Tune in to this last episode of the Tea Project Series as we wrap things up! We'll talk to a human rights activist who shares his narrative about what pushed him to pursue his line of work. Then we'll be joined by the individual who has generously given her tea recipe to be used as a means of expression and personal storytelilng throughout the Tea Project.
Executive Producer: Abdul Malik Mujahid
Host(s): Salahuddin Khan
Producer: Saimah Shareef
Aaron Hughes is an artist, activists/organizer, teacher, and Iraq War veteran, whose work seeks out poetics, connections, and moments of beauty, in order to construct new languages and meanings out of personal and collective traumas. He uses these new languages and meanings to create projects that deconstruct systems of dehumanization and oppression.
He works with a variety of art, veteran, and activist organizations and projects including: Warrior Writers Project, Dirty Canteen, National Veterans Art Museum, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, and Center for Artistic Activism. He has shown his work throughout the United States and internationally in museums and galleries to include: Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Maruki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; School of Visual Arts Museum, New York, NY; Open Engagement, Portland, OR; Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon; Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA; The Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; among other locations. He received The Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists for his work on the Tea Project.
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Generously offering her family tea recipe for the April 2nd Tea Engagement, Sadia, through her work as Youth and Arts Manager at the Inner-City Muslim Action Network, is coordinating poets from CommUNITY Café and Fresh Expressions, which are productions of socially conscious artists that connect a diverse array of communities and celebrates the rich storytelling, music, movement and visual art of urban and folk cultures throughout the world. Late in her high school career, Sadia Nawab became heavily involved with IMAN’s Health Clinic and organizing youth and arts programs. She received a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Loyola University Chicago. Sadia has served young people in many capacities, including the healthcare industry, in summer programs, and most recently through international development and relief efforts focused on orphaned youth. As an artist known as ‘Ms. DiJa’, she is a passionate and skilled DJ. Sadia uses music to transcend borders, generation gaps and skin color differences by promoting dignity and positive values with conscious lyrics and beats. She uses music therapy as an ancillary component to spirituality and overall health.
Tauseef Akbar is a human rights advocate and writer based in Chicago. He is currently the Research Coordinator at CAIR-Chicago and also Web Content Director with Justice For All Burma/Task Force. He has published work and studies on Islamophobia, the War on Terror and Islamic history.