LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Greater Los Angeles
Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) and FOX
Television recently co-hosted a "Hollywood 101" workshop and studio tour to
introduce aspiring Muslim writers, directors and actors to the
entertainment industry. The event, held at FOX Studios in Century City, was
also designed to help promote a positive change in Hollywood's portrayal of
Muslims and Arabs.
Those taking part in the event included students and entry-level
professionals hoping to build contacts in the industry and seeking tips on
advancing their careers. Participants were given a tour of the studio lot,
a presentation on FOX internships and a one-hour interactive seminar
featuring five industry professionals.
One participant, Nadia Afghani, said the unique event introduced her to
the possibilities awaiting Muslim artists in the entertainment industry.
"The CAIR Hollywood 101 seminar was phenomenal...I walked away that day
feeling inspired, motivated, and hopeful for the Muslim (community)," said
CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said efforts to engage media
outlets that shape popular culture are crucial to promoting an accurate and
balanced portrayal of Muslims in America and around the world.
"Our goal is to help nurture aspiring Muslim artists and to act as
facilitators in providing support to emerging Muslim talent in the
entertainment industry," said Ayloush.
Ayloush thanked FOX, in particular its Diversity Department, for
co-hosting the event and realizing the importance of engaging young
American Muslims who seek to work as entertainment content creators.
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices
and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the
understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties,
empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and
CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Coordinator Munira Syeda, 714-776-1847
or 714-851-4851, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations