Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh
In 2017, they were honored by the City of Los Angeles for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month as Activists of the Year. In 2016, they were invited to record a live podcast at the White House when Ahmed was recognized as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.
Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed is an activist, storyteller and politico based in Los Angeles. An avid essayist, she had a monthly column called Radical Love and has written for Sepia Mutiny, Truthout, The Aerogram, The Nation, Left Turn Magazine and more. Her third poetry chapbook, “Emdash and Ellipses,” was published in early 2016. Taz curates Desi music at Mishthi Music where she co-produced “Voices of Our Vote: My #AAPIVote Album” (2016) and “Beats for Bangladesh” (2013). She also makes disruptive art annually with #MuslimVDay cards.
Zahra Noorbakhsh is a feminist Muslim, Iranian American comedian and cohost of the podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim. Recently, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts named Noorbakhsh one of the "top 100 people shaping the future of culture." She is a contributor to the NY Times featured anthology "Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women." Her one-hour comedy special “On Behalf of All Muslims" is on tour. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley in Theater and Performance Studies.