this is not advertising

…more like a strong recommendation.

i’m not easily impressed by people. maybe i’m just conceited but whatever. i have too much on my plate to be busy being impressed by the stupid things people do. i will, however, make time to gush about my friend tAMALee’s new project.

People often ask me where I’m from. This is usually after hearing my name. So, I answer. I wait for the look of bewilderment on their faces that, by now, I know will quickly follow. Arab? Palestinean? Huh? They’re usually surprised. They think I’m either Caucasian, half-white/half something else, Hispanic, Italian, not an Arab. Even fellow Arabs, sometimes, mention that I “don’t really look like it.”

Not all Arabs have dark skin. Some Arabs have colored eyes. Not all Arabs are Muslim. Not all Muslims are Arabs. Some Arabs are black. Others are pale with freckles. Not all Arab men have beards. Not all Arab women cover their faces.

Using only pictures and no words, these are some of the statements I would like to make with my project, a photo documentary titled I AM AN ARAB.

I am capturing images of Arabs, young and old, with origins from all Arab countries, who defy the prototypical Arabic look, and hope to publish these photos in one thick book.

This book is not meant to be religious or political. It’s a lighthearted means of education meant to challenge the poor portrayal of Arabs in the media, break stereotypes of what Arabs look like and bring a smile to the faces of those who already know.

i love that i have diverse, creative and good people around me. if you’re arab, check it out. if you’re into creative things, check it out. if you’re just plain cool, check it out. darn it, just click the link!!!

p.s. for more awesome blogs to read, look to the right.

some fun houston things to do in july

friday july 10, 2009:


village girls boutique

village girls boutique

if you don’t have anything planned for tomorrow night, village girls boutique and sephora are hosting a runway show in rice village. not only will you get to see a show styled by village girls and free consulations by sephora artists, there will also be free give-aways, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and 15% of anything in the store.


date: friday, july 10, 2009
time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
location: village girls boutique, 2509 rice blvd, houston, tx
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wednesday july 22, 2009:

the coffee groundz on bagby will be hosting a poster exhibit of jason mcelweenie‘s work. jaymac‘s pretty cool so go and support our favorite canadian, eh?

date: wednesday, july 22, 2009
time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
location: the coffee groundz, 2503 bagby (corner of brazos and mcGowen), houston, tx

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ongoing july 1-october 23, 2009:

in case you’re in the mood for some brain food, starting this month the imax at hmns is showing a documentary called journey to mecca:

Journey to Mecca is an IMAX® dramatic and documentary feature, filmed in Saudi Arabia and Morocco in both English and Arabic, with background Berber. The film tells the amazing story of Ibn Battuta, the greatest explorer of the Old World, following his first pilgrimage between 1325 and 1326 from Tangier to Mecca. His perilous journey resonates with adventure while presenting an unforgettable picture of Islamic civilization during the 14th century, culminating with Battuta’s first Hajj. The story is book-ended by a close-up look at the contemporary Hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca that draws three million Muslims from around the world every year, to perform rituals that have taken place for over 1,400 years.

wednesday, july 1 – friday, october 23, 2009 at 11:00am
location: houston museum of natural science one hermann circle drive, houston, tx

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