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The Drag World By Nona

The world of drag has always fascinated me, from the extravagant costumes and makeup, to the subliminal messages conveyed in shows. Yet it still draws negative criticism from many who have misconceptions about it. What sets drag apart from other platforms is its ability to unite people from different cultures and backgrounds but also its… Read more »

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Transcendental Music

Persian music has always been a main staple in my life drawing me into its unique melodies and vibrant tunes authentic to the Middle East. Yet, over the years my taste in Persian music has evolved to include various artists which best represents my cultural roots.  Classical Persian music is among my favorites, combining ancient… Read more »

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Crossing Borders

As a Persian-American I am often caught between my Persian identity and American ideology. However, thanks to my cultural ties and diverse viewpoints I’ve learned to embrace both. Yet, over the years, I’ve grown a stronger affinity toward my native country. Politics aside, Iran remains one of the richest countries in the Middle East due… Read more »

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Puerto Rico’s Jews Find Safe Haven

About 2 years ago I had the pleasure of visiting Puerto Rico and after listening to numerous friends share their stories about the island’s enchanting beauty I was ready to embark on my own journey and take in everything Puerto Rico had to offer.   As I stepped out of our taxi,  I was instantly… Read more »

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We Have Mexican Jews?

Growing up in the South as a Persian-Jew was anything but easy, but it also stirred my interest in learning more about other cultures and religions. I was constantly asked questions about my identity and was curious to know if others shared  similar experiences.  The more I conversed with people, the more I realized how… Read more »

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Why Stand in Solidarity?

It didn’t take long for thousands to stand in solidarity with victims of the  Orlando terror attack, targeting the LGBT community. Countless individuals took to social media honoring the victims and their loved ones. Yet what happened to the  LGBT community when the  media shifted its attention? Did they receive a shift in support, only to see it plummet back down? What  are some challenges they continue to face? In… Read more »

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Iran or I-ran?

What unites Persian-Americans? Is it their  unwavering commitment to age-old customs? Their strong pride in their identity? Or perhaps their deep sense of nostalgia for Iran? Whatever the reason,  it seems culture plays a big part. Yet what does this mean exactly?  May the be Persian Jews, Muslims, Christians, or Bahai’ , each segment of the population continues to practice their traditions regardless… Read more »

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What is Oshima Tsumugi?

As a Millennial, I am always amazed by how my generation continues to create a world within their own image. Yet, what does this mean? Does it involve protesting? Being rebellious and outspoken? Or just finding a niche to fulfill? In a way, it is all those things, and much more. While we won’t see Millennials fighting for higher wages, we will… Read more »