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Episode 58: Love, Where You Least Expect It

We chat with Toronto-based #Blackistani couple Henna Khawja and Ryan Hilliard about race, family, and what it takes to bring together two cultures in one household.

Henna Khawja is a registered social worker at University of Toronto and Ryan Hilliard is a youth director and youth counselor and advocate for a number of organizations and honored to have that as part of his CV. They have been married for five years and have a daughter, Fajr.

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Episode 56: The Fabric of Our Lives (ft. Hoda Katebi)

We chat with Hoda Katebi, of Blue Tin Production Co-op, about how our clothes and our spirituality are connected, and steps we can take towards becoming more responsible consumers. We also share our first modest fit and whether or not we’d wear Nike’s new swimsuit.

Hoda Katebi is a Chicago-based Iranian-American creative and community organizer who promotes garment workers’ rights and ethical fashion production. She is the founder of JooJoo Azad, an anti-capitalist, intersectional feminist, and body-positive political fashion blog and the Blue Tin Production Co-op, a clothing manufacturing co-operative run by immigrant & refugee women which seeks to challenge the fashion industry’s heavy reliance on sweatshops and create opportunities for immigrant and refugee women to find well-paid, women-centered, highly skilled work. In doing so, Blue Tin Production hopes to act as an alternative to sweatshop-based fashion production within the United States, disrupting chains of violence within the industry.

Episode 54: We Man Up (ft. Aymann Ismail)

On this episode, Aymann Ismail, host of Slate’s Man Up podcast joins the show to discuss what it means to be a man in today’s world, what positive masculinity can look like, and how men can achieve it. Plus Makkah brings on a special guest, Rizwaan Akhtar, to learn about the spaces some men are creating to unpack their own ideas about manhood.

Episode 51: Heyyy Auntie! (ft. The Village Auntie)

The Village Auntie herself, Angelica Lindsey-Ali, joins us to discuss the importance of owning your sexual health and finding spaces to explore issues around intimacy, pleasure and womanhood.

GUEST: Angelica Lindsey-Ali, @villageauntie, is a community scholar whose research interests include the West African roots of African American Islamic identity and the role of sacred sexuality within West and East African cultures. She is a certified sexual health educator has been working in the field of public health for the last 15 years and has been providing 1-on-1 support to women for 20+ years.

Episode 50: 30 Feet From Stardom (ft. Dalia Mogahed)

This week, we talk about what it feels like to be recognized in public and the special brand of online vitriol that is reserved just for women. Plus Dalia Mogahed chats with us about whether the costs of being a Muslim woman with a public profile outweigh the benefits and shares what motivates her to keep going, despite the backlash.

Guest: Dalia Mogahed, @DMogahed, is the Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, where she leads the organization’s pioneering research and thought leadership programs on American Muslims. She is a frequent expert commentator in global media outlets and international forums. With John L. Esposito, Dalia co-authored the book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think and was appointed to President Obama’s advisory council on faith-based and neighborhood partnerships in 2009. Dalia’s 2016 TED talk was named one of the top TED talks that year. She is also the CEO of Mogahed Consulting.


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