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#NamaSlay, Or How Black Women Are Using Trap Yoga as a Mode of Spiritual Resistance | Religion Dispatches

July 18, 2017
As rapper Future mumbled over the speakers, I exhaled and crouched down for a very shaky approximation of a warrior pose. This was my first trap yoga class, and I was determined not to look like the novice I was. Studio 262 is a recent addition to South Los Angeles. Blocks away from the University of Southern California, the new space is becoming a hub for students as well as locals. Among their many class offerings, the one that caught my eye was trap yoga. Trap yoga involves doing vinyasa flows to the beat of trap music, a bass-filled, gritty... Read more about #NamaSlay, Or How Black Women Are Using Trap Yoga as a Mode of Spiritual Resistance | Religion Dispatches

‘Dalya’s Other Country’ portrays Muslim American mother and daughter | Religion News Service

June 28, 2017
For Rudayna Aksh, the decision to bring her 13-year-old daughter, Dalya Zeno, from Aleppo to Los Angeles was made for her. “We were sleeping one night,” Aksh remembers. “We heard, like, a big bomb around our house.” The Syrian war had begun and young girls were being kidnapped. “The war didn’t leave any choice for me,” she continues. “I had to come here with my daughter.” Those are the first words of “Dalya’s Other Country,” a new film by Julia Meltzer that premieres Monday night (June 26) on the PBS... Read more about ‘Dalya’s Other Country’ portrays Muslim American mother and daughter | Religion News Service