This Kuwaiti Influencer is Handing Over Her Instagram to Black-Arab Women

Ascia is leading the way when it comes to allyship

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The murder of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis has become a catalyst for anti-racism protest across the world. And this momentum has now reached the GCC as well—a place where the oppressive Kafala system still operates—with some people using this time for introspection and reflection about the immediate systems that they interact with.

Kuwaiti influencer Ascia is spearheading the movement, committing to being a guiding voice for change. Counting 2.7 million followers, she has decided to use her Instagram platform to actively amplify black voices.

Until June 18, she is handing over her platform to black Arab women, whose voices and experiences have too often been silenced. 

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‏‎لمدة اسبوع من تاريخ ١١ يونيو – ١٨ يونيو ، بعطي حسابي لصناع المحتوى العرب السود.⁣ ⁣ لمناقشة القضايا الهامة المتعلقة بالعرق والتمييز في الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا. و بنشوف شغلهم ومشاريعهم!⁣ ⁣ :من خلال ⁣ الستوريز⁣ البوستات⁣ و بحطهم بالهايلايتس اذا طافكم الستوريز⁣ ⁣ جدول الاسبوع: ⤵️⁣ ⁣ June 11: @zainab.elhajj June 12: @digitalabdullah ⁣ June 13: @itswiddysmusic June 14: @maryami997⁣ June 15: @Rolafmaaba⁣ June 16: @amna.hamdto⁣ June 17: @otofficial ⁣ June 18: @cdtchantcho⁣ ⁣ The schedule for the week: ⤴️⁣ ⁣ For the week of June 11th to June 18th my account will be taken over by Black Arab content creators to discuss important issues on race & discrimination in the Middle East. You’ll also get to see their work & projects!⁣ ⁣ They will be here in stories. ⁣ They will be on my feed. ⁣ And each will have a highlight if you miss their stories. ⁣ ⁣

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Her guests include Bahraini influencer Maryami, Saudi-born and Sudan-raised designer Amna Hamdto, Sudanese founder of Dukkan Radio Omar Tom, and Kuwaiti Netflix actress Colette Dalal Tchantcho.

Although people might question whether anti-black racism in the GCC is as explicit as in America, the truth is, it can be just as virulent (on average, two workers employed under the Kafala system die every week). And finding black Arab representation in the media and the entertainment industry is next-to-impossible. 

The time has come to celebrate black talent. Excited? Same! Get to know the guests below:

Zainab El Hajj

Digital Abdullah

Maryami

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I wanted to post something to talk about what’s happening but I couldn’t find the right words What’s happening now is not just in the US , this is something that every country is dealings with. Racism is a global thing and its not about the country and its not about Religion it’s about being human. Like i said before in our country they might not kill an Innocent black person but they do bully them until they kill them selves and thats the same thing. As someone that have a dark skin color i’ve seen it and i’ve experienced it and not speaking up about it at the time doesn’t mean it’s okay. it’s important for you to speak up even if you’re White, it’s important for you to speak up if you have a platform with good amount of followers, it’s important for you to show the people around you that whats happening is wrong and that we need change. Before speaking up or saying anything please educate yourself read more about the history of racism and post things that you know can help change something. Today your voice is needed no matter where you’re from and where you live. I will be more quiet on social media because my heart feels so Heavy and it’s totally okay for someone to take a few days off to take care of their mental health . I will continue with sharing stories that might be helpful and to Educate some Idiots. Love Maryami 🖤 #blackouttuesday

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Amna Hamdto

Omar Tom

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3 page open letter from us to the world.

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Colette Dalal Tchantcho

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Repost • @rough_silk TW: The negative use of the word عبد 'adb' (slave) sometimes used by racist individuals to offensively refer to a Black person in the Arabic #language. *Often those who use it don’t see themselves as racist. PoA @prideofarabia presents: Colette Dalal Tchantcho @cdtchantcho Clip 05 It's all the smaller pieces which make the larger realities so much harder to challenge. And unless we acknowledge these micro-aggressions for what they are – major aggressions and not actually micro, then we won't be able to move forward. Language is something we can all take personal responsibility towards. Colette is a powerful human being in addition to being an Actor (you may have seen her in Witcher on Netflix (Véa)) and playwright whose up coming play 'Dreamer' deals with the complexities of being Black and Arab. She touches upon many issues interconnected with this, including #class and #labour systems within #Black #Arab on Black #African realities. A short excerpt of the play can be found in the film here, where the conversation also touches upon a hugely problematic reality in certain parts of the Middle East; the #Kafala system (still dominantly in place in #Lebanon who have many voices now actively and publicly engaging with the issue and the GCC gulf states including: #Oman, #Qatar, #Bahrain, #Kuwait, #Arabia and #UAE). Touching upon the fine line of definition between being seen as #human and not. Full short upload coming next. Www.migrant-rights.org #Responsibility #Racism #WhatDoYouMeanWhenYouSayIt? #WANA #MiddleEast #Queer #لغة #اللغة_العربية #BLM #Dreamer

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