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Wizdome: A New Hip-Hop Album by Colby Jeffers

“Socially and spiritually conscious hip-hop that aims to uplift, educate, and inspire” is the tagline Phoenix-based Baha’i hip-hop artist Colby Jeffers uses when explaining his music, and he’s not wrong! In his new debut album Wizdome, Colby presents a diverse collection of Baha’i-inspired hip-hop tracks that touch upon a variety of socially and spiritually conscious themes, and includes collaborations with a selection of artists in order to channel the Teachings of Baha’u’llah. The results are awesome!

I first came across Colby’s music a couple of years ago when he wrote a song called Education is Not a Crime featuring Lucy Brand, written to raise awareness of the denial of education of the Baha’is in Iran, and which we released on Baha’i Blog. Since then we’ve been in touch and I finally met him when I moved to Phoenix, Arizona temporarily. In fact, he’s the coordinator for my nephew’s Junior Youth class, so I was happy to catch up with him and find out more about his new album Wizdome: Continue reading

#Notacrime Campaign: A Collection of Street Art (Part 3)

Elle's mural "Let's Get Some Ladies Up Here"

With the recent premiere of Changing the World, One Wall at a Time, a documentary that details the world’s largest street art campaign, we thought we’d share more images of some of the amazing murals that adorn different corners of the world. This street art for education equality campaign, titled Education is Not a Crime, or #Notacrime, aims to raise awareness of the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran, and in particular, their denial to access forms of higher education.  Continue reading

“A Kindly Tongue” by Ridvan, Reza & Bahia [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is from around the world to share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in New York, USA with Ridvan Salazar, Reza Salazar and Bahia Marks who sing “A Kingly Tongue” from the Writings of Baha’u’llah in English and Spanish. Continue reading

Where Science and Spirituality Meet with Love – A Talk by Dr. Marjan Davoudi

This is a talk by Dr. Marjan Davoudi called Where Science and Spirituality Meet with Love given at the Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference (Phoenix, USA) in December, 2016. 

In this presentation about “love” by Dr. Davoudi, she explores scientific findings, specifically in the field of neuroscience, and also mystic schools of thought on spiritual love, and looks at where these schools of science and spiritual thought meet with love in one place. Continue reading

Doctrine of Recovery: Portraits of an Ever-Advancing Civilization

Every year, thousands of people from around the world gather at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to discuss issues related to indigenous peoples. At the 11th Session of the “Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues” held in 2012, the Baha’i International Community (BIC) photographed and recorded a number of participants and compiled this photo-essay. The perspectives shared in this photo-essay represent the views of the interviewees and not of the BIC. Continue reading

The Baha’i Song Project: An Interview with Dayyan & Nadine

As you may have noticed from things like Baha’i Blog’s Studio Sessions series or all of the music-related interviews we’ve done, you’ve hopefully come to realize that here at Baha’i Blog we’re passionate about the use of the arts and music. That’s why I was thrilled when I found out about a wonderful initiative called The Baha’i Song Project, a unique and exciting website that was originally launched in 2011 to foster and encourage the incorporation of music and singing in community life. Created by Dayyan Smith and Nadine Reyhani, the The Baha’i Song Project includes videos of songs from the Baha’i Writings, in a multiplicity of languages, and downloadable lyrics and chords so anyone can learn the melody and the words. The site is easy-to-use and brimming with resources like their YouTube Channel, so I got in touch with Nadine and Dayyan who were happy to share more about this wonderful initiative:  Continue reading

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