Hello! Welcome to Lifting Shadows. I have been envisioning or planning to create a blog for some time where educators, students or any reader can find information regarding Islam, Muslim-Americans, Xenophobia, Immigration, Refugees, International Relations, Cultures, Beliefs, Inclusion and Equity. I plan to blog about these topics and post informative educational resources for teachers and students who wish to enrich their understanding of these topics.
Last Spring, as I was driving to work and listening to music, my favorite hip hop artist released a new album titled Alwasta. Wasta is an Arabic term that roughly translates to “who you know” in English. Ali Mohammed is a phenomenal hip hop artist who goes by the stage name of Oddisee. As Oddisee and his band toured Europe in early 2016, he watched as the refugees continued arriving in the various European capital cities where he performed. His song, Lifting Shadows, track 4 on Alwasta, is a dedication and a tribute to these refugees. I could not stop listening to this song for days. I believe that Oddisee has a gift in creating artistic thoughts based off of his observations and life experience as a Muslim-American, and transforming them into music. The song Lifting Shadows reminded me that we are all connected. Although many of us have read about the refugee crisis, perhaps we can begin to read stories from the actual refugees and begin reading blogs, Tweets and narratives from refugees so that they do not remain nearly a number.
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