Artist Shares Poignant Portrait Series On #BeingBlackAndMuslim

A portrait series inspired by a Twitter hashtag on being black and Muslim is exploring the challenges many people face at the intersection of two marginalized identities. 

Visual artist Bobby Rogers published the powerful portrait series Wednesday night on his website and social media accounts. The project was inspired by #BeingBlackAndMuslim, a Twitter conversation initiated in 2014 by the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC). 

For the past few months I’ve been creating a portrait series inspired by the #BeingBlackandMuslim hashtag. I’m ready to share it with ya’ll.

— Bobby Rogers (@Bobbyrogers_) April 19, 2017

”My #BeingBlackandMuslim series was created to challenge the mainstream meaning of what it is to be ‘Muslim,’” Rogers, who identifies as Muslim, said in an email to The Huffington Post. “There is, and always has been, an erasure of Black Muslims from our historical teachings in America, just as there is an erasure of Black and Muslim cultures worldwide.”

There are more than 1.8 billion Muslims in the world, according to Pew Research Center. Muslims make up roughly 1 percent of the U.S. population, at more than three million.

.@blackishgold_ #BeingBlackandMuslim portrait series –– 001 // portrait by @Bobbyrogers_

— Bobby Rogers (@Bobbyrogers_) April 19, 2017

American Muslims make up one of the most ethnically diverse faith communities in the country. A 2017 poll by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding found that a quarter of Muslims in the U.S. are black, with slightly smaller percentages of white, Asian and Arab Muslims.

Some of the earliest Muslims in the U.S. were African slaves, at least 10 to 15 percent of whom are believed to have been followers of Islam. But despite this long history, many black Muslims feel like their converging identities are overlooked in conversations about both racism and Islamophobia.

.@blackishgold_ #BeingBlackandMuslim portrait series –– 002 // portrait by @Bobbyrogers_

— Bobby Rogers (@Bobbyrogers_) April 19, 2017

“The erasure of Black American Muslims undermines efforts towards developing a unified front in the face of our greatest threat,” wrote black Muslim activist Margari Hill in a 2015 HuffPost blog. “Groups working in the field must take into account the ways in which their anti-Islamophobia work alienates Black American Muslims.”

Anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. spiked after the September 11 attacks and has surged again in the wake of terrorist attacks at home and abroad. Much of the work being done to combat Islamophobia has centered around promoting tolerance of immigrant communities, Hill noted, which ignores the experiences of black Muslims “whose Muslim identity is homegrown.”

“With my series I want to show society that Black Muslims have always been an integral part of American history, as well as, Islamic history,” Rogers said.

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— Bobby Rogers (@Bobbyrogers_) April 19, 2017

The artist said his project aims to bring awareness to challenges black Muslims face “as a result of occupying the axes of two of the most marginalized groups in society.” But through exploring these challenges, Rogers said he hopes “for others to understand the true beauty & resilience of being Black and Muslim.”

“When we speak about Islam we should recognize Blackness as an equal and integral part of the conversation, and additionally, truthfully acknowledge the scope of Black Muslims throughout history.”

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— Bobby Rogers (@Bobbyrogers_) April 19, 2017

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— Bobby Rogers (@Bobbyrogers_) April 19, 2017

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— Bobby Rogers (@Bobbyrogers_) April 19, 2017

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— Bobby Rogers (@Bobbyrogers_) April 19, 2017

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— Bobby Rogers (@Bobbyrogers_) April 19, 2017

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— Bobby Rogers (@Bobbyrogers_) April 19, 2017

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Trump Pivots Away From Base-Ten Numerical System

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President Trump wants Congress next week to fund the government, repeal Obamacare, overhaul the tax code and deal with North Korea, clearly confusing the legislative branch with Jared Kushner. Former President Obama will make his first public appearance since conspiring with that judge in Hawaii to have Trump’s travel ban blocked. And Mike Pence made a plane full of reporter watch “Hoosiers,” a great film featuring lots of men doing business in rooms without women. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, April 21st, 2017:

GIRD YER LOINS: IT’S GOING TO BE A HELLUVA WEEK – Alana Horowitz Satlin: “President Donald Trump is complaining that a deadline he set for himself for various policy plans is unfair. Trump’s first 100 days in office ends April 29, and critics have pointed out that he has yet to achieve many key goals. The president responded to such criticism on Friday by calling the benchmark a ‘ridiculous standard,’ even though he personally touted the deadline for months. Shortly before the election, he laid out his plan for his first 100 days, including two of his biggest campaign promises: building a wall along the Mexican border and repealing the Affordable Care Act. He has yet to fulfill either commitment…. In a separate announcement made in the wake of reports of Russian election meddling, Trump also promised to release a report on cybersecurity within 90 days of taking office. That report never materialized.” [HuffPost]

OBAMACARE, THE GOP CAN’T QUIT YOU – Sam Stein and Ryan Grim: “The House Republicans’ zombie health care overhaul bill rose from the dead once more Wednesday night, with moderates and conservatives coming to a tentative agreement on draft language. Immediately, though, it became clear that the new bill faces even tougher odds than the one that was already laid low in the House and that caused no shortage of political damage to Republicans. All of which raises a vexing question: Why are they doing this to themselves again?” [HuffPost]

We’re all going to die: “But it’s not just the Democrats who oppose several Trump priorities. Congressional Republicans, who are generally united in support for the increase in defense spending, are divided on the border wall, which is not popular among border-state Republicans, and the deep domestic-spending cuts. So far, it does not look like a bridgeable gap. ‘This is going to be high-stakes poker,’ the White House official said. When I asked if a shutdown was likely, the official paused for several seconds. ‘I don’t know,’ the official said. The official added, ‘I just want my wall and my ICE agents.’” [New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza]

We’re all going to die, part 2: “President Donald Trump gave many signals on the campaign trail that his presidency would be a disaster for the environment. He called global warming a “hoax” and “bullshit,” vowed to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, and undo regulations to revive the fossil fuel industry. Almost 100 days into Trump’s tenure, the fears of environmentalists, scientists, public health advocates have been confirmed — and then some.” [HuffPost’s Dominique Mosbergen]

THIS IS HOW A PRO INCREASES HIS CABLE NEWS BOOKINGS – Hill chiefs of staff this week received invites from  Sen. Roy Blunt for their bosses to attend an off-the-record “Coffee and Conversation” with Fox News’ Bret Baier. The Fox News personality will discuss his new book, “Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission,” which documents Ike’s last days as president. If senators wish to hold an off the record discussion about The Beltway Bible, please send a fifth of whiskey and a note to Eliot. Baier’s event will occur next Thursday in Russell 260. Congrats on the increased airtime, senator!

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CHAFFETZ TRYING TO GO OUT ON A NOT TOTALLY PARTISAN NOTE – A great way to quickly squash all those kompromat rumors! Paul Blumenthal: “The House Oversight & Government Reform Committee is seeking more information from President Donald Trump and his business about how he plans to donate profits from foreign governments to the U.S. treasury. Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the committee’s chairman, and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, sent a letter to the Trump Organization’s lawyer Sheri Dillon on Friday requesting details on how Trump will sort and return these foreign profits to the treasury. Notably, the bipartisan letter comes days after Chaffetz announced plans not to seek re-election and to possibly resign his seat in the middle of his term. Chaffetz faced intense criticism for his early refusal to hold hearings on and request information from Trump about his business and conflicts of interest.” [HuffPost]

SESSIONS’ DOJ THREATENS SANCTUARY CITIES… ::Insert “What we have heeeeyahh, is a failure to communicate” joke here:: Ryan J. Reilly: “The Justice Department on Friday warned nine jurisdictions that they could lose federal law enforcement grants unless they reassure the government that they’ll disclose information on the immigration status of the individuals they arrest. The letters targeted so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ that limit their interaction with federal immigration authorities. The letters were sent to officials in California, Chicago (as well as Cook County), New Orleans, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Miami, Milwaukee and New York City. The letters were authored by Alan R. Hanson, the acting assistant attorney general in charge of the Office of Justice Programs, which distributes Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant grants that support local law enforcement.” [HuffPost]

…AND JOURNALISTS, TOO – Michael Calderone and Ryan J. Reilly: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn’t assuage journalists’ fears Friday that prosecuting WikiLeaks could open the door to charging news organizations for publishing classified information, dismissing such questions in interviews as ‘speculative’ and ‘hypothetical.’ The Washington Post reported Thursday that the Justice Department is considering prosecuting members of WikiLeaks, including founder Julian Assange, in response to the massive leak of diplomatic cables and military documents in 2010 and the more recent disclosure of documents revealing CIA hacking techniques.”  [HuffPost]

JESUS, HENRY KISSINGER SOUNDED MORE EXCITED ABOUT JARED KUSHNER –  Daniel Marans and Ryan Grim: “Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) endorses Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff for Congress, he told The Huffington Post on Thursday night. ‘I don’t know a whole lot about Jon. I certainly hope that he wins,’ Sanders said after a rally where he was promoting Omaha mayoral candidate Heath Mello. ‘It would be an asset. It would be part of the process of reclaiming the House of Representatives for the Democrats.’ … The Vermont senator’s stance on the special election in Georgia had been a source of contention after Sanders made ambivalent comments about Ossoff earlier in the week. Ossoff is ‘not a progressive,’ Sanders said Tuesday, according to The Washington Post. That seemingly conflicted with Sanders’ support of Mello, who he did refer to as a progressive. Mello has a long history of opposing reproductive freedom, something that apparently only became clear to most national observers of the mayoral race over the past few days.” [HuffPost]

But remember when that bird landed on his lectern! “But Mello’s ‘progressive’ credentials are questionable at best. As a state senator, he co-sponsored a bill mandating that women have an ultrasound before they can have an abortion, saying it represented a ‘positive first step to reducing the number of abortions in Nebraska.’ As a populist, Sanders has built a political career protesting economic inequality — and yet by campaigning for Mello, he has demonstrated a willingness to separate economic justice from reproductive justice.” [HuffPost’s Catherine Pearson]

SENATORS TO GET NORTH KOREA BRIEFING NEXT WEEK – We’re sure the lawmakers won’t at all be bothered to skip out on what will otherwise be a slow week in Congress. Burgess Everett: “Top Trump administration officials will brief all 100 senators next week about North Korea’s provocative behavior, according to guidance sent to lawmakers Friday. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joe Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will meet with senators at the White House on Wednesday to bring them up to speed on North Korea and U.S. policy toward the isolated nation. The briefing had been originally scheduled to occur at the Senate, but instead senators must go to the White House, according to a notice sent to Capitol Hill.” [Politico]

Please read Jason Linkins’ annotated Mar-a-Lago Instagram feed.

NO ONE TELL TILLERSON – We’ve made a lot of Tillerson-is-sleepy jokes recently, so we’ll lay off here, but LOL he’d probably be too angered by this for his sixth nap of the day. Yeganeh Torbati and Ernest Scheyder: “The United States will not make an exception for American companies, including oil major Exxon Mobil Corp, seeking to drill in areas prohibited by U.S. sanctions on Russia, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday. ‘In consultation with President Donald J. Trump, the Treasury Department will not be issuing waivers to U.S. companies, including Exxon, authorizing drilling prohibited by current Russian sanctions,’ Mnuchin said in a statement. Exxon spokesman Alan Jeffers had no immediate comment on the statement. The company this week declined to comment on a Wall Street Journal report that it is seeking permission from the U.S. government to drill in several areas of the Black Sea banned by U.S. sanctions on Russia.” [Reuters]

Lot of street closures in D.C. this weekend due to the March for Science and IMF-World Bank meetings.

OBAMA EMERGES – David Nakamura: “Former president Barack Obama will make his first public appearance since leaving office, breaking his post-presidency silence on Monday in Chicago just days before his successor marks his 100th day in office. Obama is scheduled to participate in a town-hall-style event with young adults at the University of Chicago focused on community organizing and civic engagement, his office said Friday. The event is part of Obama’s goals to ‘encourage and support the next generation of leaders driven by strengthening communities around the country and the world,’ his office said in a statement.” [WaPo]

WELL, THAT’S ONE LESS HORRIBLE STATE LEGISLATOR – Still tons and tons of them around, though! Patricia Mazzei and Mary Ellen Klas: “Sen. Frank Artiles resigned from the Florida Legislature on Friday, consumed by a scandal that erupted three days earlier over a diatribe of insults the Miami Republican unleashed against two lawmakers at a Tallahassee bar…. [Senate President Joe] Negron forced Artiles to apologize Wednesday on the Senate floor for his alcohol-fueled tirade against Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville in which he called her a ‘bitch’ and a ‘girl’ and referred to some Republicans as ‘niggas.’” [Miami Herald]

BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR – Here’s a video compilation of Bill O’Reilly losing it.

‘RUDY’ IS BETTER – But we suppose Notre Dame doesn’t have quite the statewide reach as IU. Jenna Amatulli: “Vice President Mike Pence thinks ‘Hoosiers’ is the best sports movie ever — an assertion many would contest. But, alas, he still forced an entire plane of journalists to watch the 1986 film. While aboard Air Force 2 en route to Australia from Indonesia on Friday, the VP’s press secretary told the plane that Pence specifically requested they ‘would all be required to watch’ the movie, according to the pool report of Pence’s travels.” [HuffPost]


– Wake up sheeple and read this red pill of a Twitter thread.

– Someone please send us one of these weird instruments.

– Child’s Venn diagram of The Rock and a rock is priceless.


Get you a President who can overhaul the nation’s health care system, pass a government funding bill, and reform the tax code in four days.

— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) April 21, 2017

what happened to men leading lives of QUIET desperation

— Sarah Nicole (@snpsnpsnp) April 20, 2017


1. Getting better at Final Cut Pro

— Jason Linkins (@dceiver) April 21, 2017

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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson to Interview Caitlyn Jenner on First 8PM Show

Caitlyn Jenner will be Tucker Carlson’s first guest as the Fox News host settles into a new 8pm time slot beginning Monday.

True ‘Harry Potter’ Fans Will Never, Ever Drink Unicorn Frappuccinos

Accio any other drink at Starbucks.

On Wednesday, the popular coffee brand broke the internet when it debuted its new Unicorn Frappuccino.

The frozen drink is made with mango syrup, a sour blue drizzle, and topped with vanilla whipped cream and sweet pink and sour blue powder.

Naturally, many find the cotton-candy-colored concoction pretty magical.


— slay-hah (@_l4yl4) April 20, 2017

But the idea of drinking the essence of a unicorn is unsettling to “Harry Potter” fans, who are quick to point out that in the beloved series by J.K. Rowling the drinking of unicorn’s blood isn’t exactly a great thing.

Did @jk_rowling teach you people nothing about drinking unicorn blood? It’s very bad. Don’t do it. #unicornfrappuccino

— Kirsten P. Teasdale (@kpteasdale) April 19, 2017

FYI, Harry Potter would NOT get the Unicorn Frappuccino, sooo… enjoy Death Eaters!

— Michael Mullen (@The_Mullenation) April 21, 2017

I love unicorns, but idk if I want to drink a unicorn frappuccino? I read Harry Potter, that comes at a cost.

— ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@SonicBananas87) April 20, 2017

In fact, it’s downright despicable.

Allow this excerpt from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to explain why the drinking of unicorn blood could make your house lose, like, 92,480,234,823,098 gazillion points:

“Only one who has nothing to lose, and everything to gain, would commit such a crime. The blood of a unicorn will keep you alive, even if you are an inch from death, but at a terrible price. You have slain something so pure and defenseless to save yourself, you will have but a half-life, a cursed life, from the moment the blood touches your lips.”

Drinking unicorn blood was one of the many ways in which Voldemort, the series’ main antagonist, keeps himself alive.

And thus, lovers of the wizarding world made their feelings about the trendy drink known on the interwebs.

Unicorn #unicornfrappuccino #harrypotter #starbucks #voldemort #humor #drink

A post shared by Serg Beret (@sergberet) on Apr 19, 2017 at 6:19pm PDT

I hope you enjoy your cursed half life. #unicornfrappuccino #lordvoldemort #unicornblood #harrypotter

A post shared by angie (@angmiracle) on Apr 21, 2017 at 12:44pm PDT

“You will have but a half-life, a cursed life, from the moment the blood touches your lips.” Also it tastes like candy. #unicornfrappuccino

— Kimberly (@missadventure7) April 19, 2017

“It’s delicious!” – Lord Voldemort #unicornfrappuccino

— House of the Dread (@HouseoftheDread) April 19, 2017

Yet, despite its taboo nature, some “Harry Potter” fans just can’t seem to help themselves from giving into the power of Starbucks.

Tastes like a sweet tart #unicornfrappuccino #harrypotter #cursedlife #halflife #unicornblood #harrypotter

A post shared by Beautiful, Spooky & Stupid. (@spookykisses) on Apr 21, 2017 at 9:09am PDT

They must be Hufflepuffs.

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The Royals Make A Perfect Observation About Mental Health

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge just keep delivering when it comes to spreading awareness about mental health.
The duo stopped by BBC Radio 1 in the U.K. today to talk about their mental health charity Heads Together, joke around…

Democratic Party Draws A Line In The Sand On Abortion Rights

WASHINGTON ― Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez became the first head of the party to demand ideological purity on abortion rights, promising Friday to support only Democratic candidates who back a woman’s right to choose.

“Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health,” Perez said in a statement. “That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state.” 

“At a time when women’s rights are under assault from the White House, the Republican Congress, and in states across the country,” he added, “we must speak up for this principle as loudly as ever and with one voice.” 

Perez’s statement follows the DNC’s controversial embrace of Heath Mello, a Democratic mayoral candidate in Omaha, Nebraska, whose years-long history of voting against abortion rights in the state Legislature drew fire from progressives this week. Daily Kos, a liberal website that raises money for lesser-known Democratic candidates, pulled its endorsement of Mello this week after discovering his history on the issue, and NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue slammed the DNC for adding him to its cross-country unity tour.

“The actions today by the DNC to embrace and support a candidate for office who will strip women — one of the most critical constituencies for the party — of our basic rights and freedom is not only disappointing, it is politically stupid,” Hogue said in a statement. 

Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health.
Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez

Perez initially defended the DNC’s acceptance of an anti-abortion Democrat. 

“Our job at the DNC is to help Democrats who have garnered support from voters in their community cross the finish line and win ― from school board to Senate,” Perez said. “The biggest threat to women’s reproductive rights is the relentless Republican attacks on women’s health care, including legal, accessible abortion services. And I won’t let anyone get in the way of our fight to protect a woman’s right to choose.”

But Perez changed course Friday and delivered a big victory to the reproductive rights movement, saying that he “fundamentally disagree[s] with Heath Mello’s personal beliefs about women’s reproductive health” and that “every candidate who runs as a Democrat should do the same, because every woman should be able to make her own health choices. Period.” 

Perez’s statement will likely alienate some high-profile anti-abortion Democrats in the party, including Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Edwards said at the Democratic National Convention in 2016 that the party might be more successful in the Deep South if it allowed more anti-abortion candidates to rise in the ranks. 

“It’s hard to remain a big-tent party if you have a very small platform,” he said. “We have to make our voices heard.”

Reproductive rights advocates agree with Perez that the party must stand firm on the issue. Hogue celebrated the victory for the movement on Friday. 

“Kudos to Chair Tom Perez and the DNC for recognizing that we are a stronger party when we stand for our core values,” she said in a statement to The Huffington Post. “Women across the country who are, and have always been, the heart and soul of the Party, are breathing a sigh of relief to know that the DNC has our backs, and we look forward to a day when we don’t have to fight this fight again.”

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Second Detroit Doctor Busted in Female Genital Mutilation Ring

Dr. Fakhruddin Attar was arrested in the Detroit suburb of Livonia, Michigan Friday, accused, along with his wife Farida Attar, of involvement in the same female genital mutilation conspiracy that led to the landmark arrest last week of Dr. Jumana Nag…

Caitlyn Jenner Warns Trump: You ‘Mess’ with LGBT Community, ‘I’m Coming After You’

Caitlyn Jenner has issued a warning to President Donald Trump and the Republican Party: treat the LGBT community unfairly, and you’ll have to deal with me.

SHIRE GENIUS Flores Man ‘hobbits’ found in Indonesia were NOT direct relatives of modern humans, scientists confirm

The Sun, by Margi Murphy Posted By: Hermoine- Fri, 21 19 2017 09:19:36 GMT ANCIENT “hobbits” recently discovered in Indonesia were not an early form of modern human but an entirely different species, scientists have found. The ancient hobbits, who would have stood at 3.5 foot tall, were found at Liang Bua on the island of Flores in 2003. Experts initially believed the Homo Floresiensis – or Flores man – were just a shrunken variety of early humans. But a study by The Australian National University (ANU) found the race were most likely a different species altogether.

Imprisoned Russian pedophile appears to be linked to hack of DNC computers

McClatchy Washington Bureau, by Kevin G. Hall Posted By: lindamay- Fri, 21 32 2017 09:32:16 GMT Washington – A twice-convicted Russian pedophile imprisoned in a heavily forested gulag some 500 miles from Moscow appears to be the man a controversial dossier says helped hack into Democratic National Committee computers last year. Sevastyan Kaptsugovich’s name is misspelled in the dossier, which was compiled by a former British spy. But his history matches that of a computer expert described in the dossier who had been “compromised” by the Russian intelligence agency known as the FSB and forced into cooperating in the Russian meddling in the U.S. election. The likelihood that Kaptsugovich is the man the dossier named