NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – A Tennessee State University graduate was seen recently in Nashville with documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock and CNN is keeping vague about his visit to the Music City.
Remziya Suleyman, policy and administration director for the American Center for Outreach and an advocate for Muslim rights was spotted with Spurlock, and most assume it has something to do with the city’s broad religious landscape.
“It was definitely an incredible experience working with him,” said Suleyman, who holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and certificate in Nonprofit Management from TSU.
Spurlock, who is best known for his documentary Supersize Me, now hosts “Inside Man” on CNN, and gives viewers an insider’s view of diverse sectors of American life, delving deep into hard-hitting issues like medical marijuana, the elder care industry, migrant farm workers, gun ownership, union workers, bankruptcy, education and the drought.
According to Suleyman, Spurlock spent a few days in Nashville during the legislative session in February lobbying with her for an upcoming segment that will focus on religion in America. The program will air Sunday, May 11 at 10 p.m. ET.
“Not only did he accompany me to the legislative sessions, he also visited local mosques and really learned about our community,” said Suleyman, who is known for her political activism on immigration issues, interfaith organizing, and her work in the Kurdish community to raise awareness on the ‘Kurdish genocide.’ “He was very down to earth and cared about the issues.”
While Suleyman could not give out many details about the program, CNN did confirm the filming, stating that they “like to keep the specifics of the episodes under wraps until the show is edited.”
“It was exciting to be recognized as an advocate for our community,” added Suleyman. “He was able to get a good grasp on the issues facing the Muslim community today.”
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