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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) https://www.facebook.com/zzmail
Jenna (music)
Mark Balahadia (music)  @balahadiamark
Je’Jae Cleopatra (poetry)  @mx.enigma
Bashar Makhay (music)  @fursafarfasha

Additionally:
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’Jay & 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 49: Palestine, Poetry & Pokemon with Summer!

It’s February 1 and it’s cold! Summer is here to bring you some much-needed warmth with stunning poetry and lovely descriptions of her parents’ home in Palestine. Summer Farah is a writer who is studying English literature at Berkeley. During this episode, we also talked about gaming (mainly Pokemon) and the ways gaming can impact a person’s life in ways that we often forget. It was wonderful talking with Summer; we connected with her after hearing her episode on the podcast Ethnically Ambiguous. We enjoyed every moment of this beautiful episode, and we think you will too.

Here is a link to more info on Eli Rezik – Summer’s cousin – who she mentioned in the episode! https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4899107/

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