Interview with Comedian Eman El Husseini

Guest contributor Stéphanie Renée Roy (@LGD_Stephy) interviews Eman El Husseini.  It was 2 years ago that I first saw Eman El Husseini’s stand-up comedy. I was then a fairly new convert and Eman impressed me when she spoke so honestly about Canadian experience as a Palestinian Muslim.She began professional comedy in 2006 because she loved making people laugh - but her journey hasn’t all been about laughter.El Husseini has spoken openly of the racism she has witnessed, especia … [Read more...]

Friday Links

A local council in Victoria, Australia asked non-Muslim women to wear hijabs to raise awareness and combat islamophobia, stirring controversy. A group of Muslim Pakistani-American women are pushing the boundaries on how Muslim women are perceived, especially when it comes to the comedy scene. They say: "Nobody expects Muslim women to be comedians." Global life stories: capturing Muslim women's lived realities is a project that reveals the striking disconnect between the … [Read more...]

Zehra Fazal’s Shock-n-Schtick

When I clicked on a link forwarded to me, I was pleasantly surprised to see a woman wearing a headscarf with a guitar in hand, an almost rare sight given some socio-communal stigmas associated with music. I was even more intrigued by the subject of the video, “The Ramadan Song”--a take on Adam Sandler's “The Hannukah Song,” with a Muslim angle, of course.The song (from her one-woman show, entitled Headscarf and the Angry Bitch) itself starts off wonderfully, borrowing the melody from the Chri … [Read more...]