News: America is Islamophobic? WHHHHAATTTT …NO WAY

Seems like the news is being overwhelmed with Islam in America. Here are few links:

Public Remains Conflicted Over Islam – Pew Research Center

Muslim cab driver slashed by upstate New York man because of his religion, police say

Muslim Americans Are Also Dying for America – The Daily Beast

So disturbing: Rent-This-Missile Ad Agency Donates Two ‘Missiles’ To Protest Against Manhattan Mosque http://tpm.ly/9xfwuw

Jon Stewart’s brilliance continues to shine. On the so-called “Ground Zero” Mosque: http://bit.ly/a7rj5i

The Parent Company Trap – The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – 08/23/2010 – Video Clip | Comedy Central

The Onion:Man Already Knows Everything He Needs To Know About Muslims

Second anti-Muslim Hate Crime in 24 Hours | loonwatch.com

Burn a Qur’an Day Fails Miserably – Maniac Muslim

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Obama, please phone the Muslim ‘street vendor hero’ too

Hamid Dabashi

Hamid Dabashi lauds president for calling two street vendors who reported Times Square car. But, Dabashi says, a third vendor, a Muslim immigrant, says he was first to spot the Pathfinder. Muslim-American hero defies the “terrorist” stereotype, he writes mentioning that Muslim Americans living with prejudice would be buoyed by Obama calling him.

Source.

Towards a younger, hipper Islam

A very thoughtful blog on CNN brings out a side of American Islam and brings to light the complexity of the Muslim community. You can read it here.

Mohammed Ali – Aerosol Arabic

Some of you may have heard of Mohammed Ali – Aerosol Arabic,

a graffiti artist who is famous for his spiritual murals.

He’ll be at an event, more info below:

Mohammed Ali (aka Aerosol Arabic)’s Writing on the Wall will see the renowned graffiti artist join forces with leading international poets in front of a live audience for a special one-off show at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Thursday 21 January 2010.

Having established himself in the arts scene for the past decade, Mohammed Ali’s latest project sees an idea thought up four years ago coming to life. With the guidance of legendary Hip Hop theatre director Jonzi D, Ali will accompany three internationally renowned poets on stage for a radical live art show.

The line-up for Writing on the Wall includes Zena Edwards, who has been performing as a professional poet for the last nine years, manipulating the boundaries of language and experimenting with the ways people hear and interpret the spoken word. She will be joined by American poet Amir Sulaiman who has twice featured on HBO’s Def Poetry programme, and Dreadlock Alien, who was Birmingham’s Poet Laureate in 2006. During the two-week lead-up Mohammed will also be working with local visual artists to create unique images, before embarking on the one-night-only performance on Thursday 21 January 2010 in Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s scenic workshop.

Inspired by the theme of ‘3’, the production will build towards a show that interweaves sights and sounds to inspire the audiences’ imagination, provoking thoughts and creative fires. During the performance, live poetry and painting will blend seamlessly in front of and all-around the audience.

If that didn’t get excited enough here’s some more:

Here’s a moving piece flimed by Musa Syeed about one of Aerosolarabic’s murals in New York called “Sacred Street Art”:

Sacred Street Art from Mohammed Ali – Aerosol Arabic on Vimeo.

From West Bank to “Amreeka” the Movie

An email I received. The trailer looks fantastic

The Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Hollywood Bureau and National Geographic Entertainment invite you to attend a series of premiere events of the widely-acclaimed film “Amreeka,” across the country. Each screening — held in Southern California, New York and Washington, DC — will be followed by a Q&A with writer/director Cherien Dabis.


Dabis’ first feature film, “Amreeka,” received a five-minute standing ovation when it was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, and has received rave reviews by film critics.

Inflected with drama and humor, the film chronicles Muna, a single mother from Ramallah, and Fadi, her teenage son, and their bittersweet adjustment to a multicultural way of life after they move to the American Midwest in the early 1990s, just as U.S. troops enter Baghdad. How mother and son cope with each other and adjust to the American relatives who welcome them is as much the revelatory subject of “Amreeka” as their reactions to the strange behavior of ordinary people in this land of liberty. “Amreeka” opens up in theaters in September.

We have a limited number of tickets available for each screening. Two tickets will be given to the first 15 people to email Amreeka-RSVP@mpac.org with their RSVP for each screening. Please provide your name, phone number and which screening you are interested in attending.

NEW YORK
Monday, August 17
8:30 p.m.
Walter Reade Theatre
70 W. 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023

IRVINE
Wednesday, August 19
7:30 p.m.
Westpark 8 Cinema
3755 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92606

LOS ANGELES
Thursday, August 20
7:30 p.m.
Writers Guild Theater
135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

WASHINGTON, DC
Wednesday, September 2
7:30 p.m.
Grosvenor Auditorium
National Geographic Society
1600 M Street, Washington, DC 20036

MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau recently held a screening of “Amreeka” during the annual ISNA convention in Washington D.C. During that event, Dabis shared her personal experiences growing up Arab in Omaha, Nebraska, and the great pains she took to cast authentically Arab and Arab-American actors in the film.

MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau serves as a bridge between the Muslim American Community and the entertainment industry by fostering relationships with industry professionals, providing consulting and expertise on film and television projects, and creating networking opportunities for aspiring Muslim filmmakers, screenwriters and actors.

Wajahat Ali’s The Domestic Crusaders, first major Pakistani Muslim American play

I have heard great things about this play, The Domestic Crusaders, that debuted in the San Fransisco Bay Area. It’s two-act play about a Pakistani Muslim American family. [Think a Pakistani Muslim Raisin in the Sun]. Facebook group here.

Please join “FODC” for social networking/fundraiser events in the DC area with Wajahat Ali – author of the first major Muslim-American play “The Domestic Crusaders” . He will be in the DC area on March 27, 28 and 29.

The play is opening in September at the acclaimed Off-Broadway Theater, The Nuyorican Cafe in New York City.

Emma Thompson, Academy Award winning actress and screenwriter is supporting the play and said, “The Domestic Crusaders is exactly the sort of theater we need today. The gulf that separates cultures must be bridged and Art is one of our best hopes. I’ll be supporting this all the way – please join me and Wajahat in building this bridge! … I’ll pledge too.”— Emma Thompson

DC Area event listing:

March 27 – 9:00 pm onwards – Chi-Cha Lounge, 1624 U St NW # 100, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-8400. To learn more http://bit.ly/dcindc-chicha-mar27

March 28 – 6:30-10:30 pm (dinner) – Shamshiry, 8607 Westwood Center Drive, Tyson’s Corner, VA (www.shamshiry.com and 703-448-8883). To learn more http://bit.ly/dcindc-va-sh-mar28

March 29 – 5-7 pm – Busboys and Poets (14th and V), 2021 14th St, NW Washington, DC (www.busboysandpoets.com and 202-387-7638). To learn more http://bit.ly/dcindc-bb-mar29

Domestic Crusaders

Domestic Crusaders

If you can attend the DC events – please RSVP to dcindc2009@gmail.com with ‘Chi Cha’, ‘Shamshiry’, ‘Busboys’ in the subject line to indicate which event you will attend and include your name, email and tel #.

If you can’t attend the DC events, but would like to know more or to meet Wajahat, please email dcindc2009@gmail.com.

Please donate at the events or online at http://www.domesticcrusaders.com to support this fundraising effort! All donations are tax deductible and made to the Before Columbus Foundation (Tax ID: 94-2534340).

Thanks –
Friends of Domestic Crusaders

More about Wajahat…..
Is an Associate Editor of Altmuslim.com, an online magazine; and a contributing editor to Illume Magazine. He was instrumental in the “Call for Swift Action Against Domestic Violence” in February 2009. He is also a frequent contributor to the Washington Post, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Counterpunch and Chowk. His first movie, “Ms. Judgments,” was a finalist for the prestigious LinkTV Muslim American Film Contest. His first short story, “Ramadan Blues,” was published in January 2009 in the anthology “Pow Wow” published by Perseus/De Capo Press . Also, his blog, “Goatmilk: An Intellectual Playground”  is ranked in the top 7% of all political blogs and recently rated “Great” by blogged.com.

Iranian B-boys[?] Movie

breakdancing

breakdancing

Whoa, I’ve heard of French B-boys, Korean B-boys–but Iranian? Awesome.

For those of you who don’t know what a B[eat]-boy or B-girl it’s a person who immerses themself into hip hop and more specifically breakdancing.

The movie is called Warring Factions. Check out the official trailer:

“As forces in American government and media have fueled the perception of an unavoidable war with Iran, Warring Factions is a call to (dis)arms. An American-born Iranian breakdancer finds cultural awakening by exploring his multi-ethnic roots. Faced with dual nationality in two conflicting countries, he travels to Iran to examine the political issues first-hand while exploring his cultural identity with a group of Iranian b-boys. By combining documentary and studio reenactments, Warring Factions looks at the blurring of world borders, and the looming threat of another war in the Middle East.”

There seems to be two screenings currently, one in New York and another in DC:

New York:

Host: Islamic Center at NYU
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
7:00pm – 10:00pm

Furman Hall, room 214
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY

DC:

Host: 20,000 Dialogues
Friday, March 27, 2009
6:30pm – 9:30pm

Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC

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