Presidential Candidates, a New Community Building App and More on “American Muslim Project”

In this episode, host Asad Butt is joined by his guest and sister Nadia Butt to delve into a range of topics. The Butt siblings cover issues such as global protests in support of Palestine

Presidential Candidates, a New Community Building App and More on “American Muslim Project”
The weekly podcast elevates unique Muslim voices and explores how they are currently influencing the American experience.

Rifelion’s flagship podcast, “American Muslim Project,” has released a new episode that focuses on the important issues facing the American Muslim community today. The show, which focuses on the Muslims who are shaping America, continues to bring new segments and focus to the show to emphasize the news and culture American Muslims are immersed in every day.

“We've been trying different things from season-to-season to try to keep [‘American Muslim Project’] fresh,” Asad Butt said last week in the show’s Season 3 opener. “We've tried different types of formats in the effort to give color to what is happening in the American Muslim community to American Muslims and beyond.”

Previously, “American Muslim Project” has followed an interview format, with each episode featuring an interview with a different Muslim guest who impacts American life and culture. But in the "American Muslim Project" season 3 opener, Asad Butt joked that he was going back to his news anchor roots. So far, this season has focused on headlines that are happening across the United States — and the rest of the world — that are affecting the American Muslim community.

In this episode, host Asad Butt is joined by his guest and sister Nadia Butt to delve into a range of topics. The Butt siblings cover issues such as global protests in support of Palestine, Professor Cornel West's Martin Luther King Jr. Day solidarity speech, Trump’s big election polling updates, bias faced by presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy and controversial actions by Texas GOP activist Dade Phelan.

Later in the episode, Asad and Nadia Butt discuss CAIR’s efforts in a police officer's victory in a discrimination lawsuit. They also introduce listeners to Qariyb, a Muslim community events calendar. Finally, the hosts share a clip from the podcast “The Halal Gap,” which covered the “Opening Credits” panel from the 2023 Mosquers Film Festival.

In 2020, Asad Butt launched Rifelion Media to help elevate diverse voices, with “American Muslim Project” as the company’s first production. Butt is also a startup advisor and investor, primarily working with pet care and education founders, as well as accelerator programs. Prior to his work in the startup industry, Butt worked in broadcast television and video production. In 2004, he helped launch Bridges TV, the first American Muslim lifestyle network, serving as its first news director, producer and anchor.

Nadia Butt is a consultant focused on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the business world. She is the host of another podcast on the Rifelion Network, “Inclusive Collective,” which recently won a prestigious Golden Crane award podcasting award.

New episodes of “American Muslim Project” release every Thursday. Listen to the latest episode — “Presidential Hopeful Speaks Up for Gaza, Candidate Faces Islamophobia, and Mosquers Opening Credits” — below, or catch up wherever you listen to podcasts.

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