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#AskMaandeeq: Things We Wish We Knew in University Blog

Following our podcast this month on Somali experiences in higher education, we decided to ask some of our contributors a question that figured prominently in the discussion: What do you wish you knew in university? Here are some of the responses. *** My advice to young Somalis is: be yourself. There’s an assumption that you have to be polished and refined when you enter college/uni....

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A Conversation with Muna Ahmed and Khadija Charif Blog / Featured

Muna Ahmed and Khadija Charif are two emerging Minnesota-based photographers. After attending their exhibits “Behind Both Fences” (Muna Ahmed) and “Jaded Youth” (Khadija Charif) on view at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minneapolis this past April, we spoke more about their work. Safia Aidid: In “Jaded Youth” and “Behind Both Fences,” you both mediate on the tensions and contradictions of the Somali American...

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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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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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