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The Hijabi Chronicles 

When: Fri., May 8, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $15, $20
LaPena.org
Resistance can take many forms. Alia Sharrief’s preferred form is rapping. The young Bay Area native uses hip-hop to share her experiences as a Muslim woman, weaving in commentary on current socio-political issues, and telling it like it is. In “Black Heroes,” off her debut album Mental Cycles & Mood Swings, she dishes out a direct response to Iggy Azaela’s “Black Widow,” cleverly appropriating the song of a white rapper who has been repeatedly criticized for appropriating Black culture. Sharrief’s version honors black activist leaders and condemns the way they have been written out of history books. On May 8, Sharrief will be the star of The Hijabi Chronicles, an artistic expression of resistance at La Peña Cultural Center (3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley). The night will start off with a presentation on the role of Muslim women in hip-hop. Next, Sharrief and others will engage the audience with a spoken word performance, panel discussion, and Q&A. The night will end with live performances from Sharrief, Nebula Nabila, and Ahlaam Abduljalil.
— Sarah Burke

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