May 2021: Palestinians amidst the rubble caused by Israeli airstrikes in Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip Source: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

Late last year, I shared a harrowing account of my visit to the West Bank in January 2020, only a few months before the Covid-19 pandemic devastatingly struck the U.S. Under incredibly heartbreaking circumstances today, I come back once again, this time with a pleading message: Please take a clear and unapologetic stand for the freedom of Palestinians from Israeli occupation and apartheid.

Over the past few weeks, you might have seen disturbing footage of Israel bombing buildings in the Gaza Strip — a place inhabited by Palestinians that has been described by the UN as ‘unlivable’. These recent bombings…


Critical lessons from MLK’s 1964 book that remain relevant in the fight for civil and human rights today.

1st edition cover of Why We Can’t Wait, published in July 1964 by Harper & Row. Source: Wikipedia


A non-definitive playlist of songs speaking truth to power

“Fight the Power” by Public Enemy was released as a single track for Spike Lee’s 1989 film Do the Right Thing, and has since become an iconic protest anthem in American culture. Radio Raheem (pictured), a character in the film who was killed by police would carry around a radio that played the song. Source: LA Times

Although Donald Trump has left office, it is imperative that we the people unite to fight the legacy of Trumpism that lives on — an amalgam of Nazi-like fascism, white supremacy, violent extremism, and all of the worst ‘isms’ imaginable. History has warned us that our minimization and mockery of far-right movements foment the worst impulses of humanity that can inevitably lead to pogroms, concentration camps, and yes, even genocide. But we are not merely in a battle against Trumpism. In reality, we are in a lifelong war against the age-old systems that enable Trumpism in the first place.

I…


In a single day alone, laborers across India sent a powerful message to the workers of the world: Unite. Will Americans follow their lead?

November 2020: Farmers march to New Delhi in protest of a series of farm reform bills passed by the Modi administration in September. Source: Altaf Qadri/Associated Press

As the world remains deep in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, the working class has suffered tremendous blows from a global economic system that has been increasingly exposed for its exploitation and neglect of the poor and marginalized. With the United States and India holding first and second place in total coronavirus cases as of January 16th respectively, workers in both nations have reeled in bearing the ongoing costs of a largely halted world economy…


Entering into the grotto within Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank — the place where Jesus is said to have been born. 01/11/20.

A while ago, I heard a voice in a church I stumbled upon as I was walking about — calling out in song, as if it was longing for me to come inside.

I’d forgotten the immediate transformation I experience when I’m in church, the internal peace that resurfaces throughout my body. Perhaps a jaded part of me likes it because I’m amongst people who are longing for their real home — a better realm. They, too, realize this must not be the place.

I look around me, and all I see is longing.

Longing for heaven.

Longing for happiness.


A commentary on the evolution of discovering and rediscovering great music.

Prince performing at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2007. Source: BBC

In 2016, upon hearing news of the untimely death of The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, I began to read about the music legend’s life and legacy. Prince was not only gifted in his craft as a trailblazing multi-instrumentalist whose work spanned a large range of genres, he was also a humble humanitarian who transcended archaic norms around gender and sexuality. He was, in every sense, a beloved American icon.

So why is it that I only know two of his songs?

This is a bit of an embarrassing…


A poem about child rape

Source: 123RF

When I was 10, I would come home and watch “Hey Arnold!” after school

When you were 10, you were asked by a grown man if you loved him

When I was 10, my mom and dad would drop me off to my friends’ birthday parties

When you were 10, he rubbed your thigh as he drove you to yours

When I was 10, I was riding my bike around the neighborhood

When you were 10, he was kissing you on your lips

When I was 10, I would go to my rival school to swim

When you were 10…


On learning to reject conformity from a special book from my childhood

Stargirl is a young adult novel written by Jerry Spinelli in 2000

British novelist C.S. Lewis once said “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” In elementary school, I would often read Stargirl, a book written by Jerry Spinelli. It was a children’s story, but not the kind Lewis describes — it’s one I’ve held close to my heart and enjoy to this day.

Who is Stargirl?

She’s not an intergalactic superhero, nor is she the girlfriend of The Weekend’s “Starboy”. She’s a fictional high school student who…


Reflecting on the drive to succeed through lessons learned from the greatest basketball player of all time.

A 1992 Nike “Sky Jordan” poster. The year before, Gatorade launched an iconic “Be Like Mike” commercial targeted towards young aspiring kids. Source: Pinterest


A conversation on white supremacy, mental colonization, and anti-Blackness in the Indian community.

The title of this podcast episode, “Fair & Lovely”, is named after a popular skin-lightening cream in India that has further perpetuated white supremacy, internalized racism, colorism, casteism, and anti-Blackness within the Indian community. Source: Mintel (TK)

KFC: Hi, everyone! Welcome to FearLESS. I’m Kay Francesca Coelho and today I’m here with Aparna. Aparna and I first met on Medium — I read an article she wrote and felt her frustration on anti-Blackness in the Indian community. We will talk about that in our interview today. First, I’d like to welcome Aparna on the show. Aparna, thanks so much for being here. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

AP: My name is Aparna, I’m 29 years old. A little background on myself: I am Indian-American, I was actually born in India in New Delhi, and my…

Aparna Priyadarshi

hey young world, the world is yours

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