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September 22, 2021 57 mins
Shahjehan and guests walk us through the history of Brown representation in Hollywood, politics, and American pop culture. From swarthy villains and caricatures with funny accents to slightly more nuanced and uncensored depictions in the early 2000s, Muslim actors move beyond making their bread by portraying terrorists as Muslim politicians and musicians start appearing on the scene. The highly uncensored Kominas cause a stir as they claim a space for Brown kids while simultaneously being reduced to a Muslim punk antidote to the otherwise backwards Muslim world in the media. Shahjehan begins to find his voice as he channels his disquiet into his own creative journey, but will it last? Learn more about the people and topics in this episode on our listening guide. Check out the Rifelion blog. Also visit to send us an audio message, some of which will play on future episodes. For more information on King of the World, visit our website. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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