Sony Kassam

Sony Kassam
Sony is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. She has previously written for the The Mash.

The woes of fitting in: displacement in our communities

“You’re an ABCD,” a desi (South Asian) friend in grade school exclaimed to my bewildered 12-year-old self as we sat on the cement benches during recess one day.I looked at her like she was speaking another language. Maybe the ponytail on her head was too tight, I thought. “A what?” I asked.“An ABCD – you know, an American-born confused...

Racists on the Red Line: Meeting conflict with conversation

I was recently out with my mom on a breezy Saturday afternoon. You could hear the hidden birds cheerfully chirping as the sun’s warmth was at its peak in the sky. It was just another summer day – or so I thought.We were patiently standing and waiting on the southbound Red Line platform at the Howard station after searching...

A poet with a powerful voice: An interview with Ainee Fatima

Ainee Fatima, a 22-year-old Muslim poet and rising senior studying Islamic World Studies and International Relations at DePaul University, became the first hijabi featured in Seventeen magazine when the May issue hit the stands in the past month.This event was not only a milestone in Fatima’s line of achievements (she was a 2009 Louder Than A Bomb finalist and...




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