International Women's Day: Malika Bilal
If I had to choose one woman that I'd want my daughters to look up to that's on our television screen, it would without hesitation be Malika Bilal! If you're interested in watching unbiased news and have become an avid viewer of Al Jazeera English, then you're already quite familiar with Malika Bilal.
Malika is one of the first Black hijab wearing news anchors, and probably the first in the United States. She's educated, well traveled, and most importantly, she shows young girls all over the world that you can be successful in a career while remaining true to religious and cultural values.
I first "met" Malika a few years ago when I got to appear on Al Jazeera to speak about the controversial video "Somewhere in America - Mipsterz". I was in awe of her effortless delivery and cool demeanor! Though I'd only met her through a video stream, I felt an immense warmness from her that made me feel as if I knew her for a life time.
When I finally had the chance to meet her face to face, the warmness and light that she possesses radiated even more brightly! She made me feel comfortable asking for an interview and as a result, I'm able to share the wisdom of her words below!
Malika is an unsung super woman who continues to inspire me, my daughters, my students, and many others who've ever dreamed of getting in front of a camera. On International Women's Day, I salute Malika and all the women like her who make a difference just by being themselves.