CULTURE, LIFE, THE ARTS

Solitude in the Crowd: the Journey into Iftar

Solitude in the Crowd: the Journey into Iftar Photo Essay by Ushbah Al-Ain This is a collection of photographs I have taken over the last six years, chronicling moments leading into Iftar during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Iftar is the opening meal after a dry fast at sunset, upon the call of the fourth obligatory daily prayer […]

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EMPOWERMENT, MENTAL HEALTH, THE ARTS

The Case for Gratitude

The Case for Gratitude by Ushbah Al-Ain Artwork by Joumana Medlej To say that we are emerging from a pandemic that has fundamentally changed our lives is an understatement. The staggering impact of the past few years has left people feeling disoriented collectively. Yet the pressure to keep grinding persists: to keep providing, creating, and consuming […]

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EMPOWERMENT, POETRY & PROSE

reclaiming me

Featured Illustration: Mikenzi Jones Here I am alive and breathing Living in ways I did not believe were possible Unsure and uncertain within my own being Here I am reclaiming and hoping Into the ways of my own soul, spirit, and body After a year of heartbreak and longing After months and months of grieving […]

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