Nadya Agrawal

LA’s Discostan Blends Archiving with Music and Performance

October 31, 2018

In a bar in LA you might be able to hear ancient sounds, handed generation over generation down the mountainsides of Pakistan. Or, you might be treated to the strains of street music from Cairo cartwheeling across the tables. Or, you’ll see folks swaying to a rare record from a never-forgotten Lebanese songstress. This is … Read More

Kohinoorgasm’s “Chalo” Is a Tender Show of Femme Power

October 18, 2018

Artist Kohinoorgasm‘s latest music video “Chalo” premiered yesterday on the Fader. Depicting a picnic respite by the ocean, the video by director Jing Niu is all about soft touches and sisterhood. “‘Chalo’ celebrates cultures of queer femme mutual support and queer femme abundance despite misogyny’s attempts to deplete us of our power and magic,” Kohinoorgasm … Read More

Rapper Horsepowar Hosts New Food Show Exploring Curries of the World

October 8, 2018

“From Japan to Jamaica to the Philippines, every culture has its own take on a dish I grew up eating with my Punjabi family,” rapper Jasleen Powar, a.k.a. Horsepowar, says over a montage of New York City scenes. “We’re here, we’re hungry, and we’re eating our way through the five boroughs.” The web series, which … Read More

The Suitable Girl: Sari Fears

October 2, 2018

The women in my family are columns of silk when they wear saris. Statuesque, taller somehow, unattainable in their grace and assuredness, as if they wore the fabric like power. They took small steps but also long strides. They wore high heels that daggered into the floor of hotel ballrooms, leaving behind tiny indentations in … Read More

Surina & Mel. Shows Brown Lives in All Their Normalness

July 30, 2018

In a short 55 second trailer, Surina & Mel. shows us what television shows could look like. Even though it’s not out yet, Surina & Mel. from actors Surina Jindal and Melanie Chandra and former Family Guy writer Sameer Gardezi, has us excited. Besides having two South Asian women as the show leads, Surina & Mel. promises to show … Read More

Badaam’s Priyanka Kaul on Eco-Fashion and Bringing the Sari Back to Brunch

May 17, 2018

Saris, suits, and more, Australian clothing brand Badaam is a gift. Matisse-influences, creamy raw silk, and beautifully muted tones, Badaam came to me, as so much does nowadays, like a daydream through the Instagram algorithm. I don’t know what search keywords yielded up this deliciously soft brand so it populated my feed, but I appreciate … Read More

Meet Heleena, the Brown Girl Tattoo Artist of Our Dreams

April 10, 2018

With a loyal online following and a client date book that fills up faster than it takes to watch to the end of her Instagram stories, British-Asian tattoo artist Heleena Mistry, 21, is one to watch. Her work pulls from Indian artistic tradition with strong Mughal profiles, Hindu iconography, and familiar floral patterns. It’s instantly recognizable … Read More

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