The Center for New Community is thrilled to congratulate Aasif Mandvi and the entire Halal in the Family team on receiving the Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Award. The team was presented with the award today at the Paley Center for Media in New York City and will be recognized Saturday at the Peabody Awards ceremony.
Halal in the Family is a webseries created to challenge anti-Muslim bigotry and discrimination in the United States. The sitcom parody features an “all-American” Muslim family, with Aasif Mandvi and Sakina Jaffrey as the parents of two teenagers. Across four episodes, the characters deliver a hilarious—and often outrageous—look at issues that impact Muslims in the United States, including surveillance, anti-Muslim laws, and bullying.
The Center for New Community is a proud supporter of Halal in the Family and served as a member of the advisory council for the series. Along with four other advocacy partners, CNC provided research and information about threats to Muslim communities in the United States and guidance about how the series can be used as a tool to support existing campaigns to challenge anti-Muslim bigotry.
The Peabody Awards and Facebook created this new prize to honor excellence and innovation in digital storytelling. “Named the Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Award, this initiative embodies shared core interests of the Peabody Awards and Facebook in recognizing stories that matter, educate, and inspire social change,” according to the award announcement.
Kalia Abiade is the Advocacy Director at the Center for New Community.