Here's what to look forward to in the January, 2015 issue:
|The usual tastiness|
|A gorgeous Blasian family profile|
It is said, in Los Angeles, that Abdulwahab Benyoucef's call to prayer is so lovely and so clarion that Muslims come to the mosque just to hear him. About three times a week, the Algerian actor — who has shortened his name to Ben Youcef — comes here in his traditional tunic to stand before the men kneeling toward Mecca. He closes his eyes, holds one hand over his ear, leans into a microphone and sings out the Arabic words in extended phrases.
"It's a way to call people to come to worship God," Ben Youcef says. "That's the purpose of the adhan [the Arabic name for call to prayer]. I bear witness that there's no God except God. I bear witness that Muhammad is a messenger of God. Come to what's good, come to prayer." (Source)
Bin Youcef began his acting career after the September 11 attacks, participating in a number of commercials before joining the American Artists talent agency.
At that time, bin Youcef’s appearance made him appealing to a number of American directors, especially for roles related to Islam, religious extremism and other topics related to the September 11 attacks.
“…Let’s be clear that every single organization, major organization, Muslim organization throughout the world and in the United States, every prominent individual, be it political or religious leaders — everyone has condemned, not just this attack, but every attack that occurs in the name of Islam.”I figure we might as well discuss the terrorist attack in Paris which destroyed Charlie Hebdo, one of those white Western establishments which made a career of degrading other people and calling it satire.
“Anyone who keeps saying that we need to hear the moderate voice of Islam — why aren’t Muslims denouncing these violent attacks doesn’t own Google.”
Killing in response to insult, no matter how gross, must be unequivocally condemned. That is why what happened in Paris cannot be tolerated. But neither should we tolerate the kind of intolerance that provoked this violent reaction.
Those who work at this newspaper have a long and disgusting record of going way beyond the mere lampooning of public figures, and this is especially true of their depictions of religious figures. For example, they have shown nuns masturbating and popes wearing condoms. They have also shown Muhammad in pornographic poses.
|Benedict Wong as the Great Khan|
Netflix has renewed “Marco Polo” for a second season, and also set the premiere dates for “Daredevil” and other coming series.So now would be the best time to keep the chatter going on Twitter, on Facebook, and on the 'sphere so Netflix can know what it needs to do to salvage this show.
First, the epic historical-based exploration adventure will get 10 new episodes taking place in Kublai Khan’s 13th century China. (Source)
[Idris] Elba as [James] Bond would be great. However, being of Arab heritage and Muslim, I'd really love to see an Arab or Muslim James Bond. I can picture him now, instead of introducing himself as, “Bond...James Bond, ” he’d say, “Abdullah...Abdullah Abdullah.” If you think Limbaugh is screaming now, just think how angry he’d be to see that Bond. (Source)My, oh my...an Eastern James Bond. What would we do with ourselves then? Who would you pick?
|Rizwan Ahmed as 007|
Rizwan "Riz" Ahmed (born 1 December 1982), also known as Riz MC, is a British actor and rapper from Wembley, London, of Pakistani heritage. He has starred in The Road to Guantanamo, Shifty, Britz, Four Lions, Ill Manors, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and most recently, Nightcrawler. (Source)