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Watch the Acceptance Speeches

 

NIJLA MU’MIN
Writer, Director, and Producer of Jinn

Award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker Nijla Baseema Mu’min tells stories about black girls and women who find themselves between worlds and identities. Her debut feature film, Jinn, is emblematic of her authentic storytelling and compelling perspective.

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KAREN ATTIAH & JAMAL KHASHOGGI
Washington Post

Jamal Khashoggi left his country and family for the freedom to “speak when so many cannot.” Karen Attiah elevates seldom heard stories and since her colleague’s murder, has led a call for protection of journalists worldwide. Join us in honoring two courageous writers for courageously speaking truth to power.

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BETTY GABRIEL & JUSTIN MARKS
Counterpart

Created by Justin Marks, Starz’ series, Counterpart, transports viewers to a mysterious world hidden beneath the surface of everyday existence. Betty’s character, Naya Temple, doesn’t conform to the usual media portrayals of Muslims. That is what makes her character and this series so impactful.

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With Special Guests

 

NAÏMAH MUHAMMAD
Singer / Songwriter


FRANKLIN LEONARD
The Black List, Founder & CEO

POORNA JAGANNATHAN
Actor / Producer


 

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Honoring Voices of

Courage and Conscience

MPAC’s annual Media Awards celebrates members of the entertainment industry, artists, and activists who promote inclusion and social justice through their craft.

Our honorees have done so by advancing authentic portrayals of Islam and Muslims, increasing understanding by reflecting the realities we live in, and by inspiring action and movements for social change. Now in its 28th year, the Media Awards continues to honor innovative voices of courage and conscience who act boldly and intentionally in this critical time in history.

We have honored Oscar and Emmy winners, Nobel Laureates, Peabody Award finalists, blockbuster and indie films, courageous journalists, groundbreaking art exhibitions, and trailblazing writers, producers, and directors.  

 

Past Honorees

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Actors, Activists
and Musicians

Actors may transform public opinion through the characters they play, but the truly courageous ones take on roles much bigger than those they portray onscreen. We have honored actor/activists who raise their voices in the public domain on behalf of American-Muslims, Latinos, the wrongfully incarcerated, and the LGBTQ+ community.

 
 

Film

 

From Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves to Slumdog Millionaire, Bowling for Columbine to Selma, films have the power to change the way we see the world, and how we see each other.

We have honored screenwriters, producers, and directors who use the craft of filmmaking to reflect the raw authenticity of the world back to us in ways we haven’t seen.

 

Television

 

The Daily Show, Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Wife, and CNN’s Parts Unknown are just some of the television shows that feature inclusive characters and storylines. 

We have honored over a dozen television series and specials that broaden our perspectives and expand our understanding of one another.

 

Artists & Writers

Storytelling begins with a blank page, a plain canvas or an empty stage, and the minds who fill that emptiness with original stories, screenplays, books, and images have the power to influence and broaden the minds of millions. We have honored artists and writers including Shepard Fairey, Marvel Comics, Karen Armstrong, and Dave Eggers whose work has changed the narrative entirely.