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This New Web Series Explores the Experiences of Black Muslims in Britain

A New web series ensures that the Black British Muslim narrative won't be erased.

A new webseries on being black and Muslim addresses what co-founder, Mohamed Mohamed, calls an underrepresentation of the Black Muslim experience during Black History Month in the UK.


The series has even spawned a new hashtag: #BlackAndMuslimInBritain.

With almost 275,000 Muslims of African heritage in the UK, the absence of programming that specifically addresses African Muslims seems like a major oversight.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, Mohamed, pointed out the mainstream media's "sidestepping" of the Muslim faith of celebrities. He was triggered by media outlets saying that Muhammad Ali transcended religion and race, he said. In his estimation, religion and race was at the core of Muhammed Ali's identity, which he did not "transcend."

The series was born after an event last October where young black Muslims came together to talk about how their experiences were being erased from the larger narrative.



Co-founders Mohamed Mohamed, Sakinah Lenoir, and Saraiya Bah decided to tell the stories of influential Muslims in a way that did not erase their faith, and then committed to putting together oral Muslim histories.

With the importance of representation at its core, the series hopes to inspire black Muslims in Britain with the power of having a firm place in their nation's narrative. It will, hopefully, also make it harder to erase the experiences of black Muslims anywhere in the world.


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A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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