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Al-Ayyala: Ancient Heart & Soul of Oman

“Watching a performance of Al-Ayyala allows you a look into the face of a rich culture all while providing you a view of the ancient heart and soul of Oman.” Dance can be classified as one of the few universal art forms and can be found in virtually every culture across the globe. It is used to... Read More...

Ex Files: Lisa R. Mitchell

FACES OF EXPATRIATION - THE GLOBALIST Lisa R. Mitchell is a Global Business Executive with nearly 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. She has spent the majority of her career focused on international business and providing banking services to her global clientele. She was the... Read More...

Hip Hop & Humanitarianism in Oman

With movies like “Brown Sugar”, the Netflix series “The Get Down”, and VH1’s “The Breaks”, we get to witness the formation of Hip Hop and its humble beginnings; where it's apparent that a pure love for not only the music, but the culture of break dancing, fashion, and in many ways the creation of a ... Read More...

PHOTOGRAPHER’S Q&A: Hamed AlGhanboosi

  Griots Republic (GR): Hamed, you are a Petroleum Engineer from Muscat, Oman whose work has been featured in National Geographic and you’ve won over 200 photography awards. How did this happen? How did you fall in love with photography? Hamed AlGhanboosi (AG): I am from the Jalan area, east part ... Read More...

MUSCAT FESTIVAL: This is Oman

The night is filled with excitement and anticipation, as families exit their cars and enter the Muscat Festival.  From the dark parking lot, you are immediately immersed in a world of lights, jovial activities and the overwhelmingly delicious smell of funnel cakes, cotton candy, and popcorn. The sou... Read More...

Blacks and Arabs: The Conversation

We both have numbers in the city. Our paths to this place have parallels. And our communities have been profiled, misunderstood and vilified. So why can’t we relate to each other better and bridge the gap that divides us? On a chilly night in November, just a few days before Thanksgiving, there... Read More...

Show & Tell: MY HIJAB STORY

From London to Lebanon the Hijab is one of the most politicized items of women's clothing around. Required in some countries and completely banded in others, this religious article elicits responses along the entire spectrum of emotions. Yet, in this day and age it's important to remember that like ... Read More...

THE MAKINGS OF HALAL BEAUTY

The term halal refers to any object or action that is permitted by Islamic law. Most discussion of halal products centers around food. Halal food, for instance, can not contain any pork, alcohol, or blood. Additionally, the process of how the food is prepared is also considered. That is, the animal ... Read More...

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Wilhelmena Rhodes Kelly

Not every person of color can claim lineage that includes famous Native American Pocahontas and her husband, English settler John Rolfe – a marriage that acted as a peace treaty between the Jamestown, Virginia settlers and Powhatan Indians for years to come, but Wilhelmena Rhodes Kelly can proudly c... Read More...

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