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Flipping Muslim stereotypes at 'Hip Hoppa Locka' in Opa-locka

Flipping Muslim stereotypes at 'Hip Hoppa Locka' in Opa-locka

At a Minnesota shopping mall seven years ago, breakdancer and choreographer Amirah Sackett overheard a scornful remark that changed her career. Standing behind Sackett, who is Muslim-American and wears a hijab, a female clothing store employee muttered, “I’m getting tired of seeing all these covered women.”

“I got mad, but then I realized, she just doesn’t get it,” Sackett recalls. “There were so many misconceptions about the beauty of Islam, about the hijab as a symbol of our faith. Besides, I’m never down with anyone telling me what to do with my body. I’m a woman, and I’ll do what I want.”

After that incident, the Chicago-based Sackett...

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