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Images by Kauthar Umar
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Kauthar Umar is a New York based documentary film producer, magazine editor and photographer. Umar attended the prestigious private day school, Albany Academy For Girls in Albany, NY; received her BA, from Russell Sage College and holds an MA from The American University, in Journalism and Public Affairs. She is a co-producer of the award-winning feature documentary, “New Muslim Cool”, which launched the 2009 “P.O.V.” series on PBS. Umar is editor of the film’s forthcoming companion book, “isl-am-erica”, a photo anthology about identity, hip hop culture and Muslim youth in America and she is a guest blogger for “POV”. In August, 2010, Umar was a keynote speaker at the U.S. State Department’s first “Generation Change” conference. She was a New Media Institute Fellow for the National Black Programming Consortium, (NBPC) in 2006 and she served as a journalist for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, where she reported on race and health disparities in the US. Umar’s photography, was exhibited in the Latin Collector Gallery “Resurrections” exhibit in New York City, featured in “Tokion” magazine, “Current”, “Trace212.com”, “USAID Volunteers for Prosperity Annual Report 2004” and graced the cover of the book, “American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender within the Ummah”, by Dr. Jamillah Karim for New York University Press. Her photography also appeared in the books, “World Religions: Western Traditions”, Third Edition, edited by Willard G. Oxtoby and Amir Hussain and “A Concise Introduction to World Religions”, Second Edition, by Willard G Oxtoby and Alan F. Segal, for Oxford University Press. Umar has written for “Essence” and “ym” magazines. She serves as a contributing editor for ISNA’s “Islamic Horizons” magazine where she developed and edited the historic 2005 issue, “Return To Roots”, about Islam in Black America. She is also an editor for the forthcoming anthology “Crossing Limits: Poetry From American Muslims and American Jews”.Kauthar Umar 's current location:
New York , United States
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