NYC in the 1980s.



”After picking up a camera at the age of 15, Jamel Shabazz has been unknowingly become the first “visual documentarian” of hip hop. For over 30 years he’s captured the world around him. Every frame  of that world is a time portal that sparks emotion stemming from the scenes they represent. And if there is ever a glimpse into the foundations of street wear and its surrounding culture, it can be found in the pages of his first book.

“Back In The Days” is real deal documentation as it pertains to the origins of hip hop, not to mention hip hop fashion. No 2oK a day models. No makeup artists. No food trucks. The models in the book don’t need runways because they lived the life of style. Jamel Shabazz was there to capture it all.”

Purchase here: http://www.jamelshabazz.com/monographs.html

"Fathers and Daughters", a Haiku

Watching her grow up
The days can feel so slow, but
The years go by fast.

(Starring the amazing Kevin Stock of Takingstockofwhatmattersmost.net!)

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Skunk Bear’s “Father of the Week” designed a bionic pancreas.

Ed Damiano’s son David was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 11 months old. So Ed started to develop a system he calls a “bionic pancreas” — It’s designed to help people better manage their blood sugar.

He’s racing to get it approved by the Food and Drug Administration before his son leaves for college in three years.

Read the full story, from NPR’s Rob Stein, here.


  • Ed tests tubing for his son’s insulin pump.
  • A pump that uses the hormone glucagon to help provide better blood sugar control.
  • David wears a transmitter on his abdomen that sends data on his glucose levels to a monitoring unit.
  • Ed Damiano and his son David, 15, play basketball at home in Acton, Mass.

Credit: Ellen Webber for NPR

On August 28, Miguel went to his restaurant. It was just another normal workday. ICE showed up to his workplace with a list of names, and his name was on the list. Four years ago an unscrupulous scammer told him he could fix his immigration status if he went back to Tijuana, Mexico. When he arrived to Tijuana, Miguel found out that this was a scam and he had to cross back to the U.S. to continue providing for his family. On that trip back he was stopped by an immigration officer and was issued a court date. Since he had three children that needed him at home, and bringing in money, Miguel decided that showing up to that court date, where he would likely be deported, was not an option. Since he didn’t show up, he was issued a deportation order.

Miguel is an exemplary community member. He has never had any issues with the law, and he has cared for his kids. His youngest son, Javier (16) still depends on his father’s financial support. With the mother out of the picture, Miguel needs to stay in the U.S. to continue supporting his son.

Today Miguel, his family and his community asks you to please take part in preventing this unjust separation to occur. After over a decade of living and working in the U.S., Miguel belongs here, in his home. Please take a moment to sign this petition and share with your networks. Our community must stand strong in solidarity when law abiding community members like Miguel are ripped away.

(via Take Action | United We Dream)

Indeed, when we see a person suffering so much in this world, we feel the first hand sympathy for them.

But lest we forget that these people are the most loved by Allah for He indeed tests those whom He loves and gives the hardest tests to His best soldiers.

We can never comfort the mothers who lost their children, the fathers who lost their whole family, the sisters who lost their brothers and the brothers who lost their fountains of joy with words that merely come from our mouths.

Only in the words of Allah Azza Wa Jall can we comfort their hearts, narrating those that Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam have told to those before us, and have that firm belief that indeed the Help of Allah is near and that the Promise of Allah is the truth.

I have no words to comfort you dear mothers of Gaza, but indeed you have raised Lions of this Ummah, I have no words to comfort you dear fathers of Gaza but Allah Azza Wa Jall knows how you have tried to protected your brethren, I have no words to comfort you my dear children but let you feel that you are in our hearts and thoughts and that we are praying for all of you, I have no words to comfort you O dear People of Gaza…but let these words of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam reach you…

"The person who had the most pleasing life in this world, of any of the people of hell, will be summoned on Resurrection Day and utterly plunged into the hellfire, then asked,

‘O human being, have you ever beheld any good at all; have you ever felt a single joy?’

and he will say, ‘No by God, my Lord.’

And the most miserable sufferer in this world, of any of the people of paradise, will be summoned and utterly plunged into paradise, then asked,

‘O human being, have you ever seen any bad at all; have you ever experienced a single misery?’

and he will say, ‘No by God, my Lord: I have never seen any bad or suffered a single misery’ .”

Indeed you all have suffered indescribable sufferings in this world, and we all pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall grants you and your family the joy and happiness that no thing in this dunya could ever give, and that is being in the company of our Rabb.

You are our inspirations, your courage, your stand and your firm belief in Allah Azza Wa Jall indeed puts us in shame.

May Allah Azza Wa Jall bring better days. May you all survive this sufferings and if death comes upon you all then we pray that you all soar high in the gardens of Paradise.

O dear mothers of Gaza, safeguard yourselves for indeed in your wombs will rise a nation of Lions, the likes of Hamza Ibn Abdul Muttalib, ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab, ‘Ali Ibn Abi Talib, Khalid Ibn Al Walid, Salahu’ddin Al Ayuubi, that will defend the remaining of the Muslim Ummah, and despair not for Allah is the Giver of Victory, and He has Promised Victory Upon Muslims!


So let this reach them, let these words reach the people of Gaza.



[1] Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj. Sahih Muslim | Dar al-Fikr, 1403/1983.

There is some evidence that daughters make men feminists — research shows that having a female child makes legislators more likely to be more supportive of reproductive rights. But it’s not a magical ticket to enlightenment. A more recent study found that having more daughters than sons and having a daughter first “significantly reduces the likelihood of Democratic identification and significantly increases the strength of Republican Party identification.” I can only imagine how scary it is for men to have daughters. But when they vote for Republicans that protect women from (and penalize women for) the sexual and reproductive freedom men enjoy — or shield their daughters from the female objectification they otherwise enjoy — they only enforce women’s status as daughters and wives. It’s hard to bring down the patriarchy by reveling in your status as a patriarch.