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Growing up in Southwest Virginia, as the child of Arab immigrants, Rana Ransom got involved in the local punk music scene by attending basement shows. Needless to say, she knows what it feels like to be the only person in the room who looks like her. Maybe that’s why she has been so successful at building a community for people who rarely feel seen, let alone welcome. While she founded YallaPunk in 2017 as a festival to combat negative portrayals of North African and Middle Eastern people, she has grown it into a much-needed local community with a global impact.