California friends! Event alert!

Date: 07.26.2014 
Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Soka Performing Arts Center 
1 University Cir St, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Colorful Wings: Exhibit of Young Afghan Art at the
 Ninth International Youth Media Summit
In order to get admission to the Lobby at the Soka Performing Arts Center to view COLORFUL WINGS: AN EXHIBIT OF YOUNG AFGHAN ART, you must purchase a ticket to
 Celebration of Youth Voices.
 Tickets are $25 for General Admission and
 $50 for Priority Seating.
Young people (14-25 years of age) from 25 countries have come to Soka University of America for the Ninth International Youth Media Summit from July 14 to 27. 
 The young delegates will work together on media projects that will be a call to action on seven key issues:
•Ending Poverty
•Stopping Violence
•Promoting Good Health
•Preventing Discrimination
•Saving Our Environment
•Guaranteeing Women’s Rights and
•Empowering Youth
This is the first time that a delegation from Afghanistan will be at the Summit. Three young delegates from Afghanistan are attending, two from Kabul and one from Herat. 
The Summit will provide the young international delegates with a chance to hear Afghan experts and young citizens discuss their country – where each of the seven issues of the Summit is seen constantly in the media, in stark relief.  It will be an opportunity to get behind the headlines and engage our international youth in a discussion of great importance to their collective futures.  The goal is to provide information that will lead to greater understanding of, and support for, our Afghan brothers and sisters.
 A CELEBRATION OF YOUTH VOICES honors the work of the young delegates with a screening of the Summit films and an evening of entertainment across cultures. Groups joining us to perform for the celebration include the Ikeda Youth Ensemble Taiko Drummers, The Lark Musical Society Children’s Choir and Children’s Violin Ensemble performing traditional Armenian music, the Trevor Anderies Jazz Quartet, and a SPECIAL SURPRISE GUEST!
 COLORFUL WINGS: AN EXHIBIT OF YOUNG AFGHAN ART displaying paintings by young Afghan artists will precede the CELBRATION OF YOUTH VOICES in the Lobby of the Soka Performing Arts Center from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM.
 CELEBRATION OF YOUTH VOICES begins at 7:30 pm and will end at 10:00 PM. Come and meet the young delegates from 25 countries. They will inspire and encourage you with their energy, optimism and creativity.

Purchase tickets here- http://www.performingarts.soka.edu/news_events/events/2014/07/iyms%20celebration.aspx

California friends! Event alert!

Date: 07.26.2014 
Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Soka Performing Arts Center
1 University Cir St, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Colorful Wings: Exhibit of Young Afghan Art at the
Ninth International Youth Media Summit

In order to get admission to the Lobby at the Soka Performing Arts Center to view COLORFUL WINGS: AN EXHIBIT OF YOUNG AFGHAN ART, you must purchase a ticket to
Celebration of Youth Voices.
Tickets are $25 for General Admission and
$50 for Priority Seating.

Young people (14-25 years of age) from 25 countries have come to Soka University of America for the Ninth International Youth Media Summit from July 14 to 27.

The young delegates will work together on media projects that will be a call to action on seven key issues:
•Ending Poverty
•Stopping Violence
•Promoting Good Health
•Preventing Discrimination
•Saving Our Environment
•Guaranteeing Women’s Rights and
•Empowering Youth

This is the first time that a delegation from Afghanistan will be at the Summit. Three young delegates from Afghanistan are attending, two from Kabul and one from Herat.

The Summit will provide the young international delegates with a chance to hear Afghan experts and young citizens discuss their country – where each of the seven issues of the Summit is seen constantly in the media, in stark relief. It will be an opportunity to get behind the headlines and engage our international youth in a discussion of great importance to their collective futures. The goal is to provide information that will lead to greater understanding of, and support for, our Afghan brothers and sisters.

A CELEBRATION OF YOUTH VOICES honors the work of the young delegates with a screening of the Summit films and an evening of entertainment across cultures. Groups joining us to perform for the celebration include the Ikeda Youth Ensemble Taiko Drummers, The Lark Musical Society Children’s Choir and Children’s Violin Ensemble performing traditional Armenian music, the Trevor Anderies Jazz Quartet, and a SPECIAL SURPRISE GUEST!

COLORFUL WINGS: AN EXHIBIT OF YOUNG AFGHAN ART displaying paintings by young Afghan artists will precede the CELBRATION OF YOUTH VOICES in the Lobby of the Soka Performing Arts Center from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

CELEBRATION OF YOUTH VOICES begins at 7:30 pm and will end at 10:00 PM. Come and meet the young delegates from 25 countries. They will inspire and encourage you with their energy, optimism and creativity.

Purchase tickets here- http://www.performingarts.soka.edu/news_events/events/2014/07/iyms%20celebration.aspx

Anonymous said: Are you pashtun?

That I am. Pashtun, Afghan, American, Virginian, Washingtonian, Muslim. :)

Anonymous said: What does pakhtana mean?

Female term for Pashtun.

Anonymous said: Are you related to Abdul Haq? You guys have the same last name...

Yes. :)

Anonymous said: How did you get that job at the white house? Is it a job? What do you do? I saw your nowruz post. Could you describe what you did and how you lead up to organizing the nowruz celebration or whatever you do.

Hi! I do not work for the White House. I was invited to the Nawroz event and the roundtable discussion for Afghan-American leaders a couple months prior because of some of the non-profit work I have done for the community. Thanks for your question! 

Tragedy.

Tragedy.

flyartproductions:

Notorious Henry VIII
The Family of Henry VIII (c. 1572), Lucas de Heere / Big Poppa, The Notorious B.I.G.


I am absolutely obsessed with this blog. Epitomizes my sophistoratcheness.

flyartproductions:

Notorious Henry VIII

The Family of Henry VIII (c. 1572), Lucas de Heere / Big Poppa, The Notorious B.I.G.

I am absolutely obsessed with this blog. Epitomizes my sophistoratcheness.

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DC friends! Come out this Wednesday to Cities to support victims of the devastating landslides in Badakhshan. More than 14,000 of the poorest Afghans have been affected by the tragedy that leveled entire villages. 

Life’s most persistent & urgent question is what are you doing for others?

DC friends! Come out this Wednesday to Cities to support victims of the devastating landslides in Badakhshan. More than 14,000 of the poorest Afghans have been affected by the tragedy that leveled entire villages.

Life’s most persistent & urgent question is what are you doing for others?

SZA’s Z

SZA – Z

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I have not stopped listening to SZA’s EP for literally 5 days straight. I wake up, study and fall asleep to the sultry sounds of the Muslim, Cornell grad. Listen now, you’re welcome. 

Link—- SZA – Z

Long live lonely thoughts on Thursday nights, that’s when I think of you.

Anonymous said: Didn't the PDPA, specifically Hafizullah Amin give permission to Leonid Brezhnev to enter Afghanistan in order to prevent the mujahideen from causing any more damage to the country or is that just Soviet propaganda?

The Mujahideen was created in response to the Soviet Occupation. The Afghan Communist Coup obviously welcomed the Soviets, to support their Communist control. I am sure the Soviets justified their war in Russia by saying they were stopping the Mujahideen- but in actuality, there was no Mujahideen until they stepped foot into the country. So yeah, I guess it was Soviet propaganda, in Soviet territory. On a side note, there is nothing more despicable than an Afghan communist / watan feroush. To sell out your own country and watch occupiers burn villages and countless people to the ground- all for your own personal gain? Disgusting. 

And specifically to your question, obviously it didn’t work out too well for Hafizullah Amin. Amin blindly trusted the Soviets until the very end- who  tried to poison him, tried to shoot him by sniper and finally, they invaded the palace and murdered him. He was a puppet, and didn’t realize it until it was too late- when he already invoked terrible hardship upon his people.

A couple years ago, I watched a series of plays at Shakespeare theater called The Great Game: Afghanistan. One segment was on Najibullah, and gave phenomenal insight on the Communist mentality in Afghanistan. If it ever comes around again, I highly recommend it. Until then, here’s a link with info & books on the matter. The Great Game

Hope this helps!

Anonymous said: Were the mujahideen during the soviet war in Afghanistan considered heroes of Afghanistan or war criminals? What about today? Thanks in advance

Mujahideen who fought the Soviet Occupations are the most honorable heroes. The Soviet’s illegally entered our country to swallow our culture, religion and people- inflicted a decade of destruction we have yet to recover from. It was our duty to fight for our freedom, which we successfully did. They were true mujahideen. May they forever be rewarded for the sacrifices they made for our freedom.

However today, the term has been terribly misconstrued. Afghans who fight other Afghans are absolutely warlords. If you participate in a civil war, killing your own for power- you’re no longer Afghan in my eyes.

Shaheed Abdul Haq lead Mujahideen and fought valiantly and honorably against the Soviets until they cowardly retreated. However, the moment the Soviets left, and the varying Mujahideen groups vied for power of the country- Abdul Haq strictly forbade his men from ever participating in the Civil War. He specifically commanded that- even if your brothers shot at you, you never shoot back. THAT is what it means to be a soldier of God, an Afghan & a hero.

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Thank you for your question!

My heart is in Badakhshan.
When will we catch a break? The poorest of Afghans made their little huts out of mud, and now 3,000 are missing after the devastating mudslide that buried their homes & them alive.
I know everything happens for a reason, but why? :(
UPDATE: EMERGENCY DONATIONS FOR DISPLACED FAMILIES CAN BE MADE HERE.

My heart is in Badakhshan.

When will we catch a break? The poorest of Afghans made their little huts out of mud, and now 3,000 are missing after the devastating mudslide that buried their homes & them alive.

I know everything happens for a reason, but why? :(

UPDATE: EMERGENCY DONATIONS FOR DISPLACED FAMILIES CAN BE MADE HERE.

jheneaiko:

who ever said
“fools rush in”
was wrong.
the dumb thing to do
is to wait
too long.
because laters
and eventually’s
aren’t promised
to come….
all we ever really have
is this moment
just one.
and moment
to moment
it’s new
and it’s young….
…..and waiting is death
to what could have begun .

by Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo

I love you Afghanistan. Regardless of who you voted for, your vote alone was a tremendous step towards a peaceful, prosperous & democratic Afghanistan. We are so very ready & I am so very proud. 

#afghanistanzindabaad

#fortheladiesandthebabies

Exciting musical week for my ears & soul. I discovered Tinashe and I’m obsessed with this song. She’s on her Jhene Aiko/Weeknd flow, but she hasn’t reached jheneaiko perfection just yet. There are some songs I can do without on her mixtape. But I still dig it. Tell me baby, who’s the boss of this?

Next, SNL featured Sam Smith and his soulful rendition of this classic takes me to a Sam Sparro/Adele realm which I have missed. UK is really keeping it trill with these amazing British voices.

SAM SMITH- STAY WITH ME- SNL PERFORMANCE. 

And lastly, it seems every time I wake up, Drake drops a new track & Days in the East is my jam fo’ real. Seems like a missing track from Nothing Was the Same. “Couple things I’d rather do than talk about dat right now.” Oh & it’s about Rihanna.

DRAKE- DAYS IN THE EAST