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The first Black Muslim festival is here and it’s the first of its kind


The Black Muslims festival will go on throughout October (Picture: Black Muslim Renaissance)

Sadly the word ‘Muslim’ has become synonymous with Arabs or South Asians, erasing Black Muslims.

The group is often left out during events that cater to followers of the Islamic faith or when speakers are selected to speak on Islam-centric issues.

To address the lack of visibility and celebrate their excellence, the first ever Black Muslim Festival is here.

The month-long programme – which aligns with Black History Month – will feature panel discussions, seminars, workshops, and showcases that celebrate and amplify the global Black Muslim community.

More than 40 international speakers and special guests will be covering everything from celebrating Black Muslim identity, sex, property investment, Black hair workshops, building generational wealth, community activism, and more.

But of course, because of the pandemic, all talks will be virtual and ticket holders will have access to each online session throughout the month.

Among the speakers is award-winning poet and filmmaker Boonaa Mohammed and sex educator Angelica Lindsey-Ali aka ‘The Village Aunty’.

Angelica has made a name for herself on Instagram where she talks openly about relationships and intimacy, which can often be taboo topics in the Muslim community.

Some of the speakers (Picture: Black Muslim Renaissance)

The event – which will cost viewers £12 for the entire month – was founded by Na’ima B. Robert.

She tells Metro.co.uk: ‘We want this event to be an expression of the current Black Muslim renaissance.

‘Increasingly, Black Muslims are coming together to discuss shared challenges and ideas for the future. These discussions, so vital for the healing of our collective past, are inspiring change and growth throughout Africa and the diaspora.

‘2020 has been a tumultuous year for all of us, from the global impact of Covid-19 to the Black Lives Matter protest and the ensuing conversations and realisations about racism and anti-blackness within the Muslim community and outside it.

‘The festival is about bringing the global Black Muslim community together in a spirit of healing and empowerment.’

You can find out more about the event and purchase tickets on the Black Muslim Renaissance website.

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