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Michaela Stone Cross

Michaela Stone Cross is a freelance writer from Philadelphia. She currently lives in Mumbai, where she spends most of her time trying to explain why she's there. She's written for several publications, including VICE.

How a Bengali Tycoon Pioneered Strippers for Women and Became a Murderer

A series of gruesome deaths transformed Chippendales — an erotic nightclub for women with male strippers — into a real-life murder mystery.

Outlaws in Suburbia: Vancouver’s Punjabi Gangsters

A criminal to most and a folk hero to many, Bindy Johal pioneered the idea of the Brown suburban gangster, shedding light on the darker side of the Indo-Canadian dream.

How the Death of a Bollywood Actor Became a Political Proxy War

The suicide of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput has fueled a four-month-long media circus, with internet mobs and politicians destroying lives and livelihoods in the name of “Justice for Sushant.”

How Kala Bagai Came Home

In the streets of U.S. cities, Brown history is often invisible. It took a group of historians and Berkeley activists to address an injustice committed over a hundred years ago.

How a Cult-turned-Corporation Hijacked American Sikhism

A Punjabi conman created the “Kundalini Yoga” brand and turned a 550-year-old religion into a commodity that centered whiteness.

The Jews of India

For 2,000 years, India has been home to a small but prominent Jewish community. So what makes India one of the safest places for Jews in the world?

Black and Brown Love

Black and Brown couples don’t have it easy. Marrying Brown can be difficult, but for Black partners it’s especially hard.

The Murky History of “South Asia”

How brown people around the world reclaimed a term created by CIA-funded orientalists.

Irrfan Khan, the People’s Actor

Amid Bollywood’s commercialism and Hollywood’s token characters, Khan carved out a niche for himself with pure technical skill.

Coronavirus and “The World’s Pharmacy”

How Indian pharmaceutical companies are supplying the U.S. with hydroxychloroquine after Western pharma has been trying to undermine Indian pharma for years.


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