On March 19th, MALA and Intersections International held “Show and Tell: Spotlighting Muslim American Talent” to showcase diverse Muslim talent shining their light in New York City. Performers such as rappers, storytellers, and spoken word artists representing every borough, mesmerized the audience with their upbeat musical performances and heartfelt poetic proses. A packed room of attendees encouraged the artists as they narrated their written thoughts based on lived experiences.
The night began with an introduction from Asmaa Elamrousy, MALA’s Community Engagement Coordinator, and welcoming remarks from Imtashal Tariq, Intersections International’s Global Peacemaking Specialist. A peaceful sung prayer by Vocalist and Deputy Executive Director of Intersections, Fariduddin Frederick R. Johnson launched the event, and ended with comedic expressions by emerging Actress Yasmine Salama. Hailing from Brooklyn, Muslim rapper RealSane RealSane, and Queens Rapper, Missundastood, brought the audience to their feet with their energy and positive music, invoking a series of rhythmic claps and affirming nods.
Artist Zayna Bronson from Staten Island featured her drawings of anime art inspired by her interests and background in cartoons. Spoken word poets, Najah AbdulQawiyy- from Staten Island, Fatima The Poet from the Bronx, Miriam Gabriel from Manhattan, Lina Mohammed from Garland Texas, Ala Rashed from Brooklyn, and Areeg Abdelhamid from Queens recited poetic lines about identity, travel, love, self-awareness, the state of humanity and what modesty means to them.
This joyous celebration of festivities was indeed a night to remember and MALA is honored to have hosted this event in collaboration with Intersections International.
Photo credits: Nefertiti Lens