The hijab is not the most important part of being a Muslim woman, but it is certainly the most visible. In a time when Islamophobia only seems to be on the rise in the West, a practice that is so personal and diverse has become a warped and misunderstood part of a flat and monolithic picture of Muslim women.
carrie hammer is awesome. in addition to creating clothing for real women, the designer began casting real women for her runway shows; fall 2014 featured danielle sheypuk, winner of ms. wheelchair new york 2012, who became the very first wheelchair-bound model to grace the runway. to say that danielle looked absolutely stunning would be an understatement. this season, hammer did it again by inviting karen g. crespo, a nurse practitioner and bacterial meningitis survivor (she lost all four of her limbs to the disease), to do the same. crespo felt inspired to contact the designer after seeing last season’s show. then, having a delivery of $100k worth of prosthetic limbs stolen from her doorstep, she contacted the designer, who worked with a manufacturer to create a new set of prosthetics. some people suck but others are awesome and this involvement of women of all types is incredibly inspiring.
As I was sitting in the back of the police car, I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong. I felt his shame, his anger, and my own feelings of frustration for existing in a world where I have allowed myself to believe that “authority figures” could control my BEING… my ability to BE!
Danièle’s husband, Brian Lucas, who is white, says he believes they were targeted because they are an interracial couple.
they literally saw a black woman kissing a white man and ASSUMED SHE WAS A PROSTITUTE. and then they said they were married AND THE COPS FUCKING ASKED FOR ID???? what the fuck? what the fuck? and she said no AND WAS ARRESTED? they need to be fired but God knows that’s not going to happen. LISTEN: she’s an actress. this happened to a producer. even fucking Oprah. no matter what you accomplish as a black person, you are still black and people don’t think their rights apply to you despite the constitution it’s really scary it’s really infuriating it’s really exhausting