Celebs: Just Like Us?

American tabloid magazine US Weekly features a page called “Celebs: Just like Us?” with pictures of celebrities either living the high life or doing shockingly mundane things. Let’s do a Middle East version featuring the region’s superstars. NOT LIKE US! They drive a red version of the Batmobile, or at least pretend to. I mean, … More Celebs: Just Like Us?

More than a Song: Domestic Violence Tackled in Elissa’s Ya Merayti

 Lebanese superstar Elissa’s most recent music video is also her most serious: “Ya Merayti” (“My Mirror”) features Elissa as a domestic abuse survivor. Shunning the romantic lovey-dovey storylines popular with Arab music videos the clip, shot on location in Serbia, brings to light a problem that is all too familiar for plenty of Arab women, yet, … More More than a Song: Domestic Violence Tackled in Elissa’s Ya Merayti

Long Skirts VS Underwear: The Control of Women’s Bodies Continues

Dress codes come in all different shapes and sizes: some are strict and rigid, backed up by local laws or the rules of an establishment; others are more cultural ‘suggestions’ backed up by the frowns (and likely harassment) of a certain community. Dress codes serve different purposes: some are meant to unify; some are safety … More Long Skirts VS Underwear: The Control of Women’s Bodies Continues

Nogomi Fashions #6: gowns, brights and ugly shoes

The Scene: Cannes Film Festival continued; Just Cavalli opened in Beirut at the end of Summer Fashion Week; and Adore Beauty Salon opened a new outpost in Dubai, with MJK Haifa Wehbe presiding over the festivities. Fashionista of the Week: Najwa Karam. Najwa was touring the United States and Canada, and while some of her … More Nogomi Fashions #6: gowns, brights and ugly shoes

Breathing You In: The Arab Music Video Goes International

Controversial Lebanese singer Haifa Wehbe is at it again with her first English-language single Breathing You In, released on April 14th. The accompanying music video, shot by international Palestinian music director Tarik Freitekh (see picture below) in Las Vegas, has predictably taken the Arab world by storm, as all her music videos usually do. Haifa is the … More Breathing You In: The Arab Music Video Goes International

Fashion of Arabia Week #2: Denim, Black Abayas and Dominique Hourani

 Arab Business released its 100 Arabs Under 40 list, which included a few entertainers and beauty icons in addition to superachievers in business, science and technology. Congrats Nancy Ajram (#19) for being the highest performer/culture icon on the list! Also congrats to Sherine Abdel Wahdy (#84), Tima Shomali (#88), Diala Makki (#89), Huda Kattan (#94) … More Fashion of Arabia Week #2: Denim, Black Abayas and Dominique Hourani

EuroTrip 2015: Islam and Judaism in Europe

On December 27th, 2014 I embarked on a 13-day Eurotrip which lead me through 5 different countries, accompanied by my sister for three of them. Although my plans of visiting Muslim places of interest were dashed due to time constraints, locations and preferences, I did get some great exposure to Jewish Europe. A recap: Budapest, Hungary Muslims have had a … More EuroTrip 2015: Islam and Judaism in Europe