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Muslim-American Calling for Support for Black Lives Matter

And destroys Muslim female stereotypes in the process.

Linda Sarsour won’t sit still, or be quiet.

Unlike some common Muslim female stereotypes, she isn’t afraid to speak her mind and make sh*t happen. Yes, she’s from Brooklyn.

“My faith informs my role and commitment to standing up against injustice,” she said in July.

This mama of three has her finger on the pulse of the nation. Her secret ingredient: she looks for similarities among us, not differences. That’s what makes us stronger and sexier.

After Michael Brown’s passing in Ferguson, she founded ‘Muslims for Ferguson’, a group that offers solidarity with Black Lives Matter, and also notices the overlap in struggles of the Muslim and Black experience in the US (like dealing with excessive stop-and-frisks).

 

 

It seems that pilgrimages can take many forms, too. Last year, Sarsour helped organize March 2 Justice, a 250-mile walk from New York to DC where people of all stripes and colors brought awareness to racial profiling and demanded action from the government. Ok, sure, we could all dust off our neglected sneakers for that.

But really, this is the tip of the iceberg. Linda has her irons in many fires and continues to use her charisma for social good. She’s an American, a Muslim, and a force to be reckoned with.

Ready for more? This NYC pastor is for Black Lives Matter.

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JP Sears: Comedy and Sincerity Go Hand in Hand

Making fun of yourself can be the opening to truly understanding yourself.

You may have stumbled across JP Sears’ comedy videos taking loving pokes at ‘New Age’ lifestyles. He’s a Youtube sensation who first caught the eye of folks online in 2013. Now, with more than 600k subscribers, he makes fun of everything from the essential oil fad, gluten intolerance, astrology, and Bitcoin.

His jokes are good—sometimes too good—and make us question ourselves a bit. That is exactly his point, these jokes roast himself too. Humor keeps us humble, it is the opening of a new conversation stripped of ego.

After dropping out of college, Sears began studying holistic cultures at age 18, going on to become a life coach. After gaining recognition as someone with an acute sense of humor, he went on to write a book called How to be Ultra Spiritual – “a 12 1/2 Step Guide to Spiritual Superiority”.

 

 

“I needed it for self-therapy because so much of the New Age culture and New Age practices are a part of my life and a very beneficial part of my life, yet there’s another side to the beneficial coin for everything,” Sears told the Charleston City Newspaper.

“I was finding myself having egotistical agendas and judgments hiding within my new age and spiritual practices. The videos and the book [How to be Ultra Spiritual] became a way for me to shine the light of awareness on the shadow side of me.”

Sears compares his humor and sincerity with his left hand and right hand—both are different and don’t work quite as well alone.

Feature photo: Jonathan Boncek / Scott Suchy

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