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MICA Hosts Screening of Award-Winning, Controversial Film 'New Muslim Cool'

Film is a snapshot of MC Hamza's life and highlights the diverse experiences and generational changes that are shaping the new American Dream

Posted 02.24.10 by mica media relations

Screening of New Muslim CoolBALTIMORE--The Open Society Institute-Baltimore and MICA are sponsoring a free, high-energy night of music, hip-hop culture and film that seeks to challenge how people think about race, class and religion, Tuesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. in the Brown Center's Falvey Hall (1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.). The gripping film New Muslim Cool is told through the life of Hamza Pérez (MC Hamza), a Puerto Rican, independent hip-hop artist who converts from Catholicism to Islam in the aftermath of 9/11.

The documentary traces MC Hamza's journey through the streets, projects and jail cells of urban America--from the East Coast to the post-industrial Midwest and captures the complexity of contemporary American Muslim life. From marriage and parenting to art and activism, this snapshot of MC Hamza's life highlights the diverse experiences and generational changes that are shaping the new American Dream.

After the screening of New Muslim Cool, Bakari Kitwana, author of The Hip-Hop Generation, will moderate an interactive dialogue. Participants will include Nura Maznavi, staff attorney from Muslim Advocates; filmmaker Jennifer Taylor; and MC Hamza, the subject of the film.

This is the seventh event in OSI-Baltimore's popular year-long series, Talking About Race, which addresses how we talk (or do not talk) about race from different perspectives. This event moves the discussion away from simply matters of black and white and explores the racial, religious and cultural viewpoints of a new generation of Americans. The series has been co-sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library. For more information, click here.