Episode 43: Movie Trivia w/ Nijla Mu’min

We list our favorite films from 2018 and filmmaker Nijla Mu’min comes back on the show to chat about her debut feature film “Jinn” and we play a game of movie trivia.


Nijla Baseema Mu’min is an award-winning writer and filmmaker from the East Bay Area. Her work is informed by poetry, photography, fiction, and dance. Named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine in 2017, she tells stories about black girls and women who find themselves between worlds and identities. Her debut feature film, Jinn, won the award for Best Screenplay at the 2018 American Black Film Festival and was acquired by Orion Classics.

Episode 41: Vote or Die (ft. Mohamed Gula and Aysha Ahmed)

Is there any reason to still believe in our political system? Mohamed Gula and Aysha Ahmed of Emgage USA join the show to answer this question and more. We discuss our favorite civic engagement commercials, why representation matters, and what fictional characters would have our votes.


  • Aysha Ahmed is the Programs and Operations Specialist of Emgage USA. In this role, she she manages organizational operations and develops programming for local Emgage USA chapters. Previously, Aysha worked on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and for the Ohio Democratic Party.
  • Mohamed Gula is Executive Director of Emgage Virginia, where he builds community-based civic engagement programs that serve the Virginia Muslim community. Mohamed previously served as an Organizer in Ohio for the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign and with Organizing For Action (formerly Obama For America).

Episode 40: Learning to Breathe (ft. Tariq Touré)

Writer and poet Tariq Touré sits down with us to talk vulnerability, fatherhood and what we owe Black women. Plus we share what’s on our bookshelves, shoutout some of our favorite poets and discuss the role poetry can play in imagining a better world.


Tariq Touré, @TariqToure, is a Muslim writer, husband, father and native child of Baltimore, Maryland. Toure’s sophomore collection, 2 Parts Oxygen, is a weighty tribute to family roots, the miraculous privilege of fatherhood and Islam in Black America.

Episode 36: Please Don’t Stop the Music (ft. Naeem Muhammad)

Naeem Muhammad of Native Deen joins us to chat about the connection between music and faith. In this episode, we shoutout our favorite songs of summer, try to figure out what gospel music is doing right, and get real about what Black artists have to consider when performing for Muslim audiences. 


Naeem Muhammad, @naeemusic, is an award-winning singer/songwriter and member of Muslim hip-hop group Native Deen. For nearly two decades, Naeem’s music has highlighted issues impacting Muslims in America for across the globe and inspired an international fan base. You can find out more about Native Deen at nativedeen.com.

Episode 35: Spiritual Survivor

In the final episode of our 5 Pillars Series, “Hajj Pro” Shahidah Sharif joins us to discuss what this ritual means to her and how to prepare for the experience of a life time.


Shahidah Sharif is the Program Director of the Faith Institute of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, and is the co-founder and COO of Professional Hajj and Umrah Guides, LLC. In that role, she organizes and leads annual delegations for the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah. To learn more, visit hajjpros.com.

Episode 34: Conver(t)sations (ft. Palmer Shepherd)

So you’ve just converted to Islam. Now what? On this episode, Palmer Shepherd joins us to discuss how becoming Muslim means trying to be the best you can be, what unique challenges converts face and the importance of community in navigating it all.


Palmer Shepherd, @shadedpalms, is the former Co-Chair of the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity’s LGBTQ Muslim Retreat. He is also fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute.

Episode Extras:

  • For more information on the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity and their LGBTQ Muslim Retreat, you can visit their website at http://www.muslimalliance.org/.


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