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I Wear Hijab and I Let a ‘Stitch Fix’ Stylist Style My Clothes

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.
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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:
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6 Books Muslim Women Should Add To Their Reading List Post-Ramadan

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.
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Twin YouTube Choreographers Poonam & Priyanka Shah on Going Viral

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.
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The Must Have Period Tracker Apps for Every Brown Girl

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.
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Coldplay’s ‘Hymn for the Weekend’: Cultural Appropriation or Not?

Is Coldplay’s new “Hymn for the Weekend” music video starring Queen B and Bollywood beauty, Sonam Kapoor yet another example of cultural appropriation in pop culture or is Coldplay truly appreciating Indian heritage?
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It Only Took 18 Years, But I’m Finally a United States Citizen

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.

Fawad Khan Partners With Islamic Relief to Promote Pakistan Development

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

Brown Girl of the Month and Food Blogger Priya Gulati

Priya Gulati (or “Chef Pri” as her readers know her) is a California­-licensed attorney, Bollywood dancer and teacher, and author of the vegetarian food blog Recipris.
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The Conflict of a Twenty-Something Muslim in America, Post Chapel Hill Shootings

It's a scary time to be Muslim in America, and that's not something I felt even in the days that followed 9/11. Every time I step out of my house I am a little more aware of my surroundings, I pull my hijab a little tighter and I'm a little more conscious of the looks I get, trying to brush them off with minimal eye contact and a smile.

Brown Girl of the Month Lalita Balakrishnan: Tabla Player and LGBTQ Activist

It has taken a lot of time and navigation through societal expectations for me to decide that ultimately my passions will guide the direction my life takes. I was born into a musical family, attending Mehdi Hassan concerts before I even knew who Big Bird was. Somewhere in middle school, I learned how to do that pencil-tapping-beat thing and destroyed one of the tables in my parents' house.
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Brown Girl of the Month Mahnoor Samana, The Spoken Word Poet

I have been a spoken word artist for eight years now and every step in my journey has been phenomenal. When I say spoken word artist, I mean the type of expression used when you write a poem and the words demand to be off paper. My first exposure to poetry was when I was very young.

From the Popular Podcast ‘Serial,’ the Catalyst Rabia Chaudry Opens up Before Tomorrow’s Finale

The podcast "Serial" has been given the noteworthy title of being "the most downloaded podcast in history," with more than five million downloads on iTunes and counting. It goes without saying, the BG staff has not been immune to the "Serial" fever either. With the release of the final episode tomorrow, I jumped at the opportunity to speak to Rabia Chaudry, who plays an integral part in all of this, because without her initial email to host and executive producer, Sarah Koenig, "Serial" would have never materialized and generated the widespread fixation that it has.
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Gauthami Vemula on Wheatish Complexion and Child Abuse

Gauthami Vemula is the Founder and Managing Partner of Color Me Safe, LLC, a family crisis consulting firm committed to protecting children and families of North Texas by offering guidance and solutions for child welfare and protection issues.

Brown Girl of the Month: Kulsoom Abdullah is the First Female Pakistani-American Hijabi Weight...

My parents were very supportive of my education and I was very fortunate that they gave me the freedom and flexibility to select a major of my choosing. I received scholarships to attend the University of Central Florida where I received my Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering with a minor in Math, so even with my own choice, I was a desi parent’s dream (for their son :)). I next attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where I received my Masters and PhD in Electrical/Computer Engineering. My research in my
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Mrs. India International 2014: Journey From Doctor To Pageantry Winner

Arthy Saravanan was born in Kanyakumari, a small village in the southern tip of India. She did her primary schooling in Muscat, Oman and subsequently moved to Toronto, Canada to pursue further studies.
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Deepika Padukone Writes Open Letter Regarding Female Objectification by Media

One of my newest girl crushes, Deepika Padukone, who has dominated recent Bollywood cinema with her dynamic performances, from Om Shanti Om to Finding Fanny, has taken to Facebook to voice her opinions. To give you a little background on the recent controversy surrounding Padukone, Times of India decided to post a video to their YouTube channel that fixated itself on her cleavage.
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Brown Girl of the Month Kajal Desai Brings Bollywood Moves to the Gym

If you asked me what I thought of myself 7-8 years ago, I would have said my hair was too frizzy, my stomach was too big, my lips were crooked, I had "thunder thighs" and I was completely flat-chested. I may have
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Robin Chaurasiya: What If The World Called You Dark, Ugly, Untouchable Cow Dung?

Robin Chaurasiya is an activist and the founder of Kranti, an NGO that aims to empower and give opportunities to girls who are products of the exploited sex worker industry in India. Chaurasiya, herself, suffered a less than perfect childhood and left home at the age of 16 to join the US Air Force. She was shortly kicked out under the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy which barred openly gay individuals from military service. She campaigned against it and saw it come to an end only six months after she left service.
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COO & Editor at Large Atiya Hasan’s Journey With Brown Girl

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.


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