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.
Coming Soon: Four Best-Selling Muslim Authors Bring “Grounded” to Life
Stay tuned for the middle-grade novel, “Grounded,” by a group of award-winning female Muslim authors, Aisha Saeed, S. K. Ali, Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and Huda Al-Marashi. These four, among others, also collaborated on the collection of short stories titled “Once Upon an Eid.”
The chapter book chronicles the bonding adventure of four kids stuck at an airport after a storm grounds all flights, told from their various points of view. According to Kirkus, “Saeed, Al-Marashi, Thompkins-Bigelow, and Ali write four relatable, well-developed characters from different backgrounds who represent the diversity of Muslim communities, seamlessly connecting their individual and collective stories into a single whole.”
“Grounded” will be out in May.