GUEST: Stephanie Abraham is a writer and media critic, she helped found the feminist magazine make/shift and was the founding editor of the feminist magazine LOUDmouth. Her works have been published in McSweeney’s, Al Jazeera, Mizna and Bitch Magazine. She is the Pop Culture Correspondent and Film Critic for Rising Up With Sonali.
BACKGROUND: At a time when being proudly Muslim in the US is politically hazardous, a new series by the online streaming service Hulu explores Muslim identity in a nuanced and funny way. Named Ramy, for the main character Ramy Hassan, the series will debut on April 19th and centers on a young Muslim American man from New Jersey who struggles to find himself and his faith.
Stand up comedian and actor Ramy Youssef plays the lead in a show that is a fictionalized version of his own life. The New York Times called the series "Quietly Revolutionary," in how it refutes Hollywood stereotypes of Muslims.