Wordless Wednesday: Kanye West and Kid Cudi in Qatar

For my second Wordless Wednesday, an image I saw today afternoon on Twitter: from the super-secret set of Kanye West and Kid Cudi’s video.

They were filming on the Ceremonial Court at Qatar Foundation. (The same place some concerned staff kept me from organizing an Arab hip hop concert a few years ago because of cultural concerns that it was too august a place to be defiled by Palestinian artists, like DAM rapping about their dreams as young Arabs). Don’t get me started on commercial hip hop… wrote a book about how far the dollars brought the art from its roots.

And yes, when I drove by yesterday morning on my way to teach class, I thought the beehive of activity was setting up for the QF graduation. Should have known better: that’s at least  two weeks away).


Photo courtesy of Doha News
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Wordless Wednesday (A Clinton on the Gulf Peninsula, circa 2010)

I haven’t participated in Wordless Wednesday before (which is a meme for bloggers and Twiterati when either put up a photo without any text or minimal text, letting readers react). For my first Wordless Wednesday, I took inspiration from the hundreds of photos I’m looking over while trying to decide which ones to use for the book trailer From Dunes to Dior, my memoir about living in Doha as a South Asian American woman (more on this later). I’ve also put some links below the photo of other people’s Wordless Wednesdays so check ’em out.

I chose this particular photo because it speaks volumes about modernity, international relations, and of course, women in power. This was during Hilary Clinton’s visit to Qatar, when she made a pit stop at Carnegie Melllon University in Qatar at Qatar Foundation to talk to students and faculty. The man on the far left is the American ambassador, and the one on her immediate left is the Vice President of Education at Qatar Foundation, Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al Thani.

Leave a comment and let me know your reactions to this photo.

Photo by Alexander Cheek


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