I have been making documentary films for the past 16 years. But unlike many other Muslims I know working in the industry, I have avoided making documentaries about Islam and Muslims. This was a deliberate choice I made very early in my career; I didn't want to be typecast.
As a representative of the movie industry's highest and most prestigious accolade, Oscar should be sent back to wardrobe and given a complete Hollywood makeover.
Amongst all the pageantry, the façade, the capitalism, it is always nice to see some humanity. Better yet, to see it win.
As a dating coach, I'd say that - depending on what you're looking for - this is OK if it's said in a jokey way. Over 80% of Cougars are looking for fun with no commitment - in other words, they just want great sex!
Jamelia regularly stands up against prejudice and believes that by talking about our differences, culture and race, we - as a society - can overcome hatred and misunderstanding. She recently hit headlines when she blogged about a racist incident she experienced on a train, which she touches on in this exclusive blog for The Huffington Post UK.
We need art that gives queer people hope. If I feel this, as a queer white man, I can only imagine how it might feel for others across LGBTQI spectrum. For many other queer people who haven't been afforded the same visibility as white gay men, I'm aware stories like Moonlight are more than lynchpins of hope; they are art that save lives.
Things have improved and I've been lucky enough to be involved in some big steps forward. I was the first actor with a learning disability to play a character without a disability on stage, a big moment for the learning disability community of actors. It's these opportunities that keeps me going.
For survivors to see their own experiences reflected back to them can be a powerful thing, it can help them recognise that they are not alone in what they have lived through and continue to cope with. These TV shows can help survivors to find ways to speak about their experiences and access support, and can help society realise just how important it is to believe survivors, and to support them and be alongside them. I also hope it will help foster a shift in attitudes where we place the blame and shame on perpetrators, where it belongs.
Turn away if you choose; mute them on social media; try your best not to read anything about how they vote - but never think that they have any sort of responsibility to stay in one lane. Art and politics have been in the same lane for time immemorial, and that isn't going to change any time soon - for Donald Trump or anyone.
Let's stop for a minute and appreciate this: Moonlight - a small-budget film about a poor, black, gay boy in Miami that took just 25 days to shoot - has won the Oscar for Best Picture - and Best Screenplay. To top it all, Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis won Best Supporting Actor and Actress respectively - the first time both awards have been won by people of colour.
Yesterday ten thousand Londoners from all faiths, nationalities and backgrounds came together in Trafalgar Square to watch The Salesman - the incredibly powerful exploration of revenge and forgiveness from the award-winning Iranian film director, Asghar Farhadi - followed by a performance by Damon Albarn and the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians.