If you know anything about the Arab culture it is all about family. Everything they do, family comes first. And if you are lucky enough to befriend one that falls in love with you, then you have found a good thing.
My exposure to the culture was formed at a young age and still holds a dear place in my heart. It was with the Abadi family that I learned about the Muslim faith, I learned to eat Middle Eastern food. Curse in Arab… (it’s the first thing we all learn to do in every language, hello; and then we learn how to tell you where to go fast). All jokes aside, those 10 plus years lasted a lifetime and my passion began for the culture.
In middle school I fell in love with the history of Egypt, the wonders of the culture, and it was in my young adulthood that the connection was made about Africa, Nubians & the Egyptians, Arab people, and the bond that keeps both cultures so dear to me.
All I ever knew about the Middle Eastern culture was love and power. So as an adult, where my knowledge of this culture was limited only to history books and the few people I came in contact with in the US, the desire to visit the lands increased tremendously. Hence, I made the trek to Egypt—the land of what many African American’s claim as their royal bloodline, and which later led me to Qatar, and finally the futuristic city of Dubai.
It was there that I met my dear Princess Leen, and her husband at her sister’s wedding on the rooftop of the Jumeirah Ramada Hotel. Our first wedding–uninvited by the couple, so rightfully so we labeled ourselves the “Wedding Crashers.” My lifestyle editor and I dressed like we were invited guest to the festivities, going to the Oscars, and ate like the King’s palace had granted us permission to feast at his table. We partied like it was “1999” (Prince’s song-1999) and drank like we were in water. We had a blast.
We were treated like family and never looked back. We made friends and now we get to share with you my dear friend’s sister’s wedding first the combination of traditional customs and modern western blending. Nothing short of fabulous.
So the next time you are invited to an Arab wedding, take them up on it; you won’t regret a single moment.
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Over the past several years, Myrdith Leon-McCormack has evolved from one of the nation’s most successful Celebrity Manicurist, represented by Factory Downtown, to one of the most sought after branding experts with her firm MLM Represents as well as a Huffington Post blogger.
Leon-McCormack, founder of MLM Represents, oversees all practice areas and is involved in providing strategic direction to select clients. Her particular area of expertise is advising clients on how to best leverage their brand as an asset to serve as a powerful leadership tool and drive their business performance.
Leon-McCormack’s innovative strategies to connect consumers more effectively by associating them with the world’s most influential celebrities, musicians, arts, film and personalities has been part of her incredible success to collaborating with some of the industry’s most influential people in the world of the arts, music, and film. MLM Represents client list includes: Isaiah Washington, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lois Samuels–the Vessel, and Justin Davis. Her new business has afforded her the opportunity to travel the world to wonderful destinations such as Egypt, Qatar, Dubai, London, France, Ireland, to name a few.
Leon-McCormack’s creative vision and strong knowledge of the entertainment and arts has created yet another venture with the weekly radio show, “Keep It Moving” with Marsha Jews on WEAA 88.9 FM, a national public radio station, as Executive Entertainment Producer.
As the Editorial Director of World Bride Magazine (WBM), she drives the magazine into the 21st century, where visions of people of color are seen in a more positive and progressive direction.