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‘Healing happens in community’: Therapist makes space for grief, solidarity amid Israel-Hamas war

Nearly 100 queer people of Middle Eastern heritage are gathering each week for an online peer support group in response to Israel’s attacks on Palestinians.  Led by Finlay Sarafa McHale, a queer and transgender Iraqi Chaldean clinical social worker, the online group of queer SWANA (Southwest Asian and North African) people aims to provide a […]

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Pioneering Palestinian producer Muqata’a champions his culture while pushing hip-hop toward the fringes

Palestinian producer and rapper Muqata’a is the godfather of Ramallah’s underground hip-hop scene. In 2007, while recording under the name Boikutt, he cofounded hip-hop collective Ramallah Underground, which lasted just two years but toured internationally and collaborated with the Kronos Quartet (“Tashweesh” on Kronos’s 2009 album Floodplain). Since then, he’s been pushing hip-hop to its […]