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Episode 123 [in English]: Amuna

We had a wonderful conversation with Amuna, an activist and entrepreneur in the UAE.  Amuna is a Queer Black Arab woman who founded the Black Arabs Collective, a space for sharing stories and amplifying voices of Black Arabs.  We discussed how racism in the SWANA region is pervasive and underacknowledged.  We also talked about Amuna’s experience as a queer woman in Dubai who grew up in a religious family.  You’ll catch a bit of the call to prayer from the mosque next door to Amuna as we have a beautiful, gay conversation on this episode. (We also chatted about Tinder, quarantine fashion, and more!) Follow Amuna @_amuna, and also check out the @blackarabscollective IG page!    

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Episode 61: Saleem Haddad!

We are so incredibly grateful and excited that we have writer Saleem Haddad on our podcast!  This was an excellent discussion during which we talked about Saleem’s novel Guapa, some of his essays, and his latest work.  “Marco” is a short film that Saleem wrote and directed; it just premiered recently in Tunisia and the UK.  It’s a 20-minute film that carried the intellectual & emotional weight of a full-length film.  It’s powerful and will stay in your mind longterm.  Follow @marcoshortfilm on Instagram to stay updated on when and where you can see it.
During this episode, we also got to hear Saleem talk about the transition from living in London to living in the less bustling atmosphere of Lisbon.  If you have not read Guapa yet, please do.  Saleem’s essays (which you can find on his website) are also gorgeous.

Read more about Saleem & see several of his pieces here:
http://www.saleemhaddad.com

https://commapress.co.uk/books is where you can check out the +100 series (and more); keep an eye out for the release of Palestine +100, which Saleem’s work will be a part of.

Follow Saleem Haddad on social media:
@salhad on Instagram
@sysh on Twitter

Follow @marcoshortfilm on Instagram as well.

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