Recap of ADC Community Forum: All-American Muslim
Washington, DC | www.adc.org | January 6, 2012 -- Earlier this week, ADC was delighted to host a special community forum at Washington DC’s West End Cinema, in which cast members from the TLC reality television series All-American Muslim shared their thoughts with an enthusiastic and diverse audience about their experiences on the show. The event was also made available to viewers online through ADC-TV via live streaming. Members of the audience were encouraged to participate, and viewers online were welcome to send their questions over Twitter and Facebook.
It was an ordinary gathering with ordinary Americans, yet the overwhelming feeling in the auditorium was that all involved were experiencing something extraordinary. In the midst of much laughter, a keen awareness of the profound significance of the show, and a jovial running debate about the Steelers and the Cowboys, Suehaila Amen, Bilal "Billy" Amen, and Nina Bazzy, along with TLC’s Vice President of Production and Development on the East Coast Alon Orstein spoke openly about what it meant for them to be part of this unprecedented initiative in American history.
ADC President Warren David started the evening by welcoming the audience, and offered remarks on how important it is that we take ownership of our collective narrative.
ADC Legal Director Abed Ayoub facilitated the discussion. He began by asking the cast members how they would characterize their overall experience with the show. “A great experience,” “really enjoyed it