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Janazah Service For Brother Louis Farrakhan Jr

As-Salaam Alaikum and Ramadan Mubarak,

The Janazah Service for Brother Louis Farrakhan Jr. (May Allah be Pleased) will be on Friday, June 8th, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. at Mosque Maryam in Chicago.

“And no soul can die but with Allah’s permission — the term is fixed. And whoever desires the reward of this world, We give him of it, and whoever desires the reward of the Hereafter, We give him of it. And We shall reward the grateful.” (Holy Quran 3:145)

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Janazah Service For Brother Louis Farrakhan Jr2018-06-04T17:26:57+00:00

Official Statement on the passing of Louis Farrakhan Jr

June 2, 2018

Official Statement On the Passing of Louis Farrakhan, Jr., Eldest Son of Min. Farrakhan

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent the Merciful.

And speak not of those who are slain in Allah’s way as dead. Nay, (they are) alive, but you perceive not. Holy Qur’an, Surah 2, Verse 154

As Salaam Alaikum. (Peace Be Unto You.)

The Nation of Islam, with deep sadness, announces the passing of Brother Louis Farrakhan, Jr., the eldest son of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and Mother Khadijah Farrakhan. The family was aware of a previous heart condition and it appears that Louis, Jr., passed peacefully in his sleep at the family home in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 60 years old.

We extend our love, support and prayers to the Farrakhan family, the family and children of Louis, Jr., the entire Nation of Islam and to all who knew and loved our dear brother.

We will provide details about his funeral, janazah service, as information becomes available.

We thank Allah (God) for the life of Louis, Jr., his contribution to rise of Black and oppressed people and for touching so many of us in a deep and very personal way. He worked alongside his father and family in fulfilling the mission of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam and his dedication and sacrifice to our cause will never be forgotten.

Official Statement on the passing of Louis Farrakhan Jr2019-05-25T22:36:28+00:00

Black Coffee Shops Pulling In The Green

Black Coffee Shops Pulling In The Green

CHICAGO—The situation involving Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, two Black men arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks for behaving like any other coffee shop patron would, outraged many in the Black community already fed up with the racial bias presently faced in daily life.

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The question of what caused a White employee to call the police on the men who were in the establishment waiting to take a business meeting, and then detained, although not yet charged, for trespassing, has never been answered.

However, some good has come out of this situation, primarily the promotion of and continued push to support Black-owned businesses, especially coffee shops.

“In this day and age, I saw what happened as a series of teachable moments. One is, you never know who’s watching and you never know who you’re messing with,” Trez Pugh, Black entrepreneur and owner of Sip & Savor coffee shop in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, told The Final Call. “As a business owner I looked at it as an opportunity for people to see that there’s other options out there. I never want to rise off someone else’s demise—and I don’t think Starbucks is going to fall off because of this. But when that door cracked, I wanted to kick it open and let people know there’s alternatives, and good ones available. We base everything off of what I call the five Cs: Crisp, clean, classy, consistent customer service. We, as Black people, deserve the best of everything.”

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The sign outside of Sip & Savor reads, “Great Coffee. Great Conversation. Great Community.”  Three ideals the establishment openly promotes to create a positive work environment for employees, a warm, cozy feel for patrons and, according to Mr. Pugh, serves as an incubator for other Black entrepreneurs who oftentimes conduct informal meetings there.

“I used to work at Starbucks for years, but the people who come in seem to enjoy the feel of it,” Venus, manager of Sip & Savor, told The Final Call. “They like that it’s community based. From what I’ve seen, a lot of the people who come in here know each other, and they love the ambiance, the art on the walls, and of course the fact that it’s Black-owned.”

In the aftermath of the Starbucks debacle, a national boycott began and a list of 47 Black-owned coffee shops around the country—curated by the website Shoppe Black—was created to make Black consumers aware that they have alternatives to the national chain. The list was disseminated across multiple social media platforms, and quickly spread. Some Black-owned coffee houses even noted a spike in business as a result. Kaffeine Coffee in Houston said sales increased as much as 40 percent after their business made the list. In Durham, N.C., Beyu Cafe also saw an increase in sales as a result of being named. All of this underscores that fact that Black people can and will support their own.

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“This is a wake up moment. And regardless to what the inspiration was, it helped to heighten our consciousness [as Black people],” Toure Muhammad, founder of Black Chicago Eats, a directory of more than 150 Black-owned restaurants and eateries, told The Final Call. “I was recently invited to an event at a Black-owned coffee shop by an organization called Black Dollars Matter. The turnout was beautiful. There were regular customers who came in, as well as new ones who were looking for a Black coffee shop after the Starbucks incident. People desire to see us supporting each other and they want to know about places that are Black-owned that they can support.”

Black spending power has long been a topic that not enough Black people pay attention to or even understand.

In its report, “Black Dollars Matter: The Sales Impact of Black Consumers,” the Nielsen Company estimated that Black people in America collectively have a buying power of $1.2 trillion, despite representing just 14 percent of the American population.

What’s more interesting is that Black people dictate what non-Black people decide to spend their money on.

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Behind the counter, Amy Muhammad and her husband Arron Muhammad share a laugh with customers at their business, Akhirah’s Praline. Photo: Haroon Rajaee

“Our research shows that Black consumer choices have a ‘cool factor’ that has created a halo effect, influencing not just consumers of color but the mainstream as well,” Cheryl Grace, Nielsen’s senior vice president of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement, wrote in the report. Black people are a driving force economically, and could be an even more powerful force in various other ways by deciding to continue doing business with each other and keeping Black dollars circulating within the Black community, she said.

“I push a rule I learned from a self-made Black millionaire, and it’s ‘buy from people who buy from you,’” Toure Muhammad said.

“The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad showed us the way. If you get a bunch of us together and we start doing business with each other, we will be able to survive regardless of what’s going on around us.

And if we as Black business owners and entrepreneurs promote, push and encourage each other to share our networks with other Black business owners and entrepreneurs, then our dollars will continue to circulate. We just have to be disciplined and do it so that we can give our people an example to know that it can be done, and give them the roadmap on how to keep it going.”

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“Our people need to enrich these Black-owned coffee shops, and then hold us accountable for the growth and development of our businesses, and hold us accountable for putting something back in the community, such as teaching our young people business entrepreneurship,” Arron Muhammad, owner of Akhirah’s Praline Candy in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, told The Final Call. “There’s a lot of groups that are growing quickly that are promoting these kinds of movements. The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad was the first Black man in America to teach the pooling of resources and doing something for self in the form of building businesses. He led that charge, and that is the culture of the Nation of Islam—pooling resources and building businesses. But today, we are so non-productive as a people. We’re not producing anything. And if we don’t fix that, we’ll be just like the servant in the Bible who had that one talent and instead of using it, he went and buried it.”

Starbucks recently announced that all of its U.S. locations will be closed on May 29 so that the company can conduct anti-racial bias training for all of its employees, the boycott among Black people seems to still be going strong. Black coffee shop owners across the country should continue to benefit long after the controversy has moved off the national radar.

Black Coffee Shops Pulling In The Green2018-07-26T05:59:36+00:00

NOI New Orleans Documentary

NOI New Orleans Documentary

Rhodesia Muhammad – New Orleans, La.

Saturday, February 17, Muhammad Mosque No. 46 of the Nation of Islam in New Orleans released their highly anticipated documentary titled, “The History of the Nation of Islam in the Crescent City”. The 36-minute video dating back to the 1950’s, journeys through the lives of those responsible for making the mosque into what it is today over 60 years later. The documentary features vintage photos and interviews with pioneers who paved the way.

Political science professor, Dr. Gary Clark, and the Political Science Department at Dillard University hosted the premiere of the documentary for public viewing on their campus at 11:30 am during Black History month.

Dillard students and folks from the community came out to the event that began with an opening prayer and welcoming from Brother Lawrence Muhammad of the Nation of Islam. Dr. Clark followed with a few opening words and one of the youth, Ahkil, entertained the audience by playing his saxophone.

Student Minister Willie Muhammad of Mosque No. 46, who came up with the idea to do the documentary, said it took nearly four years to complete the project. Locating some of the pioneers, scheduling interviews, conducting the interviews, writing and editing the script, editing the hours of footage collected, was an arduous task, but said so much footage was gathered that there will be a part two to the documentary.

“I understand the value of properly telling our history,” Student Minister Willie Muhammad said. “There is no mystery God. If we don’t record our history from those who are still alive, then many of them will return to Allah with that knowledge. There’s an African proverb that says, ‘When an elder dies, it’s equal to a library being burned down.’ So we wanted to tell the story to show our pioneers that their sacrifices were not in vain and how important it is to leave something for future generations to learn.”

If we don’t record our history from those who are still alive, then many of them will return to Allah with that knowledge.

Dwayne Muhammad who served as the videographer of the documentary said it was gratifying to take part in something so historic. “I’m a history buff. I take pride in doing something like this that will last for years after we’re gone. I learned a lot about how the Believers worked during that time. They were hardworking and dedicated.,” he raved. “We were privileged to actually sit in some of their homes and hear their stories. It was enlightening to sit in the company of the people who paved the way for us.”

A VIP section was set up for the pioneers on campus. They wore personalized name badges and was given gift bags that contained their own copy of the documentary. Refreshments were also served.

“I thought we were going to get thrown out of the facility,” Rhonda Muhammad stated. “After the video aired, everyone stayed behind fellowshipping. It was beautiful watching the old and the new come together. I really feel every city should have some kind of documentary or historical research done so people can know the sacrifices of our pioneers. I heard the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan say, ‘we stand on the shoulders of the people before us.’ People really don’t understand what that means. It’s one thing to know about our history, but it’s another to actually see it.”

One of the pioneers was brought to tears watching the documentary. “I was honored to be chosen to be apart of this documentary,” said Sherrief Nadir. “I soldiered with everyone in the film and seeing them brought back so many memories. I knew their work ethics, I knew their accomplishments and tremendous sacrifices and the opposition we faced. We worked hard back then. We carried 300 papers and we sold fish products. We had a strong sense of unity and we worked together for a common cause and our people had a better sense of self.”

“I was honored to participate in the documentary,” said Jawad Shakir, one of the pioneers. “It was something that needed to be captured because a lot of times we leave this earth without our story being told and that can leave room for misinformation.”

Jawad Skakir being an alumnus of Dillard University appreciated that the premiere was hosted there because of its rich history. He described the experience as coming full circle. He talked about a brother that went to Harvard and studied Malcolm X, then moved back to New Orleans and enlightened them on the Black Muslim movement at that time.

“Many of the pioneers in New Orleans attended Dillard,” he added. “We started the movement on campus. It was like ten of us, brothers and sisters. We would teach on campus and many of the professors respected us so much they would tell their students to listen to us.”

“I thank Allah for the young folks that are now carrying the torch,” said pioneer, Sister Rosedale. “I’m also grateful for them thinking enough of us to go back in our history and tell our stories. That documentary was very detailed and informative and I commend them for being able to condense the info into a well-organized video.”

“I actually went over to a sister’s home who’s now debilitated and shared the documentary with her. I could see that watching the DVD lifted her spirit. It was a beautiful thing,” Sis. Rosedale commented.

You can get your copy of this historic documentary HERE!

NOI New Orleans Documentary2018-03-05T04:04:11+00:00

Saviours’ Day 2018 – Farrakhan Speaks

Scenes from previous Saviours’ Day celebrations.

Scenes from previous Saviours’ Day celebrations.

CHICAGO—Saviours’ Day, the annual Nation of Islam celebration and crowning event of Black History month, is coming back to the Windy City.
Thousands of followers of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad under the leadership of Minister Louis Farrakhan, supporters, dignitaries, family and friends from around the world will convene Feb. 23-25 for a full weekend of interactive and informative workshops, plenary sessions and a variety of social events and activities for all ages at the McCormick Convention Center.

Capping off the weekend will be the highly anticipated keynote address by Min. Farrakhan on Sunday, Feb. 25 at the new Wintrust Arena. His message will be broadcast live via internet at NOI.org starting at 2 p. m. CST.

Saviours’ Day is the annual commemoration of the birth of the Great Mahdi and God in Person, Master Fard Muhammad, founder of the Nation of Islam and teacher of Elijah Muhammad. Master Fard Muhammad was born February 26, 1877 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

“It’s a celebration of the Saviour, the founder of the Nation of Islam and our Master Teacher,” explained Ishmael R. Muhammad, Student National Assistant to Min. Farrakhan and son of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad.

Detroit is where Master Fard Muhammad and the Hon. Elijah Muhammad first met in the early 1930s and where the first temple— as it was called then—of the Nation of Islam was established. Chicago was the second city and serves as headquarters of the Nation of Islam.

“We’re happy to bring Saviours’ Day back to Chicago and we have enjoyed our annual Saviours’ Day Convention in Detroit for the last three years which is the second city or the twin city to Islam in North America. So coming back to Chicago we believe the Nation is very excited to come to Chicago,” said Min. Ishmael Muhammad.

A divine milestone

Saviours’ Day 2018 is also a divinely significant milestone in the ministry and mission of Min. Farrakhan in marking the completion of 40 years of teaching in the absence of his teacher, Elijah Muhammad.

Scenes from previous Saviours’ Day celebrations.

Scenes from previous Saviours’ Day celebrations.
Shortly after the departure of Elijah Muhammad in February of 1975 the Nation of Islam fell and Mr. Muhammad’s name and transformative and redemptive work was rarely spoken of and discarded. The Nation’s mosques, schools, businesses and farmland were lost. In September of 1977, Min. Farrakhan, began the arduous task of rebuilding the work of his spiritual father.
“We who are followers of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad see both the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and the Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan as these men who are fulfilling prophecy and the extraordinary work that the Minister has done has never been done before,” said Min. Ishmael Muhammad.

“There has never been a single person or student, disciple of any of the great ones that came before us that were maligned and attacked by the government of the United States of America through the Counterintelligence Program of the FBI and the operatives and agents that they sent to infiltrate Black organizations to disrupt these organizations and break them apart,” he continued.

Coming out of the 1960s most if not all of the significant Black organizations that came to birth and were formed during that era were destroyed.

“Coming into the ‘70s the Nation of Islam was the last major Black organization to have survived the onslaught of the United States of America’s wicked plans and after the Hon. Elijah Muhammad departed it appeared that the Nation of Islam also was lost,” said Min. Ishmael Muhammad.

“So the Minister’s awakening and faith restoration, that really is born out of his love for his teacher.”

Developing and serving our communities

Student Minister Dr. Ava Muhammad is the Saviours’ Day workshop coordinator. She said participants can expect activities that incorporate the instructions and guidance laid out by Min. Farrakhan during two of his recent worldwide messages that closed out 2017, “Separation or Death,” in Newark and his warning to President Donald Trump, the U.S. government and Black people at a press conference from the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“We’re no longer really concerned with trying to persuade people that the concept (separation) is acceptable after all of these years of being taught in the very best manner by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and being given a clear message coupled with the ability to look back in scripture,” said Dr. Ava Muhammad. “It’s a solutions- oriented convention,” she added.

There will be workshops on Friday and Saturday featuring panelists and facilitators that are experts in various areas. “We have registered Muslims who have attained credentials, certification and experience in every field of endeavor. We have our own educators, doctors, lawyers, engineers, filmmakers, nutritionists and authors. We have a national imam fluent in Arabic, educated in the Middle East and of course the Nine Ministries which of course are those special fields of service to the community that have brought the Nation from that embryonic stage into one that is about to become a full-fledged human being ready to provide service,” explained Dr. Ava Muhammad.

Min. Farrakhan desires that the workshops focus on training Black people in and out of the registered body of the Nation of Islam to be able to help develop their communities, she continued.

Workshops will include a broad range of featured topics including: education, the Nation of Islam Student Association, young Muslim entrepreneurs, agriculture including urban farming and land acquisition, natural childbirth, drug and alcohol addiction, overcoming opposition, spiritual development, Dianetic Auditing, marriage and family life, the mission of the 10,000 Fearless and more.

“It’s just a lot that we’re really looking forward to this Saviours’ Day,” said Dr. Ava Muhammad.

Scenes from previous Saviours’ Day celebrations.

Scenes from previous Saviours’ Day celebrations.

Growing excitement
The excitement and anticipation leading up to this year’s celebration is being felt and exhibited in the various Nation of Islam mosques and study groups around the country, said Min. Ishmael Muhammad. In Chicago, the Fruit of Islam from the Central Region have canvassed neighborhoods in the city, handing out flyers and spreading the word about Saviours’ Day. Social media is abuzz with flyers and information being shared about this major event.

In addition to valuable workshops, other highlights during the weekend will include: Friday Muslim Congressional Prayer, a Drill Exhibition, a vendor’s marketplace featuring Black and Muslim-owned products and services, an F.O.I. and M.G.T. graduation for new members of the Nation of Islam, youth and adult evening entertainment and much more.

Mother Khadijah Farrakhan’s Children’s Village will present the opportunity for youth of all ages to participate in fun and educational activities.

“The Children’s Village is always a major highlight for Saviours’ Day and we’re very thankful to Mother Khadijah and the Minister for offering this each and every year that our children look forward to participating and attending Saviours’ Day as they will not only be able to enjoy children’s activities but they will also be taught and they will observe Salat-ul-Jumu’ah and valuable Islamic lessons and history of their Nation,” said Min. Ishmael Muhammad.

“We are looking forward to another great Saviours’ Day and that it will be an enjoyable, memorable experience for all who attend,” he concluded.

For hotel, registration and ticket information, visit www.noi.org.

Saviours’ Day 2018 – Farrakhan Speaks2018-02-16T20:19:50+00:00

A Monumental Weekend

A Monumental Weekend

New Orleans, La – Muhammad Mosque No. 46 of the Nation of Islam in New Orleans kicked off a highly anticipated weekend of events beginning, Friday, February 2 with the premiere of a new documentary titled, “The History of the Nation of Islam in the Crescent City”. The little over 30-minute video chronicles how mosque No. 46 originated, dating back to the 1950’s with interviews from pioneers who paved the way. The private viewing was held in the dimly lit sanctuary of the mosque with wall to wall Believers eager to experience how their spiritual home came to be.

“What was so interesting about the documentary,” said Meshawn Siddiq, “is that in the Nation of Islam, we’ve seen many documentaries from a historical perspective, including Malcolm X and even our national history of the N.O.I., but not from a local perspective. To watch a video that introduces the sisters and brothers that are the reason we’re sitting here today in Muhammad Mosque No. 46, was simply mesmerizing. The documentary was heartwarming, funny at times, and enlightening. The quality of the video was excellent, and it actually left people wanting more.”

The documentary will be open for public viewing at Dillard University, Saturday, February 17 at 11:30a.m. It will also be available for rental and streaming that same day.

Saturday, February 3, Muhammad Mosque No. 46 welcomed Brother Don Enoch Muhammad to the city to participate in an interview that is a part of a series, titled “I have a Testimony”. The series was created to inspire and deepen the faith of the Believers by shining a light on the mind, heart, and spirit of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan through those closest to him.

Brother Don Enoch Muhammad has been a part of Minister Farrakhan’s security team since 1995 and describes being with the Minister as his life’s defining moment.

He stood before a packed room shedding light on his humble beginnings, how he was introduced to the Nation of Islam, to the first time he met the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. His testimony included the many lessons he learned working so closely with the man he credits to changing his life.

He expressed the necessity in sharing what he knows of the heart and spirit of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. “It’s important that the Believers, especially the believers,” he emphasized, “have a comprehensive understanding of the Minister, so that we may be comprehensive and complete students. The Minister, in every aspect of his life that I’ve had an opportunity to observe, bears witness to consistency, excellence, charity, and divinity that the Believer/Students must know.”

The audience listened intently to Brother Don’s life’s story, including Sister Student Captain Lenora Muhammad who said his testimony was so powerful. “I’m still on a high, even days after,” she said. “It showed me how Allah had prepared the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s servants far in advance. The help he would need had already been placed in the womb of the black woman long before he became the Minister.”

“It was eye opening just listening to how Brother Don was being prepared to be a helper to the Minister from very young,” Sister Captain Lenora added. “He talked about how he always wanted to be in the entertainment business and how his mother packed up and moved to New York, so he could pursue his dreams. There, he began to model. That career landed him in the atmosphere of entertainers that he would later connect to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.”

Brother Patrick 2X, who listened to his testimony also, expressed how he had underestimated the role Brother Don played in the Minister’s life. “He not only physically secures the Minister, he does his best to make sure the Minister needs are met, whatever they are,” he added. “He’s like an intimate assistant and a professional liaison. His testimony inspired me and really painted a picture of the work he does for the Minister and an inside view of the Minister’s heart.”

Click Here to See Bro. Don Enoch’s entire “I Have A Testimony”.

The jam-packed weekend ended on February 4 with Student Minister Carlos Muhammad from Baltimore speaking at Sunday’s 10a.m. mosque meeting. His lecture titled, “The Day of Decision” left the audience captivated by his heartfelt, straightforward message. After his powerful lecture, he presented two vintage videos featuring Min. Farrakhan while still a minister in New York.

Patrick 2X said he sat in awe listening to Student Min. Carlos’ lecture. He said the feeling that came over him was indescribable. “He emphasized the significance of separation, not between black and white, but between good and evil.”
He also said some of the words that played repeatedly in his mind was when Student Min. Carlos explained that many people feel as though they have all the time in the world to do right, but the time is now to make the right decision. His message was clear, decisive, and informative, he said.
“Overall, Sunday was the capping off of a very spiritual weekend. It was monumental”, Brother Patrick 2X raved. It felt like a revival.”

A Monumental Weekend2018-07-16T22:29:52+00:00

Disunited States

Trump’s White nationalist agenda, Democratic Party failures decried by panelists

BY BARRINGTON M. SALMON -CONTRIBUTING WRITER-

WASHINGTON—Close to the conclusion of a sometimes intense duo of panel discussions, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II walked deliberately up to a lectern in the front of the sacristy of Shiloh Baptist Church.

In a powerful 20-plus minute presentation, Rev. Barber tied up the disparate threads of a wide-ranging dialogue that examined and fleshed out the dangers to Blacks in America of the rightward tilt of judicial nominations and appointments; how best to pursue collective interests rather being tied to any political party; ways to attain economic self-sufficiency; voter mobilization; organizing; and refining political and election strategy.

Panelists also condemned the administration’s hostility towards Blacks, immigrants, the LGBTQ community and championing White, heterosexual “Christian” males.

While castigating the Trump administration, Rev. Barber said that what America is witnessing is merely a modern incarnation and the end-product of more than 100 years of attempts by White extremists to blunt any progress made by Blacks, women and progressives in this country.
President Trump, Rev. Barber asserted isn’t the problem. He is merely a symptom of America’s moral sickness, and the activist reverend told an audience of several hundred people, America is in the midst of a Third Reconstruction.

“We’re witnessing a fundamental changing of our demographics around the world,” said Rev. Barber, former president of the North Carolina NAACP and president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach. “We see extremist policies in America today and it’s driven by the growing blackening and browning of America and a fusion of every creed, color and class.”

“Those who embrace the Make America Great Again slogan are willing to work hard and cheat to undermine what is evolving in America,” said Rev. Barber, a prominent national activist and an unapologetic voice of resistance to this administration’s hard move to the right. “This is White hegemony and White nationalism strengthened by enormous wealth.”

Rev. Barber’s analysis of Mr. Trump’s calculated and cynical attacks on non-Whites, his deconstruction of America’s racial malady and his exhortation for Blacks, progressives and other allies to join the movement against extremism, wrapped up a more than two-hour panel discussion involving leading political and civil rights activists, organizers, educators, and thinkers in the Black and Latino communities.

The event, “The Real State of Our Union,” was one of dozens of progressive and anti-Trump alternatives around the country to counter the president’s first State of the Union address Jan. 30, before a joint session of Congress.

The alternative State of the Union, arranged and moderated by former News One anchor and news personality Roland Martin, was co-sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
“There’s no network tonight where you’ll see this many Black people discussing issues of concern to our communities,” Mr. Martin told the audience. “This will be a feature broadcast of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.”

One of the constant reminders expressed by Mr. Martin and several panelists is that elections have consequences, including the election of a man critics charge with being politically inept, unfit, morally bankrupt, erratic, temperamentally unfit and lacking the qualities of character necessary to be Commander-in-Chief.

“You can’t ignore the top of the ticket,” Mr. Martin said. “One of those two people will win and have an impact on your life. You need to think how this could change people’s lives. No matter how you feel, you gotta stay in the game.”

Eugene Craig, IV, the former vice chairman of the Maryland Republican Party said both parties have to give voters, especially young voters, something to vote for.

“The issue is having a reason to vote,” he said. “We had the pleasure of eight years of Barack Obama, for us, fear isn’t traditional motivation to vote.”

Labor and human rights organizer Tiffany Loftin hammered home her distrust of both parties, one increasingly shared by Africans in America.

She shared with the audience the internal divisions in the Democratic Party and the struggle of progressives to have a voice during the run-up to the 2016 elections. The Hillary Clinton forces played hardball to ensure that there were no road bumps to the nomination and in the process angered and alienated supporters of Bernie Sanders. Ms. Loftin talked about the betrayal and backstabbing.

“Folks felt they screwed us over by the pushing out of Bernie Sanders,” she said. “Even now, people (in the party) are not supporting the ideas of progressiveness. But we’re seeing young people run for office and form caucuses. We keep fighting … and we want a collective space for new millennials and historical knowledge.”

“We have congressmen in office 50, 60 years. Why? If I had served that long, I’d be retired, in a bikini on the beach, sipping daiquiris. At a certain point, we have to pass the baton.”

“I have not been, never will be a fan of Democrats and I’m never going to join the Republican Party,” she said to audience laughter. “I’m ready for us to stop judging and fighting political names and start our own thing. We need our own party.”

Dayvon Love, director of Research and Public Policy at Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, echoed Ms. Loftin, while focused on the importance of developing opportunities and a pipeline into politics for Blacks and holding Democrats’ feet to the fire.

“We’ve had an exploitative relationship with Democrats,” he said. “We need political infrastructures. If the political infrastructure is outside of your community, you’re beholden to people outside. If we don’t own it and support it, it’s not ours. When we own our institutions, Black people can benefit. It’s also important to monetize our institutions.”
Ms. Loftin was particularly critical of older politicos and activists for ignoring those of her generation.

“Young voices, Millennials have all the answers but folks aren’t listening,” she asserted. “We need to educate, share and create new knowledge together. We can build institutions and take over the world.”

In his 80-minute address to Congress, Mr. Trump called this time, “a new American moment,” claiming that “a new tide of optimism was already sweeping across our land.” Of course, Trump being Trump, he spent much of the time boasting about the incredible progress and extraordinary success his administration has achieved in its first year.

“His words, actions and appointments and all we’ve seen, is a policy of division,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law. “He has taken us back decades. We’ve seen a spike in hate crimes, Charlottesville, and his inability to condemn Neo-Nazis … it’s hard not to trace ugly hate and animus to this White House.”

Ms. Clarke, Dr. Melanie Campbell of the Black Women’s Roundtable, NAACP president and other panelists warned about the danger posed to Blacks, other people of color, the poor and the most vulnerable by Mr. Trump’s judicial appointments. In his first year, he, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican leadership have rammed through nominations to federal, district and circuit court after eight years of holding up or blocking former President Obama’s nominees.

“This is a huge issue,” Ms. Clarke explained. There are 140 vacancies in federal courts. The judiciary has always mattered to Black people because it is a place of last resort in seeking protection or justice. Ninety-nine percent of cases are heard in federal and district courts. Ninety-one percent of those Mr. Trump is putting forward are White and male and they are the fringe. He’s turning back the clock to the Jim Crow era.”
Dr. William E. Spriggs, chief economist for the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, the largest federation of unions in the U.S., belied Mr. Trump’s claims of jumpstarting the economy after years of stagnation under his predecessor, Barack Obama.

“The good news is that the economy started to expand in 2010,” said Dr. Spriggs, who served as assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Labor under President Obama. “When he took office, he (Mr. Trump) inherited the lowest unemployment rate of any president. He got on a train that was already moving. Now that person is claiming credit. That’s like a rooster claiming that the sun rose because he crowed.”

Dr. Spriggs, a professor in, and former chair of, the Department of Economics at Howard University, said President Obama oversaw the longest string of growth in successive months in history. But the bad news is that the U.S. saw the slowest job growth since 2010, although the employee-to-population ratio accelerated in 2011. “While the labor participation rates for Blacks and Latinos is going up, union density is going down and Black unemployment rate is double the national rate,” he said.

Black business owners, particularly Black women, face some serious headwinds because of structural inequities and an economy that doesn’t recognize Black women, he said.

NAACP President Derrick Johnson set the table for the next generation with his insistence that Black people use their vote wisely. If 28,000 Black voters had not skipped choosing one of the candidates at the top of the ballot, Mr. Trump would not have won the election, he asserted.

Dr. Greg Carr, chair of Howard University’s History Department, offered caustic comments about Trump and the environment he and his administration have fostered. He said:

“They’re extremists, there’s no such thing as the United States of America and Mike Pence is a Christian fundamentalist … Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are wholly-owned subsidiaries of corporations and the Koch Brothers. Steven Miller has proposed cutting immigration. These people don’t give a damn. We’re appealing to a morality these people have never had.”

Meanwhile, the NAACP’s Johnson and Dr. Melanie Campbell spoke of the importance of Black people flexing their electoral muscle in the upcoming midterms and the 2020 general elections.

Mr. Johnson, who was elected president and CEO of the venerable Civil Rights organization in 2017, said, “There are 88 legislative bodies up for election and we have to vote in all these races. Redistricting and the midterms are on the horizon. Folks, we have to lean into our collective consciousness and turn out to vote. Nothing else matters.”

“We’re mad as heck, but we’re being more strategic with our politics,” added Ms. Campbell. “We will not have anyone take our vote for granted. We’re seeing a power shift. Black women all over the country are starting political organizations, running and challenging the Democratic Party. More and more Black people don’t think the Democratic Party represents their interests.”

Rev. Barber read some verses from Ezekiel, chapter 22.

The quote expressed God’s angry because priests were violating His law and desecrating His holy things. Politicians are like wolves, prowling and killing and the preachers are pretending, covering up politicians’ immoral and egregious behavior.

“Extortion is ripe, robberies epidemic, immigrants, strangers are kicked around at will,” said Rev. Barber. “It’s movement time. Every political leader must be judged. The tree is known, the president and Congress are known by the fruit it bears.”

Between 1865-1887, a coalition of Black and White activists rewrote state constitutions in the South, sent Black senators and congressmen to Washington, pushed for passage of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, guaranteed a living wage and passed a measure outlawing segregation. But White extremists could not allow this to continue so they formed the Ku Klux Klan to punish White progressives working with Blacks, initially.

“Then in 1877, Rutherford Hayes lost the popular vote but was installed with the promise that he would remove federal troops and reverse the gains made by the fusion of Blacks and Whites … something has happened to the political ethos of this country. We have another president who lost by three million votes. We have someone who lost but the Southern Strategy won,” said Rev. Barber.

Rev. Barber called cast-off Americans—criminalized children, the working poor, those whose medical care has been snatched by greedy politicians, and maligned immigrants—dry bones which will become the army of morality and justice to confront and defeat dishonest and immoral politicians.

Disunited States2018-02-07T05:34:20+00:00

Defending Erykah

Leave Erykah Badu Alone!

By Richard B Muhammad -Editor FCN, inc


Erykah Badu, a special artist and free thinker, was hit with the Farrakhan Litmus Test during a recent interview with Vulture.com.

First of all the publication has the proper name as vultures feast on dead things. Like the winged scavengers that feed on death, this interview attempted to pick the singer’s bones.

Perhaps we should begin with a question: What does a profile by Jewish writer David Marchese about Ms. Badu and her artistic work have to do with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam?

Nothing.

Except that Mr. Marchese, once again interjected the 34-year-old fake anti-Semitic canard against the Minister into the discussion.


The interview went like this:

(Writer Marchese): “Okay, thank you. I know this is maybe a weird pivot, but I think it’s relevant. When I was doing research for this interview I came across an article from after you’d gone to Israel, where the Israeli press was linking you to Louis Farrakhan and his alleged anti-Semitism and it seemed that you were being criticized for defending him rather than denouncing anti-Semitism. I don’t know if those reports were accurate, but isn’t it valid to criticize the hurtful idea in an instance like that? Even if you respect the person who holds that idea?”

So when I heard the Honorable Louis Farrakhan say that one effective rap song is worth more than a thousand of his lectures. That statement seriously caught my attention.

(Erykah Badu): “Absolutely. But I never made a statement about Louis Farrakhan—ever. What you’re talking about happened in Palestine. At the time, the working title of my album was Saviours’ Day—which is a holiday for the Nation of Islam but also my birthday. So I’d gone to Palestine and journalists asked me, ‘Do you believe in Louis Farrakhan? Do you follow him?’ Sure I do. I’ll follow anyone who has positive aspects. He single-handedly changed half of the Nation of Islam to clean eating, clean living, caring for their families. He has flaws—like any man—but I’m not responsible for that. I said I’ve appreciated what he’s done for a lot of black Americans. I mean, I’m not Muslim, I’m not Christian, I’m not anything; I’m an observer who can see good things and bad things. If you say something good about someone, people think it means that you’ve chosen a side. But I don’t choose sides. I see all sides simultaneously.”

That’s pretty clear. It was also consistent with Ms. Badu’s declaration that she is a humanist, her belief that everyone has some good in them and how she stayed away from speaking for or criticizing others in the interview.

She pointed to the art of Nazi Adolph Hitler in an attempt to prove a point and was sandbagged. The interview blew up and Erykah Badu was quickly trending on Twitter—and not in a good way.

“People are in real pain. So I understand why my ‘good’ intent was misconstrued as ‘bad’. In trying to express a point, I used 1 of the worst examples possible. Not to support the cruel actions of an unwell, psychopathic Adolf Hitler, but to only exaggerate a show of compassion,” said Ms. Badu via her @fatbellybella Twitter handle.

What she faced, in truth, were the problems at the root of this “controversy.” It came fully into the light in 1984 during the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaign: Jewish paternalism and control over Black people and Zionist determination to annihilate anyone who dares criticize or even critique U.S. support of Israel or speak to the need for Palestinians to receive justice.

It was those two things that resulted in Jewish groups attacking Rev. Jackson, who was calling for a balanced foreign policy in the region and justice for the Palestinians. He made the mistake of using the slang term “Hymietown” to represent Jewish power in New York. Not the best term to use, but Rev. Jackson was no hater.

It was his challenge to Zionist power and U.S. policy toward Israel that was the real problem. In fact, a 1983 meeting with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, then a pariah in the West and among Zionists, drew attacks and condemnation from these wicked ones.


So with Jews chanting “Ruin, Jesse, Ruin,” as Blacks chanted, “Run, Jesse, Run” the conflict exploded into the media. But negative ads and media castigation wasn’t enough: radical Jewish groups began threatening to harm Rev. Jackson. And, the Minister spoke boldly and clearly to powerful Zionists, calling for a dialogue with Rev. Jackson but warning no harm to Rev. Jackson would be tolerated. “I’m saying to the Jewish people who may not like our brother, it is not Jesse Jackson that you are attacking. Remember this now. You’re not attacking an individual. Jesse’s gone past that now. When you attack him, you attack the millions that are lining up with him,” said the Minister speaking Feb. 25, 1985. “We know that Blacks and Jews have had a good relationship in the past. We’ve gotten along well, because you’re a suffering people and so are we. But my dear Jewish friends, you must understand that everything comes of age. We cannot define our self interest in terms of your self interest. And because our self interests differ because we’ve come of age, why dislike us? Why attack our champion? Why hurl stones at him? Why feed the press so that they can create a climate into which hatred and bitterness and strife can be poured, creating the same kind of climate that led to the assassination of John Kennedy, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and Bobby Kennedy?”

Nathan Perlmutter, then head of the Anti-Defamation League, responded by calling Min. Farrakhan a “Black Hitler.” Nat Hentoff, a Jewish leader and columnist for the tabloid Village Voice participated in a New York radio call-in show and also characterized the Muslim leader as a “Black Hitler.”

The false narrative was launched and has been spread for over 30 years.

We should expect more of this as the Minister continues to speak bold truth and as satanic Jews ignore the law of Moses and easily, quickly bear false witness and covet Palestinian land.

These same Zionists are forcing African refugees out of the country, and threatening them with jail. These same Zionists have a long history of abusing Ethiopian Jews in Israel.

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There is a growing BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction) against Israel and people like rapper Vick Mensa and commentator and author Mark Lamont Hill are questioning the destruction of the Palestinian people.

But these Zionists are so powerful that Americans suffering after Hurricane Harvey in 2017 could be denied help, if they were too critical of Israel. “The city of Dickinson, in Galveston County, was among the hardest-hit places when Hurricane Harvey’s torrential rains slammed Texas. Residents now seeking Harvey relief face a strange ultimatum: agree not to boycott Israel, or your application for aid will be denied,” Texas Monthly reported. Dickinson officials said they were only following a state law. “Dickinson Mayor Julie Masters told local TV news channel KHOU that the city was required to include that condition on the release of the funding by a recently-passed Texas state law—House Bill 89, which Governor Greg Abbott signed in May, and which came into effect on 1 September 2017,” the website Snopes confirmed.

“The law states: A governmental entity may not enter into a contract with a company for goods or services unless the contract contains a written verification from the company that it: Does not boycott Israel; and will not boycott Israel during the term of the contract.”

This is American money that should be going to help American citizens.

The U.S. Congress annually gives more money to Israel than all of sub-Saharan Africa.

Israel is also the number one recipient of U.S. military aid, getting over $3 billion a year as of 2014. Then there is the $38 billion, ten-year military-assistance deal signed in 2016, the largest in American history.

“Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II. To date, the United States has provided Israel $127.4 billion (current, or non-inflation-adjusted, dollars) in bilateral assistance. Almost all U.S. bilateral aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance, although in the past Israel also received significant economic assistance,” reported the Congressional Research Service in 2016.

And while some expressed shock at Ms. Badu’s attempt to “exaggerate a show of compassion,” Black America has its own history with murderers and enslavers who we are expected to honor and see the good in. The list starts with the slave owning fathers of this nation, which wrote into law that Blacks were subhuman and only mattered to the degree that our numbers could benefit our slavemasters and not ourselves.

Sheer hypocrisy.

Not to mention those who almost worship Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, despite their mass incarceration of Black men, their dubious deals in Haiti and Mrs. Clinton’s clear hand in the destruction of Libya, under Commander in Chief Barack Obama. That destruction of Libya ruined millions of lives, unleashed a wave of terror and death in North Africa that has spread to West Africa. Death and misery has washed over our African brothers, sisters and children, who perish trying to cross into Europe through Libya and end up drowning or in slavery.

It is clear the Jewish people always assert and define their own interests. They speak for themselves, offer no apology for their positions and show no mercy to their enemies. We would be fools not to do the same.

Richard B. Muhammad is editor-in-chief of The Final Call newspaper. He can be reached through www.finalcall.com and at editor@finalcall.com. Find him on Facebook at Richard B. Muhammad and on Twitter:@RMfinalcall. His website is www.richardmuhammad.com.

Defending Erykah2018-02-03T22:03:10+00:00

Is Bishop T.D. Jakes Being Hypocritical In His Refusal To Meet With The Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan?

Is Bishop T.D. Jakes Being Hypocritical In His Refusal To Meet With The Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan?

Author: Willie Muhammad


New Orleans, La. – Some of my favorite interviews conducted on the Breakfast Club with hosts Dj Envy, Angela Ye and Charlemagne Tha God are the ones where they expose their listeners to some of the great thinkers, leaders, special teachers and entrepreneurs of this time. When I realized they were going to interview the dynamic preacher Bishop T.D. Jakes I was excited to hear the interview. Unfortunately, due to some tasks that required my full attention I was only able to hear the first thirteen (13) minutes of the interview and did not have the opportunity to hear it in full until I was tagged on a recent post on Facebook.

Last week someone tagged me to a clip of the interview that highlighted where Bishop T.D. Jakes was asked by Charlemagne Tha God the following question, “Why don’t we see more of spiritual thought leaders like yourself and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, like coming together having conversations maybe teaching people together?”

Bishop Jakes FIRST response focused on theological differences. He said, “Well theologically we would be on different pages as it relates to the theology of the Nation of Islam versus the nation of the church. Community issues we would be on the same accord because we got the same community issues to fight. I don’t know if we would be better together than we are separate. I think we have different callings, at different stations. Even where we have the same theology. Even where we have the same theology. I am not as hungry for us to get together and have conversations that’s interesting. I think I am more hungry to have what I am having right now. Conversations with you. I love having conversations with you. Because you are next and anything, tips, tools, hint watch out the bear is over there. That I can leave you, I love doing.” Segment: 34:01 – 35:03

In brief, with polished speech Bishop T.D. Jakes in an evasive manner basically said that he would not meet with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan because of the differences in their theological beliefs.

I must say I was disappointed in his response. I expected more spiritual maturity from the Bishop. In my opinion it showed that despite Bishop Jakes being a dynamic preacher, he still has not risen above the narrow mindedness that plagues so many “religious, God-Fearing” leaders. The more I thought about his response the more my mind reflected on a scripture in the New Testament that showed how those who profess to walk with and know Jesus would suffer from narrow-mindedness. Allah willing we will close talking about this particular scripture.

As I viewed the entire interview I felt that Bishop T.D. Jakes went on to make contradictory statements that further shows to me that there is more to his refusal to sit with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.

As I viewed the entire interview I felt that Bishop T.D. Jakes went on to make contradictory statements that further shows to me that there is more to his refusal to sit with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.

“The reason why I think it is important is because we as a people, can’t lose another fight. We cannot lose another fight. We cannot afford to be fighting with each other, castigating, destroying each other. We have so many enemies coming against us. Like I have not seen since I was a child. This community has to learn how to rally. We have to learn how to rally. We have to get away from destroying each other and being cannibals, eating each other. Because we already got people hunting us and if we don’t use all of our information to come together, everything you know, and everything I know and everything Sean Combs know, and everything LL Cool J knows, and everything President Obama knows. We need everybody. Because if we don’t we are not gonna survive.” Segment 25:14 – 26:02

If we are truly honest, then we have to admit this is hypocritical. How can you say, “We need everybody,” but push aside the idea of meeting a man who has great influence on Black people who you state are besieged with so many enemies? Interesting enough is Every person he mentions that have talents the Black community needs has already personally met with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan – Sean Combs, LL Cool J and former United States President Barak Obama.

The contradictions did not stop there. Bishop T.D. Jakes goes further to talk about how damaging isolation is.

“It’s not so good to be isolated that you don’t communicate sometimes. It’s better to be a smaller part of a big thing, than a big part of nothing and sometimes we isolate as a community to our own destruction. Nobody wants to work together, every body works in isolation of each other while other peoples groups are forming conglomerates and their buying up and their building together. We work in Isolation and we love in silos. I am saying if you’re in an industry and I’m in the industry. Yes, we benefit by knowing each other. I can pick up the phone and text you and say I am gettin ready to do something I need your help. You need that kind of relationship. Don’t always be so competitive that you hating on everybody.” 38:49 – 39:30

Dear Bishop, how can you be in the same industry as the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is, (which is supposed to be the reformation of our community), calling people out of Satan’s world to God, but refuse the suggestion of meeting with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, to discuss ideas that could benefit our community?

Charlemagne, who I believe picked up on the inconsistency asked Bishop Jakes, “That’s what I meant when I asked you about Minister Farrakhan, because I would love to see spiritual thought leaders like you two who have these flocks of people, together.” Segment: 41:08 – 41:16

Then Bishop Jakes replied…

“If getting together. I don’t know about him specifically, but because I don’t have that kind of close relationship with him. But I can name one hundred people off the top of my head, of different faiths. With whom I do have relationships with.” Segment: 41:17 – 41:30

I would have liked to see them ask him to elaborate more on the different faiths, but they did not. Bishop Jakes went on to talk about how he has met with several of the last United States Presidents and he did not rule out meeting or having a “relationship” with current President Donald J. Trump (Segment: 42:06-07), yet his desire to NOT meet with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan even on issues where their “theology is the same” is evident when the interview is watched.

I would like to know what’s really the issue Bishop Jakes? You met with and speak highly of your relationship with former President George W. Bush, who vacationed while Black people needed help during Hurricane Katrina. Yes the same Bush who applauded the efforts of the then head of F.E.M.A. Michael Brown. Remember, “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.“1 Those words showed the world how out of touch the then President was. Add to this the false premise that was used for starting the War in Iraq, and still today weapons of mass destruction have not been found.2 The same is true for your relationship with Clinton whose “Super Predator” comments helped to shape policy which added to the mass incarceration of Black and Brown men which sociologists admit has ravaged those communities. The facts show that Bill Clinton could have vetoed the bill but instead he signed it a week later after feigning concern about Black incarceration and ignoring pleas by Civil Rights leaders to veto the bill.3 I have never forgotten how Bill Clinton in 1998 ordered the bombing of a medicine factory in Sudan, which the country continues to suffer from under the lie of combating terrorism.4 Every president that you spoke about has the blood of innocents on their hands. Even President Obama has the blood of innocent civilians5 and African leader Muammar Qaddafi6 on his hands. Yet you gleam over your relationship and meeting with them but refuse the very idea of meeting with a man that has transformed the lives of MILLIONS and has worked to combat and repair the damage caused by many of the policies of these Presidents. Where is Jesus in that?

Dear Bishop, Jesus was against sectarianism, which is an excessive attachment to a particular sect or party, especially in religion. In John 9:49-50 the disciples suffered from this sickness as many “disciples” of Jesus continue still today.

49 Now John answered and said, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow with us.” 50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him, for he who is not against us is on our side.”

The disciples wanted Jesus to commend them for their lack of maturity and narrow-mindedness regarding his mission. They did not see that this man was in deed following Jesus not by what he professed but by the effectiveness of his work. He was casting demons out when the disciples had yet to truly do so. Their forbidding of this “unknown follower of Jesus” had more to do with their own envy rather than their professed love and discipleship to Jesus.

I once heard a pastor say, “What’s in the well will come up in the pail.” This statement is talking about how what’s in us will come out of us. In my opinion, the words of Bishop T.D. Jakes shows an aspect of his heart which is still being impacted by sectarianism. If he really loved our people as he says he does, he would not allow “theological” differences to prevent him from meeting with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan who desires the same.

I have heard many people talk and teach about Jesus, but it is the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan who has demonstrated to me what the mercy, courage and LOVE of Jesus looks like. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has that type of love. That’s why he can sit with the rejected and the despised of society. He has a heart filled with love. Here is a personal testimony I can share that shows the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s character and even his love for Bishop T.D. Jakes:

Some years ago in Houston, TX, I was blessed to be one of those who had the opportunity to dine with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan after his speaking engagement. While at dinner, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan with that beautiful smile he has and a joyous spirit asked the Student Minister of the Nation of Islam in Dallas, TX, “And how is our brother the great preacher, Bishop T.D. Jakes doing?” The student minister began to talk about how a member of Bishop Jakes congregation whose child was enrolled in the local Muhammad University of Islam came with gossip that was supposed to be about the Bishop. Before the student minister could get the gossip out of his mouth, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan stopped him and said, “Let me stop you before you start!” The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan continued, “Brother be very careful about people who come from the house of another man with gossip and dirty laundry.” The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan went on to teach all of us at the table about the danger of slack talk and gossip. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s love for the Bishop and for what’s right moved him to stop the regurgitation of gossip and hearsay about the Bishop.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has also publicly expressed his appreciation and admiration for Bishop T.D. Jakes. For example in a 2013 interview while applauding Tyler Perry, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said the following:

“When you look at Tyler Perry’s movies, you see the brilliance of T.D. Jakes, a spiritual giant. You see the majesty of human problems acted out. So you could sit in the theater and see yourself in your madness, in your gladness, in your goodness, in your evil, then come out of that experience, for a $15 ticket and some popcorn, and say, ‘Wow, I feel better.”

When the history of the struggle for freedom, justice and equality for our people in America and in the world is written. It will clearly show those who just talked about unity and coalition building and those who actually worked to achieve the results. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan will be shown clearly as being one who did more than just TALK about it. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, just like his teacher has never ceased in his effort to call for a United Front of Black leaders Regardless of their ideologies or theologies7. My question, to Bishop T.D. Jakes is, “Why haven’t you accepted them?”

The following links are to articles referenced in the above message:

1The Undoing of George W. Bush: Hurricane Katrina badly damaged the former president’s reputation. And it still hasn’t recovered.

https://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2015/08/28/hurricane-katrina-was-the-beginning-of-the-end-for-george-w-bush

2Report documents lies leading to Iraq war

http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/National_News_2/Report_documents_lies_leading_to_Iraq_war_4378.shtml

3Bill Clinton’s crime bill destroyed lives, and there’s no point denying it

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/15/bill-clinton-crime-bill-hillary-black-lives-thomas-frank

4Bill Clinton’s Act of Terrorism NATHAN J. ROBINSON

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/10/bill-clinton-al-shifa-sudan-bombing-khartoum/

5Casualties of endless war? BY BRIAN E. MUHAMMAD

http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/National_News_2/article_102326.shtml

6The Killing of Muammar Gadhafi and its Impact

http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/Minister_Louis_Farrakhan_9/article_8264.shtml

7Farrakhan asks: ‘What is the best way forward?’

http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/National_News_2/article_100706.shtml

 

(Willie Muhammad serves as the Student Minister at Muhammad Mosque No. 46 in New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @BroWM46 and Instagram. Visit the official New Orleans mosque website @ noineworleans.com)

Is Bishop T.D. Jakes Being Hypocritical In His Refusal To Meet With The Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan?2018-02-03T22:06:19+00:00

Farrakhan, Jay Z And The Goddamn Ego!

Farrakhan, Jay Z And The Goddamn Ego!

By Willie Muhammad

New Orleans, La. – By now if any of us have been anywhere near social media in the past week we have come across some post, discussion, video etc. that was in relation to Jay-Z’s most recently released album titled 4:44. Many are putting forward their various views about why this album has been critically acclaimed. Some have said it’s because of masterful word play and some are saying it’s the soulful production by producer NO I.D. I would like to take this chance to add my two cents to this discussion or debate.

I believe that the success of this recent album and the impact it is having on many can be found in the principle of, “Self-Improvement” Yes, “Self-Improvement!” This does not take away from his lyrical prowess, the soulful production nor the marketing genius that was used as all of that aided the work that brother has done on himself. If we look at artists, leaders, politicians and others who have been able to impact millions, one common trend we will see is that they have confronted their shortcomings, past hurts, have begun to heal and as a result they have reached a level of transparency.


Evidence of the work on self that has contributed to the success of this album is evident in the opening track called, “Kill Jay-Z”. Many who are not familiar with how Jay-Z cleverly uses his lyrics miss the profound principles he is dealing with in this track. In an interview Jay-Z said the following about the song Kill Jay-Z, “The first song is called ‘Kill Jay Z’ and obviously, it’s not to be taken literally. It’s really about the ego. It’s about killing off the ego, so we can have this conversation in a place of vulnerability and honesty.” If we listen to the song we are listening to him share the battles of thoughts that have taken place within. As you see in his quote he said it’s about killing Jay-Z, which is the alter ego which almost ruined his marriage with his wife.

“You almost went Eric Benét, Let the baddest girl in the world get away…”

He also talked about how his ego is what caused him to antagonize his sister-in-law, Solange which led to the fight captured by the security video in the elevator:

“You egged Solange on, Knowin’ all along, all you had to say you was wrong…”

Then he shares how he knows how he must IMPROVE if he wants to be a better father for his daughter.

“And you know better, ni**a, I know you do. But you gotta do better, boy, you owe it to Blue.”

Jay-Z also talks about an issue that still plagues Black males today and its impact; that issue is growing up without a father. Jay-Z says:

“You had no father, you had the armor. But you got a daughter, gotta get softer.”

Personally, I believe that the absence of a father in the lives of young Black males is one of the leading causes to this violence we are trying to end.

I am not writing this blog entry to go over every bar in the song. You can do that for yourself. I am instead trying to use a historic Hip-Hop icon’s participation in a process that I believe Allah has revealed through the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. It is a process, if followed that will help all who use it discover, cultivate and manifest their Divine Potential. That process is the act of self-improvement. If we carefully listen to the tracks on 4:44 we will see that Jay-Z used every principle we are asked to use by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in the Self Improvement Study Guides. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan writes:

“Each study session is designed on the guidance of Allah to produce: self-examination; self-analysis; self-correction; and, to quicken in each of us, the self-accusing spirit. For, it is only when we are awakened morally that we have to face the self-accusing spirit which leads to our resurrection.”

He is acknowledging that the EGO must die. It’s nothing like the personal hell we experience which was caused by the EGO, that will get us to that realization, if we are Humble.

Brother has entered into this space. Does that mean he has made it? Emphatically not, nor have we for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan goes further to say:

“Resurrection is that process that begins with the self-accusing spirit and does not end until we become one in perfect harmony or peace with Allah and His Creation.”

I say that Jay-Z has entered into this space because of what he says in the beginning and the ending of this song Kill Jay Z. He says:

“Die Jay-Z, this ain’t back in the days…”
“Bye, Jay-Z”

He is acknowledging that the EGO must die. It’s nothing like the personal hell we experience which was caused by the EGO, that will get us to that realization, if we are Humble.

As you read this blog entry I would like for you to ask yourself, “What is my ego preventing me from experiencing when it comes to manifesting my Divine potential?” Why wouldn’t you (we) bump this CD by Jay-Z and strive to use it as another inspiration for us to engage in the jihad against the weakness of ourselves. We can never grow into our godhood if we do not kill the ego. I heard Iyanla Vanzant say, “Ego stands for edging God out!”

Let’s not “Eric Benet” the opportunity to become one with God again! I look forward to seeing you on Friday during our Self-Improvement discussion circles that are held at your nearest mosque or study group! Let’s come equipped and be ready to deal with our own, “Goddamn ego” as passionately expressed by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan!

(Willie Muhammad serves as the Student Minister at Muhammad Mosque No. 46 in New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @BroWM46 and Instagram. Visit the official New Orleans mosque website @ noineworleans.com

Farrakhan, Jay Z And The Goddamn Ego!2018-02-03T21:46:39+00:00
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