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I grew up in the West Bank under military occupation. Now I pay homage to my homeland through my fashion designs.

I was born in Jerusalem and raised in the city of Ramallah, a city about a 30-minute drive away. I grew up during the second intifada under the Israeli military occupation.

There were lots of limitations. There were curfews where schools would be shut down and we weren't allowed to leave our house. It was during those times that sketching fashion designs on my school notebooks became my way of coping with the trauma of that type of collective punishment.

I wanted to become a designer ever since I was 7 years old. I spent hours in my room sketching. Sketching is like creating a different reality than the one that was inflicted upon me and every other Palestinian citizen.

Former Lululemon employees call the company's response to founder Chip Wilson's comments on DEI 'a slap in the face' to people of color

Lululemon's employees of color are making their voices heard after the company's founder blasted its diversity initiatives.

In January, Lululemon founder Chip Wilson told Forbes that he doesn't agree with the company's "whole diversity and inclusion thing."

"They're trying to become like the Gap, everything to everybody," Wilson said. "I think the definition of a brand is that you're not everything to everybody."

"You've got to be clear that you don't want certain customers coming in," he added.

The eldest daughters of immigrants are exhausted. They're banding together for support.

Sherri Lu was home for the holidays last year when she told her mother she was too young to act as a stand-in parent.

All her life, Lu felt like she had a great deal of pressure to be a role model and to take on responsibilities her parents didn't expect from her little sister, who is six years younger, because they saw her as a child.

"But I'm also a child, but I feel like a third parent sometimes," Lu, who's in her mid-20s, said.

After being bullied as a kid, I became the first transgender woman to compete at the Miss USA pageant

I knew at a very young age that I was different. By the time I was able to speak or express my likes and preferences, I knew who I really was.

I grew up in the Philippines, which is a very Catholic country, so there was a lot of religion around how I grew up. From a young age, people started pointing out that I shouldn't play with my sister's toys or prefer her clothing over mine. I also spent more time with my girl cousins than with my guy cousins. Whatever I did, people said I shouldn't be too feminine, because it was considered wrong.

Japan wants to dissolve the Unification Church. Ex-members fear the religious movement will resort to drastic measures.

The Japanese government voted to dissolve the country's branch of the Unification Church in October, signaling a major setback for the controversial religious movement that has faced accusations of being a cult.

The decision comes following the assassination of Shinzo Abe, Japan's former prime minister. On July 8, 2022, Abe was shot dead by a man who later told authorities he was motivated by hatred toward the Unification Church. The suspect told police his mother went bankrupt after donating money to the church and blamed Abe for promoting the group.

A global food tour of Queens, New York's most diverse borough

Immigrants are the backbone of New York City’s culture. They run restaurants, coffee shops, convenience stores, bakeries, tea emporiums, and more. A report from New York City’s Department of Small Business Services published in 2015 suggested that while foreign-born immigrants made up about a third of the city’s population, they ran nearly half of all small businesses in the city and were more than twice as likely as native-born residents to start their own business.

How 14 youth advocates in Hawaii are fighting climate change by taking the state to court

When Taliya Nishida was 10 years old, her home on Hawaii's Big Island was struck by a deluge of flash floods. The roads near her family's off-grid house were washed out under several feet of water, and Nishida sat helplessly in their truck as they tried to get to her aerial-silks practice.

"I was so scared that I told my mom, 'I don't want to die,'" Nishida, now a sophomore in high school, recalled. "I know that may sound dramatic to some, but it's truly how I felt because I was just that scared of our truck being pushed away from the water."

As global temperatures rise, flash floods and other natural disasters have worsened in recent years, and as an island nation, Hawaii is particularly vulnerable to the effects of extreme weather.

#BamaRush reveals the segregationist roots of Greek life at the University of Alabama

The sensation known as #BamaRush was in full swing this August, with around 2,500 girls vying for a coveted spot at the University of Alabama's prestigious sororities.

While Greek life at the school is no new phenomenon, it's taken on a life of its own, exploding into fame and notoriety when it became a viral trend on TikTok in 2021. Potential new members, referred to as PNMs, posted daily outfits and shared their hopes and reflections on rushing, offering viewers a glimpse into the secretive rush process of sororities.

Former Essence Magazine employees say they witnessed a 'hellish' and 'dehumanizing' culture at the leading publication for Black women in America

On June 28, 2020, a group of women using the name Black Females Anonymous published a damning public letter that shook Essence magazine, the leading publication for Black women in America, to the core.

"The Essence brand promise is fraudulent," the essay, published on Medium, claimed. "The once exalted media brand dedicated to Black women has been hijacked by cultural and corporate greed and an unhinged abuse of power."

How the Black and Latino queer community made voguing a form of resistance

When Raul Rivera was 12 years old, he snuck out of his house after bedtime with his book bag and a map of New York City. On it, he'd circled Christopher Street. It was 1992, and he'd grown curious about the neighborhood after seeing an MTV special on HIV awareness, which depicted the Christopher Street Piers as a haven for the LGBTQ community.

Rivera hadn't come out as gay yet, but as he got off the 1 train, he saw a sight that would soon change that.

How a refugee from Vietnam ignited the sriracha phenomenon in America

• After the Vietnam War, David Tran fled persecution by immigrating to America.
• In 1980, he started the sriracha company Huy Fong, named after the boat he took from Vietnam.
• Sriracha has garnered a cult following in America, though some question its authenticity.

From beer and beef jerky to donuts and everything at Pizza Hut, sriracha has become a culinary mainstay of America. The story of how the hot sauce came to the country is also one of immigration.

One of the earliest records of sri

At least 122,000 Japanese Americans were locked up in internment camps after Pearl Harbor. More than 80 years later, its legacy lingers.

In a speech to Congress, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 as "a date which will live in infamy." The bombing thrust the United States fully into World War II, but also stoked existing xenophobia and racialized fear about national security.

The reaction to Pearl Harbor was swift. The same day, just hours after the attack, the FBI rounded up nearly 1,300 Japanese American community and religious leaders, arresting them without evidence and freezing their assets. More than 850 Germans and 150 Italians were also arrested.

Kanye West falsely claimed Hitler invented the microphone. Most microphones in use today are thanks to James West, a Black inventor with over 250 patents to his name.

Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, inflamed further controversy on Thursday when he spoke about Adolf Hitler during an interview with Alex Jones. West, who was re-suspended from Twitter on Friday after tweeting an image of a swastika inside a star of David, also falsely claimed Hitler invented the microphone.

But most microphones in use today are thanks to James West, an African American inventor who has more than 250 patents to his name. The grandson of a formerly enslaved person, West also attended Black Panther meetings during college.

I fought for the right to wear the hijab in professional basketball. I'm finding hope in progress amid the Iranian protests over women's right to choose.

• Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir made NCAA history as the first Muslim woman to play basketball in a hijab.
• She gave up her dream of playing professionally after rules prohibited her from wearing a headscarf.
• The 'hijabi hooper' shares how she's finding hope in the fight in Iran over women's right to choose.

This is an as-told-to essay based on a conversation with Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, who made college basketball history by becoming the first Muslim woman player in a hijab. She is now the athletic dir

Here's where new House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries stands on progressive issues, including racial justice and climate policy

• The congressman has a track record of civil rights and racial justice advocacy.
• But Jeffries has remained silent on or even opposed other progressive issues, including the Green New Deal.

US Rep. Hakeem Jeffries will succeed Nancy Pelosi as House Democratic leader next year.

Jeffries, a Brooklyn native, will make history by becoming the first Black lawmaker to lead a party in Congress. And, at 52, Jeffries will represent a generational change from the current House Democratic leaders, who

How the radical bean pie felled Muhammad Ali and became an expression of Black sovereignty

• The navy bean pie was originally rooted in the controversial Nation of Islam, a Black nationalist and social-reform movement.
• The pie was a favorite of boxer Muhammad Ali.
• Small bakeries like Abu's in Brooklyn have brought the bean pie to the larger Black Muslim community.

When Muhammad Ali lost The Fight of the Century against Joe Frazier on March 8, 1971, he blamed his defeat not on skill or luck, but on the bean pie.

Ali had been unable to resist slices of the custard pie — thickened

The true life of Sydney Johnson, the royal valet in season 5 of 'The Crown' who kept the Windsor family's legacy alive

• An episode of season five of 'The Crown' explores the story of Sydney Johnson.
• Johnson served as the Duke of Windsor's valet for 30 years.
• After meeting Egyptian tycoon Mohamed Al-Fayed, he also helped restore the Windsor Villa to its former glory.

Among the new characters in season five of "The Crown" is royal valet, Sydney Johnson, whose life has garnered renewed attention from viewers and historians alike.

After a brief and silent first appearance in season three of "The Crown," John

During WWII, Native American code talkers used Navajo language to create an unbreakable code that helped America win the war

In May 1942, 29 Navajo men arrived at Camp Elliott, the original Marine Corps training base during World War II. Stretching 32,000 acres in San Diego, the base contained encampments, bivouac areas, and 41 firing ranges.

But the small unit of Navajo men weren't there to learn how to fight, at least not with guns. They had instead been tasked with creating an unbreakable code to help defeat enemy forces.

'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' is rich in mythology. Here are the real-life African and Indigenous inspirations behind its lore.

The Marvel Universe drew heavily from ancient African mythologies to create new ones in Wakanda. The core Pantheon of Wakanda is known as the Orisha, which refers in real life to spirits that play a key role in the Yoruba religion of West Africa and several diasporic religions. The Orisha is comprised of five gods based on ancient Egyptian and other African deities. Both Africana religions and Afro-speculative fiction, like "Black Panther," explore "what it is to be Black and human" and their pos

Kyrie Irving was suspended for promoting an antisemitic film. Here are the origins of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement and its extremist sects.

• Kyrie Irving was suspended for a tweet linking to an antisemitic film.
• The Black Hebrew Israelite movement believes certain people of color are God's true chosen people.
• Extremist sects of the group have become more militant, per the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Brooklyn Nets announced on Thursday that they would be suspending Kyrie Irving for promoting an antisemitic film on Twitter.

In a now-deleted tweet, Irving shared a link to "Hebrew to Negroes: Wake Up Black America," a 2018

Raven-Symoné said she had to 'go through a mental grow up' from her days as a child star to become comfortable in her own skin

On a recent October morning, Raven-Symoné, now 36, sat for a video call over Google Meet. She had a golden, mellow aura about her — a far cry from the spunky characters she played as a child — framed by the west coast morning light, plants named by her wife on either side.

Symoné said she's "had to go through a mental grow up," and that she's excited to be behind the scenes.
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