Arundhati Roy: My mother broke me and made me


The activist and acclaimed writer spoke openly about her relationship with her mother. Booker-prize winning author Arundhati Roy said knew she would be a writer from a very young age because she understood her mother’s personal anguish when she was just three years old. The celebrated Indian writer and political...

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Ramazan 2019 around the World in Pictures


Children play as Muslim people pray on the first night of the holy month of Ramadan at the Istiqlal Grand Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia. PHOTO: AFP   Muslims across the world are preparing for Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, which is calculated on the sighting of the new moon, and...

Arts & Culture

'We move mountains': Feminism and art in Armenia


The Velvet Revolution may have placated a nation's call for change, but Armenian women are just getting started. Armenia has a complicated history with women's rights. The country boasts one of the first female diplomats in the modern world, dating back to 1918, and was one of the first states...

First Draft

‘Cosmopolitan Dreams’: A vital book charts Urdu’s journey from newsprint to novel


From Ratan Nath Sarshar’s ‘Oudh Akhbar’ to his picaresque ‘Fasana-i-Azad’, Jennifer Dubrow’s book sheds much-needed light on a popular culture phenomenon. An illustration from 'Awadh Punch', May 1900. | Ali Khan Mahmudabad via Twitter   It is 1879 and, in the highly cultured and sophisticated city of Lucknow, an inquisitive and...

Women & Wellness

North Carolina Lawyer Who Works Pro-Bono To Aid The Incarcerated Snags Miss USA 2019 Title


Black women are taking over the pageant world. Twitter Lawyer Chelsie Kryst is Miss USA 2019, rounding out a trifecta of Black titleholders in the biggest pageants in the country. Kryst was crowned on Thursday night during the competition in Reno, Nevada, reports The Associated Press. The 27-year-old who represented North Carolina defeated first...

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