Excerpts on Immigration and the Media

Immigration touches all parts of American life, from food to travel to the economy. According to a 2015 U.S. census report, immigrants and second-generation Americans make up almost 24% of the U.S. population. So how can today’s media address immigration? And how do immigrant communities feel about the way they are covered?

ت is for تبادل | Discovering Dialogue in Thomas Paine Plaza

The first was a woman—I’ll call her “I.”. She was clearly interested in the artwork, staring intently at one of the 26 banners that adorn the Philadelphia Municipal Services Building. “There’s a caption at your feet, too,” I offered, pointing to the accompanying letter and definitions, written by the Northeast High School students who had…

Reflections on Music & Tales of Home

Marhaba, Al-Bustan Friends!
 Here’s a salute to “Music & Tales of Home,” the concert Al-Bustan presented on October 22, 2017, at the Trinity Center for Urban Life, a ridiculously sweet event that took place four walkable blocks from my own Philly home.

An Eye Opening Journey

Coming to the United States was not my choice, however, it is not a regret.  It’s been the most challenging experience yet, the most empowering for me as I continue to learn and meet extraordinary people. Thinking back to the first time I arrived here, it felt like I had started from square one. I…