Mona Haydar is a(Girl Power Academy) featured Syrian-American Hip Hop Artist recommendation:

Mona Haydar ft. Jackie Cruz (photo still from: “Dog” music video)

Mona Haydar was raised in Flint, Michigan, a community where she often didn’t see herself represented. She found part of her Muslim American identity through artists like Mos Def, who begins his albums with the Muslim blessing, “Bismillah.” Growing up, she didn’t fit in with the mainstream, which meant she sought mentorship and support from a plethora of spaces. Particularly, Mona is grateful for her mentors, most of whom are Black, who helped her cultivate her voice. (~ BIO quote written by Saffiyya Mohammed for the Tempest)

Mona Haydar is a rapper, poet, activist, practitioner of Permaculture, meditator, composting devotee, mountain girl, solar power lover and a tireless God-enthusiast. She practices a life of sacred activism, poetry, contemplation and advocacy for living gently upon the Earth. She teaches classes, gives lectures, leads retreats and workshops, does readings and performs her work. 

Mona started writing her poetry as soon as she was old enough to write. One of her first poems in a kindergarten journal went: “I am mood. I am dude. I am Mona.”  (To read more about and support the artist Mona Haydar, go to: http://www.monahaydar.com

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The Mona Haydar (featuring Jackie Cruz) “Dog” (music video) is being posted here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

Mona Haydar says, “Make sure you watch til the end to see what I’m talking about!”

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Mona Haydar (featuring Jackie Cruz) “Dog” LYRICS:

If you think this song is about I don’t what to tell you

Sheikhs on the DL sheikhs in my DM begging me to shake it on my cam in the PM

Sheikhs on the DL sheikhs in my DM Ridin in that audi Like a saudi arabian

A teacher? A guru? Mm, you just some doo-doo

Said I own the whole souk

But you just sell produce

Boy you ain’t got no juice

Boy you drive an old coup

Too little for your ego n i cannot give you no boose

Say my voice is haram

Cuz you getting turned on

Boy you might need Qur’an

Boy you need to turn down

Got my full hood on Got my full hood on

Sawtil mar’a thawra

Got my full hood on

See them thirsty Seedy sidis in their sidi suits Kufis, turbans And the prayer beads they rockin too

Twitter insta we can hear those howls — when sun sets tryna hunt me down

Say you can save my spirit But you’re a dog at night

We can see right through him

he’s a dog

If I’m all you need Tell me how come You gotta wife Smell that reefer in his kufi He’s a dog Not a yummy cookie No looky looky looky I am not a rookie

Better watch out for 3aduki Min fadlak Ghudd basarak Min fadlak Ikhsha rabbak

Spiritually violent

Deviant but hiding it

You can’t sell enlightenment

Laugh at your entitlement

Panel on women Only dudes Um, excuse me Really? Rude

Emotional terrorist Thinking that you’re errorless But you need a therapist Boy you need an exorcist

Throwin up them Jinns n ghosts not-fly list coast to coast Baby, habibti Pretty please But you Work at Chuckie Cheese

You get grays

They don’t age Robbing Cradles Middle aged

Say you can save my spirit But you’re a dog at night

We can see right through him he’s a dog

If I’m all you need Tell me how come You gotta wife Smell that reefer in his kufi He’s a dog

Sheikhs on the DL sheikhs in my DM begging me to shake it on my cam in the PM”

Sheikhs on the DL sheikhs in my DM Ridin in that audi Like a saudi arabian sorry I have allergies

Allergic to your salary

And when you call me sweety You are givin me a cavity

Boy you’re too much calories

Obsessed with my anatomy

And your flattery just a mirror for your vanity

Sheikhs on the DL sheikhs in my DM begging me to shake it on my cam in the PM” Sheikhs on the DL sheikhs in my DM Ridin in that audi Like a saudi arabian

I’m sorry I have allergies

Allergic to your salary

Don’t ever call me sweetie You are giving me a cavity

Boy you’re too much calories

Obsessed with my anatomy And your flattery just a mirror for your vanity

Oh my God You need God

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Mona starts with her signature direct style, calling out the male abuse of power in Muslim communities. Unabashedly going where few have gone before, Mona speaks out about issues often pushed out of sight. With 1 in 3 women in the world dealing with abuse, Mona refuses to stay silent on the matter.

Rather than worrying about what people will think, Mona’s take is, ‘What will people think that we continued to allow our sisters, daughters, friends to be violated because we didn’t stand up against the structures within our cultures that made it possible?'”

(~Quote from Mona Haydar from an Interview by Saffiyya Mohammed.)

Read the Interview with Mona Haydar in a Tempest article and for more by Saffiyya Mohammed 

https://thetempest.co/2017/07/27/entertainment/mona-haydar-smashing-patriarchy-hip-hop/

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5 thoughts on “Mona Haydar is a(Girl Power Academy) featured Syrian-American Hip Hop Artist recommendation:

  1. am the Managing Editor of The Tempest. This article is copy-pasted from our site without our permission.

    We maintain full copyright of all content published on our site, and we do not allow any reposting that content. Your action violates our copyright and misrepresents our work as solicited by your organization. Mona Haydar was not “featured” by your organization – she was interviewed by our hardworking writer and editor. You need to remove this post from your site as soon as possible. I would have rather informed you of this by email, but you have no direct contact information on this site. Therefore I will need you to confirm that the post has been removed on this thread.

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    1. Hello Nadia Elde, no disrespect was intended, and we thought that a direct and link wit bi-line was allowing people to credit you as well as learn more about what you write about.
      I fully note your hard work and wonder if I may have your permission to keep this post up?
      Mona Haydar is an important musician/artist and your interview provided the most information about her.
      Or would it be okay to quote your article/interview and pare this down and still provide a link to the Tempest?
      please advise.
      Thank you,
      Kate

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    2. I edited the post. and left one quote and a link to Tempest with full bi-line. Please let me know if this is sufficient. Sorry to step on your toes.
      Thank you for your time. Respectfully,
      Kate

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      1. Hi Kate,
        Thank you for your prompt response. I appreciate the corrections you’ve made, but this is still insufficient. You need to clearly indicate that your top quote is from our article using full attribution and quotation marks. You also need to link to our site at first reference, noting clearly that this post is based on an article published by The Tempest.
        Nadia

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      2. Hello again Nadia, I actually found Mona Haydar’s videos first on You Tube and then I looked up the lyrics to the song and posted those, then I looked at her Bio from her own PR website and placed a link to her directly, then I found your article. So I don’t know why I’d give the Tempest top credit on the post I “curated” in order to feature the artist. I wasn’t inspired by your article to create this post nor is my post based on your article. I simply thought you wrote the best one to include about her. I am not trying to take credit for her work or your work.

        I want to end the post with a quote by Mona from the interview in your Tempest magazine. Do you want the link to you above that quote?

        Or do you now want that I remove it altogether and not provide a link to your Tempest?

        Thank you for taking the time to work this out, no matter what you decide you need.
        Respectfully,
        Kate

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