest.
When Atiya Hasan, the editor-at-large of Brown Girl, asked me to write a piece for the online magazine recapping my term as Student Body President at the University of Southern California, I actually felt a loss for words.
No one told me that there comes a stage in your adult life when you look in your closet and nothing is really you anymore. Despite changing body shapes, tastes, and fashion trends, my closet had grown stagnant.
Investor Kumar Arora of ‘Cleveland Hustles’ Proves Indian-Americans are no Longer Your Typical Doctors...
Kumar Arora sure knows how to stay busy. Two weeks ago, Kumar made his television debut as one of the four investors on the new CNBC reality series, "Cleveland Hustles," executive produced by Lebron James. See the profile video below:
Just like that, Ramadan is gone. You may feel like you are quickly losing that spiritual clarity you had reached during the final 10 days. It happens to the best of us. Which is why I have tried my best to put together a very short reading list of books, specifically for Muslim women. These books will help you to continue to reconnect with your faith and challenge your spiritual intelligence so you can keep growing.
We all came into the world the same way: childbirth. Well, almost the same way. Some of us were delivered vaginally and others were delivered by a cesarean section. Looking at two adults, you’d never know who was born which way. So, does it matter?
Above my left breast was a reddish brown bruise. A bruise! I don’t remember hitting or scratching myself. I’m pretty sure I would have, a girl doesn’t easily forget something like that.
Right now, Islamophobia is hurting all of us South Asians, Muslim or not. On a very basic level, South Asians - from Hindus and Sikhs to atheists - are being dehumanized because of how we look. This is a burden we all share, not just Muslims.
This is a deeply personal piece by BG Mariya Taher about the practice known as Female Genital Cutting, or FGM or Female Genital Mutilation. Worldwide estimates of this practice are not accurate, but it is known that half a million women and girls were at risk of undergoing this practice in 2015.
I'm referring to my first period. If you’re South Asian, you'll especially be terrified to learn that it happened when I was 12 years old and in a temple (are you horrified on my behalf yet?), the one place I was always told that women should stay the away from when menstruating.
Last year, I discovered Poonam and Priyanka Shah's "Ramta Jogi" choreography video on YouTube and became slightly addicted. Since then, I've kept in touch with the two and we've talked every now and then about their successes and all the new experiences in their lives. The classically bharatnatyam trained twin sisters are now moving into some unknown territory and working on new things.
Gone are the days that your mom would color in your period days on a calendar with red marker. As a doctor, I can't begin to tell you how important it is to keep track of the regularity of your cycle and flow.
The chatter about the new Dolce and Gabbana abaya collection is largely split between rave and daze. So, instead of sharing my opinion on a huge fashion house that’s appropriating religious garb, I would like to encourage you to look at less mainstream designers who have completely revolutionized the abaya in function and style in the past 10-15 years.
Not once, through the tumultuous journey to this point, did I question my wishes to become a U.S. citizen. The only thing that I understand is that, bleak as the current environment for any Muslim may be, if I can be a glimmer of change, of positivity in this world then this was only a first step.
This is the idea behind the South Asian Young Women Entrepreneurs (SAY WE) conference, which is taking place on August 22nd, 2015 in Sugar Land, Texas. According to their website, the network links together “business-minded executives in the fields of technology, finance, entertainment and fashion” to collaborate and share information on how to build their personal brands.
Fawad Khan, star of the ravingly popular Pakistani drama "Humsafar" and the Disney Bollywood movie "Khoobsurat" has been touring the US for reasons that fall very much outside of the Bollywood genre. His recent partnership with Islamic Relief to promote Pakistan development has taken him