Poetic Pilgrimage isn't just a rap group -- it's a statement about Islam, women and what it means to belong.
Muneera Williams and Sukina Owen-Douglas, both born and raised in Bristol, England, to Jamaican migrant parents, make up Poetic Pilgrimage, a rap duo that explores topics of gender, faith, citizenship and heritage. The women, now in their 30s, met in high school and discovered a shared love of music when they joined the choir together. They enjoyed discussing things like history, spirituality and the representation of black women in the media, Williams told The Huffington Post. These were the seeds for Poetic Pilgrimage, which Williams and Owen-Douglas formed when they moved from Bristol to London for college.
The women converted to Islam in 2005 after being introduced to The Autobiography of Malcolm X in a college class. The decision "sparked a journey," Williams said, which has confounded some.