Sayyida Nafisa’s Khalwa: A Conversation on Muslim Women and Sacred Spaces

A conversation between Nsenga Knight and her sister Nuriddeen Knight about their visit to the khalwa (place of voluntary seclusion) of 9th century female Islamic scholar Sayida Nafisa in Cairo, Egypt.

Connecting to Black History through Art: X Speaks in Cairo

Happy Black History Month!!! If you’ve been reading my blog you know that I’ve been sharing a lot about how art connects us to ourselves, our communities and others. This connection includes Black history. Every one of us connects to Black History Month differently, but I think it’s important that we all take the opportunityContinue reading “Connecting to Black History through Art: X Speaks in Cairo”

Malcolm X in Cairo, Egypt 1964

Happy Birthday to Malcolm X! From Cairo, with love. “My heart is in Cairo” – Malcom X ( el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (ٱلْحَاجّ مَالِك ٱلشَّبَازّ‎, ) Malcolm X had already visited Egypt 3 times in the 1960’s it is during these visits that he started to meet with officials and gave interviews. In Cairo, he attendedContinue reading “Malcolm X in Cairo, Egypt 1964”

Three artworks available from the Last Rite series

My Last Rite series (pictured above) reflects on Malcom X’s janaza (Islamic funeral rituals). During a a very scary time in the Black community – for Black Muslims who followed Malcom X especially, key people in the Black Muslim community stepped up to lead this important Islamic ritual and courageous Black Christian leaders offered theirContinue reading “Three artworks available from the Last Rite series”

Is it really true?

Or, maybe the better question is, “is it true for you?” I’m questioning alot about the Black History narrative these days, especially when it comes to loss and memory. The more I dig into my family history, the more I see folks remembering; and the more I keep sharing, the more my friends start sharingContinue reading “Is it really true?”

From Strange Fruit to Fruit of Islam

Nsenga Knight interviewing Alberta at Masjid Abdul Muhsi Khalifah in Brooklyn for As the Veil Turns, 2007, Black and White 35mm photography/ Archival Pigment Print, 30 x 20 inches