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P.O.V. New Muslim Cool

Hamza and his brother Suliman
Jennifer Taylor
Hamza and his brother Suliman

Airs Sunday, June 28 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Puerto Rican-American rapper Hamza Pérez pulled himself out of drug dealing and street life 12 years ago and became a Muslim. Now he’s moved to Pittsburgh’s tough North Side to start a new religious community, rebuild his shattered family and take his message of faith to other young people through hard-hitting hip-hop music. But when the FBI raids his mosque, Hamza must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world — and himself. New Muslim Cool takes viewers on Hamza’s ride through streets, slums and jail cells — following his spiritual journey to some surprising places in an America that never stops changing. Produced in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). By Jennifer Maytorena Taylor. Watch the trailer and additional video clips online.