What Happened When K’naan Came to Cedar? Blog / Featured

Photo: Cedar Riverside, credit Burhan Mohamud As many of you know, on sunny Saturday afternoon, the West Bank Community Coalition held their annual block party. This year, musician K’naan Warsame would be in attendance. The event was set to take place in Cedar, a notable Somali community. K’naan was even scheduled to give a live performance. His arrival in the Twin-Cities, which holds the largest...

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Hello from the Outside: Alien Citizen Liner Notes Blog / Featured

It’s September 2014 and I’m in an unlabeled room at O’Hare. I’m not allowed to use my cellphone, and have no signal anyway. My luggage is at my feet, my passport is in a terse custom agent’s hand. He unlocks and enters a white door, in a hallway of locked white doors. I promised my father I’d never lose sight of my passport. I’ll probably...

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PODCAST PHOTO Podcast

In this episode, as follow up on an earlier published article titled ’The Sensationalized Somali: Anti-Blackness and Islamophobia in Toronto’s Media”, we discuss in more depth the recently released ‘This is Dixon’ VICE documentary. Guests speak candidly on the real-life impact of parachute journalism on Somalis living in Canada.  


The Sensationalized Somali: Anti-blackness and Islamophobia in Toronto’s Media Blog

Recently, Vice released its documentary about Toronto’s Somali communities in Dixon. Titled “This is Dixon,” the documentary attempts to find out if a gang called the “Dixon City Bloods” exists in the neighbourhood. Narrator Suroosh Alvi interviews those living in Dixon, as well as outside reporters, lawyers, and police officers. Why does a documentary that attempts to portray Dixon, centre, begin, and end with the...

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When I Was a Child Blog

When I was child, I lived in a village at the border between Ethiopia and Somalia. In that village, people were interrelated across clans. We were raised clanless and classless. Poor and rich supported one another. As a child, I was brought up by all responsible adults regardless of class, age or gender. I looked upon them with respect like my blood parents. They also...

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Reimagining Somali Studies: A Reflection Blog

  About a month ago, “Re-Imagining Somali Studies: Colonial Pasts, Postcolonial Futures,” a paradigm-shifting Somali Studies workshop, took place at Harvard University. Its catalyst, #CadaanStudies, began a little more than a year ago with Safia Aidid’s call to action about erasure and the nature of epistemic violence on Somalis through an academic discipline known as Somali Studies, of which most Somalis had no knowledge of despite its...

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About Maandeeq

Maandeeq (she who “satisfies the mind”) is the name of the female camel that symbolically represented the Somali nation in poetry. It was she who was looted under colonialism, retrieved by her rightful owners at independence in 1960, and mistreated by dictatorship, corruption and war.

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