8 Books You Need to Add to Your Winter Reading List

Want to engage in artistic self-care? Looking for some literary masterpieces? Maybe a list of fictional novels about diverse identities, from diverse identities? Look no further. In this book list, we are focusing solely on books about diverse characters that are written by diverse...
Two artists, Eileen Rae Walsh and Sam Yi Yao Chao, had been working together on an exhibition for three months titled Without Proper Engagement. They sat silently in chairs across from each other on a Saturday night. A small blue water basin placed at the feet of the...
Just two weeks ago, The Chicago Monitor decided it was necessary to start discussing the importance of self-care, especially for those of us who are constantly bombarded with news of global political unrest, gun violence and police brutality. For those of us that are left overwhelmed with diverse feelings...
The Chicago Party Animals Loft, venue of A Blessed Wardrobe, was the perfect space to combine art and activism for Mariam Shibly’s fashion show. Blue painted doors welcomed guests to the runway, along with racks of high-end modest clothing decorating the walls. Vendors such as The Hijab Vault, H...
  Three Air Raids in Western Aleppo killed At least 50 civilians and wounded over 100 As I found out this piece of information from a medical aid’s twitter account on the tragedy that that never made headlines, I proceeded to Google for myself to find out more. Shockingly, there...

Don’t Be Silent

I’ve always been surprised about my parents being so open about our life. Society and culture teaches different is bad and should be hidden. Fear of discrimination and shame is why people hide their differences and try to conform to what they think is “ideal” or “normal”. This life...
In a coordinated push for self-determination, millions of Kurds in Iraq recently voted in a referendum that would lead them down the path for state independence. Ninety-two percent of Kurds in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq voted “yes” to this non-binding referendum, which essentially declares the intent to...
Late Dr. Abbasi was a courageous man who patiently endured his daily life struggles as if they never existed. I knew him for as long as I can remember. My late aunt, who passed away this year, was married to him for thirty years. We lived in the same...
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