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Samar Haddad King: Founding and Artistic Director of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre Palestinian-American Profiles
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Samar Haddad King: Founding and Artistic Director of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre

From the young age of three, Samar Haddad King has used dance and movement as a tool for self-expression. Growing up Palestinian-American in the diaspora, King found that movement helped overcome communication barriers: “When we were younger and didn’t all have a common language yet, I found it interesting how dance or movement could transcend language.”

about 1 day ago
Video: Palestinian Teen Eyes Future as ‘Famous Lawyer’ News Roundup
Ian Lee, CNN

Video: Palestinian Teen Eyes Future as ‘Famous Lawyer’

Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi has been freed from an Israeli prison after serving an eight-month prison sentence for slapping a soldier, according to a spokesman for Israel's Prison Authority. Tamimi's mother, Nariman Tamimi, was also released.

about 3 weeks ago
Great March of Return: Dreaming of Freedom Video Stories
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Great March of Return: Dreaming of Freedom

The Great March of Return began as Ahmed Abu Artema’s dream - a dream to "fly free like birds” over Israel's militarized fence encaging Gaza. The dream turned into reality when tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees braved sniper fire for the freedom to return to their homes and land Israel banned them from.

on July 17, 2018
Preserving Palestinian Culture, One Seed at a Time Palestinian-American Profiles
Joshua David Stein, The Village Voice

Preserving Palestinian Culture, One Seed at a Time

Tanoreen’s owner, Rawia Bishara, was born in Nazareth and followed her husband to the United States in 1973. In 1998, after raising two children, she opened the place with only ten seats.

on July 13, 2018
George Bisharat: Legal Scholar, Educator, and Blues Musician Palestinian-American Profiles
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George Bisharat: Legal Scholar, Educator, and Blues Musician

Reflecting on his career and writing, Bisharat explains, “Fighting injustice is what inspires me professionally, personally and creatively through my legal career, as an educator and as a musician.”

on July 10, 2018
Palestinian-American George Bisharat “Big Harp George” Releases Video for  “Alternative Facts” Palestinian-American Profiles
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Palestinian-American George Bisharat “Big Harp George” Releases Video for “Alternative Facts”

Palestinian-American law professor turned blues musician George Bisharat has a new album out on July 16. Taking the blues world by storm as Big Harp George, his latest record, Uptown Cool, is already creating a lot of buzz. Alternative Facts is the first video off the album, a biting parody about living in a post-truth world brought on by the Trump administration.

on July 2, 2018
Chicago Palestinian Series: Professor Iymen Chehade Palestinian-American Profiles
Director Colette Ghunim, Producer Miasarah Lai

Chicago Palestinian Series: Professor Iymen Chehade

Chicago-based professor Iymen Chehade is devoted to telling the story of Palestine and the fight against Israeli apartheid through college classrooms and his new project, Uprising Theater, a space where art will amplify struggles for social justice. "When you work on Palestine here, it's as if you're resisting over there."

on June 29, 2018
Chicago Palestinian Series: Palestinian-American Chef Abeer Najjar Palestinian-American Profiles
Director Colette Ghunim, Producer Miasarah Lai

Chicago Palestinian Series: Palestinian-American Chef Abeer Najjar

Chicago-based Palestinian-American chef Abeer Najjar creates fusion dishes inspired by her Palestinian upbringing, using food to keep her heritage alive. “Our narrative as Palestinians is being erased.”

on June 21, 2018
Tatreez & Tea Preserves Palestinian Embroidery in the Diaspora News Roundup
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Tatreez & Tea Preserves Palestinian Embroidery in the Diaspora

The second edition of Tatreetz & Tea, a book on the history of Palestinian embroidery, is set to be released later this month. Tatreez & Tea, a U.S.-based initiative dedicated to preserving Palestinian embroidery (tatreez), folk art, and storytelling, celebrates the release of its second edition book this June 30th.

on June 19, 2018