Saturday Night Live Makes Its Way to the Arab World

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on February 19, 2016 in Blog

This Saturday, Egypt will be welcoming a new television show. But this isn’t another Arabic melodrama, this is a show that has made its way to the Arab world from a few continents over. A country that is known for its film, music and theatrical industries, is even more recognized for its citizens’ sense of humor and comedy.

The hit American show, Saturday Night Live, has contracted the television channel OSN to be the official home for Saturday Night Live Arabic. Many famous and well-known actors such as

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UNHCR to Receive Award for International Commitment at the 2016 Gibran Awards Gala

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on February 17, 2016 in Blog

       Award for International Commitment   The amount of courage that goes into the decision to uproot your family from your home to an unknown world is extraordinary. For 65 years, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has ensured that no one needs to make that journey alone. It is their unflagging dedication to...

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The Arabs to Our South: The Arab Diaspora in Latin America

Posted by Jacob Saliba on February 16, 2016 in Blog
Look no further than south of the border. Welcome to Latin America! Home to exquisite landscapes, world wonders, warm weather and the largest Arab population outside of the Middle East. Latin America is home to anywhere from 17 to 30 million people of Arab descent, that’s more than any other diaspora region in the world. While we all know of Shakira, Salma Hayek and the likes, did you know Carlos Slim Helú, the wealthiest man in the world is of Mexican Lebanese nationality? How about the eight presidents, countless parliamentarians and mayors of Arab heritage?
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Countdown Vol. 14 No.4: Let’s Get In Formation

Posted on February 04, 2016 in Countdown
This week in Countdown: New Hampshire results are in and they are surprising; FBI debuts new CVE computer game to serious criticism; Egypt's Foreign Minister was in DC; DOJ files suit against Ferguson, MO; Beyonce shows us what a powerful formation can be.
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Remembering Alan Rickman and Rachel Corrie

Posted by Shadi Matar on January 22, 2016 in Blog
This past week, actor and filmmaker Alan Rickman died at the age of 69 years old from cancer. Rickman is remembered for his iconic roles in such films as the Harry Potter series, Dogma, and The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy. But in the Arab American community, Rickman is also remembered for his role as editor and director of the 2005 play “My Name is Rachel Corrie” based on the life of the pro-Palestinian peace activist Rachel Corrie.
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Arabs & Arab Americans Breaking Down Barriers in Hollywood

Posted by Meredith Pahowka on January 20, 2016 in Blog
Talented Arab and Arab American filmmakers and creators are finally receiving more attention in Hollywood. These communities are celebrating the success of a film and TV show that are drawing attention to Arab cinema and working to break down the barriers to a more positive representation.
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Arab American Taam: More Kunafa Please

Posted by Beshouy Botros on August 14, 2015 in Blog
Arab desserts are not only rich and layered – their histories provide readers a treat that is almost as sweet and fascinating as the dishes themselves. Kunafa is another classic Arab dessert popular in the Levant and Egypt – unsurprisingly, its history and assembly are both rich and layered.
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Arab American Taam: Baklavism

Posted by Beshouy Botros on August 06, 2015 in Blog
The most anticipated guests at Arab religious celebrations, weddings, and gatherings are the sweets, and among them Baklava emerges as the guest of honor. Baklava is claimed as a national dessert and favorite of dozens of countries in the eastern Mediterranean region. From Hungary to Iran, peoples abide by their own cult of Baklavism, in which matters of filling, syrup, and dough assume religious gravity.
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Allow My Dress to Introduce Me

Posted by Neveen Hammad on August 04, 2015 in Blog
When a Palestinian woman wears her thobe, or traditional Palestinian dress, she is displaying her heritage on her sleeves. Palestinian embroidery, or tatreez, is the artwork featured on each woman’s thobe, and the shapes and colors of the tatreez can be read to understand a woman’s background, heritage, and struggle. Tatreez dates back to the 8th century CE, and the arrangement of colors and patterns typically indicate what village a woman is from. Although it is most often found on women’s thobe, this embroidery is also exhibited on pillowcases and other home accessories. Tatreez embroidery is typically created separately on small pieces of cloth then sown onto larger fabric pieces. Common tatreez designs include geometric shapes and elements of nature, including the sun, moon, stars, mountains, and water. This embroidery is a woman’s form of expression. If a woman from Hebron desires to have children, she would embroider a doll figure on her thobe. Women from the village of Beit Dajan often embroider orange blossoms because that village is known for its orange orchards.
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"Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" In Theatres

Posted by Arab American Institute on July 30, 2015 in Blog
“Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” is being released in the United States in select theaters beginning August 7th in both New York and LA.
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