New Animated Feature ‘Bilal’ Tells The Story Of Ethiopian Slave Who Became ‘Voice Of Islam’


Dubai-based animation and special effects studio Barajoun Entertaiment has revealed the teaser trailer for its first feature project, titled Bilal. The animated film is inspired by the true story of Bilal Ibn Rabah, a freed slave of Ethiopian origin who converted to Islam and became a trusted companion of the Prophet Muhammad after his emancipation. Impressed by Bilal’s sonorous voice and unwavering faith, Muhammad handpicked him to call Muslims to prayer as Islam’s first muezzin. Bilal’s descendants are also believed to have established the Mali Empire’s Keita Dynasty

A Filipino restaurant owner says shame may be one reason authentic Filipino food has not become mainstream

One of the reasons could be that we were not raised to be entrepreneurs. We were raised to be doctors, lawyers — risk-averse careers. I do think there’s a Filipino renaissance right now with artists and entrepreneurs.

Second, there’s a [Tagalog] word called hiya, which means shame. That’s why [some restaurants] give the “white-man menu” [to customers] because they think they’re not going to like dinuguan, which is a pork blood stew. But why have hiya when the French have boudin noir and the Spanish have morcilla? It is because when you’re colonized over so many years, you don’t value your own culture, even though we have so much pride.

PHOTOS: Transgender Elders Show Us the Meaning of Survival

BY  Mitch Kellaway February 24 2015 7:00 AM ET

In the many years that Jess T. Dugan, a Boston-based trans photographer, has spent capturing images of gender-variant people, she says she’s consistently noticed a striking absence in both art and social sciences: imagery of older trans folks.

Texas sports anchor gives powerful speech denouncing racist signs at basketball game

Maybe you’ll hear it better from this guy.

By: 14 hours ago

This week Dale Hansen of WFAA-TV of Dallas/Fort Worth gave a powerful talk on air expressing his disappointment in a group of young fans who held up a sign saying “White Power” at a basketball game in Flower Mound, Texas.

Hansen, who previously defended Michael Sam in a similar on-air talk, begins speaking about the incident, then ties in the history of the town before speaking about his own experiences growing up.

“The one black family [my father] knew were good people; all the others he didn’t know, they were the bad people,” Hansen says. “The ignorance in that reasoning if you think about it long enough will twist your mind and it twisted mine.

“Kids have to be taught to hate, and it’s our parents and grandparents and our teachers and coaches too who teach us to hate. Kids become the product of that environment. I was and they are.”

In Order to End Police Brutality, We Need to End the Police

Nonmonogamy and Fluid Sexuality on “House of Cards”

House of Cards is a world that pushes the boundaries of sexuality, both within the framework of television, and within society itself. Depictions of open marriages, female pleasure, threesomes, erotic asphyxiation, lesbian relationships, and so much more are rarely seen on television, especially not on the same show—and in real life, many of these things are stigmatized and shuffled under the carpet. The depiction of sexuality also occurs within an intriguing framework, as almost everyone is obsessed with power and prestige, and sex often becomes a means to those ends—leaving the show walking a tightrope between depicting the characters negatively and depicting sexuality negatively. For the most part, it does very well, distinguishing between horrible things that characters do to each other and the way they interact sexually.

Canada’s negligence and indifference is killing Indigenous people

From small pox blankets and scalping bounties to imprisonment and neglect — Canada is killing our people and Canadians will be next if nothing is done to change the value (or lack thereof) that we collectively put on human life – all human life. This dictatorial, police state is not what newcomers to Canada had in mind when they came to Canada. A territory shared with Indigenous Nations based on formal agreements (treaties) and information agreement (alliances) were founded on three principles: one, mutual respect; two, mutual prosperity; and three, mutual protection. Indigenous peoples, their families, communities and Nations protected and cared for newcomers. Our people fought in Canada’s world wars to protect our shared territory and people. Now it’s time for Canadians to stand up for Indigenous peoples.