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.
Muslim American Matchmaking Series Coming to Hulu in 2024
After the hit success of series like “Indian Matchmaking” and “Jewish Matchmaking” comes another series focused on love and romance, this time focused exclusively on Muslim Americans. The untitled series is from ABC News Studios and Smriti Mundhra, the creator of “Indian Matchmaking” and executive producer of “Jewish Matchmaking.” Senain Kheshgi will executive produce the series along with Mundhra, and Poh Si Teng will oversee the project for ABC News Studios as executive editorial producer.
In an exclusive interview and report for The Hollywood Reporter, both Mundhra and Kheshgi spoke of the importance of showing a new perspective amongst the many dating and matchmaking shows that are on television today. Mundhra commented, “this project will give audiences a chance to experience this journey from a perspective too rarely seen in the mainstream.”
Kheshgi spoke about her personal connection to the series as a Muslim-American herself.
“In a world where negative stereotypes often paint Muslims as monolithic, this is an important opportunity to showcase the unique stories, personalities and perspectives of our diverse community,” she said. “I’m thrilled to be part of a project that has the potential to bring people together and positively impact the way Muslim Americans are perceived and understood.”
The series has been in development since 2022, and will stream on Hulu in 2024. It is part of ABC News Studios’ growing portfolio of feature documentaries and unscripted series for Disney-owned platforms like ABC, Nat Geo, Disney+ and Hulu.