She may have missed out on being a congressional candidate but that won’t stop Amani Al-Khatahtbeh from having her political opinions heard, as she launches a new Gen Z podcast called Antidote.
The MuslimGirl.com founder and former congressional candidate from New Jersey, has launched a new podcast that sees her discussing culture and politics with top political voices, thought leaders and influential changemakers. With the US 2020 election less than a month away on November 3, the launch of Anitdote could not have come at a better time.
“Running for office during one of the craziest election years in American history definitely exposed me to the dark underbelly of why things have remained the way they are for so long — how people like me get excluded from the conversations impacting our lives,” says Amani Al-Khatahtbeh. “I’m excited and honored to host Antidote so that we can pass the mic to the voices that should be leading the conversation on issues that matter the most to young people today.”
Soon available on Spotify, Apple and Google, the podcast intends to be an audible dose of information, inspiration and entertainment for young people to feel inspired to take action and feel like their voices matter. Al-Khatahtbeh, who is also the founder of #MuslimWomensDay admits, its aim is to also help “make the 2020 elections make sense”.
The first episode of Antidote, which goes live on October 19, features Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, who is the first Black congresswoman from Massachusetts. In the podcast Pressley speaks candidly about her experiences as a woman of color lawmaker amid today’s racial tensions and signals her call to action for young people ahead of the presidential election. She even shares a story of how fellow Squad member Ilhan Omar taught her how to wear a hijab to battle the cold months with her alopecia.
Al-Khatahtbeh adds, “This pandemic has affirmed a hard truth that the underrepresented voices in our society have known for a very long time: the old white men in power don’t know what they’re doing.”