MUSLIM COOL : LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING

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An evening with Su'ad Khabeer, Phd; author of Muslim Cool
and Hprizm, Drexel Africana Studies Professor, Antipop Consortium.

Su’ad Abdul Khabeer discusses her new book, on race, religion and popular culture in the 21st century United States, at the University of Pennsylvania.  

Hosted by Penn Sapelo.

04/10/17


HIP-HOP. ISLAM. GENDER. ACTIVISM. RACE.

They will talk about how to define "Muslim Cool" and how Muslims, specifically living in the United States, have combined Islam, Blackness, and Hip Hop to create a new and independent identity. The role of Hip Hop will be discussed from its origins until today in defining "Muslim Cool" as a platform for social activism. Additionally, the panelists will tackle the enduring questions surrounding the future of Hip-Hop, and the ways that black, Muslim and women activists have used hip-hop as a soundtrack for liberation.

04/9/17

BOOK TALK W/ ALIREZA DOOSTDAR

Su’ad Abdul Khabeer discusses Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip Hop in the United States. She will be joined in conversation by Alireza Doostdar.

Presented in partnership with CSRPC

04/9/17


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WRITE THE POWER!

Khabeer, a scholar, activist and artist, has spent much of her career writing about African-American Muslim identities; her latest book continues the conversation by focusing solely on youth. A skilled ethnographer, the author combine her poet's ear and thorough research in prose that flips the script on anti-Black, anti-Muslim sentiment. 

Ebony Magazine digital edition - click here

December 2016 / January 2017

FIRST IMPRESSIONS #98: SU'AD ABDUL KHABEER ON RACE, HIP HOP, AND MUSLIM COOL

12/06/16


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HOW MUSLIMS DEFINED AMERICAN 'COOL'

In the opening to her new book, Muslim Cool, the Purdue University professor Su’ad Abdul Khabeer makes an ambitious declaration of intent: Her research “poses a direct challenge to [the] racialization of Muslims as foreign and as perpetual threats to the United States.” For more than a decade, Khabeer has worked with young Muslims, largely in America, who are interested in art, fashion, and activism—and think about all of these things through the lens of hip hop. While she studied people from a variety of ethnic and national backgrounds, she focuses on the intersections between hip-hop culture, black culture, and Islam, arguing that all of these cultures define what is “cool” in the United States.

12/03/16

MUSLIM COOL – AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. SU'AD ABDUL KHABEER


HE WAS OURS - WHAT MUHAMMAD ALI MEANT TO MUSLIMS

Like many, I found out about the death of Muhammad Ali via social media. My timelines and newsfeeds were full of the expected stages of grief-- shock and disbelief followed by sadness and commemoration. Along with these expected responses came something unexpected: My Muslim friends shared after photo of themselves as babies, toddlers and adolescents posing with The Champ. These photos were posted not only by other Black Muslims but also by friends whose parents were Muslim immigrants to the United States from South Asia and the Middle East. They, too, shared stories of folks "back home" who, for example would gather around the only TV in the neighborhood to watch Ali... 

Ebony Magazine digital edition - click here

07/21/16

HERE'S "WHAT'S GOING ON" WITH MUSLIMS - SIX ANSWERS TO THE QUESTION BEHIND DONALD TRUMP'S IMMIGRATION BAN

What is going on? What’s going on is that Donald Trump’s suggested “Muslim ban” is simply standard White American racism, 21st-century edition. How do I know this? Because black Muslims have been contending with such racism since 1776. Part of my inheritance, as a black Muslim citizen of the United States, is knowing how to spot this phenomenon, which is as durable as it is elastic.

As President Obama noted in a speech at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, “Islam has always been part of America"...

 

06/16/16


from Sapelo Square - An Online Resource for African-American Islam

GOD GAVE US LEMONS In the visual masterpiece that is Beyonce's newest visual album, Lemonade, there are several references to what is called "Black Religion," ...

GOD GAVE US LEMONS

In the visual masterpiece that is Beyonce's newest visual album, Lemonade, there are several references to what is called "Black Religion," ...

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RIOTCon 2016 Facing Islam Panel with Sherman Jackson, Reza Aslan, Linda Sarsour, and Azeem Ibrahim (Starts at 2:08 minute mark)

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EVOLVING OUT LOUD : MUSLIMS IN AMERICA

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YOU ARE TRAYVON : INSTRUCTIONS FOR MY BLACK [AND] MUSLIM SONS

In an article on the Trayvon Martin tragedy, Melissa Harris-Perry cites WEB Dubois’ searing question: “How does it feel to be a problem?” Taking his question into the present day, she lists a series of conditions in which certain Americans are made to feel as if they are a “problem.” These include the devaluation of black life and delegitimization of black citizenship....

08/05/13


BLACK AND BLUE : REMEMBERING ISLAM AND HIP HOP

“I don’t care what people say | I’m gonna do this hip-hop anyway | I don’t care what people scream | I’m gonna follow my, I’m gonna follow my | Beat me till I’m black and blue | Freedom comes in that shade, too | Stand my ground and persevere | Until my death I’ma be right here”

So sings the Emmy award nominee, poet and vocalist Liza Garza on her debut album, “Bloom Beautiful.” These verses, which repeat over and over the syncopated track are a dhikr (remembrance)...

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THE PECULIAR CASE OF THE BLACK AMERICAN ISLAMOPHOBE

Growing up in the diverse black communities of Brooklyn, NY, being Muslim was not really a strange thing. And to a certain extent the same could be said for the rest of the city. For example, a few years ago I attended a bombazo... 

10/05/11


NO ONE CAN TELL I’M A MUSLIM: ALL-AMERICAN MUSLIM DEBUTS

I watch way more reality TV than I probably should admit to, my expectation was that All-American Muslim, which premiered this past Sunday on TLC, would be “All-American Orientalist,” replete with images of women in hijab trying...

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CULTIVATING AN INDIGENOUS MUSLIM CULTURE

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Eid al-Fitr — It’s a Black Thang, Too

For the past month, I have been dragging myself out of bed at 4 a.m. for a pre-dawn meal, usually yogurt and granola, to prepare for an all-day fast. At each sunset, I have been breaking my fast in the lively, and lovely, company of my fellow Muslim sisters and brothers fasting for Ramadan....

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YOUNG MUSLIM VOICES : SELF-DEFINITION AS FREEDOM

Critical Self-Definition is the most significant challenge facing American Muslim communities today. This challenge is the product of an all too popular conversation on “Muslim pathologies” i.e. a “culture of terrorism” created... 

 6 years ago