Safe & Sound: My Interview with Capital Cities’ Sebu Simonian

Capital Cities’ Feel Good Hit of the Summer Sebu Simonian on his band’s breakout hit ‘Safe And Sound,’ growing up in the Middle East, and staying hopeful Atop the rubble of the crumbling worldview of millions of young people, Capital Cities – Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant – offer a simple, welcome reprieve in the form of this summer’s biggest little hit, “Safe And Sound.” Its optimistic message has caught the ear of millions of fans worldwide. Things could be terrible, they tell us, but you’ll be OK. “You could be my luck/Even if the sky is falling down/I know Read more…

Gangnam Psy's Apology & Translation of His Rap Protesting Iraq War

Gangnam Psy’s Apology & Translation of His Rap Protesting Iraq War

   The heavy metal rap song in the news today because Gangnam Style superstar Psy sang it was not an original song of his. It’s from the Korean heavy metal band N.EX.T, a band that is known for its socially and environmentally conscious lyrics and anti-capitalism of the kind that is characterized by excessive consumerism. You can listen to the heavy metal rap song, called Dear American, here — it is completely in Korean. The song opens with the sounds of a semi-automatic gun, a reverberating clang of Asian-style cymbals, then the sounds of a muezzin calling Muslims to prayer Read more…

UPDATE: CONFIRMED: STEVIE CANCELS. Stevie Wonder is Fundraising for the Israeli Defense Force (IDF)

UPDATE: CONFIRMED: STEVIE CANCELS. Stevie Wonder is Fundraising for the Israeli Defense Force (IDF)

  UPDATE#2 November 29, 2012: The head of the Friends of the Israeli Defense Force confirmed today that Stevie Wonder has indeed cancelled his appearance at the IDF fundraiser on December 6:  “Representatives of the performer cited a recommendation from the United Nations to withdraw his participation given Wonder’s involvement with the organization.  FIDF National Director and CEO, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon: ‘we regret the fact that Stevie Wonder has decided to cancel his performance at an important community event of the FIDF, an American organization supporting the educational, cultural, and wellbeing needs of Israel’s soldiers, their families, Read more…

Nobody Trusts the Iranian American: an interview with Maz Jobrani

Nobody Trusts the Iranian American: an interview with Maz Jobrani

You’ve seen his face before. He was Dr. Bhambi in Better Off Ted. He was “Mo,” the Secret Service agent in Sydney Pollack’s film The Interpreter. And he’s played all range of Middle Easterners, Pakistanis, Indians and minorities on television. But maybe you can’t quite place his name. Well, Maz Jobrani is setting out to change that. The co-headliner of the wildly successful Axis of Evil comedy troupe has been bringing his own flavor of Iranian-American comedy to audiences across America and the world, and now he’s on the road to making his name a fixture of American television, thanks to a script deal Read more…

A Response to Newsweek's Muslim Rage Cover

A Response to Newsweek’s Muslim Rage Cover

Newsweek magazine’s controversial cover headline and image this week was the preview to Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s typically un-nuanced article against the entirety of the world’s over 1 billion Muslims. This is my response to the Muslim Rage cover: an alternate cover that depicts the evidence and aftermath of Anti-Muslim Rage: drones, the Iraq War, the Afghan War and the invasive and insulting TSA checks at US airports.  And that’s just the 4 images that could fit on a cover. 

Raging On: Tom Morello Still Taking on the Machine

Raging On: Tom Morello Still Taking on the Machine

He’s been raging against the machine, the system, the way things have become, for decades now, but Tom Morello’s spirit has not been crushed.  If anything, it’s peaking.  “I used to think I was alone,” he told the crowd at Occupy SF recently, “but I ain’t alone no more.” He spoke only briefly to the audience before handing out over 150 free tickets to his show that night in the Bay Area, but he is a powerful public speaker, intelligent and yet grounded enough to speak to a large group of people.   Energized by what he saw — like many Read more…

My Interview with Pakistani Pop Star Shehzad Roy

My Interview with Pakistani Pop Star Shehzad Roy

He was just a teenager when he released his first song, over 15 years later, Shehzad Roy is not only an internationally recognized pop sensation, including soundtracks for popular Bollywood films, but he is also a philanthropist, raising millions for education in Pakistan, through his organization, Zindagi Trust. He spoke with Shirin Sadeghi.  Click Here to Listen to Shirin Sadeghi’s Interview with Shehzad Roy

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