Interview

Fatimah Asghar Is Making Art for the Lost

July 26, 2019

Following her debut book of poetry If They Come For Us, Chicago-based poet and screenwriter Fatimah Asghar is back with a new collection. Co-edited with Safia Elhillo, Halal If You Hear Me is an anthology of poetry from Muslim writers who identify as women, queer, genderqueer, nonbinary, or trans. Kajal caught up with Asghar shortly … Read More

The Inimitable Freedom of Nadia Nair

August 3, 2018

Swedish artist, Nadia Nair resists classification. Her work strives for something indescribable, bending genres and melding influences from soul, rock, and classical Indian traditions. The result is stunning. Music that grabs at your heartstrings, pulling them along with the emotional cadences of the songwriter’s honeyed voice. When we heard she was previewing her next album … Read More

Thanushka Yakupitiyage Champions Immigrants, from Protests to Dancefloors

June 13, 2018

Thanushka Yakupitiyage (Thanu by day, Ushka by night) is a Sri Lankan born immigrant rights activist, cultural organizer, and DJ based in New York. She leads the U.S. communications work at climate justice organization 350.org by day, and DJs and runs the QTPOC, immigrant centered party iBomba by night. Kajal caught up with Thanu to … Read More

Kohinoorgasm’s New EP Celebrates Music’s Role in Political Resistance

May 10, 2018

To celebrate the release of Kohinoorgasm’s new mini EP Synthwali and the War Empire, Kajal caught up with the enigmatic experimental musician, known offstage as Josephine Shetty, to discuss being welcomed by the QTPOC arts scene, where our tax dollars are going, and music’s role in political resistance. We last caught up with you back … Read More

Speaking with Rosanna Flamer-Caldera About Sri Lankan Queerness and Protection

November 5, 2017

In Sri Lanka, homosexuality remains a crime. Non-profit organisation EQUAL GROUND works to dismantle cultural and social stigma, and fights back against police corruption and government inactivity to seek human and political rights for Sri Lanka’s LGBTIQ community. Kajal sat down with Executive Director Rosanna Flamer-Caldera to discuss Britain’s colonial legacy of homophobia, Colombo Pride celebrations, … Read More

Environmental Histories With MacArthur Genius Fellow Sunil Amrith

November 4, 2017

Sunil Amrith is a name you should know. The Harvard University professor and historian, whose work has spanned the topics of migration, public health, empire and the environment, was one of the innovators named as a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant this October. The MacArthur Foundation grants its annual Fellows $625,000–”no-strings attached“, in the … Read More

Water, Migration, Home: Padma Rajendran’s Among Nines

October 6, 2017

Contemporary artist Padma Rajendran’s debut solo exhibition, Among Nines, just closed at Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Malaysia, raised in the Middle East and America, and now based in New York, Rajendran explores the labor of women, interiors, the meaning of space, and narratives of home in her work. Art advisor Sarah Burney … Read More

Diaspoura is the Electric Artist of Your Fever Dreams

June 20, 2017

Where artist Anjali Naik, aka Diaspoura, lives there aren’t any South Asian people around. Hearing her describe it, Clinton, South Carolina sounds like a town missing from time–untouched by the general progress of the rest of the country. “This is where I grew up,” she said, panning the lens of her video camera around. I … Read More

Browntown Ep 2: Shahana Hanif

November 21, 2016

Community organizer and activist Shahana Hanif advocates for her people in the Bangladeshi neighborhood of Kensington in Brooklyn, New York. She focuses primarily on language access, disability justice and female leadership. In Browntown’s second episode, Shahana walks us through Kensington and points out the familiar mosques, activism groups, and discusses what it’s like to live … Read More

INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE: Raja Kumari

October 27, 2016

Tanya Rawal-Jindia sat down with rapper and Grammy-nominated songwriter Raja Kumari to discuss music, Indian culture, and the future. https://medium.com/media/850497e048dd4e7898311608d0048d8a/hrefhttps://medium.com/media/850497e048dd4e7898311608d0048d8a/href Interviewed by Tanya Rawal-Jindia Edited by Mia Fermindoza Footage provided by Epic Records

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