Not okay

Non-binary jaye simpson (left) describes the trauma of being told they were a boy in their debut poetry collection, “it was never going to be okay.” FULL STORY

Roberta Staley

November 01st, 2019

Roberta Staley wrote Voice of Rebellion: How Mozhdah Jamalzadah brought hope to Afghanistan (Greystone $32.95) about the Afghani-Canadian pop singer, and champion of women’s rights. Despite many threats to her life, Mozhdah Jamalzadah remains a female voice against repression for her generation in Afghanistan, speaking out about women’s rights. Voice of Rebellion tells her story, including arriving in Canada as a child refugee, setting her father’s protest poem to music (and making it a #1 hit), performing that song for Michelle and Barack Obama, and, finally, being invited to host her own show in Afghanistan. The Mozhdah Show earned her the nickname “The Oprah of Afghanistan” and tackled taboo subjects like divorce and domestic violence for the first time in the Afghanistan’s history. Roberta Staley is a magazine editor, writer, and documentary filmmaker. Her award-winning documentary, Mightier Than the Sword, reveals how Afghan women in media are working to overcome a culture of silence and invisibility. 978-1-77164-413-6-9

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