Source: The Chicago Tribune
In the provocative documentary "New Muslim Cool" that premieres on PBS Tuesday night, filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor tells the story of Puerto Rican hip-hop artist Hamza PÃ©rez, a former drug dealer turned devout Muslim.
The film focuses on PÃ©rez, 32, and his Pittsburgh mosque, but the roots of "New Muslim Cool" lie in Chicago.
Taylor said her original idea centered on how some young American Muslims are using hip-hop music to create a new identity. During early filming in summer 2006, Taylor came to Marquette Park for "Takin' It to the Streets," the popular festival organized by the Inner-City Muslim Action Network.