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An Ode to Black Iftar Philly

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So, I haven't updated this space in months because I just haven't been in the writing mood. However, over the past few weeks I've found myself writing poetry, working on my book, and contemplating topics for a new blog. I wasn't sure what I wanted to write, but, thanks to Kameelah Rashad's Black Iftar Philly, held June 1st, I decided to write an Ode...of all things. 
Before I share my Ode, let me back up and tell you why this iftar was so special. Firstly, this Ramadan, I didn't have the urge to go to community iftars because teaching IS exhausting and my anxiety as of late had been palpable. 

But, when I saw the event pop up in my timeline last week, I really didn't think I had the capacity to go even though I knew it would be dope! 
Fast forward to the day of, Allah gave me several signs that I needed to get it together and show up. The first was actually messaging with Kameelah, and the second was the fact that Matthew, who was also super tired actually…