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The Six Million Dollar Kid – An Interview with Bobby Aazami

A dear friend of mine, Bobby Aazami, mentioned to me a while back that he was working on a monologue called The Six Million Dollar Kid, and if any of you have ever met Bobby, you know that he’s hilarious, and a great storyteller too. “What’s it about?” I asked Bobby. “My experience as a survivor of child sex abuse.” he replied. Oh… that wasn’t the answer I had expected to hear…

I recently had the privilege of attending Bobby’s one-man show called The Six Million Dollar Kid live in Sydney, Australia, and it was an amazing evening of music and storytelling about the heavy topic of child abuse. The event was emotional, and had me laughing one minute and crying the next. Even though it was difficult and confronting, it was still full of love and hope, and thoughts of it still linger in my mind, even now some months later.

Through The Six Million Dollar Kid, Bobby tells his story of being an Iranian boy obsessed with Steve Austin from the American TV show The Six Million Dollar Man, and when the Islamic Revolution breaks out and his family flees to the U.S., he believes it’s all part of his destiny to become the next Bionic Man. Soon after the move, tragedy strikes, and his family asks him to cover up a dark secret.

I wanted to interview Bobby about The Six Million Dollar Kid to find out more about it, and to help bring awareness to a topic that gets swept under the rug far too often: Continue reading

“Dis Dieu suffit (Say God Sufficeth)” by Edelo & Emma

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Paita, New Caledonia with Edelo Waengene and Emma Wayenece who sing “Dis Dieu suffit” from the Writings of the Bab in French. Continue reading

“Dis Dieu suffit (Say God Sufficeth)” by Edelo & Emma [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Paita, New Caledonia with Edelo Waengene and Emma Wayenece who sing “Dis Dieu suffit” from the Writings of the Bab in French. Continue reading

Race, Gender & Immigration: Working Towards Equality While Avoiding Partisan Politics – A Talk by Layli Miller-Muro

In this talk titled “Race, Gender and Immigration: Working towards Equality While Avoiding Partisan Politics,” Layli Miller-Muro shares a reminder with Baha’is regarding what it says in the Writings about being involved in partisan politics. The Baha’i Writings warn us that “matters political and partisan in character should be carefully avoided” while tasking us with building a New World Order and being actively engaged in “discourse and action intended to bring about constructive social change.” As much as injustice, inequity, and intolerance has been prompted by politics, it would seem that politics is the realm in which to address it. But, the Baha’i Writings give us guidance to the contrary. Layli’s presentation asserts that it is indeed possible to be at the forefront of creating a just society and engaged in many hot-button issues including racism, immigration, and women’s rights, while rising above political debates. 

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Top 10 Baha’i Blog YouTube Videos of the Year!

Over two years ago we launched Baha’i Blog’s YouTube channel, where we set out to create our very own original Baha’i-inspired video content. Now, about 200 videos later, we have a variety of content to offer, including informative animations like our What are Devotional Gatherings?, our popular music series called Studio Sessions, Baha’i-inspired talks, our short film series on creatives called The Art Of…, and the funny What’s That Word? series aimed at junior youth.

We are excited to be a part of the steadily growing ecosystem of Baha’i-inspired video content online, and we also contribute to this ecosystem by helping and collaborating with others to make specific videos such as the The Last Time I Saw My Father and the short film Switch.

We’ve been trying to reach 10,000 subscribers on our YouTube channel, and we’re almost there, but could really use your help to get us across the line! YouTube has studios located in different parts of the world, and if we have over 10,000 subscribers, we can gain access to them and hopefully use them for some of our future initiatives, so if you can take a few seconds to help us make this happen by clicking here to SUBSCRIBE, we’d really appreciate it! We’d also be very grateful if you could help us spread the word and ask everyone you know who likes Baha’i Blog to help us achieve this goal too!

So now that that’s out of the way (and thank you so much for helping out with that!) let’s get on with counting down our 10 most popular YouTube videos of the year, from Naw-Ruz 2017 to Naw-Ruz 2018, starting with number one: Continue reading

Cloud9: Leili Towfigh’s Striking Artistic Vision for Race Unity

Cloud9 is a podcast produced by Baha’i Teachings. Its aim is to feature interviews with artists and discuss what inspires them to make a positive contribution to the world. In this episode, Baha’i Teachings’ arts editor Shadi Toloui-Wallace interviews Leili Towfigh, a diverse multidisciplinary artist, philosopher and social justice educator based in Boston, Massachusetts. Leili speaks about the 20+ years she’s spent creatively exploring concepts of beauty, science and the oneness of humanity.  Continue reading

Navajo Tradition and the Baha’i Teachings | Nanabah Bulman

In this talk, produced by Bahaiteachings.org, Nanabah Nishli Bulman shares a connection between the Baha’i Faith and Navajo traditions. Born of her mother’s Where the Water Comes Together Clan and her father’s Red Running into the Water Clan, Nanabah offers the unique wisdom of the Diné people when she urges us all to develop an “inner sense of sacredness, harmony and beauty—’hozho,'” in the Navajo language—that will lead to spiritual transformation. In her talk, Nanabah investigates the Navajo Beauty Way and its relationship to the Baha’i Faith, and tells the story of her ancestors, who went on a spiritual quest to find the Everlasting Beauty. “What they found,” she says, “was a global community attracted to the same beauty—Baha’u’llah. We believe that Baha’u’llah has come to humanity to restore beauty again.” Continue reading

Top 10 Baha’i Blog Video Posts of the Year 2017-2018

To celebrate Baha’i Blog’s 7th anniversary, we shared a number of round-up posts which celebrate some of our most popular content of the year. So far we’ve posted Baha’i Blog’s 10 Most Popular Articles of the Year, our Top 10 Image Posts of the Year, our Top 10 Audio Tracks of the Year, and so now in the spirit of continuing the celebration, it’s time to list our top 10 video posts of the year.

At Baha’i Blog we want to contribute to, and celebrate the ecosystem of Baha’i-inspired content, so when it comes to video, we do two things: Firstly, we produce our own original video content on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube Channel, and secondly, we share curated video content from the online world (always adhering to copyright laws of course) in Baha’i Blog’s Video Section.

In this top 10 countdown, we list the top 10 videos with the most amount of traffic posted to our Video Section from Naw-Ruz 2017 to Naw-Ruz 2018. So let’s begin starting from number 10: Continue reading

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