I pledge allegiance to the Always Not Yet

Taking inspiration from Langston Hughes, Zaina Alsous examines the current political moment and provokes us to work toward an America that has never before existed— an “always not yet” country, instead of an oppressive “great again” nation.

Hugs: An American family structure

"When someone tells you, “I’ll be by your side forever,” then they just stop writing or visiting... It’s like being in love and having your heart broken; it hurts! I’ve developed a thick skin because I don’t like getting hurt.

The hands that haunt our kitchen

What I’ve inherited from my mother, her hands, and her parents’ hands, I meet in myself when I am in the kitchen. I am an embodiment of the wisdom in my family and feel responsible for bringing it into the future I want to build.

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