Summer is here and there are some really exciting things coming up for my music that I’m thrilled to share with you!
1) Though I did not win the Masterpeace music competition (which would have allowed me to perform in Turkey this Fall), I was selected by the judges as a wild card pick and an honorable mention! Thanks to those who voted - the website was pretty tricky and I’m so grateful to the people who took the time to figure it out.
2) I’m going back into the studio this month to record my next release! After several months of writing and composing, I have about 5-6 new songs that I feel are cohesive as an EP. Hoping to have a single and some video content ready soon, as well as a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for studio costs and touring! Stay tuned for more updates on that. :)
3) I have two free shows in NYC coming up (including one for my birthday)!
4) East Coast tour dates are still being confirmed - but based on fan interaction, my first shows outside of the NYC area should be in Boston and Washington DC. I will also be in the Detroit area in September as a speaker/performer at The Hero Roundtable (similar to TEDtalks). If you do not live in the areas that I mentioned, I’d love to hear from you! I am booking venues and universities all around the country, and I’d love to perform in your town/city, post a successful Kickstarter campaign (knocks on wood).
I’m an indie musician, which means I am able to do what I do because of wonderful people like you. Any suggestions you may have, whether they are for venues, music blogs, and/or contacts/resources I should know about are so appreciated! Emails just saying hello are cool too (firstname.lastname@example.org). :)
I would like to walk on the street one day without being reminded of my sex by perfect strangers.
No, I don’t take it as a compliment when you look me up and down and call me “sexy”.
It wasn’t sweet when you called me “beautiful” either.
You make me wish that invisibility cloaks were real. And then you make me angry for feeling as though I am the one who should disappear.
I am a female human. One with songs, and ideas, and an abnormal affinity for cookie dough ice cream.
The classification of “female” says nothing about me. It’s just biology.
When you treat me like a female, you reduce yourself to nothing more than a male. You objectify us both.
I only rolled my eyes at you when you commented on my appearance. But what I really wanted to do was to tell you that my presence does not warrant your evaluation.
A lot of my fellow Muslim have been asking “why should I apologize for Boko Haram? I didn’t even know who they were until last week.”
I understand their frustration. When a white person commits a crime, white people as a whole are not expected to apologize for it. When radicals commit acts of terrorism in the name of Islam, everyday Muslims, all 1.6 billion of us are expected to apologize as if we were directly involved, merely by being born into and/or practicing the same faith.
But what frustrates me more is that people are committing heinous acts in the name of our religion. Call it economic; call it post-colonialism; call it whatever you like. These cowards are invoking Allah’s name as they ruin people’s lives. Not only has Boko Haram kidnapped almost three hundred innocent schoolgirls, but they have murdered hundreds of innocent civilians.
In reality, forced marriage and mistreatment of women is forbidden in Islam. According to Islamic law, a marriage contract is not valid without the consent of both parties. Murder is one of the worst sins a Muslim can commit, for "whoso kills a soul, unless it be for murder or for wreaking corruption in the land, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and he who saves a life, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind." (Quran 5:33)
But if we put more energy into stopping these vicious crimes in the name of our religion and less time separating ourselves from them, perhaps we wouldn’t have to get so defensive. Our complicity is what allows this garbage to happen. We are more concerned with protecting Islam’s image than we are with protecting the sanctity of human life. #BringBackOurGirls
"O ye who believe! Ye are forbidden to inherit women against their will. "