Tag: Somali-Americans

Amoako Boafo | Ghanaian artist’s gestural portraits exude strength in times of crisis

BY PEI-RU KEH | | Wallpaper*

In a new show at Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo explores self-reflection, self-celebration and seeks to challenge existing beliefs about Black identity

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Halima Aden | Meet the Somali-American Supermodel Helping To Drive Vita Coco’s Social Initiatives

By Tommy Williams | Forbes

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is something more companies today are taking seriously as consumers become more conscious of how their products are being manufactured and sourced. However, many companies have received backlash in their attempts in part because it is inauthentic and they view it through a commercial lens first and social second.

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Minnesota’s Black immigrants are running for elected office — and winning


Fifty years ago, lawmakers in Washington opened the doors to immigrants from Africa. Today, dozens of new Americans — from Liberia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Somalia, and more — are running for office in Minnesota. And they’re winning.

By IBRAHIM HIRSI | SAHAN JOURNAL

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Ilhan Omar’s book tells an inspiring story of her life but much Is missing

The Congresswoman, a Somali-origin Muslim, has fought many obstacles but has a long way to go in American politics.

By News Desk | Talmiz Ahmad

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Ilhan Omar | Somali-American Wins House Primary in Minnesota

By Astead W. Herndon | The New York Times

Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota fended off a well-funded primary challenger, ensuring a clean sweep of re-election fights for the group of first-term Democratic congresswomen of color known as the Squad and sending a message to Washington about the staying power of the party’s new progressive voices.

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Somali American is in the running for a St. Cloud City Council seat in November

By SHEILA REGAN | SAHAN JOURNAL

The former teacher who now runs a tax and immigration service finished third in Tuesday’s primary voting for the city council. In November, he will be among six candidates, including three incumbents, competing for three seats on the council. If he finishes in the top three, the city will have its first Black, and first Somali, council member.

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Meet the Queer Somalis in America

by Holly Peterson | | Lavender Magazine

Nasir Abdi-Omar, a queer Somali-American who lives in Minneapolis, has experienced this catch-22 first-hand. “I’ve had to deal with ignorance on both sides,” he explains, “Being a queer Somali person in the Twin Cities sometimes can be alienating…I’m too western for Somalis and too eastern for white, gay America.”

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A Girl From Mogadishu – Review by Donna Torrence

by Donna Torrence | Blackfilm.com

“I don’t want to be a victim. I want to be a voice,” says Ifrah Ahmed, who has become the voice and face of the fight to end female genital mutilation around the globe.  A Girl From Mogadishua powerful drama about Ahmed’s life and journey, made its US premiere on July 15th on Showtime and will continue to air during the summer.

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Afra Grill: Somali spot worthy of All-American honors

By G.A. Benton | The Columbus Dispatch

In my experience, people who immigrate to this country often exhibit a deep faith in the lofty ideals on which America was founded.

This explains the striking decorations inside Afra Grill, a modern, highly accommodating and pristinely sparkling Northland-area restaurant that Abcos Ahmed, an emigre from Somalia, opened in June.

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2 Somali-Americans Become Public School Principals In Minnesota For The 1st Time

By SARAH MCCAMMON | NPR

The state of Minnesota is home to the largest Somali population in the United States, tens of thousands of people, many of whom were refugees from civil war. Today, we’re talking with two of them who are making history. Abdirizak Abdi and Akram Osman are the first Somali public school principals in Minnesota. That’s according to the Sahan Journal, which reports about immigrants in the state. They both just started on the job, which means first figuring out how to do it in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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