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  • Blog
    Tue, 28 Feb 2017
    ArticleFighting Female Genital Mutilation

    In 2012, the United Nations (UN) designated February 6th as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The day is observed to raise awareness of the issue and to encourage concrete action against the practice. For readers who’ve never heard of this inhumane and harmful practice—FGM involves... more...

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    Mon, 27 Feb 2017
    ArticleA Journey of Leading: From Hell to Abundance

    In The Beginning As the oldest of four kids, and second oldest of twenty grandchildren, I’ve had my share of opportunities in leading others. Accountability rested on my shoulders. My elders directed their questions to me if we did not complete our chores. Oftentimes those questions turned to physical and emotional abuse at the... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 27 Feb 2017
    ArticleWhen I Took On a Role Originated for a White Man

    Last year, I began playing the role of Sam Simon in the one-man (and two musician) play The Actual Dance, the story of a married couple’s navigation of the wife's breast cancer diagnosis, told through the husband’s perspective. The anxiety and anticipation of potentially losing her is compared to waiting in a ballroom to... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 23 Feb 2017
    ArticleWillie Nelson

    In this time of news overload, we can find ourselves starved for a good story, free from the frenetic pace of headlines out of Washington and the profound and often disturbing impact policies and pronouncements from the new administration on the lives of individuals and communities. In that spirit, then, I share a story about Willie... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 22 Feb 2017
    ArticleThree Days in Damascus

    Sometimes you have an experience that changes your life. You don’t expect it. You don’t ask for and you certainly don’t plan for it, but it happens. And that is exactly what happened to me in 2009. As part of their Iraqi Voices Amplification Project, Intersections International invited me to join seven other artists as... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 20 Feb 2017
    ArticleMore than Real

    Whilst in a heavy dream state, the kind that weighs your head down with pressure, I nearly poked my eye out with my thumb. This awakened me. A reflex reaction, similar to a mosquito bite, or an inner itch in the ear - the jerk surprised me more than the piercing pain. Now 5AM, I couldn’t sleep, and the cold January air seeped... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 13 Feb 2017
    ArticleVideo Game Therapy for Veterans

    When veterans return home from war they are left with physical and mental scars that hinder life significantly. PTSD and TBI are a string of letters that need no introduction in the acronym overdose of military jargon – and these have unfortunately creeped into civilian speak because of the large scale of these issues. And sadly... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 13 Feb 2017
    ArticleIslamophobia: An Attack on American Democracy

    In the wake of President Trump's executive order banning the entry of Muslims from seven different Muslim majority countries, the country has witnessed some of its largest protests in recent history. There have been incredible displays of support for individuals and families affected by this hastily implemented policy. The scenes of... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 13 Feb 2017
    ArticleThe Steep Path: How Muslim Allies Can Resist...

    Originally published in December 2015, this post has particular resonance this week following President Donald Trump's Executive Order to restrict immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. This bans stigmatizes and harms immigrants, refugees, and Muslims, and it is an assault on the values we hold dear, including... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 6 Feb 2017
    ArticleWhere I Thought I Should Have Been in March 2002

    After much deliberation I decided to leave active duty military service and return to my mother’s home in New York. It was March 2002 and I was an E-5 sergeant and had been one for all of six months. Back in the unit I should still have been considered a buck sergeant but I do not remember ever being called one following the... more...

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