Mona Haydar is a (Girl Power Academy) featured Barbarian Hip Hop Artist recommendation:

Mona Haydar (photo from Barbarian video) June 2018

I was reading a review of Mona Haydar’s current video, “Barbarian” from the Muslim Vibe, written by a man. He said she was selling the struggle to neo-liberals.  He said just like how it was cool to be anti-racist in France back in the 80’s, Mona was turning decolonization into a printable t-shirt.  He seemed indignant she was making her own money as if she’d finally won her case for reparations or something.  He didn’t like her privilege and said he’d wait and see if she put her money where her mouth was.  Because if she fails to literally save the world, she’s just another capitalist bragging on her success pandering to the institutions founded on white supremacy.  

He commented on her fair skin and accused her of not being black enough, as well as apparently she isn’t doing enough as a de-colonizer by being a Muslim Syrian-American feminist.

It was like her Hijab didn’t pass his Hijab standards…

The Mona Haydar “Hijab as a Spiritual Practice” (commentary video) is being posted here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

Find out more about Mona Haydar here: a Girl Power Academy: Mona Haydar (part 1)

The Mona Haydar “Barbarian” (Music Video) is being posted here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

— D E C O L O N I Z E — Western standards of beauty currently dominate our world because we still live in the imperial model which continues to colonize and enslave. We resist white supremacy, “western” superiority and colonized ways of thinking and being by LOVING ourselves, generously, beautifully and joyfully in spite of any active or subliminal efforts to make us feel unworthy of love and life. If drones dropping bombs and a war economy are civilized then we are proudly not that. We are BEAUTIFUL BARBARIANS, selflessly savage and uncivilized. We eat with our hands. We smell like the spices we love to eat. We love the Earth tenderly as part of ourselves, not separate, not a thing to simply profit from. We love our hair, our noses, our skin and our own ways of thinking and being. We take back terms like barbarian, savage and uncivilized and wear them proudly as we honor our ancestors. We serve Creator by living in harmony with our selves recognizing that we are completely interconnected and in a state of interbeing, always.

Love – always, Mona

Producers: James Bunton and Corron Cole, Stylist: Feda Eid, Art Direction: Tahereh Mafi, Make up: Shabana Syed, Director: Hadeel Hadidi, Outfitters: Culture Hijabs, Lola’s Urban Vintage Zamarut Jewelry, Final Edit: Jude Chehab

Mona Haydar“Barbarian” LYRICS:

If they’re civilized, I’d rather stay savage

We them barbarians Beautiful and scaring them

Earth shakin rattling Be wild out loud again

We them barbarians Jasmine and Frankincense

Feminine invading them Beautiful Barbarians

Say it again Beautiful barbarian Say it again Beautiful barbarian

A beast before, now, they wanna be wearin my skin We don’t let them win

We beautiful barbarians

Lemme think back, I remember days

On these big lips, oh they used to hate Now the script flipped Oh, hayy!

They gotta lipkit Kylie J One hunnit, real talk, that’s what I’m on If I’m a savage, then you’re a fraud

My chains off won’t be long see me glowing Look at God

So fresh and so eloquent, uh I keep it humble and elegant, ah Your beauty standard irrelevant A revolution is so imminent We keep it joyful and bedouin I see my momma as evidence, ah Nobody needs your benevolence, wha?? Feminist planet is imminent, ahh.

We them barbarians Beautiful and scaring them

Earth shakin rattling Be wild out loud again

We them barbarians Jasmine and Frankincense

Feminine invading them Beautiful Barbarians Say it again Beautiful barbarian Say it again Beautiful barbarian

A beast before, now, they wanna be wearin my skin

We don’t let them win We beautiful barbarians Barbarian? that’s how you really feel? Like you didn’t start war over oil fields? Opium, poppy seed. Money moves, Cardi B. Tried to make me hate me for my hips and nose Now they got imposters, on a spread in Vogue Not a single feature That they let us own Oh they packin fillers Styrofoam Ultralight beam metaphysical, huhn Power no longer invisible, huhn Your beauty standard is cynical, oh A revolution is so critical Power so deep and so mystical They say the personal is so political, oh Women our future is winnable We gotta be indivisible This nose, decolonize This hair, decolonize This body, decolonize This mind, decolonized.

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