Assalamu Alaikum.

Welcome to NAZAR. 

NAZAR is an independent journalism project on Afrofuturism and surveillance. This project is curated by Vanessa Taylor, a Black Muslim journalist.

New editions of NAZAR drop on the first and third Wednesday of each month. In addition, the NAZAR Reading Collective meets from 12-1:30pm EST on the Fridays following each newsletter’s publication.

Details to participate in the reading group are included in the e-mailed version of each newsletter only.

What Does The Newsletter Contain?

On the first Wednesday, you will get original coverage from myself or a guest writer. This may be a reported article, profiles of different organizations / projects, interviews, and more.

The second Wednesday will be either additional coverage or a brief (4/500 word) reflection from myself on the month’s readings. In addition, it will include a roundup of three works by people of color that I have read. They may be recently published or old things. My main focus is on technology and surveillance but I may include other subjects.

Do I Have to Pay?

Subscribing is not required but simply a way you can support my work. You can subscribe for $7 a month or $70 for the entire year. If you’re feeling generous, you can subscribe as a Founding Member for $150 per year.

There are more than enough paywalls in journalism. I don’t want cost to be a barrier, especially not for a topic that I believe is deeply important. That is why all of NAZAR’s posts are free to access.

Who Are You?

I’m Vanessa Taylor, a Black Muslim journalist / writer based in Philadelphia and originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Through articles, essays, fiction, and more, I focus on Black Muslim womanhood and technology.

Among other things, I am a 2017 Deeply Rooted Emerging Leaders Fellow with Muslim Wellness, a 2019 Echoing Ida cohort member, 2020 Bitch Media Writing Fellow In Technology, and the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Drinking Gourd, a Black Muslim literary magazine. 

Feel free to check out my portfolio.

How Do I Contact You?

Got any tips? Want to shout out a specific org — or maybe you’re coordinating a campaign that needs coverage? Whatever it is, I can be contacted at

You can also connect with NAZAR on Twitter.

Please do not message me on my personal e-mails. NAZAR is temporarily closed to guest pitches.

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