Lit Fire

She lit fire to the bridges and forts she built all these years, and she walked into it smiling and tears rolling down her cheeks. – Akshay Vasu

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Difficult Names

Give your daughters difficult names. Give your daughters names that command the full use of the tongue. My name makes you want to tell me the truth. My name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right. – Warsan Shire

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Song of the Day: Channa Mereya

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When Karan Johar decides to direct a film it quickly turns into one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil was no exception, especially with the interesting casting and a plot revolved around unrequited love. High expectations that were sadly not met. Yet as with all of Karan’s films I still fell […]

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Do the Work

“Sometimes we have to do the work even though we don’t yet see a glimmer on the horizon that it’s actually going to be possible.” ― Angela Y. Davis

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Dismantle

“For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. Racism and homophobia are real conditions of all our lives in this place and time. I urge each one of us here […]

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Song of the Day: Lamhe Guzar Gaye

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I don’t know what algorithm is used when I hit shuffle on my music but sometimes it has the innate ability to play just what I need to hear at the moment. Today it was Lamhe Guzar Gaye from the film Piku. It’s the kind of Hindi song that I just love – soothing, serene, and emotional with lovely and meaningful […]

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Radikal Readings: Angela Davis: An Autobiography

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I’ve read and re-read eight of Dr. Angela Y. Davis’ nine books in the past few years, but I intentionally saved her autobiography, letting it sit on my shelf until now. Dr. Davis has had a profound influence on my life and thoughts on social justice, racism, feminism, and criminal justice. I’ve watched documentaries, her speeches, […]

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Life and Light

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“Oftentimes we call Life bitter names, but only when we ourselves are bitter and dark. And we deem her empty and unprofitable, but only when the soul goes wandering in desolate places, and the heart is drunken with overmindfulness of self. Life is deep and high and distant; and though only your vast vision can […]

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Song of the Day: No Room For Doubt

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Sometimes hearing a song live completely changes your reaction or attachment to it. I recently went to see Leon Bridges at the Greek on the UC Berkeley campus and didn’t even realize the opening act was Lianne La Havas when I bought the tickets. I had Lianne’s latest album Blood on my Apple music and of course […]

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Radikal Readings: Sleeping on Jupiter

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Some books live in my mind. Academic books that speak to my reasoning. Some find their way into my heart, tugging at its chords without reason. Then there are the books that survive in my soul, carving a corner for themselves whether I want them to or not. Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy has found its way […]

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