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Yasmina El-Abd on Her New Role and Female Representation

Netflix’s Egyptian/Swiss/American hit star Yasmina El-Abd has made a major comeback with her new role as Princess Safiya in the newly-aired HBO Max series Theodosia. El-Abd has been in the entertainment industry since the age of nine; she’s appeared in commercials, music videos, and musicals. She was also a TV presenter for National Geographic Kids…

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“DUNE”: Will We Ever Get The Representation We Deserve In Film?

“DUNE” is a highly anticipated film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel of the same name. It is set to release on October 22, 2021. And anyone who is a fan of Timothee Chalamet is probably going to see it — whether or not they like Sci-Fi/Fantasy in the first place. Recently, the official YouTube…

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Here’s Why “9-1-1: Lone Star” Needs to Do Better

It’s 2020, and Muslim women can be found representing states at the federal level,  serving as CEOs of major companies, and taking the art world by storm. One would think that such public prominence would improve how Muslim women are perceived and represented. Sadly, that has not been the case. It would seem that certain…

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What Message Does Barbie’s 2020 Launch Send?

What does Barbie’s first launch of 2020 mean? White girl, white girl, white girl, white girl….Black girl tucked away on the corner of a shelf. These were my options when my mom told me I could pick out a Barbie doll when I was a child. Tiny waisted with an impressive chest size. Even at…

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#OwnVoices: Here’s Why We Need Representation in Literature

So, we know the battle for representation is a fierce one. The seemingly simple request that Muslim women (or any people of color) be the ones to tell their own stories to lend some semblance of authenticity to our narratives has somehow brought on more confusion than I can explain. Muslim women tell their own…

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Here’s Why “The Messiah” Is More Sinister Than It Seems

You’ve all heard of it. “The Messiah” is making waves as one of the best TV shows in a minute, and Netflix is laughing all the way to the bank. Truthfully, the premise even sounds remotely interesting. However, underneath the intriguing storyline lies dangerous subtext, and an unacceptable vilification of Muslims. Now, we’re no spring…

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Meet Amulet: Marvel’s Newest Muslim Superhero

Ms. Marvel and a rising superhero named Amulet team up for the first time. But that’s not the only reason we’re super stoked for this partnership. We are thrilled, because this newest member of the Marvel universe is an Arab American from Dearborn, Michigan!  In the newest edition of “Magnificent Ms. Marvel #13,” readers will…

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Jon M. Chu Speaks About the Pride and Power of Representation in Film

In this enlightening talk, Jon M. Chu, the director of surprise super hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” talks about the journey that led to his career as one of the most talked about directors in Hollywood, as well as the unexpected and unplanned moments that ensured Chu saw himself and his family as “a normal family…