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A Modern Retelling of Salahadin

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A Modern Retelling of Salahadin

Share Every now and then, we stumble on a project that is driven by pure ambition and vision. Amateur film director, Ahmad Saadaldin, and his talented crew are trying their hand in the world of film with a proposed series about the life of Salahadin. After four-months of dedication and hard work, the team produced a visually stunning teaser for their planned series. They are now in the writing and production stage of their project and have launched a crowd funding campaign to raise funds for a 45-minute pilot episode. So why Salahadin? How...

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THIS Toothbrush is no ordinary toothbrush: Interview with Leen Sadder

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THIS Toothbrush is no ordinary toothbrush: Interview with Leen Sadder

Share   What happens when a design student is asked to take a traditional concept and bring it back in “modern” form? The answer came to New York designer Leen Sadder as she tossed another empty tube of toothpaste into the trashcan.  She wondered, why can’t there be a more environmentally sustainable way of brushing teeth? That semester, THIS Toothbrush was born. Inspired by the Miswak, a cleaning twig with both medical and religious significance, THIS Toothbrush is encased in a modern and sleek packaging and has a definite...

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Idrees: The Music and The Message

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Idrees: The Music and The Message

Share by: Eman Shurbaji Eman Shurbaji is a feature journalist from California. One of her interests includes the arts, and she is always on the lookout for underrepresented and burgeoning talent. She became acquainted with Idrees upon attending events in Fresno, Calif., his hometown. She sat down to speak to Idrees about his message and sources of inspiration.   Idrees. He’s a West-coast artist with a national and international flair, doing various types of rapping and music producing. His debut album, Scratch the Surface, is...

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Culture Elevators: Nadia J.

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Culture Elevators: Nadia J.

  In the first installment of Elevate Culture’s new video series “Culture Elevators”, Nadia Janjua of nadiajart.com shares her point of view on how her art elevates her spirituality and some advice for up-and-coming higher-purpose artists.

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Musings from the World of Publishing

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Musings from the World of Publishing

Share   We caught up with award-winning Canadian blogger and writer, Sarah Farrukh. Ms. Farrukh’s unique journey in the world of writing and publishing took many twists and turns that reminded us that personal expression is not about the end goal as much as it is about the process. Ms. Farrukh was recently awarded the Brass Crescent awards in the categories of best blog and best writer. She is also a newly appointed Associtate Editor at Altmuslimah and has eloquently reviewed several novels on her blog, including recent...

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A Thoroughly Modern Artist–Interview with Kelly Izdihar

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A Thoroughly Modern Artist–Interview with Kelly Izdihar

  In this interview, we’ll be introducing a gem in the Atlanta community: Kelly Izdihar! Kelly grew up in Louisiana, where she fostered her love for the arts from an early age. Her educational and work pursuits have taken her all over the world. Her fascinating career in both the production and management of art is full of great lessons for all you emerging artists out there. To learn more about Kelly’s work, visit her website.   What was your ‘aha’ moment that made you realize art was calling you? I guess you can say...

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Ready, Set, Action! Interview with Kashif Pasta

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Ready, Set, Action! Interview with Kashif Pasta

In this interview, we ask aspiring filmmaker Kashif Pasta to share what got him into film and where he plans to go with his passion. To learn more about Kashif’s work, check out his Youtube Channel or his recent trailer for Elevate Culture.   What was your ‘aha’ moment that made you realize art was calling you? There have been so many ‘aha’ moments that have supported the idea that filmmaking is my calling and have pulled me in further each time. But the first was when I was three years old and was told that Saved by the...

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Musings from a Musician–Interview with Zain Lodhia (Part One)

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Musings from a Musician–Interview with Zain Lodhia (Part One)

  EC brings you this interview with a talented rising musician from Chicago–Zain Lodhia. Zain shared with us  his intimate journey trying to negotiate meaning and value in the complex world of music. You can find more about Zain on his website or Facebook page. In Part One, we asked Zain to share some basic information about himself and his overall experiences.  Share   1. What was your ‘aha’ moment that made you realize art was calling you? Art and specifically music have always been a passion of mine. It wasn’t until...

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Lifting Covered -Interview with Kulsoom Abdulla

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Lifting Covered -Interview with Kulsoom Abdulla

Share   EC met up with Kulsoom Abdulla at CrossFit in Atlanta and had a quick chat with her about her experience as a competitive weightlifter, balancing her love for sport and spirituality.   Kulsoom Abdullah has been Olympic Weightlifting and Crossfitting for three years. She launched liftingcovered.com to document her experiences weightlifting in an effort to compete at U.S. national competitions. She attended her first U.S. national competition in Iowa in July 2011.   At the International level, she...

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The Faces of North American Muslims

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The Faces of North American Muslims

Written by EC Blogger Ali El-Ashram Share The Faces of North American Muslims from Elevate Culture on Vimeo.   If ISNA stands for Islamic Society of North America, then it should hold true that the convention-goers are an accurate sampling of the Muslim population in North America at-large. The faces you see in the video above are the faces of North American Muslim youth. They eat Crunch Berries for breakfast, they listen to Kanye and Taylor Swift, and they are into all kinds of different pastimes you’ve never heard of (you heard the...

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