Ahmed and See Something Say Something are leaving BuzzFeed News — so we’re taking a moment to reflect with Bim Adewunmi, Tabir Akhter, and Sara Yasin. Ahmed talks candidly about what the show set out to do, the future of See Something Say Something, and more. Plus, we read mail from our super smart and wonderful fans.Stay subscribed to the feed for future announcements or potential episodes of See Something Say Something. No promises, though!Keep in touch with Ahmed by emailing
Comedian Aamer Rahman’s viral stand-up bit on “Reverse Racism” is a sharp, thoughtful, and hilarious take on a microaggression that has always been a struggle to respond to. Aamer joins us on the show this week to continue schooling us on political change, why Muslims have a right to feel angry, and why Desi food and Coke go oh-so-well together.And, some sad news. See Something Say Something will soon be ending its run at BuzzFeed News. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be
This week, we've got an elections update! Ahead of midterm elections, we're checking in with BuzzFeed News reporters on the Muslim candidates that ran for office this year. Talal Ansari gives us an update on everyone from Ilhan Omar to Rashida Tlaib and Abdul El Sayed. He tells us who's still in the running and what they're facing in their respective regions. Then, reporter Hannah Allam returns to the show to discuss her latest piece about Muslims in the Republican party.Check out Hannah's
We're back with the final installment of our food series! Each episode of Mangoes & Memories explores food through the lens of culture and politics. This week’s episode is about the Gullah/Geechee community and their fight to maintain their culture and history. First, BuzzFeed News reporter Hannah Allam discusses her reporting on Sapelo Island, Georgia and how the present-day Gullah community is taking legal action against the state to protect their land. She also introduces us to the
Mangoes are one of the world’s most treasured fruit, but for Indian and Pakistani immigrants, it’s nearly impossible to get the beloved Alphonso and Chaunsa varietals in America. In this episode, we explore why some people are willing to pay nearly $9 a pop for a taste of home. We talk to food writer Myles Karp about the complications Indian mangos have faced entering the US, from political bans to regulation to the plain old ravages of time and rot. Then, Ahmed calls up his cousin Medeeha
It’s a new food mini-series! Each episode of Mangoes & Memories will explore food through the lens of culture and politics. This week’s episode is about Eid al Adha and how some American Muslims are taking a more ethical stance towards meat consumption. First, a visit to the farm! Diane Abboushi of Halal Pastures walks us through a day of Eid celebrations at Halal Pastures, where she raises and prepares organic, grass-fed halal meat with her husband Samer. Then, Ahmed talks to Nuri Friedlan
This week, we’re tackling a sensitive topic: suicide and mental health services in the American Muslim community. A few weeks ago, BuzzFeed News reporter Hannah Allam published a piece on the rise of suicide rates in the community and what can be done in terms of prevention and awareness. Ahmed talks to her about her reporting and also brings in rapper, chaplain, and artist Mona Haydar, who recently released a song about a friend who took her own life.If you or someone you know needs help
Fatimah Asghar is a Pakistani-Kashmiri poet, writer, and co-creator of the web series ‘Brown Girls,’ which is currently in development with HBO. Her new book of poems, ‘If They Come For Us,’ released this week. Ahmed talks to her about the challenges and joy of creating for your own community, depicting queer love on screen, and what so many people get wrong about being an orphan.Buy Fatimah’s new book, “If They Come For Us”: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/565781/if-
It’s time for another pop culture round up! This time, we’re checking in with TV Guide’s Krutika Mallikarjuna and Condeé Nast's Muna Mire about two queer Muslims currently on TV. First, we discuss *the character Adena El-Amin from the social media-obsessed, openly feminist dramedy, "The Bold Type".* Then, we discuss the *phenomenon* of "Queer Eye" and *the highs and lows of the show's fashion expert, Tan France.* Plus: we take a BuzzFeed quiz and discuss what else is good to watch right now.
Have you ever wondered how many Americans are married to their cousin? How hairy the average woman of color is? Well! Data journalist Mona Chalabi has the answers to all your weirdest queries, often with whimsical and witty illustrations. Ahmed and Mona talk about how opinion polling has been used against Muslims, double standards of shame across cultures, and her contentious friendship with Sesame Street’s Count von Count.Follow Mona on Twitter and find her illustrated data sets on Insta
In this week’s episode, special guest host Sara Yasin steps in to discuss the most burning questions we all have about the World Cup. Like: who do you root for when there’s only European nations left in the tourney? Can we use colonial injustices as a rubric to decide when the majority of the players are immigrants from ex-colonial states? How can you create a future Palestinian soccer team when there’s never been one before? She brings on BuzzFeed News’ Kovie Biakolo and AJ+’s Aisha Gani
In this week's episode, Ahmed discusses how anti-Muslim propaganda makes its way from Europe to the U.S. with Ishmael Daro of the BuzzFeed News Debunking Team and BuzzFeed's VP Legal and Associate General Counsel Nabiha Syed. They also go head-to-head in a game of 'Fake News or Not?'.Read Ishmael's story: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ishmaeldaro/anti-muslim-anti-immigrant-news-europe-to-america?utm_term=.fmk1dkA3JJFollow Ishmael @iD4ROFollow Nabiha @nabihasyedFollow Ahmed @radbrownd
On a scale of 1-10, how much do you think our civil liberties have eroded this past month? These are the kind of things Ahmed worries about at night. So, he invited brother-in-law, ACLU lawyer, and real-life Supreme Court WINNER Nathan Freed Wessler and CUNY-CLEAR’s Tarek Ismail on the show to help make sense of recent legal challenges around immigration and surveillance. Discussed in this ep: the Muslim ban, ICE separating children from their families, and Nate’s landmark digital privacy
This week Ahmed talks with comedian Maz Jobrani about growing up in America with Iranian parents, turning down terrorist roles, and why he’s re-thinking using accents in his stand-up. Follow Maz at @MazJobraniFollow Ahmed at @radbrowndads, Follow the show at @seesomething and watch our new videos at facebook.com/seesomethingpodcastFind more episodes at buzzfeed.com/seesomethingsaysomethingEmail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Our music is by The Kominas. Follow them at @TheRealKomina
Ahmed is on vacation, so he wanted y’all to hear his favorite episode: Ghee is having a moment right now. People call it a magic food that will melt your fat away. Kourtney Kardashian swears by it. Whole Foods is selling it. And the marketing language always comes back to how “ancient,” “pure” and “authentic” it is. And Ahmed can’t stop thinking about it. So this week, we’re spending the whole episode tackling one question: Why is this happening to ghee? We do a taste test with th
Eid mubarak! Concluding our Ramadan series is a very special guest, ‘Top Chef’ contestant Fatima Ali. Join us for a ‘mental quickfire challenge’ where Fatima composes an Eid meal for 6 using Ahmed’s fridge leftovers. We chat about her time on the show, how her Pakistani heritage influences her work and her recent battle with cancer.Read Ahmed's essay on dhabas and diaspora: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ahmedaliakbar/tikka-masala-is-a-scam-and-other-lessons-from-pakistani?utm_term=.qwJ
Growing up in the oasis of the DMV, rapper Oddisee, aka Amir Mohammad, was surrounded by other black, immigrant, and Muslim families. On the show, he chats about how this influenced his viewpoint as a rapper and the in-between space he occupies as a Sudanese-American. Plus: he talks about making music during Ramadan and how touring in Europe made him realize — wow, white people actually have culture!Follow Amir @oddisee. Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads and the show @seesomething.Watch
From posing in Rihanna’s Fenty campaign to gracing the covers of magazines like British Vogue and Allure, supermodel Halima Aden is taking the fashion industry by storm. The 20-year-old Somali-American legend joins us to talk about her favorite parts about Ramadan, being elected homecoming queen in high school and teaches Ahmed how to take the perfect selfie.Follow Halima on Twitter @Kinglimaa and Instagram @halima. Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads. Follow the show @seesomething and facebook.co
In the second week of our Ramadan spotlight series, we talk with Ayman Mohyeldin, anchor and host at MSNBC. Ayman has spent years as a foreign correspondent and in front of a national audience, so Ahmed asks him about objectivity in media, covering the Trump administration, and some of the most moving moments he’s had observing Ramadan abroad. Plus: a quick fake news quiz! Plus: See Something Say Something is hosting Ramadan Lunch Break, a weekly live show every Wednesday at noon EST on o
RAMADAN MUBARAK!!! We’re so excited to kick off our annual, award-winning Ramadan series by speaking with Olympic bronze medalist, sabre fencer and future Barbie doll (!) Ibtihaj Muhammad. We talk to her about her conviction to fast while training, navigating white spaces as a black hijabi woman and her family’s modest, ethical fashion line, Louella.Plus: See Something Say Something is hosting Ramadan Lunch Break, a weekly live show every Wednesday at noon EST on our Facebook and Twitte
It’s almost Ramadan! So Ahmed brings on nutritionist and dietician Nour Zibdeh to answer all the most pressing questions about how to prep for a month of fasting, focus, and fun. Plus: Nour answers listener submitted questions, like how to avoid Ramadan breath, and whether you can eat pakoras every night for iftar.Follow Nour @Nour Zibdeh Nutrition on Facebook.Follow the show @seesomething and watch our videos at facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast. Email us at saysomething@buzzfeed.
Is Thanos a thicc daddy? We get into the real issues facing our culture with all-star BuzzFeeders Bim Adewunmi and Tabir Akhter. From the internet ruining everything to why Muslims invented “orbiting,” it’s gonna be a pop-culture grab bag of an episode. Boy band savant Sara Yasin also stops by to help unpack the status of Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid (ZIGI!!!) and explain why we should WhatsApp our moms to pray for them.Plus: Bim and Ahmed will be on Netflix coming this Summer! Read more abo
Iranian-American chef, author of “Salt Fat Acid Heat,” and bundle of joy Samin Nosrat joins us on the show this week. We chat about her theory behind cooking without recipes, gender and race in the kitchen and her super secret upcoming show.Follow Samin @CiaoSamin and purchase her cookbook “Salt Fat Acid Heat” at https://www.saltfatacidheat.com/. Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads. Follow the show @seesomething and watch our videos at facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast.
This week we have two very different but equally exciting guests. First we speak with political fashion blogger Hoda Katebi about “sounding American,” how the East was gay until colonization, and her new book club. Then, we chat with Katie Couric, American journalist and host of new Nat Geo series "American Inside Out", about "The Muslim Next Door," her exploration into stereotyping, representation, and conflict in the American Muslim community.Follow Hoda Katebi @hodakatebi and r
BuzzFeed reporters Hannah Allam and Talal Ansari found dozens of instances where state and local Republican politicians publicly attacked Islam. We sit down with Hannah and Talal to unpack the state of Islamophobia in American politics, civil rights fatigue, and the chaos presidency. Plus, ‘The Simpsons’ finally responded to Hari Kondabolu’s documentary ‘The Problem With Apu’ on a recent episode and we talk about how ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ it was.Read Hannah and Talal’s piece
This week, we cut to the feeling with cultural critic and poet Hanif Abdurraqib, author of "They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us". Ahmed and Hanif play a game of ’Carly Rae or Sufi?” and then chat about being the only POC in punk spaces and growing up Muslim. Later we call up Layla Abdullah-Poulos from NbA Muslims to unpack tribalism in the Muslim community, state violence, and the role of Muslim voices in the conversation about the Stephon Clark shooting.Follow Hanif @NifMuhamma
What does calling white radicals ‘terrorists’ accomplish? Is it a pandering rhetoric used by white liberals? Joining us to unpack media semantics and government policing around these issues are BuzzFeed’s VP Legal and Associate General Counsel Nabiha Syed with BuzzFeed News reporter Talal Ansari. Later we talk with Murtaza Mohammad Hussein, a reporter at The Intercept, to gut check the trial of Noor Salman, the wife of the Pulse shooter who is facing life in prison.Follow Nabiha @nabi
Nowruz Mubarak! Whether you call it Persian New Year, the Spring Equinox, or something else, it’s a time for renewal and refresh celebrated by folks from Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Uzbekistan, and more. And so we decided to take a deeper look at how Afghan immigrants celebrate the holiday. First, we talk to political analyst Muhammad Shafiq Hamdam for a quick explainer on Nowruz and its history. Then, we talk to Mina Maqsudi about celebrating Nowruz away from home and learning from her Farsi stude...more
Award-winning TV writer Sameer Asad Gardezi stops by the show to chat about his experiences writing for shows like Modern Family, being the only POC in white writer’s rooms, and his work with Muslim writer’s room projects. And then, stay tuned for a quick gut-check on The Oscars and the ‘Inclusion Rider’ (what the h*ck is it?) with our beloved Tabir Akhter.You can follow Sameer Gardezi at@sameergardezi and his website sameergardezi.com. Follow his writing room collaborators @MuslimA
Content warning: sexual harassment.Hajj is supposed to be one of the most spiritual, moving moments in a practicing Muslim’s life. But like all communities, Muslims are having a #MeToo moment, as women have started to share their experiences with sexual harassment and abuse in Mecca and American mosques. First, Ahmed talks to his sister Zainab Akbar, Supervising Attorney with Brooklyn Defenders Services, about their experiences in the pilgrimage nearly a decade ago. Later, SSSS braintrust
Randa Jarrar is an essayist, professor, and writer of two books of fiction, “A Map Of Home” and “Him, Me, Muhammad Ali.” She stops by the show to talk to Ahmed about her work on sexuality, cultural appropriation, and the humor of human vulgarity. She reads from her latest Bitch Media piece on the politics of consensual domination in sex and also chats about the “thousands of emails from Beckys” she’s received for her work and teaching her son about consent. You can follow her @randaja
This week, we stan Ryan Coogler. Ahmed talks Black Panther with BuzzFeed culture writer/co-host of Thirst Aid Kit Bim Adewunmi and Senior Interactive Editor at Cosmopolitan Alexis Nedd. They explore the film’s representation of diaspora, queer erasure and plot their dream Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
We’re back for season 4! First amendment queen Nabiha Syed and gloom and doom DJ Sara Yasin join us for a good ol' round of Halal or Not. Later, we talk about how the FBI meme is appropriating Muslim culture, Hoda Katebi’s legendary local news clapback and the way white media folks try to 'support immigrant' voices, and inevitably otherize them.
2017 has been a unmitigated trash fire, and it’s our last episode of the season (and year!) so we’re sharing the (few) things that brought us joy this year. We talk to Krutika Malikarjuna about the year’s best new comedy, The Good Place. Then, we talk to Sara Yasin about the best so-bad-they’re-good headlines she’s collected in her newsletter, Please Kill Me. And then Ahmed calls up his dad to talk about why he thinks Victoria & Abdul was a must-watch.
It’s election season in America and Muslims all around the country are turning up to run for public office, from big (Michigan governor) to small (local city council). But even though the candidates are running on local issues like housing rights and minimum wage, the national conversation about Muslims, national security, and terrorism have trickled down into their campaigns. We talk to BuzzFeed News’ own Talal Ansari about his reporting on these candidates with Hannah Allam. We also call up A
We're thrilled to introduce a new podcast hosted by friends-of-the-show Bim Adewunmi and Nichole Perkins. In this inaugural episode, they examine the charms of Southern men. With a little help from Nichole’s friend Cynthia Harris, they jumpstart the conversation looking at the very juicy André 3000 before sifting through portrayals of the South in film and TV. Plus: a battle for fanfiction supremacy in Fanfic Wars—vote early and vote often for your favorite. Find show notes, fanfic, an
There’s an important conversation about sexual harassment and assault happening across the United States. Things are no different for American Muslims. This fall, at least two major Muslim figures have been accused of abuse of power against women — the response has shown how difficult it can be for women to speak openly about abuse, and that many communities have a long way to go when it comes to supporting victims and survivors. So, we talk to BuzzFeed’s Hannah Allam about her reporting on N
We’re back with another jinn episode! This year, it’s all about taking the genie narrative beyond the lamp. First, a conversation with Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson about why jinn make for such compelling characters, her own experiences with jinn, and, of course, we talk a little Kamala Khan. Then, it’s a chill round of Do Better with Abid Anwar, where we tackle the jinn sex scene in “American Gods.” Plus, we bring you real life jinn stories from friends of the show.Follow Ah
Brother Ali’s been on a break from making music — in the five years since his last album, he’s travelled the world, studying up with traditional Islamic scholars and deciding whether hip-hop was still his purpose in life. The end product of that was his most recent album, All The Beauty in This Whole Life, his most spiritual work yet. Ali talks to Ahmed about prioritizing beauty, struggling with judgement within radical and mosque communities, and how KRS-One is a hip-hop sahaba. Plus, Ahmed
The show turns one year old this month! We have a lil’ party in the stude with all our fave BuzzFeed big sister types — Nabiha Syed, badass lawyer extraordinaire, Bim Adewunmi, thirst queen and BuzzFeed culture writer, and Tracy Clayton, host of Another Round and podcast genius. We talk about how discussions around being Muslim in America have evolved (or not) in the past year, how to be a good ally, self care, and the pressures of being a public voice.Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads Fol
This episode, we hear from Shias who are observing Muharram and Ashura — the commemoration of the death of the prophet’s grandson Hussein — and we talk about the power of grief to transform and empower. Plus: A conversation about what it’s like for Shia students to be in the minority in MSAs and other Muslim communities on college campuses.Follow Ahmed @radbrowndadsFollow Zainab @zainabshahFollow Shereen @ShereenYousufFollow Faiyaz @FaiyazJafferTake the audie
Trump’s immigration policies have mucked up a lot of lives. In this episode, SSSS producer Megan Detrie shares some stories from her reporting in Michigan with the Iraqi Christian community. Specifically, the Chaldean Christian immigrants and community leaders who are dealing with the aftermath of an unexpected ICE raid this summer. Four months later, these folks are still in detention, and their lawyers are arguing that they can't be sent to Iraq because they are likely to face persecution by I...more
Ghee is having a moment right now. People call it a magic food that will melt your fat away. Kourtney Kardashian swears by it. Whole Foods is selling it. And the marketing language always comes back to how “ancient,” “pure” and “authentic” it is. And Ahmed can’t stop thinking about it. So this week, we’re spending the whole episode tackling one question: Why is this happening to ghee? We do a taste test with the brain trust, chat with BuzzFeed Health editor Sally Tamarkin, NYU Food
Abdurrahim Rashada has seen a lot in his life. He served in the Navy during World War II. He survived and escaped the Jim Crow South. He worked in the GM factories of Michigan and saw their rise and fall. And then, he joined the Nation of Islam, attracted by their message of freedom, justice, and equality for black folks. And later, when the community moved towards Sunnism, he learned to adapt to a broader community of immigrant Muslims. In 1988, he met Ahmed when he had his first aqiqa
Umi says shine your light on the world, so in this episode, we explore why for so many Black American Muslims, hip-hop feels like home. Ahmed invites Dr. Su’ad Abdul-Khabeer and musician Salima Ra, into the studio to share one album, one song, and one lyric that they’re listening to right now. Then, we talk about Dr. Su’ad’s book, “Muslim Cool — Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States.” Afterwards, we call up Al-Taw’am, the badass twin dancers you may have seen in a B
Ahmed has a lot to process in this busy week of Eid Al-Adha and Hajj — he went to a halal butcher and zabiha slaughtered a lamb for the first time, so he calls up friend of the show (and Kominas singer) Basim Usmani to help digest his conflicting feelings. Before that, we catch up with Siraj Datoo, journalist and host of “The Pilgrimage” podcast, right before he rushes out the door for his flight to his first-ever pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. We’re making duah that Siraj’s ihram stays tigh
Season 3 of See Something Say Something debuts next week, but before that, a little taste of what we've been doing during our summer break — we recently brought all your favorite things to the stage in Dearborn, Michigan: comics, advice to Hollywood execs, and the true beauty of Dearborn restaurants (Hint: always order the platter). Co-presented with the Arab American National Museum, the show features poet, Hugo-nominated author of Throne of the Crescent Moon and writer for Marvel’s Black Bolt
Hey Michiganders, we’re headed your way with a great live show — co-presented with the Arab American National Museum — featuring stories and conversation about politics and pop culture. Not in Michigan? Well, listen anyway for a sneak peek at Season 3.
See Something Say Something is going on a little break to get ready for season 3. We’ll be working on new episodes, lots of videos, and even a Michigan live show. We’ll miss you on the podcast, but we’ll still be out here on Facebook, on twitter at @seesomething, and in our newsletter! And, if you have any ideas about stories or interviews you want to hear in season 3, tell us! We’d love to hear from you at email@example.com. Eid Mubarak and see ya soon!
In this last episode of our Ramadan series, we hear from friends of the show about the Night of Power and what it’s like to pray all night. Ahmed talks with BuzzFeed’s Nabiha Syed and Zainab Shah about imagining God when they were kids, counting prayers, heaven and hell, and what souls are like. Then, Ahmed calls up a special guest.Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads, Follow Nabiha at @nabihasyed, Follow Zainab at @zainabshahFollow the show at @seesomething and watch ou
In the fourth episode of the Ramadan series, Ahmed talks to converts about the struggles and joys of finding community in immigrant Muslim masjids. First, we listen to some of the thoughts Chris St. Louis and Cassandra Villarreal recorded throughout the first few weeks of Ramadan. Then, we check in with them about cultural authenticity, losing pork but gaining biryani, and why it’s frustrating to be introduced as a convert. Then, Ahmed talks to poet Kima Jones about converting when she was full ...more
For the third episode in our Ramadan series, we focus on a community that isn’t often centered during Ramadan — black Muslims. First up, Ahmed talks with Sarah Hagi, who writes for Vice, about the glory of #BlackMuslimRamadan and #BlackoutEid. Then, a longer conversation with Ikhlas Saleem, who co-hosts the Identity Politics podcast, about moving away from, and back to, the black Muslim community she grew up in. Plus — why she joined the international students association in co
In the second part of our Ramadan miniseries, Ahmed talks about the mosque and the challenges around building community. He’s joined by Hind Makki, creator of Side Entrance, and Margari Aziza, a writer and co-founder of The Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, to talk about how the mosque can exclude women and black American Muslims, and why third spaces have popped up to serve communities. Then, Ahmed calls El-Farouk Khaki, the founder and Imam of the Toronto Unity Mosque, to hear about radical ta...more
Ramadan Mubarak folks! It’s that magical 30 days where we’re all hungry and sleepy and trying to be a better person. See Something Say Something is celebrating this Ramadan with a mini-series. And this first episode is all about fasting. Ahmed talks to Kamelya Omayma Youssef, who grew up in Dearborn, MI, with parents who didn’t fast. At a certain point as a teenager, she had to figure out what she wanted to do. Then, Ahmed is joined by comedian Aman Ali to talk about how he drove acr
Here’s a sneak peek at the first episode in our Ramadan series — it’s all about fasting, and it’s coming out on Monday. In the meantime, we want to know how you’re feeling about and getting ready for Ramadan. Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, of course, Ramadan Mubarak!
[Spoiler Alert] Master of None: Season 2 is out, and we’re just as excited as you are. From the romance between Dev and Francesca, to confronting racist Tinder dates (post-sex), the season takes on a lot. So, we wanted to talk about it! Ahmed is joined by BuzzFeed Senior Culture Writer Bim Adewunmi and Senior Social Media Editor Abid Anwar to dissect one of the most talked-about episodes in the series, “Religion.” They dig into why Navid's sudden pork addiction isn't believable, moments th
The studio is decorated. The corsages are fastened. Someone even came to the episode taping in their high school prom dress. That’s right, it’s the See Something Say Something senior prom. Prom committee co-chairs Ahmed Ali Akbar and Tabir Akhter read our listener stories about praying Maghrib in the limo and rocking traditional clothing. Then they chat with two whip-smart high school seniors — Rahat Huda and Noshin Chowdhury — about choreographed promposals, negotiating with paren
In 2014, things were looking up for Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir. She held scoring records in Massachusetts for basketball and had a successful run in the NCAA which she hoped to turn into a professional career. Then, her dreams were put on hold when she realized that wearing the hijab is banned by FIBA, basketball's international governing body. Since then, she’s been fighting to change the rule. This week, FIBA finally decided to overturn the ban and players can now wear hijab. Earlier in the we
Ahmed reveals his nerdy side in this special video game themed episode. In Level 1, Ahmed talks to his cousins, siblings Nyle and Basim (of the Kominas!) Usmani, about how video games bring them together and why killing brown folks in Call of Duty makes them feel nauseous. In Level 2, Ahmed calls up Rami Ismail, co-founder of Dutch indie game studio Vlambeer, to get an insider’s take on the cultural insensitivity of first-person shooter games set in the Middle East and how being Muslim a
Ahmed talks with Arnesa Buljusmic-Kustura—an analyst, organizer, and author of Letters from Diaspora: Stories of War and its Aftermath—about drinking culture in Bosnian Muslim communities. They talk about that one uncle who would always let you try his beer, the double standard for men and women who drink, and Alcoholism and PTSD. Plus, all of the social pressure to drink or not drink as you get older.Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads, Follow Arnesa at @Rrrrnessa, You
“Muslims don’t drink” — how many times have you heard that before? In the first of a series of episodes about intoxicants, Ahmed invites Barnard Professor of Religion, Najam Haider, to provide some context about the role of alcohol in Islam. They talk about intoxicated Sufi mystics, coffee addiction, and why tiramisu can tear a relationship apart. And be sure to stay tuned for more episodes on American Muslims' relationship to alcohol and weed! Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads Foll
Colonialism! Hip-hop! Appropriation! It’s a bit of all of the above in this episode. Ahmed talks to Mona Haydar about the video for her song Hijabi, what it means for a Syrian-American to rap, and dealing with microaggressions. Then, Ahmed plays a game of “Did the English Steal This Word From Your People?” with real-life meme, college freshman, and artist of bitterness Kiren Rizvi. Follow Mona @mona_haydar Follow Kiren @gothistani Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndad
Do you ever wish you could reimagine badly-written Muslim characters on TV and in movies? This week, Ahmed and BuzzFeed's Abid Anwar come up with some corrective fan fiction for an episode of a beloved 90s sitcom with a problematic character. Then, BuzzFeed UK writer and DJ Khaled expert Gena-mour Barrett joins Ahmed to discuss their favorite Asahd memes. Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads.Follow Abid at @A
Arabic is a part of pretty much every Muslim's life, whether it’s in the salaams they share with their family, in their name, or it’s the language they speak at home. In this episode, Ahmed talks with Kamelya Omayma Youssef and Amy D. about what it’s like to grow up Arab versus growing up non-Arab, and the different ways of learning the language—from the Qur’an to “lughat al-Net” (language of the internet). And, they talk about how the sacred-sounding “wallahi” (I swear to god) ca
Remember the Arab Spring? Bassem Youssef does! Ahmed talks to “Egypt’s Jon Stewart” to see what lessons Americans can learn from his time in revolution. They talk about the Trump administration's electronics ban, the differences between American and Arab humor, and representation of women and people of color in media. Then, Ahmed collects your terrible pick-up lines from last week and reads them out loud to BuzzFeed’s Zainab Shah. Spoiler alert: She does not like them very much.Foll
Ahmed talks to three attractive, intelligent, and charming guests about the SINGLE life. Sara Farizan, Hady Barry, and Ahmed Hozain discuss Minder, dating, and how tedious it is to text people. Then, Ahmed calls up his dad to ask about his relationship history. Plus: Everyone plays a special, dating-themed edition of Halal or Not. Follow Ahmed Ali Akbar at @radbrowndads. Follow Sara @SaraFarizan. Listen to Hady’s podcast “Love in the Age of Minder”
Ahmed talks with BuzzFeed News' legal genius Nabiha Syed about what to do if a Customs and Border Protection officer asks for your phone—and other ways to legally resist at the border. Plus, Nabiha gives us advice about talking to white men and mixing patterns. Then, a conversation with Bim Adewunmi about Mahershala Ali’s historic Oscar win, and what it means for a black man and member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community to be the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award.
For the third episode in our Banned Together series, we sit down to process what it feels like to be a Muslim in America right now, or to hold a passport from one of the countries targeted by the President's immigration and travel ban. Ahmed talks with Moustafa Bayoumi, an author and associate professor of English at Brooklyn College, and Elamin Abdelmahmoud, News Curation Editor at BuzzFeed. They talk about the history of the Asian Exclusion Act, the Quebec mosque shooting, and family abro
Can the courts overturn President Trump's executive order? This episode, Ahmed talks with law professor Muneer Ahmad, who filed a lawsuit over the weekend challenging the immigration and travel ban. They talk about the details of the lawsuit, why a federal judge issued a stay to halt deportations, and what the legal path forward is for overturning the ban. Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads, Follow the show at
Annnd we’re back! The previous episode (our live show) was supposed to be the end of Season 1. Then, President Trump issued an executive order blocking refugees, immigrants and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries: Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. We have to talk about this, and we’ll be posting a few short episodes to keep you up-to-date this week.First up, Ahmed talks with Zahra Billoo and Ramzi Kassem about what to do if you or someone you know is detain
With Trump's Muslim ban looming, we throw all your favorite things into one episode: Halal or Not! Khutbahs! Politics! Memes! Thirst! Ahmed’s Abu! All this and more for See Something Say Something's first ever Facebook live show at WNYC’s The Greene Space. Plus: The Kominas are the chillest house band ever.Featuring guests Rais Bhuiyan, Moustafa Bayoumi and Laila Alawa, as well as See Something favorites Tabir Akhter, Abid Anwar, Sara Yasin, Bim Adewunmi, and Dr. Waheed Akbar.Se
Donald Trump’s inAGGHHHHHguration is this Friday, so Ahmed invites guests to talk about coping strategies. We check in with BuzzFeed’s Zainab Shah and Reeda Saleem, talk therapy and self-care with mental health professionals Kameelah Rashad and Bisma Anwar, and make a call to BuzzFeed's UK office to laugh at some memes.Send us your favorite memes and self-care strategies! We're on Twitter at @seesomething.Also: If y
Rapper and activist Heems stops by the BuzzFeed offices to talk about movies, identity, and Swet Shop Boys, his collaboration with Riz Ahmed and Redinho. Ahmed and Heems ask important questions like: What does it mean for a non-Muslim brown man to write Muslim characters? Is La La Land just a Bollywood movie? What do you do before the inevitable airport stop? Plus, Ahmed introduces a new segment with his dad: What Does Abu Think?Our January live show is sold out, but you can still catch the
This week, Ahmed talks immigration, work, and movies with two Rad Brown Dads: Jamil Ali, who has worked in the taxi industry since the ‘80s, and Dr. Waheed Akbar, Ahmed’s dad. Plus: Ahmed tries to speak Urdu and it is very bad. Please do not drag him on Twitter. For more adventures with Jamil Ali, follow our search for the best $1 chai in NYC.Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads
Happy New Year! On this mini episode, Ahmed invites a real-life meme into the studio. You’ve probably seen Daniya Sayed's hilarious photo from prom on your Tumblr or Twitter dashboard. Ahmed talks to Daniya about her rise to virality, how memes can change perceptions of Muslims, and why she’s so SHOOK to be in the studio. Follow Daniya at @daniyasaur.Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads. Follow the show at
It’s the most hegemonic time of the year and Ahmed wants to complain about it. But Christmas deserves a fair shake too, so he brings Eid Elfs Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed and Salimah Fatimah Mohamed to explain why they love the holiday season. They play some games, discuss the differences between Christmas and Eid, and talk about Christmas music. Plus: we’re gonna have a liveshow! Follow Salimah at @salimahfmFollow Taz at @TazzyStar. Get Taz’s Christmas mixtape
This week Ahmed brings on BuzzFeed news editor Sara Yasin as cohost to talk about Zayn Malik, pop icon. They’re joined by Zayn Malik scholar Fariha Roisin and twitter badass Farwa Zaidi to talk about Zayn’s zolo career, what it means to them to have a brown Muslim sex symbol, and the significance of power couple Zayn and Gigi. Plus, Sara brings Ahmed a special surprise. Follow Sara at @missyasinFollow Fariha at @fariharoisinFollow Farwa at @farwzzFollow Ahmed at
Youth Lit authors Hena Khan and Sara Farizan talk about writing young Pakistani and Iranian characters, and wonder why every single book set in South Asia includes samosas. Plus, they give Ahmed some writing advice and read from their own work. Hena shares an excerpt from her forthcoming novel "Amina's Voice," and Sara reads from "Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel". Follow Hena at @henakhanbooksFollow Sara at @SaraFarizanFind a list of books recommended by Hena and Sara
Reza Aslan no longer wants to go on cable news and have to answer questions like "Does Islam promote violence?" Instead, he wants to focus on making a new sitcom for ABC, among other things. Hear why he thinks pop culture and storytelling is the real key to helping change American minds about Muslims. Follow Reza at @rezaaslan. Check out Secret Life of Muslims here. Follow Ahmed at
NYU freshmen Romaissaa Benzizoune and Zainab Babikir talk about what it feels like for them to be visibly Muslim on a college campus right now. Plus, Tabir really wants to know what cool things teens like. Follow Tabir at @tabir. Follow Zainab at @freethelioness. Read Romaissaa's writing: "I’m Muslim, but My Roommate Supports Trump" "
Stories about the secrets we keep from our parents, featuring comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh, and Ahmed's dad, Dr. Waheed Akbar. Plus: a plea for white people to talk to other white people about Trump. Listeners: We want to hear from young people and college students about how it feels to be Muslim right now, in the wake of the election. Send a voice memo to email@example.com, or leave a voicemail at (929) 265-2758. Follow Zahra Noorbakhsh at @zahracomedy. She is the host of the
Michigan just went red for first time since 1988. Ahmed calls up BuzzFeed reporter Talal Ansari, who has been following the organizing efforts of Arab Americans to get out the vote in the Michigan cities of Dearborn and Hamtramck, to reflect on how people voted and why. Plus, Ansari speaks briefly with Abdullah Hammoud, who, at 26, would go on to be elected to Michigan's House of Representatives. Follow Talal at @TalalNAnsari and his reporting at bu
We share our thoughts and feelings on the outcome of the election, the role of the internet, and what we think we can do next. Follow Sara Yasin and her fire tweets at @missyasin. Follow Hind Makki at @hindmakki and sideentrance.tumblr.com. Follow Donna Auston at @TinyMuslimah and #BlackMuslimRamadan. Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads. Follow the show at @seesomething and
BuzzFeed's Bim Adewunmi and Abid Anwar join Ahmed to talk about seeing yourself represented in pop culture, and to reflect on the power of cosplay at Comic Con. Plus: play along with a couple rounds of Halal or Not: Fandom Edition, and find out about Abid's future "space disco." Follow Bim at @bimadew. Follow Abid at @abid_ism. Here's a guide to all the pop culture references discu
Ahmed is joined by spooky experts Basim Usmani, Tabir Akhter, and Deonna Kelli Sayed to talk about folklore and fear. They’ll swap Jinn stories and get goth. Follow Basim at @BasiRoti. Follow Deonna at @deonnakelli. Follow Tabir at @tabir. Find more jinn stories — 16 incredibly unsettling ones, in fact — here.Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads. Follow
On the new BuzzFeed podcast, Ahmed Ali Akbar gathers folks to get personal about what it feels like to be Muslim in America right now. Nabiha Syed and Johana Bhuiyan join to talk about being asked to speak on behalf of Muslims. Plus: chai, a few rounds of “Halal or Not," and Ahmed tells a story about his name. Follow Nabiha at @NabihaSyed. Follow Johana at @JMBooyah. Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads. Follow the show at
On the new BuzzFeed podcast, Ahmed Ali Akbar will gather folks together to get personal about what it feels like to be Muslim in America right now. In this preview, Ahmed talks about why it’s so hard for Muslims to represent themselves, and plays a game of “Halal or Not.” The first episode drops October 28.