Muslim Media Activism, Circa 1998

In 1998, I had been out of college (UC Berkeley) for 1 year and was living in Oakland, CA.  After a year of working, I decided to join my friend Javaid, who recently got his degree in Radio & TV Broadcasting from SFSU to start a Video Production Company to serve the needs of the American Muslim Community (we wanted to make a feature film, but ended up making wedding videos instead).  As there were always negative stereotypes of Muslims in the media (even before Sept. 11th, 2001), we also w … [Read more...]

ISF – Abdul Sattar Rydhan Media Scholarship

Dear Friends and Family,My family and I recently initiated a scholarship through the Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) in memory of my late father, Abdul Sattar Rydhan, who passed away 8 years ago this month. We named it the ISF-Abdul Sattar Rydhan Media Scholarship.He loved his community and had a passion for media activism, so our family believes this will be a great way to honor his legacy and support those young American Muslims who want to study a field of the media such as journalism, … [Read more...]

SuperBowl Recipe: La Taquiza Poutine

Here is another great recipe for your SuperBowl party (or any other get together) by Nyela G. from Mississauga, Canada:La Taquiza PoutineThis is a twist on the classic poutine blends together the Mexican culture with a French classic. By incorporating chicken, sour cream and guacamole to the poutine, it makes a hearty entrée that is scrumptious and flavourful. This recipe is suitable for any type of gathering or parties. It can be served on a platter or served … [Read more...]

Interview with Writer/Producer Kamran Pasha

Recently, I watched the Showtime Series “Sleeper Cell” which aired for 2 seasons from 2005 – 2006. Although the TV show is almost 10 years old now, its subject matter of terrorism in relation to American Muslims is still very relevant today. When “Sleeper Cell” came out, there was a lot of push back from the Muslim community in America, most of which occurred before the series even aired. Although the cable TV series does have its flaws, I believe it did have a lot of in-depth analysis of the int … [Read more...]

Super Bowl Recipe: Jamaican Style Halal Jerk Wings & Dipping Sauce

It's that time of the year again: The Super Bowl. And Super Bowl Parties. A day when most people prefer to watch the commercials than the game itself and when snack foods are better than the actual meal. Luckily, there are more and more Halal Snack Food options out there nowadays (usually frozen), but sometimes you need something new and fresh. So here is a unique and tasty take on the traditional football snack of chicken wings. How about some Jamaican Style Jerk Wings? - Halal of course … [Read more...]

Review of 2012 Golden Globe Winner (and Emmy) for TV Drama: “Homeland”

Recently, I watched the whole first season of the Golden Globe Winning TV series Drama, “Homeland” and was both impressed and also disappointed. The cable series which originally premiered in October 2011 on the Showtime channel is based on an Israeli TV series called “Prisoners of War,” But “Homeland” is about an American Marine Nicholas Brody (played by British Actor Damian Lewis from “Band of Brothers”) who is captured in Iraq and his held captive for 8 years, only to be found by a Delta Force … [Read more...]