Mohammad Moussa is spoken word poet based in San Diego California. He has travelled coast to coast and overseas writing, speaking, and performing across the globe. Mohammad also partnered with the academy award winning Empowerment Project where he used poetry to document the 2011 uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. His work has been featured on National Public Radio, American Public Media, and SwitchPoint. He has also spoken and performed at various universities and institutions including TEDx, The Process Series, and The Visualizing Human Rights Conference.
Shattered Glass is a multimedia spoken word performance about the tragic shooting in Chapel Hill North Carolina. On February 10th 2015, Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha were murdered execution-style in their home. Their neighbor turned himself in shortly after. The media was quick to label the incident as a parking dispute, though family and friends are adamant that it was a hate crime. The three victims were young American Muslim students who dedicated their lives to service. The shooting has sparked conversations about how minority narratives are shaped and about what role the media and entertainment outlets play. In addition, people around the world are now left with many questions. Who were Deah, Yusor, and Razan? What does it mean to lose your child, your sibling, or your friend? What do we do in the wake of disaster? And after our nightmares come alive, how do we remember how to dream? In Shattered Glass the audience goes through a journey of loss, emptiness, comfort, and growth as they try to find some answers.
Shattered Glass is a 45 minute performance that fuses together poetry, images, and videos. The piece is more than just a poem, a movie, or a play, but a combination of all of these things. The goal is to continue the conversation about the tragedy and to reflect on what this means for our communities. The piece is also a commemoration of the victims and their legacies. Their story inspired people worldwide, sparking international vigils and service activities in their honor. Shattered Glass is written and performed by Mohammad Moussa, a friend of Deah Barakat. He is a spoken word poet whose work has been featured on National Public Radio, American Public Media, and SwitchPoint. He has also spoken and performed at various universities and institutions including TEDxUNC, The Process Series, and The Visualizing Human Rights Conference.