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Deana Nassar interviews Dr. Maher Hathout
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KPFK's Flip the Script w Sabaa Waheed
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Deana Nassar’s interview with MPAC Senior Adviser Dr. Maher Hathout on the origins of Egypt’s student movement and how recent events in North Africa and the Middle East are shaping the current political climate and future of the region.


From KPFK’s “Flip the Script” w Sabaa Waheed

1 03.22.11

Inspired by the uprisings occurring in the cradles of civilization, this film is an ode to movements striving to reclaim their dignity and sovereignty from their keepers. As the seeds of spring begin to harvest, the earth purges herself of winter.

Justin Mashouf is a filmmaker and artist living in Los Angeles.  Justin’s most recent documentary Warring Factions follows him to Iran where he meets a group of young Iranian break dancers for an impromptu bboy battle.  Justin’s work deals with the blurring of borders and his unique interactions with the Muslim world.

1 03.21.11
Beats for the Revolution Mixtape by Davey D. Download here.
Lots of revolutionary beats for those who wish to Fight the Power and  bring about brighter days and better tomorrows for those on the front  lines. We stand against Oppression… and so do many of the artists we  feature.. From dead prez to Euphrates to Lowkey to Killer Mike….

Beats for the Revolution Mixtape by Davey D. Download here.

Lots of revolutionary beats for those who wish to Fight the Power and bring about brighter days and better tomorrows for those on the front lines. We stand against Oppression… and so do many of the artists we feature.. From dead prez to Euphrates to Lowkey to Killer Mike….

1 02.25.11
"Paint it all black" by Samia Farah
SAMIA  FARAH is a French Tunisian singer/ songwriter, producer and designer  who grew up in France.  In 1999 Samia released  an album for Sony France where she sings, plays Melodica and co-composed  the whole album with Giovanny Delahunda  aka Giovanny Adrien.  Samia has worked with  musicians from  many different backgrounds .. such as Richard Dorfmeister (Austria)  “Heidi Bruhel”, Adrian Sherwood(U.K.) on his album “Becoming a Cliche”  with her song “J’ai Change”. Samia has also done a duet with Lee Perry (Jamaica)  “Yellow Tongue” on his new album “The mighty Upsetter”.  She has also recently collaborated on a track for Dj Center  (Push The Fader), “Tout passe”. Samias second  album “The Many Moods Of…” was just  released in 2009 which features 16 tracks. She now lives in London ,and is  preparing an Arabic dub album produced and composed by herself. 
www.myspace.com/samiafarah
www.vimeo.com/samiafarah

"Paint it all black" by Samia Farah

SAMIA FARAH is a French Tunisian singer/ songwriter, producer and designer who grew up in France.  In 1999 Samia released an album for Sony France where she sings, plays Melodica and co-composed the whole album with Giovanny Delahunda  aka Giovanny Adrien.  Samia has worked with musicians from many different backgrounds .. such as Richard Dorfmeister (Austria) “Heidi Bruhel”, Adrian Sherwood(U.K.) on his album “Becoming a Cliche” with her song “J’ai Change”. Samia has also done a duet with Lee Perry (Jamaica) “Yellow Tongue” on his new album “The mighty Upsetter”.  She has also recently collaborated on a track for Dj Center (Push The Fader), “Tout passe”. Samias second album “The Many Moods Of…” was just  released in 2009 which features 16 tracks. She now lives in London ,and is preparing an Arabic dub album produced and composed by herself.

www.myspace.com/samiafarah

www.vimeo.com/samiafarah

Erica Nalani Benton is a singer/songwriter out of the Bay Area, California, of mixed island roots. Her music has brought her to perform at various venues in the states, Hawaii and the Marianas Islands. Her song, “Why Wait”, was inspired by the uprisings in North Africa, particularly Tunisia and Egypt. It is a small token of her appreciation all the freedom fighters, martyrs, and everyday people who took the streets, demanded their dignity, and won. She hopes this buzz continues to spread around the world, empowering people to stand up for their rights, particularly in her homeland of the Marianas Islands, where indigenous people continue to struggle for their self-determination amidst massive militarization and land-takings by the US.

To check her out you can go to:
www.facebook.com/ericanalani - add her!
www.youtube.com/notnebe - watch videos

Abdalla Nassar sends a beautiful message to the people of Egypt.

Directed by Wesam Nassar

 Inspired by the brave and creative souls protesting  for freedom and democracy in Tahrir Square,  and infuriated by the insolence of the ruthless dictator, Hosni Mubarak,  I  decided I needed to do something to help the people of Egypt. My wife’s  family is from Egypt, so these events directly affecting her relatives.  When I heard one of the protesters on television call Mr. Mubarak a dog,  something clicked. I thought of the classic book, “Go, Dog. Go!” by  P.D. Eastman, made famous for being part of the wildly successful Dr.  Seuss-series of children’s books. So, I felt a parody was in order. I  found the a copy of the book and tried to be true to the style of the  fonts and design, while adding my own touches — Mubarak’s head  replacing the dog’s head, Giza’s pyramids in the background, and finally  added the colors of the Egyptian flag. God willing, the revolution will  be theirs.
Tarik Trad is a Los Angeles-based photographer, graphic designer, poet,  humorist, community activist, father and husband. See his work at www.tariktrad.com.

Inspired by the brave and creative souls protesting for freedom and democracy in Tahrir Square, and infuriated by the insolence of the ruthless dictator, Hosni Mubarak, I decided I needed to do something to help the people of Egypt. My wife’s family is from Egypt, so these events directly affecting her relatives. When I heard one of the protesters on television call Mr. Mubarak a dog, something clicked. I thought of the classic book, “Go, Dog. Go!” by P.D. Eastman, made famous for being part of the wildly successful Dr. Seuss-series of children’s books. So, I felt a parody was in order. I found the a copy of the book and tried to be true to the style of the fonts and design, while adding my own touches — Mubarak’s head replacing the dog’s head, Giza’s pyramids in the background, and finally added the colors of the Egyptian flag. God willing, the revolution will be theirs.


Tarik Trad is a Los Angeles-based photographer, graphic designer, poet, humorist, community activist, father and husband. See his work at www.tariktrad.com.

New Yorkers express messages of solidarity and support for the pro-democracy protestors in Egypt and throughout the Arab world.

Hena Ashraf is an independent filmmaker. Hena likes to create things with cameras and stories. She currently lives in the land of Brooklyn, after stints at the University of Michigan and London’s East End. Hena tends to disappear into her headphones, and also writes and photographs.

Drawing by Nidal El-Khairy

Drawing by Nidal El-Khairy

7 02.11.11

Stevie Wonder - “Free”

5 02.11.11

"Feb 11 1979 - Shah falls
Feb 11 1990 - Mandela goes free
Feb 11 2011 - Mubarak falls"

This is a picture of Khalid Said. I did this piece so that people may  never forget the movement, and those lives lost for liberation. This is  the first piece of a series based on the lives lost in the recent years  leading up to the Jan25 uprising. For every week that this lasts I plan  on painting an innocent life killed in the struggle.
Ibrahim Ahmed Click here for more work and info

This is a picture of Khalid Said. I did this piece so that people may never forget the movement, and those lives lost for liberation. This is the first piece of a series based on the lives lost in the recent years leading up to the Jan25 uprising. For every week that this lasts I plan on painting an innocent life killed in the struggle.

Ibrahim Ahmed Click here for more work and info

1 02.10.11

The Workshop SF Gem by The Mint Collective

This is a live recording from a jam session at The Workshop, San Francisco.  The mood was somber, thankful and strong that night.  Together with my SF fam, Joey Chimko on guitar, Powder on the beatbox and myself on the vocals we were able to 100% freestyle as a team and come up with something memorable and touching.  My thoughts and heart are in the center of Tahrir Square right now and in a past jam session seems like we were right there conjuring up the same emotions.  Peace be with all.

Jacqueline is a vocalist, drummer and founder of The Mint Collective, a compilation of humans using their blessings to increase visibility for independent artists of all sorts. http://themintcollective.com

"Save the Children" is a 1971 song written by Al Cleveland, Renaldo Benson and Marvin Gaye and issued on Marvin’s 1971 album, What’s Going On.  The song was a continuation of the message “What’s Going On” delivered, about love, this time, for the children.

1 02.10.11

#jan25

Inspired by the resilience of Egyptian people during their recent uprising, several notable musicians from North America have teamed up to release a song of solidarity and empowerment. The track is fittingly titled “#Jan25” as a reference to both the date the protests officially began in Egypt, and its prominence as a trending topic on Twitter. Produced by Sami Matar, a Palestinian-American composer from Southern California, and featuring the likes of Freeway, The Narcicyst, Omar Offendum, HBO Def Poet Amir Sulaiman, and Canadian R&B vocalist Ayah - this track serves as a testament to the revolution’s effect on the hearts and minds of today’s youth, and the spirit of resistance it has come to symbolize for oppressed people worldwide.

Artist Information:
Omar Offendum (MC #1) - http://twitter.com/Offendum
The Narcicyst (MC #2) - http://twitter.com/TheNarcicyst
Freeway (MC #3) - http://twitter.com/PhillyFreezer
Amir Sulaiman (MC #4) http://twitter.com/AmirSulaiman
Ayah (R&B Vocalist) - http://twitter.com/AyahMusic
Sami Matar (Producer) - http://twitter.com/SamiMatar
Artwork by Ridwan Adhami http://www.ridzdesign.com

Download the track here.

1 02.10.11