Join us for a community conversation with acclaimed hip hop artist Brother Ali on the role of Muslim artists, facilitated by playwright and scholar Dr. Cristal Chanelle Truscott of Progress Theatre.

How do artists expand our capacity for truth-telling? How can they contribute to struggles for racial equity? And what can we do as a community to recognize and support Muslim voices in the arts? We’ll delve into these topics and more in an interactive format.

WATCH: “Mourning in America” by Brother Ali

Register NOW as space is limited. Tickets are $10 (including processing fee when purchased online). Tickets at the door are first-come, first-serve and are not guaranteed.

“[Ali creates] music that is politically engaged and critical, but simultaneously empathetic and loving, and has a particular concern for black culture and history.” - Huffington Post

“Ali is a man with a purpose and zero interest in holding back, someone ... attuned to what it takes to move a crowd with his voice” - Pitchfork


Palette Of Style - original artwork by Samar Babar

Coffee and Treats by Sakinah Freeman


Brother Ali is a hip hop artist, speaker, and activist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His decade-long resume includes six critically acclaimed albums, performances on Conan O'Brian and Jimmy Fallon's late night shows, and Al-Jazeera and NPR pieces. He was a keynote speaker at the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Forum, and has landed coveted press features, among them Rolling Stone's 40th Anniversary "Artist to Watch" and Source Magazine's "Hip Hop Quotables." Brother Ali is currently working on his first literary offering.

Brother Ali embraced Islam at the age of 15, inspired by the message and lyricism of the hip-hop greats, and later by the teachings of Malcolm X and the guidance of the late Imam Warith Deen Mohammed’s community. A seeker of knowledge since day one, his mentors range from Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah and Ustadh Usama Canon to Rakim and Chuck D to Dr. Cornel West. Brother Ali infuses his vision for racial and social justice into all his works.

Dr. Cristal Chanelle Truscott is a published playwright, scholar, and Artistic Director of Progress Theatre, a touring company that uses performance as anti-racism engagement. Dr. Truscott creates Neo-Spirituals (a'capella musicals) using a call-and-response technique and "Soulwork," a methodology she developed from African American performance traditions and aesthetics. She is a recipient of multiple national grants, including the Ford Foundation, Doris Duke Impact Artist Award, NEFA National Theatre Project and most recently, the MAP Fund and Houston’s Idea Fund Grant. Her next piece, Plantation Remix, is a site-specific Neo-Spiritual and performative tour of historical U.S. plantations, designed to rehabilitate the separatist genre of plantation tourism and to reimagine and rework the functionality of these sites to encourage healing, social consciousness, cross-community dialogue and cultural awareness.

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Ibrahim Islamic Center - Houston, Texas
5215 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX, United States