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[29 May 2013 | One Comment | ]
Legend of the Cipher and the Art of Self-Expression

Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Moroccan-American Media Producer Zeen Rachidi, a member of the team that created Legend of the Cipher, the first hip hop card game.  Zeen shares his perspective on how women are portrayed in the gaming and hip hop industries, and how this card game provides a platform for dialogue and social change.
Can you share with us a little about your personal background, and the inspiration behind the new card game ‘Legend of the Cipher’?
I hesitate to call Legend of the Cipher something that was inspired. Rather, …

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[3 Apr 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Art Is Magic! An Interview with Manal Deeb

Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Palestinian American Visual Artist Manal Deeb about the inspiration behind her art and the influence of identity.
Can you share a little about your personal background? What inspired you to pursue a career in art?
Career is not the word – I pursued art as a healing tool – it was to translate inner conflict.  To me art is therapy and something I do naturally every day. I used to think that my artistic talent is personal and that I should keep it to myself – the …

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[3 Apr 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Why I Take Baths in Lightning Storms

Why I Take Baths in Lightning Storms
After Frida Kahlo’s ‘What the Water Gave Me’
By Sarah D. Lawson
It is hard to know how much time has passed
inside this well. There is no minute
hand, only palms and the pruning, the nails
peeling away from their fingers
like old paint-

the love lost on the ocean floor
the flowers you left in the water by my bed-
each bloom, the happiest little death.
These are the pieces of me the water gives back.

Every molecule every thorn every dead
skin cell shedding a new opening.

sadness is its own kind of submersion,
a …

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[28 Mar 2013 | 4 Comments | ]
Alyssa Marie: A Rapper Who Can Rip a Mic

Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Lebanese-American Alyssa Marie about her work and perspective as a female rapper in the world of hip hop. Her answers are below.

What inspired you to join the world of hip hop?

I’ve been drawn to the freedom of writing since I was a kid, whether it be poetry, stories, or song lyrics. Coincidentally, I loved music equally as much but didn’t have the voice to be a singer (though I often sing on record anyways.) These two things kind of just merged together over the years …