East/West Collisions

Ok. Clearly we’re not in Egypt here, but the pop artist MIA made a video that — extravagantly — reflects the sub/pop-culture of some post-colonial Arab countries. I’m reminded here a lot of out girl Samar– straddling two worlds while simultaneously trying to carve out her own unique identity. I understand that this is a potentially controversial video, but this brings us closer to the world of the play, the world that is Samar’s reality, where every action or choice (fashion, social life, education) has a political implication. Is MIA really a “bad girl?” Is her choice to live dangerously a carefree one, or a carefully calculated political statement?

This is great. Arab-American women, fashion forward and confident!

Meet the Mipsterz

A group of young women is trying to prove that it’s possible to be hip and stylish, while still covering up. Can they break the stereotype of the hijab as a symbol of oppression?

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