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Media & Diversity: Are we there yet?

Attended part of the 'Cultural Diversity and News in Australia Symposium' via Deakin University today where I met up with the brilliant @santigrams ⭐️  At a panel deliberating the skewed representation of multicultural communities in mainstream media, matters of accountability, diverse writers, diverse editors and balanced journalism were addressed . Though this issue has been raised for years, there is increasing research demonstrating causal factors between media bias, public perception and political rhetoric- each of which [...]

2017-09-13T08:28:13+00:00 September 13th, 2017|

From North Korea to Wakanda and everything in between

Tonight I featured on ABC Melbourne's, News Therapy with Drive host, Raphael Epstein and The Saturday Paper's Editor, Erik Jenson.  Critiquing the week in review, we traversed issues from the humanitarian disaster of the Rohingan genocide, testing trepidation in North Korea, when Kenya is Wakanda (because: "Africa", thank you British Airways), PM word slights on flights, SSM and postal vote return rate predictions , 'Detour' biography of 'You Am I's' Tim Rogers and the sensational [...]

2017-09-08T09:48:44+00:00 September 8th, 2017|

A Knight for Storytelling Royalty

Enjoyed some scintillating banter tonight  with screenwriter legend, Andrew Knight, as we fielded audience questions post a screening of 'Ali's Wedding' at @palacewestgarth.   Andrew spoke to his experience working on the film, his motivations and hopes, while I addressed why diversity in film representation matters in ways that are unapologetic and human. The relatability of this film to many, was noted as was the scope for this genre of art to challenge misconceptions.   Andrew's insight [...]

2017-09-05T06:09:30+00:00 September 4th, 2017|

When Burqas & Whistles are all you got…

Following Sen Pauline Hanson's stunt to appear in Parliament in a burqa today: As an Australian, woman and Muslim I find Sen Hanson's desperate attempts to revisit her Islamophobic obsession bordering on psychotic.  I shared these views in numerous interviews.  How can an MP with diminished mental competence be allowed to hold public office? This level of hate and obsession is pathological. Her theatrics also suggest zero capacity to engage in ACTUAL policy issues.  Her [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:19+00:00 August 17th, 2017|

In My Words 

This is quite possibly one of the most robust and enjoyable interviews I've had.  Thank you to 'Her Words' for the opportunity to participate in this pivotal series on 'Online Trolling & Social Media'.   http://bit.ly/2vTW7oa NEW EPISODE LIVE! Tasneem Chopra is a cross-cultural consultant, author and activist. As a Muslim woman who grew up in Bendigo and now lives in Melbourne, she shares her story of challenging people’s assumptions, fighting against stereotypes and celebrating diversity [...]

2017-08-15T06:26:42+00:00 August 15th, 2017|

Ali’s Wedding Comes Home to Celebrate

Congratulations Osamah Sami for 'Ali's Wedding' premiering last night in his HOME TOWN with the Melbourne International Film Festival. This film told his story with pathos, humour and stirring gentleness. Moreover, it instantly humanised the 'migrant Muslim' without trying, simply by sharing the dimensions of family, love, community and expectations. And what an amazing production team & cast - supported by Jeffrey Walker, Sheila Jayadev, Tony Ayres, Helen Pankhurst, Andrew Knight, Fadia Abboud and superb [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:19+00:00 August 7th, 2017|

Rebels, Revolutionaries & Us

Home studio invasion today filming some promo commentary in the lead up to the next @tedxmelbourne event 'Rebels, Revolutionaries and Us'- with production crew via Hunting With Pixel's Robert Moorman. Shared views on diversity, defiance and rebelling with grace - and how persistence in these traits is needed to fight the fight for marginalised voices too often dismissed. Thanks for an opportunity be part of a movement enabling ideas into change 

2017-08-29T12:43:19+00:00 August 1st, 2017|

From Africa to Australia- Capturing Stories

Was thrilled to be a guest on @ozafricantv for Series 2, episode 4 recently. In conversation with the brilliant Dorcas Utkovic, I spoke of my personal background, and how being notably different in appearance as a child growing up in regional Australia, prompted me to question those who required my difference to be 'managed' in later years.  It was an honour to participate in this episode - you can catch OzAfrican TV on Foxtel or [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:22+00:00 July 17th, 2017|

11 Portraits & True Love Stories for ‘Ali’s Wedding’ film launch

Pretty chuffed to be involved in this series of that speaks of the  breadth of what love means and how it manifests in ways that are vital to our well being - these are stories that can be told a million different ways.  The #AlisWedding team, director Fadia Abboud and photographer @hodaafshar, are proud to launch their special project, ‘11 True Love Stories’. Drawn from interviews with eleven Muslim-Australians, these powerful and personal stories of [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:22+00:00 July 17th, 2017|

Drumming on the G20, diversity and Islamophobia 

Tonight on #TheDrum, with host John Baron, we discussed the G20, cultural & diversity targets in workplaces and the findings of the 'Islamophobia in Australia Report' launched today.  My co-panellists included Marius Benson (ABC radio), Lisa Annese (DiversityCouncil) & Greg Sheridan (The Australian). Some damning statistics from get reputation confirmed what many of us know, available now in documented proof that Islamophobia is real, all pervasive and rising. See full episode: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1597772053630128&id=163164813757533

2017-08-29T12:43:22+00:00 July 10th, 2017|