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Meet the Staff: Duriba Khan

by Duriba Khan - Follow @BeingDuriba     Once upon a time, long, long ago, in a land far, far away, an angel was born. She possessed a cherubic face, blonde locks, blue eyes and cheeks so rosy, they could be mistaken for petals of a rose. She constantly giggled and smiled,...

What it’s Like to be an Observant Muslim Who Struggles to Feel the Sweetness of Ramadan

by Duriba Khan - Follow @TheUrbanRani I remember clearly, the light bouncing off his unruly curls. The way his eyebrows almost connected. The beauty of the fact that he didn’t mind. His earring that only slightly shook when he tilted his head back to laugh. I remember the tumultuous roar...

Why I’m Struggling to Accept My Body Hair, but I’m Still Trying

by Duriba Khan - Follow @TheUrbanRani I’m not like other girls. And when I say this, I don’t mean it in a condescending way — when I say it, my head does not suddenly inflate with pride. In fact, my head falls. I’m not like other girls because I’m hairy...

The Man, The Legend: Ahmed Ali Akbar

by Duriba Khan-Follow @TheUrbanRani He’s hilarious, dorky, eccentric, bearded, and has great stories to tell. If you thought of your cool brown dad, think again. Well, actually you’re pretty close (except he’s not even a dad). Ladies and gentlemen, Ahmed Ali Akbar! You probably know him as the Tumblr account...

Love in the Simpler Days: Looking Back at Love Stories of our South Asian Parents

by BG Staff - Follow @browngirlmag  This Valentine’s Day we look back at some South Asian love stories from simpler days of our previous generations. For some, the union might have been arranged but the love that evolved was based on mutual respect and affection. Do you ever imagine your...

7 Best Moments from President Obama’s Farewell Address

by Duriba Khan - Follow @TheUrbanRani “It’s starting!” declared my nine-year-old brother excitedly. I drop everything and skip down the stairs to where my parents are watching Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, deliver his final address to the American people. As I take my spot on...

15 Things You Didn’t Know About AR Rahman

by Duriba Khan - Follow @TheUrbanRani My mother and I disagree on many things, but the genius of the majestic music composer AR Rahman isn’t one of them. Since I was a young girl, I remember humming along to his songs that were playful, thought-provoking, and heart-warming. Today as an...

8 Reasons to Get Hyped, Lit, And Turnt About 2017

by Duriba Khan - Follow @TheUrbanRani As 2016 has ended, sighs of relief are heard all around. The U.S. election, Brexit, the war in Syria, all the hate crimes, possibly the worst YouTube rewind in history (okay, except Lilly Singh’s part), the deaths of Prince, Christina Grimmie, AND David Bowie,...

Raja Krishnamoorthi: A Beacon of Hope for Illinois, Women, and the Middle Class

by Duriba Khan - Follow @BeingDuriba - Believe it or not, this year’s elections aren’t completely filled with woes. Thanks to Democratic Candidate Raja Krishnamoorthi, there is a beacon of hope. In fact, this light forms the silhouette of a man who firmly believes in supporting veterans, protecting choice, and...

8 Hilarious Ways to Combat the Blues of Missing Your Motherland

by Duriba Khan-Follow @TheUrbanRani This post was originally published on our partner website India.com.The following piece is a satirical take on cultural stereotypes. The points here are not meant to be taken seriously, as it is only for humorous purposes. The sound of the giggles and shouts of neighborhood children...

‘Don’t Forget the Women’ — An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton

by Duriba Khan–Follow @TheUrbanRani Hey girl,  Well, this is awkward. It was only a few months ago when I Tweeted my undying devotion to your BFF, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, almost purchased a “#FeeltheBern” crop top, and even contributed to a fellow Brown Girl’s piece on supporting Sanders. In our corrupt world...

9 Stories Told in 3 Sentences Prove Mother-Daughter Relationships are the Strongest

by BG Staff - Follow @browngirlmag Strong women make stronger women. These words couldn't ring truer when it comes to the beautifully empowered staff of Brown Girl Magazine. Each and every girl comes with her own stories, experiences, and strength. In every single story written below are the hidden thoughts...

The 10 Most Irritatingly Common Questions People Ask Vegetarians

by Duriba Khan-Follow @TheUrbanRani This post was originally published on our partner website India.com: As with all of the life’s decisions, they come with consequences. For example, when you decide your major will be journalism, aunties at parties will frown upon you for not going into the likes of engineering or...

10 Things Desi Parents Have Taught Us

by Duriba Khan-Follow @TheUrbanRani This post was originally published on our partner website India.com: Parents are an essential part of growing up: they nurture us, teach us our first words, and make us the people we are today. However, South Asian parents are little special—they have a unique way of...

DJ Ice on how he Started his Hip-Hop Career and the Changing Face of the Industry

by Duriba Khan-Follow @TheUrbanRani This post was originally published on our partner website India.com: The following profile is part of the Urban Desi conference/concert series. Produced by Desi in NYC and presented by India.com, Urban Desi is a one-of-a-kind, two-day event in New York City featuring 20 global South Asian...

President Barack Obama’s Response to Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Speech: A Beacon of Hope

by Duriba Khan-Follow @TheUrbanRani Wednesday was an important day for the students of my small Islamic school, and Muslims everywhere because President Obama visited a mosque in America for the first time as President. Today, I had the privilege of visiting the Islamic Society of Baltimore, a mosque that serves...

Here’s One Brown Girl’s Thoughts on Zayn Malik’s ‘Pillow Talk’ You Need to Read

by Duriba Khan-Follow @TheUrbanRani Every brown girl across the world has Tweeted about it; it graces your Facebook feed, conversations, magazine covers, and Instagram timeline. You guessed it—Zayn Malik’s debut music video, “Pillow Talk.” Can I just say, holy cow, I did not ever expect this day to come. Yes,...

Things That Should Be on Every Brown Girl’s Resolution List

by Duriba Khan-Follow @TheUrbanRani by Elizabeth Varghese - Follow @browngirlmag We are well into the new year and our resolutions to do nightly ab crunches and eat more veggies may not be working out the way we envisioned——but, at least, we had honest intentions, right? So, here we are, two-weeks post...

One Brown Girl Proves You Don’t Have to Belong to a Particular Group to Rally Support for San Bernardino Victims

by Duriba Khan - Follow @BeingDuriba - On Friday, when the Public Relations officer of my school, Austin Peace Academy, approached me, the President of the Student Council, with the idea of a vigil for the San Bernardino shooting victims, I was hesitant. Certainly not because I do not support...

15 Questions You Should Be Ready to Answer at a Desi Party

by Duriba Khan - Follow @BeingDuriba     We all know how it goes. Every two weeks or so, you must pluck your eyebrows, suck in your tummy, and allow your beauty blender to make saat phere/tawaf across your forehead and under eyes with a copious blob of concealer. No, you aren’t insecure....