Lakshmi Sarah

Educator & Writer

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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India: Mapping Street Harassment and Promoting Safe Cities

This article originally appeared in Global Voices Posted 13 May 2014 7:34 GMT It may be a challenge to find an Indian girl who has managed to avoid being harassed … Continue reading

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You wouldn’t think we’d have to publish a non-white reading list.

For AJ+ on Medium #AJPlusReads: Our “Don’t call it an ’alternative’” alternative book list We weren’t impressed with The New York Times summer reading list. Not only were all the … Continue reading

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What’s racist about dots and feathers?

For AJ+ on Medium “Dot or feather?” is a racist idiom sometimes heard in conversation in the U.S., when asking or joking about whether someone is of South Asian or … Continue reading

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Thoughts from Nepal: Trying to remember what normal feels like

Compiled for AJ+ on Medium   A collapsed house is pictured after the April 25 earthquake in Kathmandu May 10, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar “It just feels like Nepal has been … Continue reading

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A Timeline of Multiracial America

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Student Union Supports Divestment from Israel

This article originally appeared in The Berkeley Graduate. Students in the University of California Workers Union voted last week to take a political stance and join a national campaign called … Continue reading

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Stand Up Sit Down Comedy

La Pena Cultural Center April 25 @ 7:00 pm SHARE In their fourth edition of the live comedy show “Stand Up Sit Down,” the incredibly funny Karinda Dobbins and Dhaya … Continue reading

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