Ayesha M. Malik is a licensed attorney in the State of Texas, earning her Juris Doctor from St. Mary's University School of Law. She attributes her love of linguistics (and owes a debt of gratitude and love) to her family, William Ziller, and Dr. Sonja Lanehart. Her research interests center on the intersectionality of language, culture, identity, and religion. She has presented her research on the relationship between Hip Hop Nation Language and Islam at conferences. She is also interested in researching linguistic identity in her home community of Alief, Texas. Her co-authored chapters with Dr. Lanehart, “Language Use in African American Communities: An Introduction” and “Black Is, Black Isn’t: Perceptions of Language and Blackness, appear in The Oxford Handbook of African American Language (Oxford University Press, 2015) and Language Variety in the New South: Contemporary Perspectives on Change and Variation (University of North Carolina Press, 2018).