Zareen Syed is a magazine journalism student at Columbia College Chicago whose list of dream jobs starts with Glamour and ends with Al-Jazeera. (Okay maybe not start...) While she's figuring it all out, she's been a Digital Intern for Comcast Sportsnet Chicago, where she once walked into the Chicago Bulls locker room and introduced herself to Chris Webber. When she's not wrangling sources for articles or attempting to blog, she likes to bake, discover new coffee shops in the city, read "Harry Potter" for the millionth time or re-watch "The Office." Follow her on instagram @bakerinaberet

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Mind over munchies: Transitioning to Ramadan


Transitioning from having four snacks in your bag to munch on throughout the work or school day to having absolutely none is one of the hardest tests of Ramadan. Read More

When a non-thing becomes a thing: What even is “radical Islam?”


Two days after Muhammad Ali’s funeral painted Islam the brightest and most inspiring portrait — Omar Mateen took the lives of 49 people and injured 53. Three days after, Rabbi Michael Lerner, a political activist and editor of Tikkun Magazine, said “We will not tolerate politicians or anyone else putting down Muslims and blaming Muslims for a few people,” because Muslims were once again scrutinized for the vile behavior of one man. 

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Meet Anisa Amin: She’s black, she’s Muslim and she makes Muslim dolls

maza dolls

It’s ironic that a few days after I blasted Mattel (barely) for creating three body types and encouraging consumers to use an inanimate doll as a measuring stick for human acceptance…. I scrolled across a Cosmopolitan article, no less, about “Hijarbie,” aka: A Barbie in a hijab. Read More