The Hero Roundtable in Michigan was amazing! It was humbling to be there among so many incredible people in different fields - from education, to nursing, to national security, to comedy. If you’d like to hear my talk click here (it’s about 1 hour and 57 minutes into the Youtube video). Do take the time to listen to the other speakers! They certainly inspired me, and I know they’ll inspire you too!! Thanks Flint.
This young woman’s story haunts me. Unfortunately too many people around the world endure abuse at the hands of culture and religion. Not all Muslim women are treated as Nashwa was treated by her father - but some are, and it goes without saying that this garbage needs to stop. I want my fellow Muslims and Arabs to get just as angry about this as they do about Pamela Gellar. We can defend the ummah and Arab culture without sweeping forced marriage and misogyny under the carpet for PR purposes.
P.S - My song “Jailbird" was used in this episode of Moral Courage TV. So amazing to lend my music to help tell Nashwa’s story. In case you didn’t see my episode on the Moral Courage Channel, click here. This organization does amazing work and I am proud to work with them.
Had fun performing at Westerleigh Folk Festival on Saturday with my sister Leila! Got to play both of my instruments which is always a treat, but my favorite part of the whole event was that my nephews were actually able to come! Normally my shows are past their bedtime. Here are 2 of the 4 - aren’t they handsome? :)
Photo Credits: Walter Weeks (3, 4), Jimi White (1, 2),
Coming back from Michigan on Saturday right in time to perform with my sister Leila at The Westerleigh Folk Festival in Staten Island. Our set is at 6:00, but come earlier and check out some of the other amazing local bands! This event is free and child friendly (facepainting, games, children’s performers, and pony rides), so bring a blanket or chair and come hang out in the park with me! :)
Excited to be performing and speaking about musical activism at The Hero Roundtable in Flint, Michigan next Friday, September 19th! This conference is held for two days annually and features speakers from all over the world from different walks of life with an amalgam of different experiences. The idea is that anyone can be a hero - all it takes is passion and moral courage. Tickets are available here» http://www.heroroundtable.com
Had a blast playing at Rockwood Music Hall with my sister Leila and my amazing band! We couldn’t have thought of a better way to spend our birthday. Thanks to everyone who came and to Dondre Green for taking these great photos! Special thanks for some of the beautiful gifts and cards we got from fans and friends alike. Totally didn’t see that coming - feeling so blessed. :)