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I Thought Going Platinum Blonde Would Change How People Saw Me, But It Mostly Changed How I Saw Myself

By Iman Hariri-Kia
For as long as I can remember, I've had an unhealthy relationship with my hair. Our connection has been codependent: My thick, black locks, which once cascaded down my back and surpassed my behind, grounded me as an individual. When I close my eyes…

Millennials Made A Big Change In The Way They Voted In The 2018 Midterms

By Lara Walsh
After months of intense campaigning on both sides of the political spectrum, the midterms are finally over, and now the rest of us are dealing with the political hangover. Considering reports that millennials turned out in force to vote, you might…

Here Are The Powerful Memories 5 Millennial Women Have Of 9/11 & Its Aftermath

By Lilli Petersen
If you want to ask a millennial where they were on 9/11, everyone has a story. No matter where you were, if you or your family were personally affected or not, everyone remembers — it's our generation's where were you when JFK was shot. Everyone can…

These Diverse IGTV Accounts Will Totally Change The Way You Use The App

By Lara Walsh
Ever since Instagram launched its game-changing IGTV feature on Wednesday, July 20, I've spent hours exploring the long-form video platform and connecting with my favorite influencers on a different level. One thing that I like about IGTV's ability…

Heather Heyer’s Mother Presented A VMA To All Six Nominees In Honor Of Diversity

By Lilli Petersen
The MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 27 were a time for artists to shine. But after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, two weeks ago, it seems clear that there's no part of our lives that is completely separate from politics — particularly…

This Is Who's Affected By The Supreme Court Partially Reinstating Trump's Travel Ban

By John Haltiwanger
On Thursday, June 26, the Supreme Court agreed to allow parts of President Donald Trump's controversial revised travel ban to go into effect. It will make a decision on whether or not the travel ban is lawful in October. In the meantime, the ban…

Joe Biden Calls Out Trump For Not Standing By The LGBTQ+ Community

By John Haltiwanger
At a private LGBTQ+ gala on Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden called out President Donald Trump for failing to live up to his campaign promise to stand by the LGBTQ+ community. Biden encouraged the community to hold Trump "accountable for…

Why We Need To Support Muslim Victims The Way We Supported Manchester

By Marquaysa Battle
On Monday morning, a 48-year-old man plowed a white van through a group of pedestrians standing on the side walk outside of the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London, according to multiple outlets. Once the vehicle stopped, the crowd detained him and…

Donald Trump Tweets The Most Absurd Thing In Wake Of London Attacks

By Theresa Massony
On Saturday night, at around 10 p.m. (5 p.m. ET), London police responded to reports of a white van plowing into several pedestrians on the London Bridge. Police say more than one person has died from the attack, according to BBC. UPDATE: BBC…

Why Islamophobia Is The Wrong Response To The Attack In Manchester

By Marquaysa Battle
On Monday night, a suspected terrorist set off a bomb inside a crowded Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. So far, 22 people have been killed and 59 injured, including children. ISIS, a Muslim extremist group, has claimed responsibility…

New Yorkers Are Taking Defense Classes To Intervene During Racist Confrontations

By Marquaysa Battle
Admit it: We've all been in a situation in which we saw someone who needed help and did less than we should have. It's not because we're heartless, but because intervening when shit is hitting the fan can be super scary. Some of us just aren't…

Muslims' Donations For Vandalized Jewish Cemetery Prove America's Already Great

By John Haltiwanger
After a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis was vandalized, Muslim activists have come together to raise money to repair it. As of noon on Wednesday, February 22, Muslims across the country have raised over $74,000. The page for the campaigns…

Lindsay Lohan Wore A Headscarf And Claims She Was ‘Racially Profiled'

By Eitan Levine
Lindsay Lohan experienced Islamophobia firsthand (maybe) at Heathrow Airport recently (possibly) and it's absolutely horrifying (potentially). I'm not saying discrimination like this doesn't exist. It exists, and it's absolutely disgusting. Millions…

Tom Brady's Friendship With Trump Is Giving Patriots Fans Identity Crises

By Alexandra Svokos
The New England Patriots are playing the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl on February 5, but a lot of people are seeing it as a game against Donald Trump. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who was famously suspended for cheating to win, has a strange…

Books To Read If You Want To Win The Political Debate At Your Holiday Dinner

By Alexandra Svokos
If your family is anything like mine, politics are probably going to come up at some point during the holiday season. And if your family is anything like mine, you all share a Mediterranean stubbornness to be right. If you want to actually be right…

Everything Donald Trump Doesn't Have Time For Because He's Busy Meeting Kanye

By Alexandra Svokos
President-elect Donald Trump met with Kanye West at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning. Crazy, right? Wow, we have so much to discuss about this. What does it all mean? Will Kanye perform at the inauguration? Will Trump appoint him to a Cabinet…

Trump's National Security Adviser's Anti-Muslim Tweets Have Everyone Terrified

By Alec MacDonald
President-elect Donald Trump has been assembling his cabinet and transition teams in the days since he clinched the presidential election, and his appointments have people jumping down wells with a four-year supply of peanut butter. Today, CNN…

Trump's Muslim Ban Plan Disappeared From His Site Hours After He Got Elected

By Alec MacDonald
UPDATE: The page has been restored after being widely reported on in the media. "The website was temporarily redirecting all specific press release pages to the homepage. It is currently being addressed and will be fixed shortly," the…

I Voted For Hillary Clinton, But I Hate The Phrase 'Not My President'

By Alec MacDonald
Last night, in New York City, I marched with thousands of others to Trump tower. As we walked, and when we arrived, we chanted out our anger. We tried to master our heartbreak -- or, at least, through collectivity, give it form. The most ubiquitous…

Here's What Donald Trump Winning Means For Muslims At Home And Across The World

By Alec MacDonald
After Donald Trump's stunning upset, Muslims will undoubtedly see tangible and intangible consequences. In my opinion, the intangible consequences for Muslims will be more severe and far reaching than the tangible policies President Trump may or may…

This Girl Used Her Hijab To Make The Most Creative Harley Quinn Costume

By Emily Arata
Halloween is all about imagination. Assuming you're not one of those people who drops $60 on a pre-bagged costume that's basically made of plastic and glitter, the success of your look depends on your own brain power. A student from Queens, New York…

Domestic Terror Plot Against Muslim Immigrants In Kansas Foiled By FBI

By Hope Schreiber
One of the sole purposes of founding America was establishing the freedom of religion. Our forefathers found it so important that people could practice their religion, or lack of religion, that tenet became part of our First Amendment. The First…

People Are Tweeting Awful Things About Muslims After The New York Bombing

By John Haltiwanger
After a bombing in New York City on Saturday, a lot of people did exactly what you shouldn't do after an act of violence and went on the Internet to spread division and hate. According to an analysis from Vocativ, there was a major increase in the…

I'm A Young American Muslim, And People Are Still Afraid Of Me

By Ebad Jangda
Even though there are more than a billion of us, I understand why it can be difficult for many people around the world to relate to a Muslim. Unless you have a close friend who is practicing, or at least grew up in a Muslim home, the media coupled…

The Star Of 'The Night Of' Reminded Us How Bad Islamophobia Is In America

By John Haltiwanger
Riz Ahmed, the star of HBO's "The Night Of," wrote a poignant and deeply personal essay about racial identity. The essay, entitled "Typecast as a Terrorist," is from "The Good Immigrant," a collection of essays from English writers of color. His…

French Women Can Wear Burkinis At The Beach Again And The World's Celebrating

By Alexandra Svokos
France just overturned a local ban on burkinis, which are swimsuits that cover a woman's full body and hair. About a dozen towns in France created laws to ban the burkini in response to fears about terrorism. (And, you know, in response to sexism,…

Women Are Showing Off Their Fashion Sense To Prove Size Is Just A Number

By Talia Koren
I can finally say I've found my favorite hashtag on Twitter. This week, ladies of all sizes used the hashtag #WeWearWhatWeWant to show off their amazing outfits and looks, despite what "society" might tell them they can or can't wear. Seriously,…

23 Powerful Photos From The RNC That Show How Divided America Is Right Now

By John Haltiwanger
The first day of the Republican National Convention was in many ways defined by massive protests flanked by an extraordinarily large police presence. On Monday afternoon, a large anti-Trump protest marched through downtown Cleveland. The diverse…

I'm 'Not Muslim Enough' For My Culture, But 'Too Muslim' For My Country

By Jenan Matari
It's tough being a Muslim woman. With our scarves and conservative clothing, we're basically a walking political identity. It's also tough being a non-hijabi Muslim woman — for reasons that probably aren't as obvious as being stared at for covering…

Photo Of Three Muslims Goes Viral After Orlando Shooting For The Best Reason

By Alec MacDonald
On Saturday night, an American citizen walked into a gay nightclub in Orlando and killed 49 people. It is the worst mass shooting in this country's blood-soaked history. Yes, the shooter was Muslim. Yes, he pledged allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call…

3 Major Ways You Can Make Feminism More Inclusive For All Types Of Women

By Fatema Elbakoury
As a self-proclaimed feminist, it took me a while to fully identify as such. I couldn't figure out why that is until I realized it has a lot to do with the ways in which the current face of feminism is pretty homogenous in representing women from…

This Fearless Muslim Girl Trolled An Anti-Islam Protest In The Perfect Way

By John Haltiwanger
The third annual Muslim Expo was held in Antwerp, Belgium, this past weekend, and it drew some unfortunate characters. It's a sad fact Islamophobia is running rampant in many parts of the Western world right now, and this peaceful event, which was…

The First Muslim Mayor Of London Just Owned Trump With A Single Tweet

By John Haltiwanger
On Saturday, Sadiq Khan was declared the new mayor of London. He is the first Muslim to lead the city in its long and storied history. This development proves tricky for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who in the wake of the San…

This Guy Was Actually Taken Off A Plane And Questioned For Doing Math

By Jake Cappuccino
You remember math, right? You know math. It's complicated, and just scary in general, and now those are apparently excuses for profiling an Italian economist and mathematician before having him removed from a domestic US flight. According to The…

Women Hold Up Signs With Donald Trump's Most Sexist Quotes

By Alexandra Svokos
We've made no secret about the fact Donald Trump is a sexist, creepy man with a masculinity complex. There is at least one positive aspect of Trump's blatant misogyny, however. He has made it clear sexism is alive and well and women still have…

I Wrote About Being A Muslim From Long Island, And The Internet Got Pissed

By James Campbell
Last week, I wrote an experience piece about being a white, American convert to Islam. It received over 6,000 shares. My goal in writing that article was to reach you. I wanted you to hear some testimony from someone who has actually walked among…

Pope Francis Just Washed And Kissed The Feet Of Refugees Of Multiple Faiths

By John Haltiwanger
On Thursday, Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Hindu and Christian refugees, sending a powerful message of solidarity to some of the world's most vulnerable people. He did so in honor of Holy Thursday at a refugee center near Rome,…

Yes, Donald Trump Sucks, But Ted Cruz Is Actually Just As Bad

By John Haltiwanger
At this point, Donald Trump has managed to piss off pretty much the entire world. In the past few days alone, R&B singer John Legend and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called Trump "racist," the creator of "Humans of New York" condemned him in…

I'm Not Even A Christian, But I Miss The Original Message Of Jesus

By Baby Kekie
Growing up Jewish in a conservative small town wasn’t always easy, especially around the holidays. It was even more difficult because my dad’s side of the family, who I grew up with, was Catholic. I was an outsider in my own family. Sure, I was…

Chris Christie Just Endorsed Trump And He’s Getting Owned On Twitter

By John Haltiwanger
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie just endorsed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and people are laying into him on Twitter. Christie just endorsed Trump. pic.twitter.com/tVTzMdFXTd — Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) February 26,…

5 False Stigmas About Refugees That Only Create Discrimination

By Rachael Thatcher
Unfortunately, the wrong idea about refugees has been spread across America. The problem is, so many people jump to conclusions and make assumptions out of fear, without taking the time to educate themselves about the situation at hand. This is…

9 Of The Most Powerful Quotes From Obama's First Visit To A US Mosque

By John Haltiwanger
On Wednesday, President Obama visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore in Maryland. It was the first time in his presidency he visited a US mosque. The president delivered an impassioned speech urging Americans to exhibit tolerance toward Muslims at…

I Spent A Week With Syrian Refugees In Jordan, And No One Tried To Kill Me

By John Haltiwanger
"If you don't f*cking die in the Middle East, let's go see the new James Bond movie when you get back!" That was the last thing one of my roommates said to me before I left for Jordan. He was being sarcastic, of course, but unfortunately there are…

Hillary Owned Trump When A Muslim Veteran Asked Her About Islamophobia

By John Haltiwanger
On Monday night, CNN hosted a town hall event in Iowa, offering voters a chance to ask the Democratic presidential candidates questions on a wide array of issues. At one point, a Muslim-American woman and Air Force veteran named Erum…

Maybe It's Time For Zayn Malik To Stand Up Against Islamophobia

By Alexandra Svokos
I’m not a Directioner, but it’s not like I’m averse -- One Direction just missed my particular age group. So, before he left the band, whenever someone mentioned Zayn Malik, my brain would prompt “the hot one” and that’s about as far as my knowledge…

11 Times President Obama Dropped The Mic During The State Of The Union

By Alexandra Svokos
President Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. The speech touched on a variety of national topics, from education and the economy to medical research and national security to Islamophobia and bipartisan…

The State Of The Union Was One Giant 'F*ck You' To Donald Trump

By John Haltiwanger
On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama delivered the final State of the Union address of his presidency. The president's gift for oratory was on full display as he highlighted his administration's accomplishments and hopes for the future. In many…

A Year After Charlie Hebdo, Are Western Governments Embracing Islamophobia?

By Simone Stolzoff
A year ago today, two Paris-born jihadists forced their way into the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo with Kalashnikov assault rifles and open fired. In response, demonstrations erupted across Europe promoting positive ideals.…

Man Vandalizes Mosque By Wrapping A Bunch Of Raw Bacon Around Its Doors (Video)

By Sean Levinson
A white man was caught on film wrapping raw bacon around the door handles of a Las Vegas mosque over the weekend. According to Raw Story, surveillance video shows the unidentified man placing bacon at the back door and on the front door handles of…

What It Really Means If You Get One Of These 8 Gifts For Christmas (Photos)

By Zach Russell
Every gift has subtext. You buy your spouse a wedding ring to symbolize your eternal love and devotion. You buy someone a Zune because you hate that person. With so many gifts, Christmas becomes a minefield of hidden intentions and unintended…