Egyptian Illustrator Deena Mohamed discusses graphic novels, translation, and pressure to represent Arab community at Dearborn’s Green Brain Comics
For many writers and artists from marginalized groups, the pressure to always represent their community is exhausting. The categorization of their work as “African American...metrotimes.com
The fresh debut of INDKNA, experimental Yemeni and Yemeni American band for Pride Month
Photo: INDKNA livestream debut concert for Pride Month at Arab American National Museum and YallaPunk/ Screengrab: Rasha Almulaiki / The Arab American NewsDEARBORN– Kicking off a virtual debut at the Arab American National Museum’s virtual Pride Concert + Talk Back event with INDKNA, refreshingly new music band of Yemeni and Yemeni American immigrant women and gender-nonconforming artists. Closing out Pride Month, the Arab American National Museum, and YallaPunk collaborated this year for the first time to present the Virtual Pride Concert + Talk Back with INDKNA. “We really wanted to do a Pride concert to uplift the artists involved. My dad played and my aunt played, there was always music playing in the house. In addition to classical Arab music, her dad played covers from Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Tracy Chapman, and Ella Fitzgerald.arabamericannews.com
A look at some of the most significant artifacts inside Dearborn’s one of a kind Arab American National Museum
Dearborn is home to the highest concentration of Arab Americans in the United States. It’s also home to the Arab American National Museum which has arguably the largest archive of historical documents in the country.
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4 Arab American orgs partner for first Arab Film Fest Collab this December
Four Arab American organizations are partnering for the inaugural Arab Film Fest Collab (AFFC) later this year. The Arab American National Museum (AANM), Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI), ArteEast and Mizna collectively present the Arab Film Fest Collab December 3–13, 2020. Other featured films include In Vitro (2019) by Palestinian artist and filmmaker Larissa Sansour. Languages represented in the films include Arabic, French, Somali and English, and every non-English offering is subtitled in English. To learn more about the Film Fest, sponsorship opportunities, and to sign up for updates, visit arabfilmfestcollab.org
Concert of Colors on July 10-18: What you need to know
The Concert of Colors is returning today to Detroit's Midtown for its 27th year. An annual summer event, the Concert of Colors is a free diversity-themed festival in metro Detroit. The Concert of Colors aims to bring together Detroits diverse communities and ethnic groups through global music and dance, as well as encourage participants to embrace freedom of expression. The Detroit Film Theatre (DFT) at the Detroit Institute of the Arts (DIA) will serve as the main stage for the event. The Concert of Colors is a pedestrian-friendly event.