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Middle East / music / politics

Opening Minds and Defying Stereotypes: Mo Sabri’s Pursuit of Cultural and Musical Harmony

The subject of this interview, Mo Sabri, was an absolute pleasure to work with, and he has tremendous potential if he can snatch up the perfect audience. Mo is unique, he is a Muslim rapper who throws caution to the wind by singing about Jesus; taking risks has served him well, leading to his invitation … Continue reading

Middle East / music / politics

Hip Hop To The Moon: DAM’s Latest Album, Women’s Rights, and Interfaith Relationships

I am a Contributing Writer for the news site, Aslan Media, a non-profit founded by Reza Aslan, the Iranian-American religious scholar. He was recently the center of controversy when his credentials were attacked extensively during a Fox News interview on his book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” The site itself is designed … Continue reading

graduation / music / transition

Class of 2013 Transitions: New Songs for New Grads!

I just graduated last month, and after sitting through my cousin’s high school graduation today, I decided to make a list of the top five “new” graduation songs. I find many of the popular ones, including “Graduation Song (Friends Forever) by Vitamin C, “Seasons of Love” from Rent, “I Will Remember You” by Sarah McLachlan, and … Continue reading

activism / peace / ultimate

Use A Piece of You for Peace

As some of you may know, I’ve been selected to coach Ultimate Frisbee in Israel this summer through an organization called Ultimate Peace. They work to bridge cultural differences, create friendships and encourage mutual respect and understanding between Arab, Jewish, and Palestinian youth. Ultimate Peace uses the sport and its principles of community, conflict resolution, … Continue reading

activism / counting crows / music

The World Will Follow After: A Look At Counting Crows’ Activism

Counting Crows have been around since 1991 and are famous for songs like Mr. Jones, Round Here, Accidentally in Love, and A Long December. However, they have a lot more to say than just what you hear in their lyrics. “Big Yellow Taxi,” which clearly addresses environmental concerns, is a cover of Joni Mitchell’s 1970 hit. She … Continue reading