Song of the Day: Lamhe Guzar Gaye

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

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

“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

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

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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Creativity

“creativity keeps the world alive, yet, everyday we are asked to be ashamed of honoring it, wanting to live our lives as artists. i’ve carried the shame of being a ‘creative’ since i came to the planet; have been asked to be something different, more, less my whole life. thank spirit, my wisdom is deeper […]

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At Home In My Heritage

The sweet humid air surrounded my body with the first step I took on the soil of my parent’s birthplace. It was an odd sensation being in a country new to me yet feeling so at home. I was 12 and had taken my first plane ride (a 13 hour one) with my parents to […]

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I Carried

“I carried the trace of her lips, of her breath on my skin through streets full of faceless people escaping from offices and shops.”  ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind Photo by: Radhika Jit/New York City

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Radikal Readings: Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?

I’ve always enjoyed reading anthologies of essays, especially on topics that are difficult to digest. Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? is a collection of essays published by Truthout by various writers, journalists, and activists that tackle not only police brutality, but freedom, black liberation, and the fight for justice. So often the struggle for justice and […]

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Unsolved

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At […]

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