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Author Mala Kumar Shares Her Coming Out Story

My childhood and early adulthood predated much of the mass media storm that constantly surrounds us nowadays. Had I been born a decade later, I might have realized that as a closeted brown gay girl, I was in good company in my coming out planning ways.
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Author Mala Kumar Discusses Coming Out and the NYC DesiQ Scene

As a gay woman of Indian origin, New York immediately became home in physical, emotional and mental capacities, much more than any other place I had ever lived.

Book Review: ‘The Paths of Marriage’ by Mala Kumar

The novel is a mixed bag. However, all of the issues tackled by the author are relevant and important, and are addressed with sensitivity . The Paths of Marriage talks of trying to find one's own way, and voice even when it conflicts with the rest of the family and community at large. It also talks of women's support systems and LGBTQ issues within the Indian community, where such issues seldom found open acceptance.
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Sisters Devika and Saloni Kumar Create the MAHI Project: Providing Menstrual Education to Underprivileged...

All photos courtesy of Devika and Saloni Kumar. Raised in Texas, sisters Devika and Saloni Kumar spent many vacations throughout their childhood and teenage years traveling back to India to visit their...

5 Books that Portray the South Asian LGBTQIAP+ Experience

With World Book Day approaching, here are some recommendations of some South Asian LGBTQIAP+ books! These books cover a range of topics in this lens of representation, from fictional contemporary to fictional fantasy to autobiographies explore provocative and moving themes. This is certainly a commendable start in sharing much-needed stories that depict communities who need wider portrayals and allow those who are not part of this community to gain insight into an experience different than their own.
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What Donald Drumpf’s Cover Letter Would Probably Look Like

I quit my job with UNICEF in sub-Saharan Africa and came back to the States in December 2014. Since then, I've started a few projects, did a book tour and media campaign around my novel (part of which Brown Girl Magazine helped publish!), and have done short-term assignments for a number of companies and organizations.

NYC SAFF: From East to West, 22 of the Best Subcontinent and Diaspora Films...

Presented by Toyota, the Big Apple welcomed its newest South Asian film festival, New York City South Asian Film Festival (NYC SAFF). Founded by veteran festival director Jitin Hingorani, the festival's mission is to showcase premieres of features, documentaries and short films curated to engage, educate and inspire the masses, ranging from Baby Boomers to Generation Z.

SAAN Conference: Amplifying Stories to Create a New Narrative Matters More Than Ever Today

The following post is Brown Girl Magazine's CEO Trisha Sakhuja-Walia's opening keynote from Michigan University's 17th annual South Asian Awareness Network's conference, titled "Shifting Sands: Amplifying Stories to Create a New...

The Kerala Floods: In Union, We Find Strength

The death toll in Kerala has exceeded 350 people and over 200,000 people have been left homeless. But help and hope is on the way.

Enter to Win Brown Girl Magazine’s 2017 Holiday Gift Basket—Worth More Than $500

To celebrate our growth and success, we’ve put together an amazing holiday gift basket full of lots of goodies. Enter today!

Bollywood Boulevard: A Journey Through Hindi Cinema Like Never Seen Before at Lincoln Center

My teenage-self was awestruck by Shah Rukh Khan of DDLJ and bowled over by Hrithik Roshan’s dance moves. So I was excited to revisit those memories at Bollywood Boulevard.

Conversation with Srinidhi Raghavan on her Bharatanatyam Show ‘Voices’

With an affinity for classical art forms naturally swimming through her veins, it is no surprise that Raghavan has become a celebrated Bharatanatyam performer herself. Her Bharatanatyam show, "Voices," choreographed in partnership with her mother, Usha Raghavan, premiered in London last year and was received with resounding positivity.

Not-So-Breaking News: Bollywood Soundtracks STILL Lack Originality

by Nila Choudhury - Follow @browngirlmag Whatever happened to the gorgeous lyrics from Bollywood soundtracks with depth and catchy beats that had your foot tapping rhythmically? Whatever happened to predictability? The milkman,...

A Hearty Homage to ‘Brown Sugar’

Do you remember watching the movie "Brown Sugar" and wanting the promise of the ”buddy AND booty” that clung to Sidney (Sanaa Lathan) and Dre’s (Taye Diggs) relationship?
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I Watched One Vintage Bollywood Film Per Week, Here’s What Happened

To begin with the feminist realm of my observations, I was surprised to see such strong and deliberate female roles in the era of vintage Bollywood.

Kangana Ranaut : 9 Quotes That Will Change Your Opinion of Her

On turning down a 20 million rupee deal endorsing a fairness cream: "Ever since I was a kid, I have never understood the concept of fairness. Especially, in such a case, as a celebrity, what kind of an example would I be setting for younger people? I have no regrets

Brown Girl of the Month DJ Anjali Mixes Beats and Cultures in Portland

Anjali Hursh is better known as DJ Anjali. This Portland State alum graduated with a degree in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking. Cool right? It gets better. She is also a professional DJ, booking agent, graphic designer, Bhangra/Giddha dancer teacher.

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