Archive For The “Humor” Category

Comedian Ahmed Ahmed headlines AHRC fundraiser

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Comedian Ahmed Ahmed headlines AHRC fundraiser

Comedian Ahmed Ahmed headlines AHRC fundraiser AHRC to host its Annual Spirit of Humanity Gala virtually on Friday, December 4, 2020. Arab American comedian Ahmed Ahmed will headline the Spirit of Humanity Gala fundraiser for the American Human Rights Council on December 4, 2020 The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) will be hosting its annual…

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“Ramy” is entertaining, but does little to dispel Arab stereotypes

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“Ramy” is entertaining, but does little to dispel Arab stereotypes

“Ramy” is entertaining, but does little to dispel Arab stereotypes The Hulu comedy series “Ramy,” now in its second season, is entertaining, but it stops short of tackling the challenges most Arabs and Muslims face in America. The series still presents Arabs as all Muslim and in the context of a religious struggle rather than…

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Our Arab identity is being smothered by our religion

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Our Arab identity is being smothered by our religion

Our Arab identity is being smothered by our religion Arab Christians are marginalized, ignored and pushed aside by everyone even though we can play a critical role in trying to bring the East and the West, the Christian and Muslim Worlds, together towards understanding. This issue surfaces all the time and most recently when the…

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Palestinian standup comic Nasr Abu Ali Owaynat discusses his career

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Palestinian standup comic Nasr Abu Ali Owaynat discusses his career

Palestinian standup comedian Nasr Abu Ali Owaynat discusses his career By Ray Hanania Chicagoland Palestinian American comedian Nasr Abu Ali Owaynat will be performing comedy at the renown Chicagoland comedy club Riddles on Jan. 10, 2019. Abu Ali was born to a Palestinian American immigrant and an American mother from Kentucky. He started doing comedy…

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Overview of the Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour

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Overview of the Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour

Overview of the Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour The Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour was co-founded by Palestinian Ray Hanania and Israeli Charley Warady. It included Jewish American comedian Aaron Freeman and Israeli comedian Yisrael Campbell. The group performed comedy shows before live audiences throughout Israel in 2007 including in West Jerusalem, East Jerusalem, Jaffa, Hebron, Tel…

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US sitcom showcases American Arab character

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US sitcom showcases American Arab character

US sitcom showcases American Arab character A new comedy sitcom on CBS TV showcases an American Arab character played by well known standup comedian Maz Jobrani, and includes some major stars in the comedic entertainment circuit. The show Superior Donuts is getting some strong reviews in its first season By Ray Hanania A new comedy sitcom…

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Don’t have to be a Trump supporter to cheer his media fight

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Don’t have to be a Trump supporter to cheer his media fight

Don’t have to be a Trump supporter to cheer his media fight Trump is right. The news media is the enemy of America. The mainstream American news media has been the single greatest threat to the civil rights of Arabs and Muslims — YES Muslims — over the years. I know how confusing it must…

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Ruthless Thanksgiving this year with politics as side dish

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Ruthless Thanksgiving this year with politics as side dish

Ruthless Thanksgiving this year with politics as side dish Thanksgiving celebrants will be under more pressure this year in dining rooms across America if Facebook is any indicator of how Americans feel. The politics of the recent presidential election campaign between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will have an impact, according to recent polls. Here’s…

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The first Cubs curse was by an Arab

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The first Cubs curse was by an Arab

The first Cubs curse was by an Arab, but it was for a good reason. It was issued by Abdullah al-Tidhatch in 1908 after the Cubs refused to reinstate the league’s first Arab player, Fareed Habibi, according to sources, myths and old wive’s tales By Ray Hanania I worked at Chicago City Hall and I knew…

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America’s #1 Arab comedian performs in suburban Detroit

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America’s #1 Arab comedian performs in suburban Detroit

Comedian Nemr pushes the envelope on Arab cultural habits, traditions and even politics using laughter to make audiences see past the stereotypes and anger in the post-Sept. 11, 2001 world. This week, he performs in Greater Detroit and expands his already impressive professional comedy resume By Ray Hanania Not many American Arab comedians have made the cover of Rolling Stone…

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The Power of Humor in the Palestine-Israel conflict

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The Power of Humor in the Palestine-Israel conflict

Ray Hanania presents an overview of the importance of humor and the significance of strategic communications Humor is a powerful form of communications and can be used to help bring tensions down in societies, change perceptions and separate those who really hate from those who appear to hate because they can’t control heir fears, apprehensions an…

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Not easy doing humor when the world is so violent

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Not easy doing humor when the world is so violent

The Middle East is erupting into more and more violence, and hatred is increasing as racist candidates like Ben Carson and Mike Huackabee are promoting divisions and bigotry. But sometimes, humor is the only way to stay sane. And maybe it can help others By Ray Hanania I entered comedy back in 2001 right after…

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