Su’ad Abdul Khabeer
Su’ad Abdul Khabeer is a scholar-artist-activist who uses anthropology and performance to explore the intersections of race and popular culture. Su’ad is currently an associate professor of American Culture and Arab and Muslim American Studies at the University of Michigan. Her latest work, Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip Hop in the United States, is an ethnography on Islam and hip hop that examines how intersecting ideas of Muslimness and Blackness challenge and reproduce the meanings of race in the US.
Fahiym Abdul-Wasi is longtime writer, editor, lecturer, and higher education professional. With 12 years of professional journalism experience under his belt, Fahiym gained recognition throughout his time at The Source magazine, where he worked his way up the ladder from being a contributing writer in 2000, to Editor-in-Chief in 2005. His work has also appeared in Vibe and Variety. Since 2012, Fahiym has also been working in the field of higher education and is currently writing his debut book on Black manhood in the 21st century entitled One Step Beyond.
Salima Rah delivers a fusion of genres and sounds with a blend of soothing jazz vocals, hypnotic rap flow and lyrics of integrity. She honed her skills as an artist in New York city’s jazz community, and has performed at numerous venues including The Nuyorican Poets Café, Brooklyn Academy of Music, BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, Lincoln Center, Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall with Soul Science Band, and the Jazzy Jazz Festival at Medgar Evers College with the Rudi Mwongozi.
Wes Jackson has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and innovator in the music business. His career began as a concert producer and promoter for legendary headliners across Hip Hop and other genres. In 2005 Wes founded the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival with the mission to create a world class event to honor Hip Hop music and culture and the borough of Brooklyn. Since then the Festival has hosted a range of amazing talent. He currently serves as Executive in Residence and Director of the Business of Creative Enterprises Program in the Department of Marketing Communication at Emerson College.
Zaheer Ali is the Oral Historian at Brooklyn Historical Society, where he currently directs the Muslims in Brooklyn project, a multi-year public arts and history project designed to amplify the histories of Muslims in Brooklyn. He also co-produces and co-hosts Flatbush + Main, Brooklyn Historical Society’s award-winning monthly podcast, now in its fourth year of exploring Brooklyn’s past and present.