Update: Politicians, Celebrities, Activists Join Protest Against Lowes’ Boycott of ‘All-American Muslim’

Nawal Aoude works out in her hijab at Planet Fitness.

The following is an update to the blog post written by The American Muslim’s Sheila Musaji a few days earlier. New information appears towards the end of the post, including celebrities, politicans, and activists who have joined the protest against Lowes (who pulled its advertising from TLC’s “All-American Muslim”), statements they’ve made, action items, and other [Read More...]

My All-American Muslim family is too Boring for TLC

This post first appeared on Nancy Shehata’s “Muslimah in Progress” blog at Patheos. It details her family life, and how most Amerian Muslim familes are not exciting enough to be featured on TLC. As Salaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah. Work piled up on my desk (and on the floor, and in the closet, and out in [Read More...]

Russell Simmons Buys All Advertising Slots for Next Week’s ‘All-American Muslim’

The news is coming fast and furious, with more and more prominent celebrities, politicians and activists – Muslims and non-Muslim — tweeting, facebooking and writing about their anger at  Lowes pulling its advertisements from TLC’s “All-American Muslims.” It’s amazing at how fast this outrage and anger has grown against the anti-Muslim groups (like the Florida Family Association) who [Read More...]

Jewish Activist Speaks Out Against Lowes and Anti-Islamic Groups

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This is a guest post from author Anya Cordell, recipient of the 2010 Spirit of Anne Frank Outstanding Citizen Award. You may well already know about Lowes pulling its advertising from the TLC program, “All American Muslim,” contributing greatly to the climate of fear and intimidation that now pervades our culture regarding all things Muslim.  [Read More...]

Say No to Bigotry and Lowes and Support ‘All-American Muslim’

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The following is a guest post for Sami H. Elmansoury. As one proud American, I have frankly reached my pinnacle in the near-tacit acceptance of the rising tide of fear-mongering by un-American groups that are once again washing in the most heinous types of bigotry across our great nation. My now aging American grandfather proudly [Read More...]

Support ‘All-American Muslim,’ Sign the Peition and Watch the Show

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It’s all over the social networks now – that Lowes pulled its advertising from TLC’s series, “All-American Muslim” Sheila Musaji at The American Muslim reported on this earlier, and Patheos reprinted her post on Thursday (giving great detail on the boycott). But it was Friday night that the real explosion took place, when mainstream media [Read More...]

American Companies Accused of Joining the All-American Anti-Muslim Bandwagon

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The following is a guest blog from Sheila Musaji, editor-in-chief and founder of the The American Muslim. TLC has a reality series called “All-American Muslim,” which has aired four out of a planned eight episodes.  The program follows five Lebanese American families in Dearborn, Michigan. The Islamophobia network was enraged that this program only depicts [Read More...]

TLC’s ‘All-American Muslim’: A Step in the Right Direction

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This is a guest post from author Arsalan Iftikhar. Network news anchor Katie Couric once declared that “bigotry expressed against Muslims in this country was one of the most disturbing stories to surface” in the last few years. At the time, Couric was referring to the proposed Park51 Islamic Center in lower Manhattan (sinisterly referred [Read More...]

Standing Up for ‘All-American Muslim’

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This is a guest post from Sami Elmansoury, who serves on the executive board of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). The piece, which appeared first on Elmansoury’s Facebook page, elicited an interesting thread of comments, which explored the influence of fame on the cast members’ religious journey, and how the show is a good [Read More...]

What the Hijab does NOT do

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Before TLC’s “All-American Muslim” aired a few weeks back, I and several other journalists received two episodes to watch and review, so I knew that Samira Amen-Fawaz, who wore a headscarf as a child/teenager and then later took it off after 9/11, would be donning her hijab again. She had a number of reasons for [Read More...]