What Do You Get When You Cross Latinos and Islam?

January 9, 2011 § 5 Comments

Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic group in America.

Islam is the fastest growing religion in the US. What do you get when you combine Latinos and Islam? New York City in particular has a strong Latino and Hispanic influence. Said differently, they’re everywhere! I recently came across an interview with photographer, Eirini Vourloumis. James Estrin of the New York Times visual arts journal called, LENS discussed Latinos, Culture and Islam with the renowned photojournalist.

2010 in review

January 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

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Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 69,000 times in 2010. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would have performed about 3 times.


In 2010, there were 23 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 455 posts. There were 34 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 11mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was September 28th with 342 views. The most popular post that day was MSNBC: Keith Olberman Nominates Bob McCarthy, ‘The Worst Person In the World’.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were search.conduit.com, facebook.com, google.com, yursil.com, and telegraph.co.uk.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for muhammad, muslim greetings, turkish lentil soup, islamic greetings, and islamic greeting.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


MSNBC: Keith Olberman Nominates Bob McCarthy, ‘The Worst Person In the World’ September 2010
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Proper Greetings in Islam September 2007


Turkish Red Lentil Soup (Mercimek Çorbasi) March 2008


The Holy Prophet’s Sense of Humor January 2008


Heba Kotb: On Sex and Muslims January 2007

Muslim Cemetery Becomes Lesson on Tolerance

December 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Myth of Self Reinvention

December 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

Photograph by Roland Tanglao

“Self-reinvention is merely self-deception.”

There are myths in different groups of people. Stories we refer to which shape ideas and life choices. I was born to a family of musicians. In my home, though very religious, there was a great appreciation for the arts and music in general. Among artists and musicians there was a special interest in pioneering musicians, like Miles Davis. So nearly all my life I’ve heard epic tales about the brilliance of Miles Davis’ ability to reinvent himself. Among jazz connoisseurs this is a common epithet. Perhaps, self-reinvention is a quality respected in the world-wide community of artists.

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Here Is A Method Making Religious Conversion Easier On Everyone

October 26, 2010 § 2 Comments

Lauren Booth (Sister In-Law to Tony Blair)

There has been a media-fire on the interwebs concerning a recent religious conversion. Ordinarily, converting to a different religion is pretty normal stuff that we’ll find from time-to-time between our long-term relationships. It’s the kind of thing we see over the years with a few good friends and scattered family members. It’s normal.

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Ariel Hyatt’s “Blog Challenge”

October 22, 2010 § 4 Comments

Ariel Hyatt, CyberPR

It was just about this time two years ago my father and I were working on a project as co-writers; co-producers and partners in his own album project. I was writing most of the backing tracks, especially the rhythm parts and string arrangements, while he was writing, developing and improvising the lead melodies. He and I had been talking about several strategies on how to release and promote the music once we finished the project. And I thought it might prove useful to get a fresh perspective from someone in the business, but not related to our project.

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Renaissance Man, SEYFETTİN Releases Debut Album

October 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

Finally! I’m releasing my debut album, an EP titled ‘Harlem Renaissance’, internationally on January 6, 2011. It is currently available as digital download only in the US, UK and parts of Europe. The album is four carefully selected tracks, leading-off with every manic New Yorker’s anthem, I Wanna Go Upstate and eventually slowing things down with the dark dance groove My Dear Michele.

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