Lakshmi Sarah

Educator & Writer

Bay Area Artist Reimagines Disney Characters with the Hijab

By Lakshmi Sarah NOVEMBER 16, 2015 This article originally appeared in KQED Arts Maryam Masud has been drawing and doodling ever since she was a kid. And people are starting … Continue reading

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Five Reasons to See This Year’s South Asian Film Festival

Still from Tanuj Chopra’s ‘Brown Girl Stoner Film’ (working title). (Courtesy: Chops Films) By Lakshmi Sarah OCTOBER 23, 2015 This article originally appeared in KQED Arts One of the first … Continue reading

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India’s Heat Wave Is Now the 5th Deadliest in the World

This post originally appeared in Global Voices. Heat is a constant phenomenon across much of India during summertime, but the country’s most recent heat wave has killed over 2,300 people … Continue reading

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Reports of Forced Religious Conversions Grab Headlines in India

Following the landslide victory of Narendra Modi and his BJP party during the last elections in India, reports of forced religious conversions seem to be on the rise, and international media is taking notice. … Continue reading

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What does it take to feed the globe? Events through the Berkeley Food Institute and San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club highlight food and climate

This post was originally published in The Berkeley Graduate. How will the world feed a planet of seven billion people during drought, disaster, and rising temperatures? The climate change’s effects … Continue reading

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Maine artists’ collective, stopping in Oakland, urges ‘No’ vote on Prop 1

Article by Ethan Bien, photos by Lakshmi Sarah. This post originally appeared in Oakland North. If a picture is worth a thousand words, the Beehive Collective’s posters are whole books. … Continue reading

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Aamer Rahman and the ‘Reverse Racism’ Joke Heard ‘Round the World

This post originally appeared in KQED Arts. By Lakshmi Sarah EVENT INFORMATION Aamer Rahman Sharp, funny observations on politics and race. APR. 13, 2015 The New Parish Details and tickets … Continue reading

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Meet the Kalette, the newest hybrid vegetable in town

Kale is annoying. Not only as a cultural concept, but preparing it can be tedious: Washing it, cutting out the stems, cooking it with enough spices — but not too … Continue reading

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Tibet’s Fight for Independence

Produced with Jun Stinson, March 10, 2015

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Celebrating Black Love and Reclaiming a Place in History

This post originally appeared in KQED Arts. It’s February, and all across the U.S., events celebrate Black History Month to honor African-American contributions to society. In Oakland, the country’s most … Continue reading

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Hidden honey: A standard for what’s in the jar may be on the way

Jars of honey line the walls of the Bee Healthy Honey Shop, in Oakland, California. The shelves are shaped like honeycombs and the sweet scent of nectar is overwhelming. Honey … Continue reading

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Q&A With Rue Mapp: Turning to Nature for Healing

This article originally appeared on the Bay Nature website. Each new excursion begins with an opening circle with participants standing together below the trees, or wherever the event takes place. … Continue reading

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Bill Maher: UC Berkeley Invites Yet Another White Man as Graduation Keynote

This article originally appeared in The Berkeley Graduate. Despite protests from students, talk show host Bill Maher is slated to speak at UC Berkeley’s December graduation. A student group involved … Continue reading

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Debunking the Model Minority Myth with Humor: The Rise of the South Asian Comedian

This article originally appeared in Aerogram. One of Hari Kondabolu’s jokes begins with his observations while sitting on a bus in New York City. He describes a woman who is … Continue reading

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Pop-up African home, in an Oakland park, marks Ethiopian and Eritrean New Year

Using the stories and voices of Ethiopian and Eritrean taxi drivers as inspiration, ten Bay Area artists have created a special pop-up art installation called “Home Away from Home” on … Continue reading

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South Indian Singer Prosecuted for Song Critical of State Government

Posted 15 December 2015 11:42 GMT Arrested for singing a song critical of the government of the South Indian state Tamil Nadu, folk singer and activist Kovan has now been released … Continue reading

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Locals Dig Deep to Save Himalayan Springs From Drying Out

This article originally appeared in YES magazine. Water has become increasingly scarce in northwest India. As rain patterns shift and temperatures rise, communities are using small-scale local solutions to avoid … Continue reading

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Word to the Word: Books for the People

By Lakshmi Sarah NOVEMBER 9, 2015 This article originally appeared in KQED Arts Remember Howard Zinn? The historian, activist and playwright died in 2010, but he left behind a powerful legacy … Continue reading

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Women’s Film Forum, Vol. 2

The early dawning sun on the women’s building : West Mission, San Francisco (2014) (Torbak Hopper) Impact Hub Oakland November 4 – November 6 This article originally appeared in KQED. … Continue reading

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New Map Charts Changing Landscape for Arts in Bay Area

By Lakshmi Sarah OCTOBER 20, 2015 This article originally appeared in KQED Arts https://kqedarts.cartodb.com/viz/2f206b60-76a0-11e5-b346-0e3ff518bd15/embed_map With the rising cost of living in the Bay Area, arts organizations across the region have … Continue reading

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5 Lessons We Can Learn from the Long Life of Activist Grace Lee Boggs

OCTOBER 6, 2015 This article originally appeared on KQED Arts Author, activist and feminist, Grace Lee Boggs passed away yesterday at the ripe age of 100 years old. After seeing Boggs … Continue reading

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True Stories of Being Black in Germany

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015 This article originally appeared in KQED Arts At San Francisco’s Goethe Institut, Homestory Deutschland presents photographs of Afro-German men and women alongside their achievements in various areas of … Continue reading

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Do these statements make India’s Prime Minister look sexist?

This originally appeared in AJ+ Medium Warning: Satire. The following includes direct quotes from India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, followed by a possible interpretation of his thoughts. Is Modi clueless … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

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