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Imam Zaid Shakir

Imam Zaid Shakir is a co-founder, Board of Trustees, and Faculty member of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, CA.
As Imam of Masjid Al-Islam in New Haven, CT from 1988 to 1994 he spearheaded a community renewal and grassroots anti-drug efforts. For seven years in Syria, and briefly in Morocco, Shakir immersed himself in an intense study of Arabic, […]

Amir Sulaiman

Amir Sulaiman is a poet, recording artist, activist and New York native. His poems cross subjects of love, tragedy, and the struggle to reconcile humanity with the unprecedented trials of modernity. He has performed his works across the US and in England, Belgium, Senegal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Australia, Iran and the Netherlands. His book of poetry, Love, Gnosis […]

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is an eight-member, Chicago-based collective consisting of 8 blood brothers trained in musical instrumentation by their father, jazz trumpeter Kelan Phil Cohran (who played with Earth, Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan, and Sun Ra). The brothers absorbed hip-hop, rock, reggae and other components into the cosmic jazz style of their father. In 1999, Hypnotic […]

Danay Suarez

“She’s a voice of resilience and passionate self-invention” – New York Times
Danay Suarez, was born in Havana, Cuba in 1985. She joined “Opera de la Calle”, in 2003 which help form her skill as a lyrical singer. She later went on to become a mainstay in Cuba’s underground rap movement. Danay’s ability to adapt has allowed her […]