You may have skimmed our lists of 30 things to do before you turn 30. See the complete list all at once and learn more about each item, with additional resources, links and photos. Read the rest of this entry »
What is the American dream today? A half-century ago it was a white picket fence, 2.5 kids and a secure job to support them. Today it encompasses the hopes of a constantly changing America, and what constitutes a successful life is a definition that’s just as volatile. Ask five young people what they hope to accomplish as adults, and you’ll likely get five very different answers.
Get ready to jive to the beat of tablas while rocking out to hard metal. That is, only if you live in the Bay Area.
Since Aug. 12, South Asians in the Silicon Valley have been able to tune into KLOK 1170 AM every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Urban Desi Radio. The show features music from around the world, with a South Asian focus, and plans for guest speakers and discussion topics on entertainment and lifestyle are in the works. Read the rest of this entry »
With bold, messages on contemporary religious, social and political issues, young Muslim-Americans are stepping onto the stage and into the studio. Read the rest of this entry »
The Inner-City Muslim Action Network, a community organizing group based on Chicago’s South Side, brings together Muslims across races and backgrounds several times a year with Community Café, an event where Muslims (and non-Muslims, as well) are given a place to gather together and connect with one another.
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Either coming out as atheists or living in church limbo, many adults in their 20s (dare I make another rock reference? YES.) are “losing their religion.”
In honor of tomorrow, here’s a little something for today.
I’ll be attending the South Asian Carnival this weekend at the Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill (also in Houston at Reliant Park this weekend). If you haven’t heard, it’s the first-ever carnival of its kind, featuring Bollywood celebs like Shah Rukh Khan and Bipasha Basu. There’s also a fashion show, wedding expo, food booths, jewelry bazaar and more!
We’re doing some pretty sick stuff over here at Shift, so it’s no surprise that we approach reporting and crafting stories in new and unique ways. Sure, we’ve got attention-grabbing photos, stellar video and kickass text, but throw in a theme song written and recorded by a reporter and her band, and you’ve got the unique experience that is Shift.
I play bass and sing in a Chicago-based band called Grammar, and we spent one week this summer writing, recording, mixing and mastering a tune that incorporates some of the central themes of our work here at Shift: Entering adulthood, trying new things and being independent. It was a stressful week – we had two separate documentary filmmakers following us, we spent 26 hours of our weekend in a studio and we drank way, way too much caffeine to be healthy. But it was also a lot of fun, full of inside jokes, delicious Mexican food and talented friends willing to lend a hand.
Without further ado, we present our musical take on being young, educated and diverse in America. Keep reading after the jump for goofy session pics and shout outs to everyone who made this possible.
The notion of Muslim punk rock may seem like a mishmash of cultures. Profanity-laden lyrics come after the religion’s traditional greeting, “Salaam aleikum.” Melodic Middle Eastern strumming punctuates noisy guitar feedback. Muslims style their purple- and red-dyed hair into mohawks and show off Arabic-scripted tattoos.
But for the second-generation Americans leading this contemporary cultural movement, Muslim punk isn’t just an irreverent juxtaposition. Read the rest of this entry »
Gaurav Venkateswar has been writing music since he was 13 years old. He began playing the keyboard at 6. In the third grade he started piano lessons, and in the fourth he started singing. “I really didn’t want to learn to sing,” Gaurav, now 27, said. “I was very shy. I was kind of pushed into doing it and didn’t really resist.”
Sorry, white guys in blue blazers: Indian-Americans are now the hottest thing in college a cappella.