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We've Been Writing

In the aftermath of the #SanBernardino shooting, we've both been thinking and writing. Be sure to check out our pieces:

As a host on the show #GoodMuslimBadMuslim, I often get asked the question: What it’s like to be Muslim in today’s political climate? Our monthly podcast has only been out a year, and when interviewed, reporters will often cite a recent Islamophobic hate incident, state what an anomaly it is and make a loose statement of what a coincidence it is that our podcast exists at this time. The truth is over the course of 12 shows, we haven’t been able to go one month without having a hate incident to report on or anti-Muslim micro-aggressions to reflect on. As Muslim Americans, this is a part of our lived experience and if anything, access to social media by this community is only serving to uplift the narratives that had in the past been internalized.
So how do I trump the Trump fatigue? As a writer and a comedian, I feel trapped. Writing about him gives him more attention. Joking about him fuels the naive idea that he’s nothing more than a one-dimensional source of outlandish click-bait entertainment. The truth is, he is far more dangerous than that, and he’s not going away anytime soon. So, how do we take care of ourselves and stay energized in the meantime?
Posted on January 4, 2016 and filed under Projects.

Zahra's Muslim Funny

This past week the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim team was on the road for the Muslim Funny Fest in New York City. The festival was great - there were some amazing comedians that had us laughing and cringing. Our very own Zahra did an awesome set on the second day of the festival - and you can check it out right here. Watch, laugh, enjoy! Thanks to the organizers of the event for creating a much needed space.

And stay tuned for our New YorK City podcast which will be uploaded very very soon!

Posted on August 4, 2015 and filed under Projects.

Zahra and Taz Take on the Big Apple

Zahra and Taz are coming to New York City, and we need you to LAUGH! 

Join us at the Asian American Writers Workshop on Thursday, July 23rd at 7pm to be a part of the studio audience for the recording of Episode #7 of the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast! 

RSVP for FREE right here!

Facebook Event Page right here!

You are promised an evening of conversation and laughter as the quirky yet controversial duo of the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast record a live show for their next episode from the heart of the Big Apple. Stay tuned as co-hosts Zahra Noorbakhsh and Taz Ahmed declare fatwas, creep Sharia and hand out Good Muslim awards. The show will be recorded. As is all of their conversations. Stick around for the Q&A Aftershow, moderated by Deepa Crash of the Good Cha Podcast. Co-sponsored by the Mipsterz - Muslim HipstersMuslim Writers CollectiveBrown Girl Magazine, & South Asian Women's Creative Collective - SAWCC.

BONUS - if you want to laugh even MORE, catch Zahra doing standup at the Muslim Funny Fest on July 22nd! You can get tickets for the show right here at this link. 

Posted on July 19, 2015 and filed under Projects.

Be Mine.

Next time, on the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast we talk about another twitter hashtag inspired art installation - The #MuslimVDay Cards! Initially started in 2011, Taz Ahmed painted her favorite hashtags into Valentines Day cards and mailed them out to her friends. Every year since then, she's been creating a series of six uniquely and politically charged punny cards. The cards set out to disrupt the narrative and make people think twice about the islamophobic rhetoric that exists - all while spreading love with cheeky snarky humor. Check out her full interview at Colorlines here.  

It is that time of the year again, and you can now buy your own set of #MuslimVDay cards! Pictured above is the latest #MuslimVDay 2015 set, but all four sets (for a total of 24 different images) are available for purchase at TazzyStar's Etsy Shop. Check out the shop and buy your cards here! 

And stay tuned for the next the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast out in early February. 

Posted on January 24, 2015 and filed under Projects.