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There's nothing like sizzling summer heat, government inaction and political unrest to get us millennials and Gen Z'ers riled up, am I right?

In case you missed it, these past few weeks have been marked by Bangladeshi youth protesting for road safety in their country after a bus collided with school children and killed them. 


Thousands of young people flooded the streets of Dhaka in solidarity, a movement that incited violence in response. In spite of government attempt to silence them, people from all around the world held silent protests and marched in solidarity in support.

This instance crowns one of the best uses of social media for social justice. Remember that in the digital realm, your voice is magnified.

*photo courtesy of @taniaflyhigh 
Brown Boy of the Month:
How Raaginder ‘Violinder’ Overcame Adversity to March to the Tune of his Own Violin


Raaginder Singh Momi is a 25-year-old musician from the San Francisco Bay Area. Trained in the Western and Eastern classical traditions, Raaginder implements improvisation, rhythmic patterns and the sounds of Indian Classical music on a modified five-string violin. Today, Raaginder performs around the world, teaches, and composes music for various projects across many genres. This is his story.
Brown Girl of the Month:  â€˜Hamilton’s’ Lead Actress Shoba Narayan Spills on her South Asian Roots and Journey to the Stage

In what Playbill called “a personal milestone and a key moment on Broadway,” Shoba Narayan made her Broadway debut in the Josh Groban-starring musical “Natasha NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 as the first South Asian female in a principal role since Bombay Dreams. Now starring as Eliza Hamilton in the Broadway smash hit “Hamilton” from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Shoba will tour the U.S. through 2018.
#WeWantJustice: Bangladeshi Students Put Themselves in Danger Protesting Road Safety After Two Students Were Killed by a Speeding Bus

After years of and years of pedestrian deaths and road accidents due to negligent driving and zero oversight, students in Bangladesh protested their government in the streets to pass transportation reform. It was a peaceful protest, until police and pro-government groups disrupted the calm with violence.

Nevertheless, students persisted and spurred international supporters to join the cause all over the world. Read the story and check out the photos from one New York City silent protest.

 
The next time you hear someone say they want ‘chai tea,’ please do us a favor and tell them that’s fake news. K, thanks! 

We’re celebrating everything chai and you’re coming along for the ride, friends. Thanks to Lux Tea Company â€” our girl gang tried more varieties of tea than we can count during the making of this video but we loved every single drop and think you will too. 

So click on the link and place an order for yourself, oh, and place a second order for your dad because (don’t forget) it’s almost father’s day! Use discount code ‘BGM10’ for 10% off all items. http://bit.ly/LuxTeaCompany

"This is the common narrative of South Asian communities: We are inherently a broken system from within. Speaking out, or against something, is not a core value within the South Asian community.

Silence has always been seen as a token of obedience; it’s so ingrained in our culture that we see it as a core value. This is how internal issues such as domestic violence, sexual harassment, and abuse also get swept under the rug. It’s “tradition” to not speak out, to not perform our civic duty and get involved.

But I am tired of this narrative." – Kavita Rai

For every one case that makes it through multiple news channels and reaches people globally, there are most certainly several cases that we never hear about but are reported locally – a heartbreaking search on the keyword “child rape” on the Indian Express site being the case in point.

BGer Pooja Dhar writes an overview of factors that lead to these heartbreaking cases and a response to a recent incident in India.

In a campaign entitled #LahuKaLagaan (“blood tax”) by the organization SheSays, protesters argued that if products like contraceptives are tax-exempt under India’s new goods and services tax (GST) program, then sanitary supplies should be, too. Indian lawmaker and Parliament member Sushmita Dev received more than 400,000 signatures on her petition in favor of the tax repeal and tweeted. 

After more than a year of campaigning and protests by advocates, the government of India has finally decided to scrap a controversial 12 percent tax on feminine hygiene products. Huge win!

Anjali Sud is 34 years old, Indian-American and the CEO of Vimeo, a video-sharing platform. She’s never been afraid of failure because her father taught her failure beforehand and this would later help her succeed. In fact, Sud candidly shared with The Ladders how she had to make adjustments at every step, starting in her boarding school years. Explore her journey from roadblocks along the way to her role now as the head of the video platform.

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