Ban On Female Genital Cutting In Somaliland Is Progress, But Success Relies On Working With Religious Leaders

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Interview And Images: OKC Artist Ebony Iman Dallas Traces Her Father’s History Back To Africa With Exhibit ‘Through Abahay’s Eyes’

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Oklahoma Artist Ebony Iman Dallas Traces History, Heritage ‘Through Abahay’s Eyes’

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Michelle Obama Portrait Puts Black Baltimore Artist In The Spotlight

The commission of a lifetime for Amy Sherald has kickstarted a conversation about art, politics, and culture Continue reading “Michelle Obama Portrait Puts Black Baltimore Artist In The Spotlight”

Barack And Michelle Obama’s Official Portraits Expand Beyond Usual Format

The pictures, painted by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, are vivid depictions by African American artists and will hang at the Smithsonian Continue reading “Barack And Michelle Obama’s Official Portraits Expand Beyond Usual Format”

Somaliland Issues Fatwa Banning Female Genital Mutilation

Nita Bhalla

Hargeisa, Somaliland – Somaliland has issued a fatwa, or religious edict, banning female genital mutilation (FGM) – and paving the way for the country to pass legislation against the internationally condemned practice, a senior official said on Wednesday. Continue reading “Somaliland Issues Fatwa Banning Female Genital Mutilation”

Hanna Ali On Identity, Belonging, And The Storytelling Of Somali Diaspora – Interview

The poet, writer, and researcher explore the nuances of humanity in migration, language, and the search for home. Continue reading “Hanna Ali On Identity, Belonging, And The Storytelling Of Somali Diaspora – Interview”

Somaliland Parliament Passes First Bill Criminalizing Rape

Washington / Hargeisa —  The parliament of the Republic of Somaliland has approved a bill criminalizing rape for the first time, and requiring prison terms for individuals convicted of the crime. Continue reading “Somaliland Parliament Passes First Bill Criminalizing Rape”

In Case You Didn’t Know ‘Breakway’ Somaliland Is Booming, Democratic And The Capital Hargeisa Is Quite Cool

Hassan Hirsi

SOMALILAND is often described as a breakaway state, void of international recognition. But most parts of Somaliland—including Hargeisa—boast safe, democratic, and culturally compelling destinations for tourists and professionals alike. Continue reading “In Case You Didn’t Know ‘Breakway’ Somaliland Is Booming, Democratic And The Capital Hargeisa Is Quite Cool”

Somaliland: Young People Fight GBV And Promote Health Through Drama

Members of the Somaliland Youth Peer Education Network (Y-Peer) have started utilizing theatre skills and participatory drama methodology to raise awareness on gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and promote behavior change. Continue reading “Somaliland: Young People Fight GBV And Promote Health Through Drama”

SWEET AS BROKEN DATES: These Lost And Found Somali Tapes Are Now Nominated For A Grammy Award

It is an album that captures the melodious voices of prominent Somali singers like Hibo Nura, Nimo Jama, the Waberi troupe, and the Iftin Band, among others. Continue reading “SWEET AS BROKEN DATES: These Lost And Found Somali Tapes Are Now Nominated For A Grammy Award”

Q&A With Somaliland Singer Sahra Halgan Ahead Of Sep 27 DDC Gig

Kyle Mullin

Music isn’t merely art for Sahra Halgan. She’s used it as an essential remedy. Continue reading “Q&A With Somaliland Singer Sahra Halgan Ahead Of Sep 27 DDC Gig”

Somaliland Amongst the 26 Finalists Of The 7th Annual Miss Africa Great Britain Beauty Pageant

Meet the finalists for the 7th Annual Miss Africa Great Britain Pageant taking place on the 14th of October 2017 at the Royal Regency Hall in London. The Finalists are from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, DR of Congo, Somaliland, Cameroon, Eritrea, Somalia, Togo, Guinea, Senegal, and Lesotho. Continue reading “Somaliland Amongst the 26 Finalists Of The 7th Annual Miss Africa Great Britain Beauty Pageant”

Uncovering Somali’s Forgotten Music Of The 1970s

A trove of recordings that survived ‘Africa’s Dresden’ is a window into how music once flourished under a dictatorship. Continue reading “Uncovering Somali’s Forgotten Music Of The 1970s”

Realistic Tips For A Happy Marriage – Part II: Men

By Sahra Bashir

Dear Somali Brother:

I hope that in reading this, you find points you can take away and apply to your marriage. Perhaps there are a few things on this list that you may already be doing and some that you may need to work/improve on. Hopefully, you become more aware of your role as a husband. Continue reading “Realistic Tips For A Happy Marriage – Part II: Men”

Meet The Muslim Miss Universe Star Who Wore A Kaftan Instead Of A Bikini

London: Somaliland-British Muslim Muna Jama has made headlines around the world in recent days for winning the right to wear a kaftan, rather than a bikini, in the swimwear section of the Miss Universe Great Britain beauty pageant. Continue reading “Meet The Muslim Miss Universe Star Who Wore A Kaftan Instead Of A Bikini”

Somaliland: Ten Years Of International Book Fair

When Jama Muse Jama announced ten years ago that he is holding a Book Fair in Hargeisa. I vividly remember people talking about it and each one giving a different explanation about what the book fair would be. Continue reading “Somaliland: Ten Years Of International Book Fair”

Press Release: British Ambassador Visits Hargeisa International Book Fair

Hargeisa, Somaliland, July 22, 2017 (Saxafi) – British Ambassador David Concar this afternoon addressed the renowned Hargeisa International Book Fair, a celebration of Somali culture, heritage and ideas. Continue reading “Press Release: British Ambassador Visits Hargeisa International Book Fair”

The Star Singing For Somaliland’s Recognition

By Chris Giles

Musical icon Sahra Halgan was one of the many people who fled Somaliland after the brutal Siyad Barre regime, which left the self-declared country in ruins. Continue reading “The Star Singing For Somaliland’s Recognition”

Ilhan Omar Wants To Make America Decent Again

From Somalia to the Minnesota statehouse, a fresh new face in politics. Continue reading “Ilhan Omar Wants To Make America Decent Again”