King of the World

King of the World Episode 4: Muslims and The Media

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Episode notes

Shahjehan and guests walk us through the history of Brown representation in Hollywood, politics, and American pop culture. From swarthy villains and caricatures with funny accents to slightly more nuanced and uncensored depictions in the early 2000s, Muslim actors move beyond making their bread by portraying terrorists as Muslim politicians and musicians start appearing on the scene. The highly uncensored Kominas cause a stir as they claim a space for Brown kids while simultaneously being reduced to a Muslim punk antidote to the otherwise backwards Muslim world in the media. Shahjehan begins to find his voice as he channels his disquiet into his own creative journey, but will it last?

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