Benjamin Madley

Genocide is often not a word that comes to mind when people hear “Native American.” According to Benjamin Madley, however, our conception of the early colonization of America is all wrong. What is taught in elementary schools as a peaceful settlement of Europeans colonists, was really a barbarous slaughter of all previous inhabitants, the Native…

Sharin Ebadi

Shirin Ebadi is a 70-year-old female lawyer in Iran and well known human rights activist. Her lives work is devoted to bringing true justice to those whose voices have been silenced by injustices in the Iranian political system. She grew up in Iran’s capital, Tehran and became a judge in 1975 at age 21. She…

Asya Abdullah

Asya Abdullah is a 46-year old woman from the town of Derika Hemko in Syria, and has taken an active role in fighting for the Kurdish movement as well as working for democracy and keeping women’s rights at the forefront of her agenda. She is the co-chair of the Democratic Union Party with Saleh Muslim,…

Yvonne Vera

Going against the grain and writing in opposition to government or authority is a sort of character trait of most writers today. However, in countries where freedom of speech is not as free as it is here in America, this task can be daunting and tedious to a point where one’s ideas are never allowed…

Chandra Talpade Mohanty

Chandra Talpade Mohanty is a postcolonial and feminist theorist who fights for a more transnational approach to feminism. Her brand of feminism had been described by as “crystal clear, and clearly radical, and refreshingly rooted in the global south” (Alcoff). Mohanty was born in Mumbai, India in 1955, and later in life became a U.S….

Noor Tagouri

Noor Tagouri is a young female Muslim activist making history in multiple spheres across the globe. She cares deeply about human rights, exposing cultural injustices, and encouraging others to pursue their passions. She has launched social justice movements that have gone viral and appeared some of the most controversial media outlets. With a vision to…

Sabaa Tahir

  Sabaa Tahir is the #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of the An Ember in the Ashes series. A Reaper at the Gates, the third novel of the planned series of four, releases on May 22, 2018. Tahir was born to Muslim-Pakistani immigrants in Great Britain (Ulaby). She lived there for the first year…

Teddy Afro (Tewodros Kassahun)

Tewodros Kassahun—known as Teddy Afro—is “the biggest star in Ethiopian musical history” (Gardner). Born July 14, 1976, Afro has released five albums, the most recent of which, Ethiopia—released May 2017, has crowned Billboard’s World Album chart and is the fastest selling album in Ethiopian history (Gardner). Afro is known for his patriotic, nationalistic, and elliptically…

Susan Abulhawa

Susan Abulhawa is both a Palestinian American author and an activist for Palestine. She was the daughter of refugees from the 1967 War and born in Kuwait before moving to the US and then back to Kuwait and eventually to East Jerusalem. Her years there would leave an impact that would eventually come out in…

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is an African-American literary theorist and critic. He has written on African-American literature (such as with Black Literature and Literary Theory (1984) and The Signifying Monkey: Towards a Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism (1988)) (biography.com) and worked as an editor for “collections of African-American literature” (biography.com). Gates is currently “the director…

Roberto Fernández Retamar

  As a poet, essayist, literary critic, president of Casa de las Américas Cuban cultural center since 1986, and a participant in the Cuban Revolution, Roberto Fernández Retamar is a one of the leading voices in Latin American postcolonial literature. His is most well-known for the groundbreaking essay “Caliban: Notes Toward a Discussion of Culture…

Nawal El Saadawi

  Nawal El Saadawi is a powerhouse of a woman being an Egyptian feminist, writer, activist, and doctor who has impressively written over 11 fiction novels, 10 non-fiction novels,8 short stories, 3 plays, and 6 memoirs. Saadawi’s focus in her works is primarily on the women of Islam.   Saadawi was born October 27, 1931…