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“The East Village …was just exploding. All kinds of new things were starting. In music, it was the punk and new wave scenes. There was a migration of artists from all over America to New York. It was completely wild. And we controlled it ourselves.” - Keith Haring 

(Rolling Stone Magazine, 1989)

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browntown ep 1: Anik Khan

“You see where I come from?”

Rapper and musician Anik Khan was born in Dhaka and grew up in Queens, New York. He raps about being Muslim, an immigrant, and his father, who was a freedom fighter in Bangladesh before they moved to the US. Last month his single “Too Late Now” reached the top of the stack of Spotify’s Top Viral Hits.

In browntown’s first episode, Anik talks about the neighborhood he grew up in, his favorite Bollywood actress Kajol, and his music.

browntown is a video series project from Kajal Media that aims to collect stories from the global South Asian diaspora