Finding black Muslim women in mainstream media circuits can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Most of the representations of Muslim people are confined to Arab and South Asian people, which are both the faults of mainstream producers and Muslim-owned media makers. However, it leaves other communities within the broader Muslim community to feel left out and underrepresented.
So what does it mean to be a black Muslim in America? Nur Media decided to bring together black Muslims to talk about Islam and what it means to be Muslim in the West. In the webseries (available on Youtube), “Ask a Muslim,” producers have brought together figures like Dr. Jamillah Karim, singer Sumayya Ali and Dr. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, along with comedian Omar Regan and poet Amir Suleiman and others.
Planned as a 9-part series, with the first upload in August of 2012, the videos are structured into different topics, whereby non-Muslims pose questions about Muslims and Islam. The first episode, “Burqas and Beards,” addresses the reasons why Muslim women cover and why some men grow beards. Other episodes tackle issues of “Law and Order,” “Belief,” “Revelation” and “Big Muslim Love,” this last one focusing on the contention on men having four wives and if Muslims believe in love. [Read more...]