The nomination is notable because the majority of Rakim’s lyrics relate to his identity as a Muslim, which has gone on to influence other contemporary Muslim rappers.
It took until 2016 for a Muslim to be recognized for their work by the Television Academy, 73 years after the Emmys were first awarded.
Qureshi spoke to Fann about her journey as a young writer, writing halal romances, and navigating tropes about Muslims in books, film and television.
Abdel Gawad spoke to Fann about her journey writing “Between Two Moons” and the ways in which she allows her characters to have complexity beyond stereotypes.
Ashley Franklin spoke to Fann about her journey as a writer, her love of princesses and how “Beauty and the Beast” and her grandmother inspired her love of words.
Autumn Allen is an educator and writer based in Boston. She spoke to Fann about her debut YA novel “All You Have to Do” and her journey as an author.
"There was a key point when I understood the power of my writing connecting with an audience, and then that became more important to me as I realized the impact of misrepresentation, stereotypes and the erroneous narratives that were circulating in my society about people who are Muslim [like me]."
"I was one of the few [Muslim authors in young adult and middle grade] in the beginning, and now there are more and more, but you have to remember and honor those people around us. We stand on their shoulders, and so I think that's just really important to read the works of those who came before."
"There are so many aspects of Muslimness [about which] you can write a story. It's really, really challenging to let that go and to erase those different voices. When I write, I try to remember to write for little me. "
"I think Muslim and Arab books and authors should be read and celebrated all year round."
The author of the bestselling books "Amina’s Voice" and "More to the Story" sits down with Fann to discuss her upcoming book “Drawing Deena” and her love of writing for children.
"You would be surprised how many people complain to me about my books. If you want to read a book about perfect people then I don't know what you'll read because that would be boring. Nobody would do anything. There would be no story."