Blog, TV show and podcast premieres this month
Community resident Ose Schwab aims to “introduce Malden to itself” with a local groundbreaking multi-media program that features in-depth personal stories that inspire. The one-hour interview format show premieres this month on MATV Public Access (Comcast 3, Verizon 28) and online with an accompanying blog on MATV’s citizen journalism site Neighborhood View (neighborhoodview.org). It is also available as a podcast (downloadable or streamed) from the Neighborhood View site.
Inside Malden will offer introspective conversations with Malden change-makers, including thought leaders, artists, musicians, scientists, activists, writers, etc. who live or work in Malden.
The premiere episode features an interview with Malden resident Souad Akib, who is the founder and Executive Director of the American Association for Arab Women (AAAW). The AAAW is a non-profit organization empowering women from Arab countries to thrive in their new home. By supporting these women, the AAAW helps families to thrive in Malden. Malden benefits by this service as immigrant families become engaged residents. In addition, the AAAW sponsors events that invite all of Malden to workshops that raise awareness about important topics or celebrations such as Iftar during Ramadan or International Women’s Day that build community.
Producer/host Ose Schwab notes that, “In a day of troubling reports of terrorist attacks around the world, refugee crises in Europe and the US, war, and the trends of racial, ethnic, and religious profiling, Souad Akib, a native of Morocco and a vibrant and well-loved presence in Malden, offers a concerned but optimistic voice of reason and hope to us all in Malden and beyond.”
Schwab believes strongly in the potential of Malden to be a growing, dynamic and cosmopolitan city, but one that can also stay true to its historical roots. Through her conversations with her guests on Inside Malden, she aims to give voice to stories, the stories of people making a difference and who add to the richness of this diverse city. She quotes Nigerian writer Chris Abani, who says, “Stories are what can show us what we know about how to be who we are.”
You can watch the episode on local cable (Comcast 3, Verizon 28) Sundays at 7:30 pm and Thursdays at 11:30 am. Visit the accompanying blog at neighborhoodview.org where you can also watch the full episode or listen to the podcast. Feedback, comments, and continued conversation are encouraged.
–Anne D’Urso-Rose, Associate Director of MATV, Malden’s Media Center