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Episode 86 in English: Salon Al-Mahjar

Salon Al-Mahjar in NYC is a safe space for artists to collaborate and share their work.  This recording is from the sixth salon; artists who consented to being recorded are included on this.  The episode consists of clips of what the artists brought to this open mic, as well as a few conversations with people during the intermission.

The artists featured are as follows; while crediting is important, so is privacy.  Artists who have written back to me with permission to use their full names will be listed as such; otherwise, first names will be used.  Some of the social accounts are listed as well.  If you would like to contact Sara or Jenna, please reach out to us and we will do our best to make the connection necessary with respect to their comfort.

Reem Ramadan (music)  @reemouss
Sara (poetry)
Marwa Morgan (music) @marwamorgan
Zahra (music)
Jenna (music)
Mark Balahadia (music)  @balahadiamark
Je’Jae Cleopatra (poetry)  @mx.enigma
Bashar Makhay (music)  @fursafarfasha

Nadia Khayrallah danced (Alia got to improv along with her on violin), but sadly podcasting is not a great medium for dance!  Follow @nadiainherownworld to see some of her work.

Je’Jae & Sofia aka @flowrpunkk shared a meaningful tradition for Rosh Hashanah, which fell on the same day as the salon.

We also had an Alia-squared moment:  Alia met a fellow Alia!  You’ll hear from her on this episode as well. Insta handles are @alia.ajnabia and her DJ account which is @djmansafmama

Hilal, aka The Lebanese Mafia @thelebanesemafia, and Reem Ramadan put this beautiful salon together.

To quote the organizers’ description:

“Salon Al-Mahjar صالون المهجر is an open mic for immigrant, queer, trans, and allied artists, actors, writers, storytellers, activists, feminists, dancers, singers, musicians, poets, thinkers, teachers, and historians from the West Asian and North African diaspora.

We gather to celebrate each other’s voices, exchange ideas, engage in each other’s passions, counteract censorship, promote and support each other, give and receive constructive feedback, and challenge what may be considered inappropriate “ayb” عيب or “haram” حرام.”

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Episode 38 in English: Actually Episode 666 w/ Your Favorite Cloud!

Episode (38) 666!

(Bio and references are written by Anan)


Anan/Cloud is a queer trans angry Arab.

References in the podcast:

Best way to contact Anan: [email protected]

Instagram (note slide into the Dm’s and let them know that your there from the podcast also they reserve the right to deny your request): birthdaycakeandbombs


Mention of poems in Za’faraan Zine Issue 3 (Zine made by and for SWANA queers)

Episode 26 in English: Meet Elias! They’re Awesome. (They really are tho) Link:


Short mention of a video collaboration with artist Marval A Rex their website (cw nudity, dildos, blood etc )


Information about clouds:


Mention of Harvey Milk here is his bio:

(he also was specifically referring to like independent adults who were safe enough to come out, not vulnerable people and it is also not relevant to the SWANA region)


Reference to “suck my ass” a vine (shout out to Joseph for introducing me):


Reference to bottoms up/ devil laughs (I think I mentioned it if not whatever here yall go)(shout out to Joseph again):


The mention of Allah in the podcast (Allah translates to the god) is referring to the Islamic god (other faiths also use the term Allah to refer to their lord/ there is also a pre islamic deity which is a moon god by the same name) anyways here is a link to the 99 names:


*an alternative to using middle east; swana (south west Asian and north African) shout out to Edan and Pouneh for pointing out to me the issues revolved around the terminology and ways to refer to Africa)


A final note fuck cops: All police. Not only are pigs haram, but on a more serious note their may be good people but never good cops because of their job structure and having to enforce all laws including unjust ones, the harm and violence that police initiate is inexcusable.

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