As the nation reflected on 9/11 and how their communities were impacted, American Muslims are still reconciling what the last 20 years have meant for them. PBS NewsHour’s Amna Nawaz on Sept. 14 spoke with Kashif Shaikh, Co-Founder and President of Pillars Fund, about how Muslim Americans have been represented on screen over the years.
Shaikh said that for the most part, it’s only until the last couple years that he believes there has been representation on screen that Muslim Americans can be proud of.
“It really took the next generation to break through to be able to do this … and create stuff,” said Shaikh, who pointed to the successes of shows like Hulu’s “Ramy” and Peacock’s “We Are Lady Parts.”
“We’re slowly starting to see representation that I think we can look at and be like: That is cool and interesting,” Shaikh said.
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