Zaki Hasan: The Grandmaster of Geekdom

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Originally Posted on ILLUME Magazine.Zaki Hasan has been a geek all his life, though he's never felt comfortable admitting it until now. From a childhood steeped in Superman comics and STAR TREK reruns to his current role as a professor of communication & media studies, Zaki has spent much of the last two decades analyzing and evaluating the role of popular culture in shaping and defining our cultural, societal, and spiritual discourse. It's this realm of ideas that's central to GEEK … [Read more...]

First Pakistani Starship Captain in latest “Star Trek” Film

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I watched the latest "Star Trek" film in IMAX this past weekend and was pleasantly surprised to see Faran Tahir, a Pakistani-American who played the lead villian in "Iron Man" last year, as Captain Robau of the Starship U.S.S. Kelvin.According to an article on scifiwire.com, Tahir was cast by Director J.J. Abrams specifically because of his ethnicity, which is a tradition of the "Star Trek" series since the 60's when Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry had a mutli-ethnic cast depicting the … [Read more...]


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