Weekly roundup of altM news: July 10

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. Reading Feminism and Islam: A Starter Pack…

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Mipsterz on CNN

“Wait, they hate us ’cause we’re Muslims? I thought they hated us ’cause we’re hipsters!” CNN interviewed Mipsterz Abbas Rattani, co-founder of Mipsterz, and Laila Shaikley, art director of the video Somewhere in America, on who and what the Mipsterz are. Video: CNN Two years ago, Mipsterz exploded onto the scene when the…

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2014 Roundup: What Rocked Muslim America’s Boat in 2014

First, what didn’t make the list. A recent CIA torture report revealed unconscionable and largely ineffective brutality toward prisoners in Gitmo – rectal feeding, waterboarding – that hardly came as a shock to Muslims. Nor were we shocked by The Intercept’s July investigation into FBI and NSA surveillance of Muslim…

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Minority communities and the mighty tweet

The tweet is mightier than the sword.

Social media campaigns by members of minority communities are responding to racism and stereotyping in the media, and getting results.

For instance, last week, Asian American activists launched #CancelColbert in response to an offensive tweet posted by The Colbert Report’s Twitter account. They were hoping to achieve a similar outcome as American Muslims had with Alice in Arabia, an ABC pilot television programme that was cancelled following a Twitter offensive that highlighted the show’s stereotypes of Muslims.

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The “Mipsterz” video debacle: Westernization vs westoxification

The recent debate surrounding the “Somewhere in America” video by Sheikh & Bake Productions has thus far been by Muslim women of the West about Muslim women of the West. The discussion involves the balance in their lives between what Sana Saeed, in her discussion-generating article, calls “normal,” “Americanness,” and “Western” on one side and “ourselves” on the other.

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