Mideast Egypt Rapper

December 28, 2013 - 4:04 AM
In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 photo, Egyptian rapper Myam Mahmoud poses for a portrait in downtown Cairo. Mahmoud, an 18-year-old Egyptian, rapped her way to the semi-finals of the Middle East’s hit TV show “Arabs Got Talent.” While she didn’t win the program, Mahmoud did succeed in throwing a spotlight on something more than just herself. On a very public stage, her songs pulled back the curtain on the slew of challenges that women across the Arab world are fighting to overcome. “I wanted to tell girls in Egypt and everywhere else that they are not alone, we all have the same problems, but we cannot stay silent, we have to speak up,” Mahmoud told The Associated Press during an interview at her home. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)