Chicago-based dancer and choreographer Amirah Sackett has been poppin and lockin to challenge America’s perceptions of Muslim women wearing the hijab – and we’re loving it!
Her kick-ass hip-hop breakdance videos – featuring multiple women wearing the hijab mixed with, y’know, more regular street gear – continue to go viral at a time when debate and discussion surrounds the wearing of the hijab.
Amirah is going in strong. Her dance troupe is called, ‘WE’RE MUSLIM, DON’T PANIC!’, which we’re sure you’ll agree is an eye-catching title. Its straightforward, no-nonsense approach is helping the videos – and Amirah’s message – go viral.
“I wanted to educate others and reflect the beauty that I know and love in Muslim women,” she says. “Informing people about the hijab increases understanding and tolerance within our city and school systems.”
She’s right. This is a message of positivity and we love how she’s trying to make a difference through her passion!
Amirah is owning her identity. She’s empowering Muslim women and girls across the United States who are discriminated against because of their religion.
Sometimes, Amirah and her dancers wear a full niqab and white sneakers while performing.
“People have a lot of questions about why Muslim women wear the hijab,” she says in an interview on her Vimeo page. “Things can get very confusing for non-Muslim people.”
At a time of fierce debate in many nations about whether the hijab or niqab should be banned or whether it should be allowed as part of official uniform for our police forces, everyone needs to be educated about what the dress actually is and what it represents. Ignorance often breeds fear so the more people that are informed the better.
Amirah is taking that message to a wide audience in a fun, yet informative, way. To stay up to date with Amirah, follow her Vimeo page!