Mohammed Fairouz

Breaking down the barriers of philanthropy with composer Mohammed Fairouz

Mohammed Fairouz, born in 1985 is one of the most frequently performed, commissioned, and recorded composers of his generation. Hailed by The New York Times as “an important new artistic voice” and by BBC World News as “one of the most talented composers of his generation.” Mohammed’s cosmopolitan outlook reflects his transatlantic upbringing and extensive travels. By his early teens, the Arab…

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Doing the Right Thing On and Off Campus: Tina Al-Khersan

Tina Al-Khersan, a junior at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, has been selected to receive the 2015 NAAP Arab American Scholarship. The Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP) is a professional organization that advocates for collective advancement of all Arab Americans through networking opportunities, community service and education. NAAP established the NAAP Arab American…

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Hiba and Chady

Meet Hiba Yazbeck, a Lebanese American philanthropist

Since she was young, philanthropy has always played a huge part in her life, being raised by parents who were active philanthropists. A financial expert and accountant in the automotive industry, Hiba Yazbeck, along with husband Chady Webhe, has spent much of her life giving back to others. We recently spoke with Hiba Yazbeck to learn more about…

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Yasmine El Baggari Voyaj

Yasmine El-Baggari: Wanderlust for world peace

Yasmine El-Baggari, age 22, is doing her utmost best to make a widespread impact on the world, one person at a time. Through her tech start-up Voyaj, she seeks to help travelers make lasting, meaningful connections with hosts in different countries. The Voyaj service, which is preparing for its official launch, uses a matching algorithm…

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Stephanie Abraham

Stephanie Abraham and a Passion for Helping Others

For Stephanie Abraham, giving is in her blood. Her mother comes from an Irish Catholic family and her father’s family emigrated from Lebanon and Syria, where they were Maronite Catholics. For Stephanie, philanthropy wasn’t an option but a given. Her parents gave 5% of their income to the Church and 5% to other charitable causes,…

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Omar Yousef Shehabi

Omar Yousef Shehabi: Bringing Legal Services to Palestine

Omar Shehabi didn’t always identify with his Palestinian-Arab identity. A  first-generation Arab American born in Warren, Ohio, Omar was cognizant of his ancestry growing up, as his mother is of Lebanese descent and his father immigrated to the U.S. from Palestine in the 1960s. The Shehabi family has its roots in Jerusalem, in the Old…

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What does it mean to be young, Somali, Muslim and American?

A new exhibit at the Arab American National Museum features work from photographer Somali-born Mohamud Mumin. CAAP had a chance to sit down with Mumin and discuss his inspiration for The Youth//Dhallinyarada. The exhibit, made up of large-scale black and white portraits of Mumin’s friends and other members of the Somali American community in Minneapolis,…

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The legacy of the Chapel Hill victims lives on

Back in February, the Arab American community was rocked by the tragic and senseless killing of Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and Yusor’s sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. These three individuals were generous and kind, having been involved in numerous charitable endeavors and other activities meant to help and give back to…

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