Friday Features

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Nadirah Pierre

Nadirah Pierre is warm fuzzies personified! That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it! The moment we met for our interview, it felt like a giant warm hug. And, her smile is so infectious! What can I say, I’m a big fan of this amazing, intelligent, and loving spirit named Nadirah P.! Fresh from her appearance in my hometown, Baltimore for the ICNA-MAS conference, she rarely has free time, so it was my honor to have an hour to talk with her all about her #BlackMuslimGirlFly. Alhamdulillah, here’s what she had to say.

Umm Juwayriyah

It was an honor and a pleasure to meet face-to-face with the talented woman whom I’ve admired through social media for years. Umm Juwayriyah (Maryam Sullivan) is an author for whom I’ve held such respect, through her works, her online presence, and the depths of understanding she shares with the world.

Leah Vernon

Powerful. Amazing. Resilient. Badass. Inspiring. Gorgeous. I could go on and on, and still won’t run out of words to describe this woman who wields her #BlackMuslimGirlFly like the most beautiful katana sword created by Hattori Hanzō. Better than Uma Thurman. I got the chance to talk with Leah Vernon, and I love her spirit, and her unapologetic storytelling about how she grew into her sharp and unbreakable #BlackMuslimGirlFly. Read what the beautiful, thoughtful, and powerful supermodel had to say:

Malikah A. Shabazz

First of all, this lady is fierce. Second of all, she is hella creative. And, third of all she is definitely not scared of you. Meet Malikah A. Shabazz, my fellow name holder, queen of all things creative, and boundless in her determined, beautiful, shining energy. It was magical: two female filmmakers chopping it up; one from Detroit, and one from Baltimore, so you know we came correct. Read what Malikah had to say about being #BlackMuslimGirlFly.

Salima Sound

Glow. Vibration at a frequency that many of us have to practice to attain, yet Salima lives there at that frequency, effortlessly. It’s her spirit and the melody of her rhythmic soul that pours out with every word she speaks. And, her beautiful, infectious, deep down laughter! Salima is, at the same time, confident and shy; and the beauty of that shyness, I believe, adds that special glow to the works of art she brings to the world. It was an honor and a joy to talk with her. Catch a glimpse, and hear what Salima Rah has to say about being #BlackMuslimGirlFly.

Blair Imani

If you asked me to describe Blair Imani in one word, I could not do it. There are so many perfect words to describe that electric energy, bottled up inside the beautiful, Blair Imani. Here are a few: Cute. Passionate. Smart. Funny. Razor sharp wit. Sprinkles, like the ones in her yogurt and cereal. Infectious giggler. Determined change-maker. Blair is so multi-faceted, and I had the fun privilege of interviewing her for BMGFly’s Friday Features. Where I found out her superpower. It was Blair’s choice to convert to Islam, that gave her a confidence that inspires her #BlackMuslimGirlFly Read what she had to say about being #BlackMuslimGirlFly:

Sana Sakinah

First, I would say being Black and Muslim in itself is FLY. I would explain my #BlackMuslimGirlFly as being comfortable and confident in being true to myself. I believe the true essence of flyness comes from a sense of pride in oneself without all the extra fluff or material things. I don’t need expensive things or anyone else’s validation to know I’m fly.

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Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir

Let’s talk about #BlackMuslimGirlFly! I had the honor of interviewing this amazing young woman, and she is the epitome of #BlackMuslimGirlFly to me. After our exclusive interview, I’m thinking @qis_mo is MY hero! Over the course of the week, you will get to know this modern day Muslim Woman Hero, and appreciate how powerful Black Muslim Women and Girls truly are. Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir is the #FridayFeature!

Ayanna Sharif

Hailing from our hometown, Baltimore, Ayanna comes from a legacy of Black Muslim Women in our community who possess that OG #BlackMuslimGirlFly. I grew up with her older sisters, and to see this beautiful, talented, young woman blossom and grow is all kinds of special for me. Seeing her mother sing in her film, “WUDU,” got me all in my feelings, because I remember Aunty Sabreen singing, and loving the sound of her voice when I was a kid. Now, Ayanna is breaking the mold and creating her own lane as another talented artist, filmmaker, storyteller, out of Bmore, and I couldn’t be any more proud! Read what she had to say about being a Black Muslim Girl from Baltimore, and her bright #BlackMuslimGirlFly.