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Rupi Kaur

A Night With Rupi Kaur: The First Time I Felt Seen in Literature

For the first time in my life, I felt like literature had been written for me. Here we had Rupi Kaur in the flesh addressing our religion and bullying on a stage in front of hundreds of college students eager to listen to her every word.
punjabi rap battlevideo

KayRay’s Newest Punjabi Rap Battle Video Sends an Important Social Message

Kiran Rai, popularly known as KayRay, teamed up with Punjabi music app Jamifi to bring us the Punjabi Rap Battle, where the Bad Bibis Crew battles it out with the Woke Punjabans.
women's summit

Learning About Female Power at Ohio’s Women’s Leadership Summit

Twenty-four women were gathered to speak in the span of six hours, and while I knew we wouldn’t get to hear the entirety of their stories, the small nuggets of wisdom some of these women left behind invigorated me to be resilient and proactive for women's rights.
Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein Allegations’ Unveil the Real ‘Magnitude of the Problem’

With the allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape against Harvey Weinstein, we have a few things to say to those in power who abuse women
miss usa 2017

Miss USA Kara McCullough: Not as Woke as We’d Expect her to be

But when the tweets started flowing in, it turned out that the South Carolina State University-educated government scientist just isn’t as woke as we hoped she would be. Miss USA, we need to talk.

The Ohio State Community Celebrates 10 Years of Buckeye Mela

by Ravleen Kaur - Follow @rippinrav The following piece is in collaboration with our friends at Bollywood America, a national Filmi-Fusion dance competition that made its debut 7 years ago. Joining the...

‘The Smovement’: A Platform Celebrating the Intersection of our Culture with Hip-Hop

The Smovement was gaining traction rapidly amongst my Ohio desi friends, so I recently got to sit down with the founders of the latest online platform to discuss celebrating and promoting diasporic South Asians and the intersection of our culture with hip hop, art, and music.

10 Brown Girl Stories of 2016 That are Way Too Good to Miss

by Antara Mason – Follow @AntaraMason With over a million visitors to the website in 2016, it’s safe to say, we’ve had an incredible year! From the heartwarming and hard-hitting (756) stories...

The Truth About Breaking All-Male Barriers on Bhangra Teams

By Ravleen Kaur and Tina Lapsia - Follow @Browngirlmag I, Ravleen, started my bhangra journey watching Big Apple Bhangra, a New York-based bhangra dance competition. But I remember only seeing all-male teams, specifically Khalsa...
Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan Goes on a Pseudo-Feminist Rant in the Form of a Letter to...

The letter is supposed to be an important message to young girls about not letting society pressure them into doing things they don’t want to do—the typical message about equality and freedom you wish your grandfather would’ve given you.

Oak Creek Gurdwara Massacre’s 4th Anniversary: Young Sikhs Express Optimism for the Continued Struggle...

I still remember the day I heard about the shooting at the Oak Creek Gurdwara in Wisconsin. We had just finished langar and were leaving the New Orleans Gurdwara when the worst possible news began popping up on my phone screen.

What the Liberal Party in Ontario, And You, Need to Know About the 1984...

If you’ve been scrolling through Twitter lately, you may have noticed your Sikh friends tweeting and retweeting tweets about a 1984 genocide and pictures of an empty, eerie Golden Temple.
Udta Punjab

The Reel Controversy and Reality of ‘Udta Punjab’

Phantom Productions and Balaji Motion Pictures’ film ‘Udta Punjab,’ directed by Abhishek Chaubey, has been through the ringer in the past few weeks due to disagreements with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Pahlaj Nihalani.
azealia banks

Azealia Banks Attacks Zayn Malik; Brown Twitter Claps Back With #CurryScentedBitch

The controversial rapper Azealia Banks stormed into a racist and homophobic Twitter battle with Zayn Malik last night after accusing him of copying her music video. Malik released a futuristic-style music video for his newest single, “Like I Would,” on Monday, but Banks quickly claimed that it too closely paralleled her music video for “Yung Rapunzel.” Although the British pop star did not directly engage in the accusation, he tweeted “No lies...I see you reaching but I don’t care” and “My @’s too good for you.”

9 Stories Told in 3 Sentences Prove Mother-Daughter Relationships are the Strongest

Strong women make stronger women. These words couldn't ring truer when it comes to the beautifully empowered staff of Brown Girl Magazine. Each and every girl comes with her own stories, her own experiences, and strength. In every single word that each of these women writes are the hidden stories of hundreds of women before them who made it possible. Today, we take a moment to write about these women.
sikh community

Vaisakhi: Celebrating the Creation of the Sikh Community

While I pine to be more involved in a large Sikh community, I have to remind myself that at the end of the day, my seva and paatth (prayer) are what really matter. Having experienced the New York, Louisiana, and Columbus Sikh communities, I can say this though: the celebrations may vary in terms of timing and events, but the core purpose of this celebration remains the same. We are here to celebrate the creation of a Sikh community that transcends all other labels.

Here’s What Happened When Hasan Minhaj Advised Sikhs Throw Muslims Under The Bus

During this much-raved about comedic segment in collaboration with The Sikh Coalition, comedian Hasan Minhaj teamed up with various well-known Sikh figures, such as actor and designer Waris Ahluwalia and professor and activist Simran Jeet Singh, to create a comedic yet educational piece on Sikh-Americans.
Sikh Punjab Riot

How Desecration of Sikh Holy Book Sparked Unrest in Punjab and What we Can...

Many people have expressed their sentiments on what it’s like to be Sikh during this difficult time in Punjab, but I think it is important to clarify in simple terms what is going on in our homeland for non-Sikh audiences in the United States.
act to change

One Sikh Girl’s Struggle of Becoming Accepted as an American

My parents did not break oceans in half only to see their child suffer. But if I said my elementary and middle school peers were kind to me, I would be lying. From third to eighth grade, I was bullied because of my religious identity. My classmates had never heard of Sikhi, and I soon became tired of constantly having to explain my faith and race.

SAFAR Forges a new Path in Sikh Feminism

SAFAR is the Sikh Feminist Research Institute, an institute led by strong Sikh women who dream of a world where the Gurus’ vision of justice and equality prevails and the feminism inherent within Sikhi is fully explored.

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