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Urban Desi Radio

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 »

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Bollywood the American Way

All it took was a dash of insomnia, a long plane journey and a big helping of boredom for Jennifer Hopfinger to get hooked on the world of Bollywood.

Listening to her relate the experience of watching her first mass dance sequence, the lip-synching stylings of actor Shah Rukh Khan, or the sultry moves of actress Rani Mukerji is an out-of-body experience for me – having grown up watching Amitabh Bachchan and Brad Pitt on screen (although not together… yet!)

But while most fans would keep their obsession limited to the couch and perhaps a cup of steaming chai (maybe a bhangra lesson or two), Hopfinger turned it into a full-time project and created  The Bollywood Ticket. Watch the video and see what I mean: Read the rest of this entry »

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Jennifer Hopfinger works on her blog, The Bollywood Ticket. PHOTO BY HAMSA RAMESHA

This Muslim-American life: A virtual round table

No single voice or organization can speak for the colorful, diverse spectrum of Islam in America, so here we give you ten of them. Read the rest of this entry »

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This Muslim-American life: Allah and the Arts

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 »

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I am proud to be South Asian because…

So I took a hike to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. for the South Asian Carnival on Aug. 15 and Aug. 16. In light of India Independence Day and Pakistan Independence Day, I thought it’d be neat to ask people there just why they were proud to be who they are. Listen to their responses and share your own below.

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Fed up with abuse, young Muslim activists take back their faith

Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate. It transcends ethnic, religious and gender boundaries. Men beat women, women beat men, and both abuse children. But when domestic violence hits the Muslim community, it seems the whole community – and faith – is damned by Islamaphobes who already use a broad stroke to paint even the faithful as terrorists.
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Muslim activists: Linking allies through the Web

 “I pledge never to engage in, support, or remain silent about the physical, psychological, and emotional abuse of Muslim and non-Muslim women and children.” – Mohammad Khalil, online pledge from Muslim Men Against Domestic Abuse
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Muslim activists: Rethinking gender, Islam and the Quran

Abbas Jaffer isn’t a single-issue activist. Since he entered college, the 23-year-old University of Denver graduate has delved into gang violence and international relations, and even worked for a brief stint in India with Tibetan refugees. But the problem of domestic violence disturbed him early on. Read the rest of this entry »
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Muslim activists: Fighting abuse with fashion

A shirt that reads “I will appreciate your mind, body and soul” might seem more appropriate for a yoga class than a weightlifting session. But Altamash Iftikhar wears his to the gym all the time.
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women's t-shirt (Altamash Iftikhar)

Punk and pious: Muslim-American rockers’ unconventional Islam

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 »

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Preview: Muslim-American voices

With college behind them, today’s Muslim-Americans tiptoe toward adulthood and find themselves in a position different from their immigrant parents and even those born in the United States decades before them.

This generation, now in their 20s, grew up amid Muslim student organizations, contemporary Islamic teachings and the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks.   Read the rest of this entry »

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