Cast Blog: #SHAHS

Asa's Money Matters

Recap: The Shahs Peace Summit

Recap: Recipe for Disaster

Asa's Profound and Cathartic Trip

Recap: Reza Pops The Big One

The Return of Lochnesa

Mike: I Will Marry Jessica Soon

Reza Dishes on His Engagement

Recap: Make a Run for the Border

Mike Shouldn't be "Scared" of Other Religions

Recap: Turkey with a Side of Apology

Mike's Inner Struggle

Lilly's Disrespectful Behavior

Mike Takes GG's Side

Recap: Outed by Chihuahuas

Reza: "Lilly Doesn't Understand Friendship"

Lilly's Battle with Foot Boogers

Recap: Always a Lady

Recap: A Little Too Much Diamond Water...

The Shah of Bull Sh--

Reza: "I Wish I Had Kept My Mouth Shut"

Ep 8: Persian Empire Divided

Will Mike Put a Ring on It?

Reza Learns the Power of Apology

Recap: Shah-etiquette

MJ Owes GG a Genuine Apology

What MJ Did was Wrong

Loch-Nesa vs. MJ

Asa's Juice Disaster

Recap: Persian Pride?

MJ's Moral Compass is Way Off

An Offer Lilly Can't Refuse?

Recap: Homo-Not-So-Genius

Mike's Disappointment with Reza

Asa: "I Definitely See Why Reza is Irritated"

Reza on the Fight: "I'm Not Proud of It"

Lilly Needs to "Get More Real"

Reza to Lilly: "Get Off Your High Horse"

Cry Me a River

Mike: Master Negotiator

Lilly: Ain't Nobody Got Time for This

Asa's Money Matters

Asa offers some clarity about her financial situation.

Hey Everyone!

It seems to me that there is some confusion regarding my involvement in my parents' financial state.

The fact is that my life is and has always been dedicated to making my parents' life easier, particularly my Mom's life. I have actually financially supported my parents since I was in my early 20s, with regular payments every month. You didn't see me talk about this before because I don't want to put my father on blast about having lost his business, etc. I also like to take them on a vacation when I can, seven out of the last ten years I have taken my family on a family vacation. We've been to Hawaii a few times, Belize, and Jamaica. We are a very very close knit family and I definitely don't see this as "my" money or "their" money. All money is OUR money. And if there is no money, you better believe that I am laser focused on getting it. Since my father lost his business a few years ago, it got more serious and I more than ever realized that I want and need to make a lot of money and really take care of them. My father doesn't have a retirement plan or anything like that. While taking care of them had always been a priority to the point of obsession for me at that point the sense of urgency exploded in my mind.

I bought my property in 2003, and it has more than tripled in value!

My property is in the best part of Venice Beach where property value is higher than Beverly Hills. I have a couple of tenants who are my main source of steady income. I have worked very hard to get my property to be where it is at and I am so very blessed that this investment has paid off as it has, however, stakes got so much higher when my parents' situation shifted not too long ago.

Consequently, my "uber hussle" started urgently (as I state in Episode 2). That segment with my Mom and I captured some of the sentiment, but you have no idea how critical the whole issue is to me.

I don't mess around when it comes to my family's well being. This is why I couldn't believe some of the comments in the forms of tweets that were coming my way. Some of you wrongly thinking that somehow my Mom is "working herself to the ground while I don't care and I have gold coins underneath my house." This couldn't be further from the truth. . . as I said above: I have financially supported my parents since the age of 22! I have made many sacrifices in my life to be able to continue helping them. In fact, my aunts and uncles are always telling me that one of the things they love about me is that when I get money, everybody around me rises with me. I've always been that way. My family first and my inner circle next.

As far as the gold coins are concerned, as you know when you are building/buying real estate you have big chunks of money (in the form of a loan in my case) that you are dealing with and at the time I considered blessing the foundation of my home AS important as every other piece of the house that was being built. The foundation, physically, symbolically, and energetically is the most important thing in building anything. There is no better place to invest.

I'm still in the midst of my uber hussle and the future is looking bright on a couple of these major projects I am working on!!! I will be making a big announcement soon. Wish me luck and pray for me.

Thank you!

Asa

Asa's Profound and Cathartic Trip

Asa opens up about her expereince at the Iranian border.

Thank God that I'm a captain's daughter and grew up on boats and hovercrafts and do not need anything inserted to not get sick, LOL! Reza and Golnesa are cracking me up here. Hahaha!



Yachting all day on the same waters my wonderful father sailed in his youth. Such a wonderful day hanging out with my friends. Away from the B.S. and in this beautiful place enjoying each other’s love and company. Princess Island was so relaxing and charming. Every restaurant was a seafood restaurant, and I was in heaven! When I saw the tears in Merc's eyes, I could feel that she was ready to “go there.” I am so proud of her rawness about what she wants and her needs. After all, how can we achieve something we can't even visualize or speak of? I am here for her for strength, love, and support through thick and thin. She will be a wonderful mom!


By the great power of Destiny and Will, Reza, my Mom, and I were able to find a way to make a personal pilgrimage to the border of Iran, where all of us and our ancestors were born. It was such a long, intensive, and at times dangerous journey there, but this was nothing compared to the 30 years we have been waiting to go back home.Without getting too political, I wanted to explain to those who might not fully understand our inability to safely go to Iran. The fact alone that I am a political refugee is not the only reason. While I'm a very proud Iranian and feel a great responsibility to shed light on all the wonderful things about my culture, I also feel socially obligated to be honest about the things terribly wrong with the government of Iran. Iran sadly is a tyranny and deals with political dissidents (that's anyone with an opinion) as criminals. It jails, tortures, and executes its own citizens for simple expressing a political opinion. Think about all the individuals, comedians, talk show hosts, or journalists expressing various opinions here in the US about the president or government... In the US it's called freedom of speech. Well, this freedom does not exist in Iran. The number of “political” prisoners and executions of the latter is staggering. So, somebody whose art deals even mildly with such things and is considered “Islamic Feminist” going to Iran safely is pretty much out of the question.

Back to our beautiful pilgrimage to the center of my heart. Throughout the whole day, my Mom, Reza, and I were like silent warriors. We were all dealing with our own personal emotions throughout the journey while also in the collective experience. On the flight and the bus ride, it was sheer excitement. Then on the last leg of the journey in the Kurdish car, we all lost it. Listening to our favorite old Persian song on our iPhone and nearing the Iranian border, tears of joy and sadness starting falling endlessly.

It was so incredible for me to have my Mom, who sacrificed everything in her youth to make a brighter future for me and my brother, with me. I could feel her pain and joy and see it in her eyes. Reza and I really bonded on a primal level, and I will never forget these moments we shared together. I felt that we were making this pilgrimage for all immigrants, all refugees, all displaced people in the world.Then as I got out of the car and smelled the familiar air, a feeling of complete joy and euphoria came over me. I was not sad anymore. Nor was I missing it the way I used to. I surrendered all those heavy feelings right there on that earth. As I said, when you embrace the big monster, it melts away.

We all have landmark events in our lives. This was one of mine. Going to the border of Iran with my Mom and Reza was one of the most profound and cathartic experiences of my life. I am forever grateful and enormously blessed to have been able to have this experience. And I’m thrilled that I was able to share it with you all.