July 15th, 2010
11:08 AM ET

Afghanistan's 'Oprah' helps heal country's wounds

She's a sexy celebrity with millions of fans, including U.S. President Barack Obama.

With flashy music videos and a performance at the White House this past March, Mozhdah is a singing sensation and a model. And her latest achievement is becoming the host of a popular - though controversial - television talk show.

But if you don't know who she is, you're probably not an Afghan.

Mozhdah Jamalzadah is an Afghan superstar in a country still struggling with war and a battle between ideologies and cultures.

Born in Kabul, Mozhdah was only five when her family fled to Canada.

"When I was growing up, my parents were like, 'don't ever forget where you're from. And don't ever forget your people because you're one of the lucky ones,'" she says. And she didn't forget.

The singer, in her mid-twenties, came back to Kabul seven-months ago where she is now caught between two very different worlds. "I was an emotional mess when I came here and I realized I might not want to go back (to Canada).," she says sitting inside an armored vehicle driving along the streets of Kabul.

"But then I have my life over there too," she says reminiscing about her family and friends in Canada.

Including one furry friend.

"I miss my cat so much!" she says laughing.

Mozhdah performed at the White House earlier this year and met President and Mrs. Obama.

Mozhdah is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves both of her countries, got her feminist ideology from her father and her best friend is her mother.

She says that all she wants to do is make a difference in Afghanistan.

On this day Mozhdah is making her twice a month trip to a local orphanage. Many of the kids here don't even know how big of a star she is, they're just happy that someone remembers them.

Mozhdah holds their hands and asks them about their studies. And the children read her poems and sing songs in gratitude.

With the help of a local bank, Azizi Bank, Mozhdah is able to bus over 100 children and their teachers to a high-end restaurant in the heart of the city where they will have a luxurious lunch overlooking the capital.

"Children are very much abused here," Mozhdah explains about Afghanistan, "women are very much abused and looked down upon here. And those are the issues that we're trying to tackle."

Sensitive cultural issues that are generally not talked about openly in this conservative Islamic society are challenged on her show "Mozhdah."

Likened to an Afghan "Oprah" by some, Mozhdah is using her show to try and help Afghanistan progress.

"What I want to do is tackle really serious issues within the family because I think the family is the foundation to a better nation," she says.

Mozhdah mixes both entertainment and education.

"What we try to do is we try to mildly bring the issues up and you know, mix it up with a song," she says with a giggle.

Mozhdah and her producers say that some within the Afghan government are not happy with Mozhdah's more liberal political views and western-inspired clothing.

"That freedom that you have over there in the western world. The freedom of speech, the freedom to dress the way you want, the freedom to express yourself the way you want. You can't do any of that here."

Although the Taliban have never threatened Mozhdah, she says she has received many threats from other hardliners within the government and society.

"There were threats that I got, through Facebook, through YouTube. One was: 'someone should put a bullet through her head and stop her from doing this, she's a disgrace to our nation,'" she says.

The government once stopped one of her shows from airing after watching the promos because she wasn't wearing a headscarf - although not against Afghan law, it is considered out of line to many conservatives in the country.

"I guess they realized if I was going to be the host of a show within Kabul and not wear a headscarf, it may start a new trend. Girls might get the courage not to wear the headscarf," she says jokingly making light of the situation.

Although Mozhdah is mindful of her dress she says she will continue to talk about the tough issues.

This week's shows are about divorce - a taboo topic in Afghanistan.

And although she is a bit nervous about the reaction the traditionalists may have she feels strongly about educating the Afghan population. Bringing in a marriage expert to answer questions and having actors role-play a family going through a divorce.

"I'm not the type to get scared too easily but when the issues get really intense, there are a lot of people who are going to get annoyed by me," she says. "And if they get annoyed, it's not the States or Canada where I'd get a threat and call 911 and file a complaint. That's not how it works here. If they want to get rid of you, they get rid of you."

A grim reality she chooses to live with because Mozhdah refuses to give up. She says that most Afghans, after decades of war, just want some kind of change.

"They've never had the chance to grow or evolve and their dying to."

Mozhdah hopes that she can be, even a small part, of that change.

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  1. Bk

    I wish her all the best of success in her mission, she is dong something that none of us have done and in some cases, none of us are willing to do. She is the start of change by being in that position. I am an American by birth, I can't control where I was born or the situation around it...and I don't understand why most people immediately resort to antics like above when talking about something like this. These comments should be made about the article, not the race or ethnicity of the subject, or the stereotypical crap we feed ourselves to further our human divide. No matter what you believe or what color your skin is, we are all humans, the most evolved and intelligent species on this planet, yet we all act like something less. I wish to support this woman in her journey and hope she lives out a long inspiring career to promote change.

    July 22, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tafgan

    I think Sajia from Ariana Afghan Tv should have been the one instead of this one.
    What do you guys think?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. aukala

    Who flew the planes into the WTC, Pentagon and ground in PA? ummm......believe it was DEVOUT MUSLIMS. Allah be damned, read the koran – death to the infidels. Loving religion? I don't think so. They are inhumane pigs.
    I say let them kill each other.....just keep them out of the 'West", which shouldn't be difficult since they claim to 'HATE THE WEST'.

    July 19, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. www.jaxsprats.com

    Good article, shows the devastation this war has caused

    July 19, 2010 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. Afghan-Canadian

    Dear Atia Abawi,

    I am an Afghan-Canadian from Vancouver and I know Mozhdah. Here are some clarifications.

    1. She's not 25 – she graduated high school in 2000. Do the math – she's at least 28. This made me laugh.

    2. Her participation in charity and fundraising initiatives for Afghanistan before this show was zero. Why? Because doing so did not further her quest to become famous. Now that this is her marketing strategy, she's all about saving the Afghan children. (Barf).

    3. Mozhdah left Vancouver to start her show in Kabul, because her modeling career failed her; her singing career was not getting anywhere either. Aside from working in her mother's hair salon and dating complete losers, really didn't have much else going on here. She saw an opportunity to further her career in Afghanistan. She's not a humanitarian, she's an opportunist.

    4. Mozhdah is not capable of being a socially or politically influential person in Afghanistan (the way some may argue Oprah has been in the US) because she simply does not have intellectual or academic grounding to do so. I have never heard her convey anything marginally insightful about Afghanistan, except for the same cliche comments we hear every day (ex. I will stand up for Afghan women by removing my veil). But I guess that's why CNN is glorifying her.

    5. What saddens me is that there are Afghan women out there who are actually risking their lives for the betterment of Afghans, but we rarely see/hear anything about them, especially from CNN. Perhaps this is because, unlike Mozhdah, they are not amicable to foreign involvement in Afghanistan and refuse to regurgitate whatever they are told to say. They are knowledgeable enough about the intricacies of the situation in Afghanistan to know that western involvement has only brought more pain and misery to Afghans and, in particular, worsened the lives of Afghan women.

    July 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • simplyacomment

      Let's just give her a benefit of a doubt. and A for her effort! Just deciding to go back to Afghanistan is hard enough and how much more put on the spotlight where she could be targeted. Let's hope and pray she will be safe and OK.

      July 19, 2010 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Anabel

        I concur.

        July 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC

      wow, this is extremely harsh...

      what have YOU done besides drink that early morning hater-ade.

      July 22, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
      • Afghan-Canadian

        In addition to drinking my regular cup of hater-ade, I've visited the country countless times and donated to a number of local organizations, including orphanages. On every visit, I've brought with me basic items (ex. warm winter clothing) and important equipment/supplies (ex. basic medical supplies, textbooks for schools etc).

        I am educated enough to understand that bringing lasting reform in Afghanistan takes a lot more than the blind refusal to wear a headscarf (or other similar surface issues, which at this time, will only be perceived as impositions of western values and therefore will only further fuel radical ideology). I've published several papers in this area through out my schooling.

        My problem is not so much with the forum that this show provides, but the person that's leading it – Mozhdah is NOT qualified for this role (except for maybe the singing/entertaining part). There's a lot to be said for leading by EXAMPLE. She should stick to being a wana-be Afghan pop-diva – sorry I just took a sip of my hater-ade (yummy!).

        July 23, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fr33th!nk3r

    She ought to be VERY careful when visiting her homeland– they have this really strange and barbaric practice of spraying acid on 7 year old girls there, for trying to go to school. I'd hate to think what they would do with an affirmed feminist who is in cahoots with the evill western civilization, and sings of freedom....

    July 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. atal

    Frightening. Why would you want them to be able to hijack something like that.

    July 18, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Zee

    Yes Persian people are very ignorant. I have been working with them for a year now and if I could count the comments that come out of not only Afghan people but also Iranians ...it's just impossible. Most of them are following Arian beauty standards like the rest of the entire World (sick) World and most DO get nose jobs. THAT BEING SAID...I feel the same way about almost everybody else out there. People are less and less genuine. I think its kind of interesting that a major carrier like CNN is comparing Oprah a World star to An Afghan host. No Offense CNN but these two women are on different caliber and Oprah should be respected more than just comparing her to a afghan host. Some of those societies have deeply ingrained views of things and I do not believe they can be changed easily..She needs to have a carefully sought out plan to actually bring change and not FAME.

    July 17, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. omar

    Anyone who is helping the poor people, I am proud.

    July 17, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. OldMo

    Instead of giving out cars to her audience, does she give out car bombs? *rimshot*

    July 17, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. honest

    Thanks Muzhda jan! I am so proud of you and thanks to your parents. your help and spending time with those childeren. which, really need somebody help them. Shows, that, you belongs to strong and good family which never forgeting where they come from and who they really are. your role model to afghan comunity.
    From England

    July 17, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. Goldie

    Only if one or two percent of Afghanistans have the same vision and guts of this beautiful young lady, to try to make their country better, Afghanistan would need no help from other countries and can stand on its own feet. Shame on those who criticize her contracdicting the Afghanistan traditional way of life, which is always abusive to children and women.

    July 16, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Slave to the west? Enslavement? What?
      ....And Afghans were "free" under the Taliban before the west? Yea, I didn't think so.
      Remember the Taliban were so hardline they destroyed those ancient buddhist statues in the mountain side... simply because they were a statue (hence forth not allowed under forced Islam). They destroyed a world heritage site, one of the oldest at that, for no good reason! That was all well before 911.
      By the way, we here in the west, us westerners... we are the only true slaves of the west!
      Frankly if we are to be considered the "slaves", then the Taliban treated you all like Dogs then.... us slaves have it pretty good!

      July 17, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |

      You only have the right to speak for the people of Afghanistan if you are an Afghan do not presume to speak for them.

      July 18, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Terrysa

    Her actual name is Haramzadeh and she is proving it to be.

    July 16, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff

    I'm curious who the afghan charlie sheen is from two and a half men. Now THAT would be impressive.

    July 16, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Terrysa

      You wanna be one, Jeff, the smart ass!!!

      July 16, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brad

    Did anyone else notice the error at the end of the article? Two commas in the last short paragraph are unnecessarily put in. Who the devil writes for CNN making these kinds of errors? Terrible editing, to be sure.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
    • MeMeMe

      Brad, you can not even write, how the heck did you notice such a big mistake...Oh my God...what will happen now...CNN column has 2 COMMAAAASSSSSSSS!!!

      July 16, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Come on, people

    You all are just unbelievable. Instead of pontificating on things of which you are clearly entirely ignorant, how about just commending her for the courage to defend victims of injustice? She deserves support, not derision or objectification. What has any one of us done to help our country like she is helping hers?

    July 16, 2010 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • MeMeMe

      You may not have helped, but I help my country everyday in every way possible. She is putting her country on the wrong showbiz like track and all the women will become like dancers...you don't want that, do you?

      July 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  17. New York

    America is a great country and the Afghans are blessed to have that support, we are all guilty of past misdeeds (some more than others). Millions of my African ancestors were enslaved for over 400 years during the latter part of our 5,500 years of written history. They rose up from that situation without the resources of education, culture, family, property ownership or basic human rights in a foreign country even while free and while being oppressed and persecuted to this day have risen to compete and lead.
    It’s not hard to believe that women, children and young men of Afghanistan that want change will get it. The young and women outnumber the old 5 to 1. The old will either give them their rights or they will take it. The old get old and the young get stronger, they got the guns but who’s got the numbers? Live free or die they will have it.

    July 15, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • DevsFan72

      Two words: Rosetta Stone.

      July 16, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  18. dave

    I commend this young lady for her courage. I am sure there is a mix of naiveity in her and a some brashness but I fear for her life. Regardless of SALAM says I know for a fact that women are treated like property and she will pay dearly for exposing so many truths.... keep up the good work if you must but be prepared for a rough ride. It WILL come to an end

    July 15, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Terrysa

    Whats up lovely!

    July 15, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Salam

    Silly Americans cannot understand the difference between Afghanistanis and Arabs. Afghanistanis speak Persian and Pashto and they are the people of Great Khorasan if you know history a bit. Now the country called Afghanistan.

    July 15, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • GodIsForImbeciles

      Silly Salan: They're called "Afghanis" not Aghanistanis. What pre-school did you crawl out of?!

      July 15, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • GodIsForImbeciles

      You went to pre-school of "justice and human equality?" Maybe you should have spent more time with the coloring books instead of sniffing the Play-Doh!

      July 16, 2010 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Sounds like you avoid both football and soap. Especially soap try using some to wash out your mouth.

      July 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Afghan-Canadian

      I am originally from Afghanistan and speak both official languages fluently in addition to English. The people of Afghanistan are referred to as "Afghans". The currency is called "Afghanis". Afghanistanis is not a word. Get it right.

      July 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  21. GodIsForImbeciles

    What PC spew. Afghanistan will remain in the clutches of Muslim hysterics. She should stay in Canada.

    July 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Michael Mallon

    I wonder how many people even see her show outside Kabul. And of those who do, I wonder how many understand her dialect. Afghanistan is a grab-bag of all kinds of cultures and languages.

    This is kind of an interesting news piece but I imagine her influence as a daytime talk show host is unremarkable. I would have liked to hear more about her family's struggles to escape to Canada and how her parents perceive their homeland, as well as how they relate to the West's policy toward the Middle East.

    July 15, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • AasteenKaChotia

      Michael Mallon, do you even know who your parents were or are and where they are now. Stop worrying about other people's struggle and start a business and hire some Mexicans...they are good hard working people! (Not all of them though).

      July 16, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Morsal

    here are some pictures of Afghanistan back in the day....

    July 15, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oldwarhorse.

      Morsal, those pictures make me want to cry, but only for what is lost. To see those handsome men and lovely women smiling, learning and just enjoying life. Sad what has been lost. All because people want to control someone and something.

      Having tasted war, I do not wish the horrors of it on any one, yet this old man would fight again to free a people so that they may find their way in the world. To ALL who would stand up to tryanny, no matter where, I applaud and salute you.

      August 9, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Dawn

    BRAVE brave brave girl.
    I hope her god protects her.

    July 15, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Asten Weems

    Thanks Mozhdah Jamalzadah, you're a big help to all the good Afghans in your country. Too bad those TRaditionalists have to exist and destory everything they touch. If it wasn't for them (and America supporting the Mujahdeen) Afghanistan wouldn't have been like this for the past 30 years. Now I encourage more people to do more like this. This also includes killing all the Traditionalists muslims who stand in the way of life worldwide. That way we don't have to have more of these wars ever again.

    July 15, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  26. iceprincess

    I admire her courage and fear for her life..

    July 15, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Asten Weems

    Wow Rydell, you really are an idiot to the ifth-degree. How about you stop talking out of your ass and learn to read up on Afghanistan. You make it seems as though it's like Somalia but in reality it's not. I advise you to shut your stupid mouth before you open it again about something you know nothing about. Most Afghans aren't even like that but some of them are. But just because some of them are evil and backward doesn't mean that the whole country is like that. There are a lot of people trying to make Afghanistan a better place for them and their fellow citizens.

    July 15, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  28. tony russo

    Afghanistan used be very beautiful, just any part of europe. If the British, Russians and Americans did not play their little games afghanistan would not be the way it is right now. There would not be ( NO TALIBANS, ALQEADA, EXTREMIST OR ANY OTHER TERRORIST.

    July 15, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Asten Weems

      I agreed full hearty.

      July 15, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  29. TheEnglishLanguage

    "They've never had the chance to grow or evolve and their dying to."
    Improper use of "their". The correct form is "they're"!

    July 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • I should be your new editor

      Already caught it 😀

      July 15, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Afghan Girl

    What this beautiful Afghan woman is doing for my culture ( I am Afghan-American) is truly commendable. To really understand what our culture is like, you'd have to be in it. The country is backwards because of the "pride" of the people. The pride has not gotten us anywhere, and for a woman to speak up and defy the current cultural standards is inspiring. I wish her all the luck in the world.

    Afghan women are beautiful, exotic, and most of all...compassionate. Beauty is only skin deep, but many Afghan women have beauty that is deep in their souls.

    July 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • I should be your new editor


      July 15, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Victory in freedom

    The soft underbelly of Islam is the total lack of a woman;s rights in general society according to the Koran and Haddith. More power to her for what she is doing. Greg Mortenson an American who builds schools for girls and this lady and othes who continue to dialogue about Islam is what is so badly needed.

    July 15, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • DevsFan72

      Guess the "good lord" forgot to give you a brain that works. Please learn how to spell before you post anymore. It makes my eyes hurt.

      July 16, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  32. pauline

    kudos to mozdah for trying to help out those kids in afghan...its a gud thing the war is now over somehow ..if only the rebels will put a halt to the boomings...afghan rebels shud re-think wut cause are they fighting for..during russia's occupancy of their contry most afghani's fled to neighbouring countries...i used to have classm8 back in kuwait their family was forced to take in pakistani citizenship just to get the benefits..now afghani's don't need to do that their country is free..stop the booming..unless they enjoy wut that they do....

    July 15, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Is that why we are fighting for the Afghanistan!!! While the Pakistan are fighting on their own???

      July 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  33. bmsvds

    Might want to return to Afghanistan permanently, but she has her life in Canada? Afghanistan or Canada......... don't believe you really have an internal struggle.

    July 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  34. I should be your new editor

    "They've never had the chance to grow or evolve and their dying to."

    Change "THEIR" –> "THEY'RE"

    July 15, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Hmmmm...

    She is really cute...really really cute...wish I were her BF...

    July 15, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  36. AJ

    I wonder what will Afghans do if they see her in those clothes shaking those hips.....

    July 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mezyrqzy

      They will do nothing...they will do when you go there and walk in front of them...you know what I mean!

      July 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      The same thing when they say Hillary There... Nothing...

      July 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Robert

    What I find very interesting is that all the time President Bush was in office, CNN NEVER showed any story shedding a positive light on the war in Iraq or Afghanistan. Since Obama is in office, suddenly they show cheerful stories about what is going on over there. However, anyone who pays attention to many news sources, and not only CNN, knows that there were indeed positive stories that they could have run during the previous administration. And, why is it that they were all hot and bothered to show pics of caskets coming into Dover AFB during the Bush administration but they don't do that anymore with the Obama administration? Could it be bias CNN has? Anyone who thinks CNN is a mainstream news outlet is fooling themselves.

    July 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hi

      that's because CNN was busy covering Bush's war (Iraq)

      July 15, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • DevsFan72

      That would explain the last time I was over there a friend of mine called it "Communist News Network".

      July 16, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        I guess that makes Fox the Idiot Station???

        July 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Because he gave People nothing but Hate... Not like Obama that is making People feel love toward each other!!!

      July 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Gargi

    For those over there that want to remain with the way of the past is fine. But I am glad that she is doing what she is, so for those that do want to escape the conservative ways feel there is hope through her. She is such a great example for the young people there who feel they are trapped.

    July 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      It is to bad that the People aren't the same way!!! Because than maybe there won't be so much hate in the World...

      July 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Gargi

    She's beautiful. I am so happy she is doing what she is because not many of her kind would dare to do it.

    July 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  40. JimmyD

    Good for her! Hope she tears that country apart from its dark ways through her entertainments and education.
    (As I read these comments, it's interesting how beauty shapes peoples political views.)

    July 15, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  41. jessica

    "exotic looking" – really people? I guess anything that isnt western IS exotic, huh? mysterious too...hmmm?

    July 15, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  42. KD

    Yeah she's REALLY HOT and Oprah is light years away from her beauty but on a more serious note, I commend her for remembering her people and taking on issues that many wouldn't even dare to talk about privately, let alone in public.
    I pray that God would protect her and keep her till she returns to Canada because its an understatement to say she's drawing the ire of the Taliban with her work and they would target her for her "liberal" views.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  43. H

    Good for her. I am up for anything that would bring a smile to those little girl's faces in the orphanage. Those idiots that threatens her need to get a life by educating themselves and help afghanistan instead of being cowards. This is the problem with afghanistan as there are too many uneducated, irrational, illogical morons out there.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      We should be trying to do the same thing in the United States that She is going to try to do there... We have to get all Countries to take care of Their Homeless, Poor And Orphans!!!

      July 19, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Deb

    Look beyond the beauty. There's a person trying to do some good. Use what you can (morally) to get it done.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Manny HM

    What I've learned is that the men in those parts of the world where women have to wear those face and head covers are more jealous by nature. I guess they don't want their women to be tempted by other men and vice-versa they don't want other men to be tempted by their wives. They supposedly reserve their attractiveness and beauty only for their husbands. I believe we should respect that. They should also respect the fact that most women in the Western culture feel their beauty and charm when they are looked at twice and admiringly by other people other than their husbands. Different folks, different strokes. What I've heard and it's probably true that women wearing a niqab (only eyes shown) wants to see you but they don't want you to look at them hence you have to see past them as if they're invisible !

    July 15, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • DevsFan72

      Hmm, so I should respect the fact that they are not secure enough in their manhood to let their women wear what they want? I don;t think I will be doing that! I further have NO respect for any culture that thinks it's ok to beat their women and stone people to death. They have no respect for any culture outside of their own so I have NO resect for theirs!!

      July 16, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Even today the Woman in the United States aren't equal to the Men... Look at the ones that do the same jobs as the men for less money!!! So how do you expect the rest of the World to do what This Country doesn't do???

      July 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Tim

    mmmm...so that's why they cover these women up....good god i am loving her....wish they would let us see more of their women. mmmm...let me come show you what an American man is like....

    July 15, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Bob

    Are you guys serious? You see her as beautiful because she is westernized. There is beauty in any race or origin it is just you don't see it as beautiful because it doesn't fit your definition of beauty.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • I should be your new editor

      She's beautiful because she's beautiful...from what I've read, no one has said anything about admiring how Western she looks. I don't know what you're so upset about.

      July 15, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        I would rather see her successful in her own country!!! I'm sure she feels the same way... Why do you think she is going back there to help!!!

        July 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Chino

    Wow. What a great story. I hope she inspires many Afgahn women and gives that country a spark of hope and belief to aspire to something great.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I would rather see these Country start treaty their People better including Woman!!! That way the whole world would be better off...

      July 19, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Ray

    It's nice to see this. Though not explicitly progressive, and I don't want to brand it as more 'normalized' (which would pin the American influence as normalcy), this shows a cultural willingness to move forward. Destructive influences will fade when better ideas become more accepted. I wish her luck

    July 15, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Stephanie

    So glad for women like her changing the world!! Women for change in Afghanistan!!!!!

    July 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Joe

    Wait until the Taliban get their hands on her.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  52. PacificMan

    She brightened my day...I wish her a long life and success.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  53. eegur beevur

    re her hotness: afghan, iranian, pakistani, turkish and arab women are beautiful and smoking hot – i am from that region, i know! unfortunately you don't get to see a whole lot of them.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      If you are from there... You should know the difference between the Middle East Countries and Asian Countries!!!

      July 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  54. thats HOT

    Did i mention that she was HOT! I knew afghan women..we have some really beautiful afghani Sikh women in our area but she is definitely among the prettiest!

    I am smitten!

    July 15, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • thats HOT

      Is that your best try at an insult? Hurling abuses at people who appreciate good things in life?

      Spoiling a perfectly good read and some positive energy! I am pretty sure you have nothing else to do, just sit on your computer and hack terror on the world!! This is what you guys do best,...You will kill your own daughters if it comes to it!

      Get some education dude....

      July 15, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • AasteenKaChotia

      Respect your Mommy, son...she is out of your filthy reach.

      July 16, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Johnathon: I can juge someone when they are racist!!! You can tell what they say what type of person they are... They have the right to say all the lies they want... But we have the right to put them where they belong if they are wrong!!!

        July 19, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      "Muslims do not commit crimes as you pagans do. " People like you are what is wrong with this world. They think that whatever group they identify with is correct, and the other side is wrong. I do not care if you are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, or something else, that does not mean you can judge any group of people as a whole. This is wrong because all groups of people include both good and bad people. There may be some groups that this might not include (extremists/racists/etc). I am not saying that I agree with all religions. I am a Christian. I am also logical and understand that everyone has a choice to do what they want in life, and believe what they choose to believe in. I just think that if people worried more about doing right in their own lives and less about others imperfections we would all be better off. I think Jesus says it best though:

      “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

      39 He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. 41 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's "

      July 18, 2010 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Someone like her would only want some one that is as smart as she is!!! What I see that lets you out...

      July 19, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Is that why they treat their woman like dirt and their sons like GODS???

      July 19, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Henry Miller

    I can't adequately express my admiration for Ms Jamalzadah–and her courage. Afghanistan needs her, and many more like her.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      I absolutely agree. Good for her to use her celebrity to try help her country. She could be living in Canada where she is safe making a fortune for herself, but returns to a country under extreme stress to try to help her people...this is real courage and love for ones people!

      July 15, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Mariah

    Afghan Woman and many middle eastern woman are beautiful and exotic...dont look at the pictures you see on news, those poor woman have aged so much because of the 30 years of war they have been in....and yes arab woman behind the burqas are very exotic looking...maybe thats why their husbands want them behind the veil haha...but i wouldnt say all of them are hot lol...i guess every nation has their share of good looking and bad looking ppl...but this chick is pretty...

    July 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angelina

      Good point Mariah, I didn't even think about how stress ages us.

      July 15, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I hate to tell you but Afghanistan is a Asian Country!!! If you ever looked at a map you would know that...

      July 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Angelina

    Atia Abawi from CNN is Afghan and stunning.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mustafa

      Yes, Atia Abawi is also Afghan and beautiful. It is certainly too bad that fundamentalism has spread throughout the world and has oppressed women so much. Afghanistan in the 1960s and 70s was like the West. Men and women went to Univeristy together, females wore skirts and showed skin, etc.

      July 15, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  58. tma

    Oprah, watch and learn. This is making REAL difference.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  59. tricia

    In the last quote it should be "they're" not "their". Her quote was misspelled by the interviewer/writer.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamie

      OMG........How dare they MAKE A MISTAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Off with their headssssssss!!!!!!!

      July 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fronzo

        It is supposed to be professional journalism. That kind of mistake is inexcusable and annoying, it needs to be pointed out so it can be corrected.

        July 15, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Just what entry are you referring to that is grammatically incorrect?

      July 15, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ren

        John, I believe she was referring to ""They've never had the chance to grow or evolve and their dying to.""

        "their" should have been "they're" as in "they are dying to".

        July 15, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Dude from Chicago

    The irony is that Afghan women are beautiful and exotic and yet they are forced to cover themselves with hideous wardrobe. I guess Afghan man realized its better off keeping them covered so no one takes them.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frishta

      They are not forced. I went to Afghanistan a few years ago...women have to dress modest and cover their hair. But wearing a burqa is optional.

      July 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • TTT-KT

      The irony is you are plain stupid. You want to make love to an afghan man? Let me know.

      July 15, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Will You People please tell me what this conversation how beautiful she is has to do with what is going on in Afghanistan!!!

      July 19, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • DKJ

        that is their low mentality showing through.

        July 20, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  61. bridgmjm

    Press 1 for English

    July 15, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frishta

      Press 2 for Persian. Press 3 for Pashto. Press 4 for Uzbaki.

      July 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Nate from Atlanta

    She's smokin' hot! Wow!

    July 15, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Soooo

      You like her since you are in Atlanta...so many stupid people there

      July 15, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Frishta

    Mubarak basha Mozhdah jaan. Iftikhar mekonem!

    July 15, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • awesomo

      Yup, what they said

      July 15, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fred

        She said congrats, we are proud of you in Farsi (Afghan dialect of it).

        July 15, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe


      July 17, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  64. An Afghan

    I am sooo proud of her, and so surprised! I knew about her pop music career, but thought nothing more. You know, another pretty face with dreams of fame and fortune. And she is defying ALL expectations - not just raising funds, but actually LIVING in Afghanistan and working on SOCIAL CHANGE! This woman is truly an inspiration, role model, and an hero of our community. Bravo, Mozhdah jaan!! <3

    July 15, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason B.

      Kudos as well to her parents for helping her to not forget her home country. They've raised one heck of a good kid.

      July 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • YoYo

        God bless you and your family for making a difference! Now this is a story!

        July 15, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Shut-up

        Shut the --up and just watch her.

        July 15, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • slowpace

      Is she your wife damn it! I want to slap you for letting out and dance in front of AIDS patients.

      July 15, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Amanda

    Beautiful Afghan people.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  66. James

    Afghan Oprah is 1000x hotter than Oprah 😀

    July 15, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Connie

      Wow...I'm happy to hear you feel that way. I would worry if you didn't....

      July 15, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      No kiddng. Probably a more genuine person too.

      July 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • NSL

      Very true. lol. But U.S. Oprah has the $

      July 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      If You People can't talk about the subject and have to talk about how some one looks??? You shouldn't say anything at all!!! Because it is boring...

      July 19, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Vic

    Lets hope some fanatical idiot doesn't decide to assassinate her for being controversial...

    July 15, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill D.

      or kidnap her for being hot...

      July 15, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pavan

        I am off to aghanistan to rescue one of these pretty girls 🙂

        July 15, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • yummy

        Have some respect for your sister, man!!!!

        July 15, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • yummy

        Pavan, get a iron snicker before you leave for afghanistan...your mom said they were BIG in their loose paints!!!!!

        July 15, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mezyrqzy

        You are not man enough to kidnap her...you are just an internet tarzan...

        July 15, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • marcm057

      Good for her but on the negative note i give her 1-2 months before the Taliban blow her up-shoot her head off- or a public beheading by the Taliban, either way shes pretty much dead meat, sorry but they will ship her bullet ridden body back in Canada very shortly.

      it's nice to want to help but in her case it is straight up suicide.

      July 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Stu

        But it's not just the Taliban that would kill her for her outspoken views. You never want to generalize, but CNN reported that 90% of all marriages in Afghanistan see some level of physical abuse by the husband against the wife. The male population in general will not want to see this type of woman getting attention by the female population.

        July 15, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Billy 123

        um even on the internet a little restraint couldn't hurt...she may read that...and I think that a touch less fatalism may help...as dire as things are there.

        July 15, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Salam

        Both you and CNN lying. Please don't talk on my behalf. I am from Afghanistan and I love my wife and never even yield on her nor any of my family that I know. So, don't generalize and don't lie. Good and bad people exist everywhere. In the US some husbands kill their pregnant wifes and we don't generalize that all Americans are like that. Both you and CNN leave us alone so we could live like normal.

        July 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Salam

        To Stu,

        Both you and CNN lying. Please don't talk on my behalf. I am from Afghanistan and I love my wife and never even yield on her nor any of my family that I know. So, don't generalize and don't lie. Good and bad people exist everywhere. In the US some husbands kill their pregnant wifes and we don't generalize that all Americans are like that. Both you and CNN leave us alone so we could live like normal.

        July 15, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ron

        To Salam: Don't worry too much Salam, I may be Canadian, but most of us know Afghans are not all like that. Its just a certain segment of ignorant Americans that really need to get more education... better yet get them some more worldly exposure! America has got to be the most isolated "open" country there is on the planet these days..... sure American's "hear" things, but normally they only hear their own side and no one elses. Thats if CNN even prints the other side of the arguments! There is good and bad everywhere.... and no one is "best".

        July 17, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Nothing like saying bad things to happen to her!!! You People are really sick in the head to even joke about it...

        July 19, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      what did she look like before the nose job? all Arab women have nose jobs now

      July 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • kb

        she is not Arab sorry .. It says she is Afghan

        July 15, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fu

        same thing

        July 15, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • NSL

        Aghans are not arabs; they speak Persian (Dari) and Pashto not arabic.

        July 15, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Julius

        Typical ignorant comment.

        July 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • tma

        confirmed: you're ignorant

        July 15, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fred

        Gee isnt that what Hitler said about jews' noses? Where did you get your bigotted generalization from? And what does her nose job have to do with anything? All western women get boob jobs, did you?

        July 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Salam

        you are a bone head

        July 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Look-who's talking

        Karen, nose job is better than your other job down there.

        July 15, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kathy

        Did you want to compare it with yours?

        July 15, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bubba

        Karen, she looked just like you do now . . .

        July 19, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Ron: Don't you know these People hate African Americans so much that they Pray nothing but bad things to happen to them!!! What more can you expect from a Racist???

        July 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        KB: How do you expect Fu to know the difference??? He doesn't even know who the Enemy is!!! He probably thinks the Muslin are Our Friends!!!

        July 19, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tigresse

        She's not "Arab"; she's Afghan. Do some reading about their history and cutlure...one of the most ancient in Asia. They are closer in language and race to their Iranian brothers and sisters, who also are NOT Arab!

        July 21, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |