In the Shade: Turmeric

June 18, 2019

South Asian food is more than consumable. It is an emblem of the cultural migrancy brought to London from around the world. The rich and homegrown flavors grown in gardens from Pakistan to Sri Lanka, and parts of Africa and the Caribbean, are carried overseas by the diaspora with as much strength as there is … Read More

Raveena’s “Stronger” Video Speaks to Power and Vulnerability

June 13, 2019

Raveena followed up her May 31st release of Lucid with a video for the single “Stronger.” Directed by filmmaker Danika Kleinknecht, “Stronger” vacillates between visceral depictions of trauma and the airy, bright vibe reminiscent of Raveena’s previous videos. The video cuts back and forth, as the song does, between images of Raveena as a powerful … Read More

Bad Brown Aunties is a Podcast for the Aunties Who Made Us

June 10, 2019

Bad Brown Aunties is a podcast by two artists, social justice advocates, queer South Asians, and long term friends Thanushka Yakupitiyage and Rage Kidvai. The pair interview prominent people of color, queer, and trans folk from within their New York community about identity, art, culture, and social justice with an emphasis on the “aunties” and … Read More

Joy Crookes Brings Her Vibrant Voice to Perception

June 7, 2019

The video for Joy Crookes’s “Since I Left You” starts with a close up on the singer’s face. Behind her, clothes are billowing in the wind, and the shot quickly changes to her sitting with her arms around a young boy. As the video continues, Crookes doesn’t move from this room, which she modeled off … Read More

June Horoscopes: New Moon in Gemini

June 4, 2019

Welcome to Gemini season! Ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication, Gemini’s are known to be versatile thinkers. Fueled with energy and social interaction this period strays away from the practicalities of life. There are a few major aspects occurring astrologically this June, the first of which will be a New Moon in Gemini on … Read More

Raveena Shows Us the Way with Lucid

May 31, 2019

Raveena’s new album Lucid, is the end of May. It’s the end to a springtime of anticipation. It’s the purples of a late sunset, the warm breath of an evening breeze. After releasing two singles, “Mama,” an ode to mothers and all they give, and “Stronger,” an assertion of true agency, Lucid fleshes out the … Read More

Raniyaan di Raunaq is America’s First All-Women’s Bhangra Competition

May 23, 2019

There has never been an all women’s bhangra competition in the United States. That’s changing this summer, with the first all-women’s competition ever to be held this August in Washington, D.C. — Raniyaan di Raunaq. Competitive bhangra, which started as an expression of homeland Punjabi culture, has become its own subculture, with competition norms, online … Read More

Kadak Collective is Exploring the Experience of Outsiderhood

May 16, 2019

Kadak Collective gets its name from a familiar subcontinental staple — the spiced, strong, hot tea brewed over home stovetops, in neighborhood chai stalls, over whatever hot flame can help you get your fix. The collective, a group of South Asian women and queer folk, use graphic narratives to contemplate issues and stories relevant to … Read More

Raveena’s New Song “Mama” Is a Touching Tribute to Immigrant Mothers

May 10, 2019

After teasing fans online with a new drop, musician Raveena shared her latest “Mama” early Friday morning. Just in time for Mother’s Day. The beautiful ballad to immigrant mothers and their dedication to their children has a gentle melody, with an acoustic intro and soft vocals. The overall effect is a soft balm against the … Read More

May Horoscopes: New Moon in Taurus & Pluto Retrograde

May 1, 2019

This month we celebrate the Taurus! Taurus seeks in matter, stability and value. Often depicted as a bull, a representation of wealth and value, Taurus have a strong connection with the earth. During this time patient is key, and luckily for Taurus, it’s one of your greatest virtues. May begins with a New Moon in … Read More

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