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Dean Obeidallah

No One Wants to See ISIS Defeated More Than Muslims

Dean Obeidallah | Posted 07.06.2016 | World
Dean Obeidallah

ISIS is neither about the tenets of Islam nor helping Muslims. It's about power: militants will slaughter as many people as possible -- especially Muslims -- to achieve that which they so desperately crave. So let's be clear about one thing: No one wants to see ISIS defeated more than the Muslims who bury loved ones daily because of the horror ISIS is waging upon them.

Coverage of the Istanbul Bombing Proves Once Again That American Media Care Little About Muslim Lives

Dean Obeidallah | Posted 07.01.2016 | World
Dean Obeidallah

The message sent by the American media, intentionally or not, is that when there's an attack on a nation like Turkey that is 99 percent Muslim and the victims are primarily Muslim, it simply isn't that important. But it should be.

Muslim Funny Fest Is Using Comedy To Overcome Stigma

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.29.2015 | Religion

It is said that laughter is the best medicine, but can it help counter Islamophobia? Dean Obeidallah and Maysoon Zayid were looking to accomplish just...

These Muslim Comedians Think Laughter Is The Best Medicine For Hate

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion

What do Muslims in America have to laugh about? Quite a lot, say the organizers of New York City’s -- and possibly America’s -- first-ever Muslim ...

What It's Like To Be Muslim In The Entertainment Industry

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.08.2015 | Religion

Actor Faran Tahir has played his fair share of criminals. One of the most high-profile was the archvillain Raza, who Tahir played alongside Robert Dow...

I Am Muslim. Deal With It.

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Arzu Kaya Uranli

We don't know what the coming days will bring, but it feels like there will be many problems because of ignorance and lack of dialogue. The mission of a politician is to embrace everybody in society, not leaving anybody out.

Colleges Are Intolerant About Comedy That Promotes Tolerance

Scott Blakeman | Posted 02.07.2015 | College
Scott Blakeman

If a simple message of tolerance, understanding and peace is deemed too controversial by many universities in this country, what message does that send to students? Colleges used to be the place where trailblazing comedians like George Carlin and Mort Sahl found receptive audiences for their biting and bold comedy.

Men To Men: Stop Violence Against Women

Phoebe K. Schreiner | Posted 10.25.2014 | Impact
Phoebe K. Schreiner

Speak up. Say something. Tell a friend his sexist joke is actually kind of lame. Be that guy. Change the norm.

The Muslims Are Coming -- to Netflix

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 03.21.2014 | Entertainment
Nancy Doyle Palmer

The heart of the film, and there is lot of heart here, is watching this band of edgy, self-aware, second-generation NY wiseass Muslim comics extend themselves to people in small town America who sometimes have no idea what to do with them.

Kieran Romney and the Paradox of Transracial Adoption

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2014 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

White parents that espouse "love is enough" are, in fact, doing Black adoptees a huge disservice, potentially exposing their children to a high degree of racial identity confusion and a poor ability to effectively cope with race-based mistreatment.

'The Muslims Are Coming!'

Religion News Service | Omar Sacirbey | Posted 09.24.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Muslim stand-up comedy is nothing new. But what makes “The Muslims Are Coming” different is that it portrays what happens when a troupe of c...

There's an Obeidallah Running for Vice President

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 11.27.2012 | San Francisco
Shirin Sadeghi

The time is long gone when America could ignore its Muslim population and comedian Dean Obeidallah is proud to have something to do with that. He's been making fun of haters for years, using humor to connect people.

Obama UN Speech Stands Out for Comedian Who Stands Up for Peace

Scott Blakeman | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
Scott Blakeman

As someone who uses comedy to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, I was particularly impressed with President Obama's speech to the United Nations.

WATCH: The Muslims Are Coming

Posted 04.16.2012 | Comedy

What happens when you take a group of Muslim-American comedians on the road across America? You end up on a mission to change hearts and minds, albeit...

America in Alexandria, de Tocqueville in Arabic

Cynthia P. Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cynthia P. Schneider

A conference organized by the Library of Alexandria commemorating the one year anniversary of Obama's Cairo speech aimed to focus on concrete projects and not on divisive political issues.

An Open Letter to President Obama on Future Appearances on Arab TV

Dean Obeidallah | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dean Obeidallah

If an Arab interviewer asks a question you don't like, take off your shoe and throw it at him. That will show everyone in the Arab world that you really understand us.

(Not) Flying While Muslim

Dean Obeidallah | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dean Obeidallah

As an Arab-American comedian who flies a great deal for work, I want to offer my experience to other brown people in the hopes it helps you get on your flight.