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.
“Erased or Extremists”: Read USC Annenberg’s Report on Muslim Representation on TV
The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative released a new study with support from Left Handed Films, the Ford Foundation and the Pillars Fund, which digs into the ways in which Muslims were represented on-screen in TV series from 2018-2019.
The report includes statistics on the number and diversity of Muslim television characters in the top 200 series from 2018-2019. The report, titled “Erased or Extremists: The Stereotypical View of Muslims in Popular Episodic Series,” begins by demonstrating the disparity in the numbers of speaking characters on screen, with only 1% of 8,885 speaking characters on TV being Muslim. The report goes into further detail about how these characters still follow stereotypical portrayals of Muslims.
Read the report below and check out this guest column in Variety from the authors of the study.