Weekly roundup of altM news: Aug. 1

Photo / Living Islam Festival

With all the stories on the Internet it can be difficult to always stay in the know. To help, we’ve searched the web for interesting pieces of news, videos and tips to help you start off your week on the right foot.

1. Ghazala Khan: Trump criticized my silence. He knows nothing about true sacrifice.

Ghazala Khan, mother of U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan who was killed in Iraq in 2004, writes in response to Donald Trump’s comments about her not speaking during the Democratic National Convention as well as his overall rhetoric about Muslims and immigrants.

“Donald Trump has asked why I did not speak at the Democratic convention,” Khan writes. “He said he would like to hear from me. Here is my answer to Donald Trump: Because without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain. I am a Gold Star mother. Whoever saw me felt me in their heart.”

“Donald Trump said I had nothing to say. I do. My son Humayun Khan, an Army captain, died 12 years ago in Iraq. He loved America, where we moved when he was 2 years old. He had volunteered to help his country, signing up for the ROTC at the University of Virginia. This was before the attack of Sept. 11, 2001. He didn’t have to do this, but he wanted to.”

[tweetthis]Ghazala Khan writes in response to Trump’s comments, “Because without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain.”[/tweetthis]


2. Recalling Muhammad Ali — His life, his impact and his influence on his daughter Maryum

Maryum with her father Muhammad Ali. Courtesy of Maryum Ali.

Maryum”May May” Ali offers her first interview with ESPN since her father’s, Muhammad Ali, death. She discusses his life, legacy of activism and how she has found her place in it.

“[My father] looked at his religion and the inequalities in the world and he saw himself being equal to every other African-American or downtrodden person,” Ali’s eldest daughter, Maryum, told ESPN just a week after her famous father’s burial. “There was not a wave of energy that went against him.”

[tweetthis]Maryum Ali reflects on her father’s life saying, “There was not a wave of energy that went against him.”[/tweetthis]


3. Everything You Need To Know About This Muslim Lifestyle Festival That Is Happening

Over 3,000 people across the UK gathered last weekend (July 28-31) for the Living Islam Festival, or LIFE. The four-day family festival is held once every two years. This year’s was at the Lincolnshire Showgrounds in the East Midlands. The well-known festival is organized by the Islamic Society of Britain (ISB) which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

“This is an amazing gathering of Muslim families, with fun and educational activities for all ages,” Khalid Anis, director of the festival, told BuzzFeed News. “It’s British Muslim life in practice: Positive, vibrant, fun, and full of hope and optimism. Away from the media reports, away from all the depressing stories, this is how we roll.”

The event featured live performances, a market, loads of food, workshops, seminars and even a “marriage introduction” speed-dating service.

4. YouTube Music — Afsa’s Theme

YouTube Music’s, in an effort to promote itself after its U.S. release in Nov., latest ad campaign features its biggest competitive edge: its diversity. As the No. 1 streaming music site in the world the service decided to focus on its huge and unique listener base, creating a series of ads that, according to AdWeek, “embody the private moments in a day that music transforms into something special, even personally revealing.”

With five ads, YouTube Music introduces Jaysn a “funky little of the Korean hip-hop scene,” Kristen who’s working through some emotions on an airplane, Tina who greets her family after doing mandatory community service, Alex a small-town boy with a secret and Afsa who walks down the hallway with swag as she spits every line from Blackalicious’ Alphabet Aerobics.

5. This Woman’s Boss Told Her Headscarf Was ‘Unprofessional’ So She Went To Work In Cosplay

June J Riva's Facebook

June J Riva’s Facebook

June J Rivas’s boss told her that her dress code was unprofessional asking that she no longer wear her headscarf.

“So my boss didn’t like me wearing my hair in a ponytail everyday,” she wrote on Facebook. “Nor my hair in a scarf. ‘Unprofessional.’ Nor my hair in pigtails. ‘Unprofessional.’ So I filed a harassment complaint against her as our contract states ‘no dress code. just be clean and pressed.’ Her boss countered by devising a new dress code that outlawed all of the above plus a number of other items including straps, hats, sandals, cleavage, ‘and even (and I quote) “cultural head wraps.”‘

However, the new rules didn’t say Rivas couldn’t wear Cosplay clothing. So as an avid Cosplayer, she reported her boss to the EEOC (Equal Opportunities Employment Commission), and then decided to take a stand.

She showed up to work in blonde wigs, colored contacts, Spock ears and lots of leather.


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This list was curated by Kaitlin Montgomery, altM News Editor

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