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Bustle’s associate entertainment editor Rachel Simon writes, “What an incredible week it’s been for Mahershala Ali. On Feb. 22, he and his wife Amatus Sami-Karim welcomed their first child, a daughter named Bari Najma, and on Sunday night, the actor took home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Yet those weren’t the Moonlight star’s only recent achievements — winning the Academy Award made Ali the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar. Ever.”
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CNN’s Reza Aslan writes, “As a writer and scholar of religions, I am often asked how, knowing all that I know about the religions of the world, I can still call myself a believer, let alone a Muslim.
It’s a reasonable question. Considering the role that religion so often plays in fueling conflicts abroad and inspiring bigotry at home, it is not always so easy to defend the value of religion in society. And, in a world in which reason and religion seem to be moving further apart, it is certainly understandable why so many people view religious faith as the hallmark of an irrational mind.”
Daily Sabah, citing the Associated Press, writes, “The Syrian war documentary ‘The White Helmets’ has won the short documentary Academy Award.
The Netflix film focuses on the rescue workers who risk their lives to save Syrians affected by civil war, now in its sixth year. The film often captures the highly dangerous moments when the White Helmets arrive at the scene of an airstrike, which may be imminently bombed for a second time in a so-called ‘double tap’ attacks.
Director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara accepted the Oscar, but devoted most of their short time on stage to sharing a statement from the absent 21-year-old cinematographer Khaled Khateeb, who was unable to attend Sunday’s ceremony after his entry into the United States was blocked.”
CNN’s Kyung Lah, Alberto Moya and Mallory Simon write, “A hammer pounds away in the living room of a middle class home. A sanding machine smoothes the grain of the wood floor in the dining room.
But this home Pastor Ada Valiente is showing off in Los Angeles, with its refurbished floors, is no ordinary home.
“It would be three families we host here,” Valiente says.
By “host,” she means provide refuge to people who may be sought by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE. The families staying here would be undocumented immigrants, fearing an ICE raid and possible deportation.
The purchase of this home is part of a network formed by Los Angeles religious leaders across faiths in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. The intent is to shelter hundreds, possibly thousands of undocumented people in safe houses across Southern California.”