Home State: New York
Award-winning Storyteller Aman Ali is an award winning storyteller in New York City and one of the most popular social media personalities in the Muslim community today. His passionate and animated tales he regularly posts to Facebook continue to go viral by the thousands daily. In 2016, he was named by Google and YouTube as a “Content Creator to Watch” and was honored by the White House in 2016 for his storytelling work about the Muslim American community.
Aman is also one of the only young American Muslims in the public spotlight today. He’s made appearances on dozens of media outlets such as the New York Times, Buzzed, CNN, HBO, BBC, and NPR to talk about the shenanigans of growing up as a Muslim in America. Aman has performed in 27 countries and all 50 states to crowds of all ages, cultures and religions by bringing people together with his heartfelt stories.
He was dubbed as one of the top newsmakers of 2010 by CNN for his project 30 Mosques in 30 Days – a 25,000 mile road trip he took driving to all 50 states in the U.S. with the mission of telling groundbreaking stories of Muslim Americans. Aman’s skill in painting pictures with his words comes from his strong journalism background. Ali spent almost 10 years traveling the country as a crime and politics reporter for several news outlets including USA Today, Reuters, Yahoo News and CNN.
He is currently the producer of the documentary “Two Gods” about a group of Muslim morticians trying to stop gang violence in Newark, New Jersey. The film was featured at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and continues to garner buzz in the industry. A skilled orator, Aman Ali brings to light important issues that affect the muslim community not only in the United States but all over the world. About his Program, I’m a Muslim – Ask Me Anything! Aman Ali was raised in Ohio and as he describes, he “was the only brown kid” in his school. As a result, he has spent his lifetime explaining his Muslim faith to others and has learned to do so with sensitivity, humor, and an open heart. There are NO questions that he won’t field as he has likely answered them before!
If you or your students wonder what Islam is to a Muslim guy who now lives in New York City, who Muslims worship, what it is like to fast at Ramadan (even from a young age), what happens at the mosque, how dating works, why some Muslims don’t touch alcohol and some do, why Muslims come from many different ethnic backgrounds, how praying in a language he doesn’t speak fluently is important, and why Mecca is a goal for Muslims, THIS presentation (which is largely discussion) is for you! Aman presents a crash course in Islam 101 (in a playful way) and then fields questions (participants drop questions in a hat or ask at a mic – or you can have a moderator ask questions to him instead.)