Category: CULTURE

Ahmed Al-Ansari Discusses His PhD Dissertation about Iraqi Identity in Dearborn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFiQZfFEzXA   A full lecture by Ahmed Al-Ansari is coming soon to Dearborn Open Mic.  

ART INSTALLATION ASKS VIEWERS TO HELP REVIVE UNIVERSITY OF BAGHDAD FINE ARTS LIBRARY

Iraqi American artist transforms grief over cultural loss into a call to action Concurrent presentations in Dearborn, Mich. and Taiwan Dearborn, Mich. (Nov. 16, 2017) – During the invasion of Iraq by a U.S.-led coalition in 2003, the College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad lost its entire library to looters who set ...

Serving Time At Gas Station – Part 1

Did you serve your time? That is the nick name given to working in a gas station when you first immigrate to Dearborn or first start looking for a  job as a young Arab American. Although Gas Station Attendant is rated as one of the most dangerous jobs in America, Arab Americans, in Michigan specially, ...

Del Taco Receipt Analysis

https://youtu.be/DZ_1p1k7UtI

Coming out

You know how sexuality is such a taboo topic to discuss in many parts around the world but it especially is one in our Middle Eastern community. Now, sexual orientation is even a bigger taboo to come near to than sexuality in general is. Western societies have not come completely in peace with it either. ...

Acculturation

A well-known model of acculturation comes from John Berry, a psychologist and theorist, famous for the four-fold model of acculturation strategies. He theorizes that immigrants and immigrant communities generally follow one of four strategies in adapting to their new community. They either assimilate, separate, integrate, or marginalize. Briefly, assimilation is when the immigrant or the ...

HOT Syrian music artists @AANM in October

Greetings! I hope this finds you well. The Arab American National Museum (AANM) is pleased to welcome leading Syrian American performers for concerts on Friday, Oct. 20 and Monday, Oct. 23. Below you’ll find a press release for the Oct. 20 Global Fridays appearance by Hello Psychaleppo; attached are photo of the artist, whose given ...

A Woman’s Right to Move

When I was in eighth grade my teacher had us write down our goals for high school. My number one goal was to get accepted to the University of Michigan. I was unsure why I wanted to attend the institution so bad. Nobody in my immediate family had attended and I actually knew very little ...

Ambassador of Poetry … Dr. Ali Ajami

Ambassador Dr. Ali Ajami advocates for Arabic Poetry through his attendance and participation in various literacy forums among which is Dearborn Open Mic.

Love Always Wins At The End, Poem by Alaa Barakat

The world has stood against me once It told me I was not welcome To run on its grounds To seek a dream I once had The world was tough and mean But I didn’t let it distract me From the journey I have already started The world did not change its mind immediately About ...

Multicultural Match

So, one day you meet this guy on Match.com.  He’s quiet.  He’s interesting.  He’s worldly and open minded.  Oh, and did I mention he’s gorgeous?  How is it possible this beautiful guy isn’t already snatched up?  And how is it possible that he’s smitten with you?  This is what I thought 13 years ago when ...

Nick Vujicic in Arabic by Haidar Mazen

No arms, no legs - no worries! Nick Vujicic uses his story to inspire and inform people all around the world. Nick is an Australian Christian evangelist and motivational speaker born with tetra-amelia syndrome,[4] a rare disorder characterized by the absence of arms and legs. He is one of the seven known surviving individuals planet-wide ...

Racism Smiles On S. Brady by Yasmine Badaoui

Yasmine Badaoui is a free lance writer, and she is an editor in Miss Muslim.She has a bachelors degree in Psychology from Iowa State University. Yasmine recited her poem at the Dearborn Open Mic last Wednesday that talks about the controversial Statue of Hubbard and the discussion of its removal from Dearborn.

Amer Zahr … Activism Through Comedy and Writing

Amer Zahr is an Arab-American of Palestinian descendant. He is known for his stand-up comedian, writer, filmmaker, producer, adjunct law professor at the University of Detroit Mercy, and former lawyer. He was born in Jordan to refugee parents of Palestinian heritage originally from Nazareth and then moved to the United States when he was three ...

Dearborn Open Mic … The Artistic Oasis in Arab American Dearborn

"Dearborn has a consortium of Arabic poets, Young Artists, and Arab American creative writing talents, that it should be considered an intellectual and artistic center, if it wasn't for the lack of that expression in the community. We are going to change that."

The Argeeli Romance

I was sitting in a café with a friend of mine. We both ordered our argeeli (another name for the hookah or shisha). These are water pipes, and are used to smoke flavored or straight tobacco. I ordered mine mint flavored, dried, with a glass of Perrier and he ordered a grape mint argeeli and a glass ...

Endangered Art

Imagine a world without art. No Rembrandt, no Hemingway, no Kubrick, no J.S. Bach, not even “Cirque du Soleil”. As scary is that may sound, let us imagine for a moment that artistic imagination isn’t a human characteristic. Is it possible then, that we would lose our inspiration, and the compass of our humanity or ...

“Too Religious”

Discouragement from Muslims towards other Muslims practicing religion is common in Dearborn and overlooked often.

Empower Your Child’s Future

It’s more important now than ever to empower children by giving them the tools they need to develop their own identity and life skills.

Five Events To Attend in Dearborn In The Next Couple Weeks

As we enjoy the last month in the summer of 2017, five events are coming up in Dearborn that you probably want to take advantage off: