8.22.2014

County prosecutor McCulloch must go! says Justice for Michael Brown Leaders


by Richard B. Muhammad
www.finalcall.com
@RMfinalcall


ST. LOUIS—Black leaders took their demands to the office of county prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch—including the demand that he not oversee the case related to the death of Ferguson, Mo., teenager Michael Brown.


The young Black man was shot at least 6 times by Ferguson Police Dept. officer Darren Wilson. A final kill shot sealed the doom of the young man known as "Big Mike." It also ignited outrage, protests, some sporadic looting and brought attention to America’s deep seated racial divide and police targeting of young Black males.


State Senator Jamilah Nasheed was initially blocked by police officers when she tried to deliver petitions that represented a "no confidence vote" to Mr. McCulloch’s office. She and other members of the recently formed Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition want the county prosecutor off the volatile Brown case. She said 70,000 people, from Missouri and anyone had signed petitions call for removal of county prosecutor McCulloch. 


Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition demands include the arrest and vigorous prosecution of Officer Wilson and his immediate firing, said Zaki Baruti, who opened the press conference Aug. 21 and announced the group in front of the county justice building. Mr. Baruti of leader of the Universal African Peoples Organization.


They want Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to remove the county prosecutor, whose father was killed by a Black man and whose family has heavy ties to law enforcement—not to mention the close relationship between the prosecutor and police.


Abdul Akbar Muhammad, a member of the coalition and the Nation of Islam, called for Attorney General Eric Holder and local investigative agencies to look into the “policies and practices” of Ferguson and nearby localities to end racial profile. Traffic tickets and fines are often highly lucrative moneymakers for the small hamlets. 

Mr. Muhammad gave the attorney general a “D-” for his visit, saying the nation’s top official only met with a small group of individuals in what was called a community meeting. Mr. Holder didn’t meet with those people who have been dealing with protests and angry youth and elders on the street, he said. The meeting was a virtual secret, Mr. Muhammad said.



“We call for the Ferguson Mayor James Knowles and Police chief Thomas Jackson to immediately resign their positions of authority and if not we will call upon the people to immediately do a recall of the mayor of Ferguson,” the group added in a statement.

What if nothing happens? asked a reporter. The city will be shut down by civil disobedience never before seen in the St. Louis metro area, which includes Ferguson and small nearby towns, promised Anthony Said, a street activist and director of the Tauheed Youth Group. 

Young people need jobs and training to solve ongoing problems, he said.
With that the group left the parking lot across from the county prosecutor’s office and marched in the streets. “We’re young, we’re strong! We’re marching all night long,” they chanted.


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8.20.2014

Ferguson, Missouri: “America's Selfie”


By: Activist Deric Muhammad & Atty. Sadiyah Evangelista

Oxford dictionary defines a “selfie” as “a photograph taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media”. People opt to take selfies versus traditional photos to make sure the picture conveys the best about themselves.

The savage, broad daylight, shooting of 18 year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the militarized aftermath is nothing short of one big “selfie” of life in the United States of America; specifically for Black, Brown and poor citizens. The images we saw that turned so many stomachs represent the everyday experience of urban America and its relationship with law enforcement. America truly took a picture of itself for the world to see; a “selfie” with no filter.

As we watch the injustices unfold daily in Ferguson, Missouri through the lens of America’s camera what is she communicating via this “selfie”?

Let’s get this right. Michael Brown is disrespectfully ordered to “get out of the street” and was subsequently shot down for not doing so. In the days following, grieving protestors are ordered to “get out of the street” (just like Brown) and were subsequently fired upon by police using military weaponry. Look at the correlation. The death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, the result of an NYPD officer’s chokehold, is symbolic of the chokehold that Black America feels from systematic injustice. The death of Trayvon Martin, Ezell Ford, Oscar Grant and countless others are symbolic of the death of trust between Black America and America’s justice system.

 Through the selfie of Ferguson, America is communicating its evident disrespect, disregard and devaluation for the basic rights and the very lives of Black people 459 years after our forefathers stepped off the first slave ship in Jamestown, VA. She is communicating the slogan popularized by rapper Drake, now used as a tagline to describe life in America for Black people: #NeverLovedUs….#NeverWill.

If you study the history and origin of America’s race riots, the root cause of most of them centered around racial profiling, redlining, and lack of opportunity in education and job training which left the oppressed feeling helpless, hopeless and disenfranchised. Many who participated in these riots decried exclusion from meaningful political representation and frequently suffered abuse from law enforcement. Such is the case in Ferguson, Missouri.

As we look at the “selfie” of America’s present it is reflective of her past.


In 1669, the Commonwealth of Virginia in its slavery law revisions passed the Casual Slave Killing Act legalizing the murder of slaves by their masters. In 1704 South Carolina created one of the first modern police forces in America. It was nothing more than a “slave patrol” to find and capture fugitive slaves. In 1787, during the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, when the basics of her constitution were formed, there was a significant debate and then a compromise as to whether slaves were property or person. In the end the slaves were counted as only three-fifths of a human being for the purpose of taxation and representation in Congress. We still had no constitutional rights during this time. Why is there debate in 2014 about Black people’s constitutional right to assemble, protest, speak-out, etc in Ferguson? Clear evidence of the value of Black life in America.

In 1831, nearly 250 black slaves were rounded up and killed – 55 murdered by the government, the rest lynched–in revenge during the Nat Turner slave revolt. Many of the slaves, especially the lynching victims, were selected at random. Their bodies were mutilated and displayed on stakes as a warning to all slaves who might choose to protest. Michael Brown’s murdered lifeless body was left in the street for hours for all too see. It served, knowingly or unknowingly, as a warning to every Black person in the country and clear evidence of the value of black life in America.

Jim Crow laws were racial segregation laws enacted between 1876 and 1965 in the United States at the state and local level. They mandated de jure racial segregation in all public facilities in Southern states of the former Confederacy, which, starting in 1890, a “separate but equal” status for Blacks in America. The separation in practice led to conditions for blacks that were inferior to those provided for whites, systematizing a number of economic, educational and social disadvantages. De jure segregation mainly applied to the Southern United States while Northern segregation was generally de facto — patterns of segregation in housing enforced by covenants, bank lending practices and job discrimination, including discriminatory union practices for decades. Clear evidence of the value of Black life in America. We would be remiss in our duty if we did not point out the pitiful truth that everything you see taking place in Ferguson, Missouri is happening in real time under the administration of a Black U.S. President who promised the country CHANGE. Measure what we see in Ferguson today against our ancestors’ aforementioned experience in this country.

America’s “Selfie” is communicating with unmistakable clarity that NOTHING HAS CHANGED.


When a person takes a selfie that they dislike, it is usually deleted. He or she makes adjustments, retakes the picture and, if approved, shares it with the world. While America cannot delete her past history of slavery, oppression, disenfranchisement and mass murder she has been given an opportunity to make adjustments. Her next selfie does not have to look like her last. If she refuses to make those adjustments, at some point what you see in Ferguson you will see in every city throughout the United States of America. Justice for the Black, Brown, poor and oppressed is America’s final exam. There will be no make-up.

How the “Mike Brown” case and the Ferguson debacle is handled will say a lot about whether change is on the horizon. We advise Black America to proceed as if things will not change, unless we change them. The call is for unity among Black people. The call is for us to combine our economic and intellectual resources to build something for ourselves. This way when America takes the next shameful selfie, we don’t have to be in it.

Deric Muhammad is a Houston-based activist, author of the new book “A.S.A.P (A Street Activist’s Perspective.) His website: www.dericmuhammad.com. Sadiyah Evangelista is a noted criminal defense attorney and Houston-based community activist.

8.18.2014

Minister Louis Farrakhan on killing of Michael Brown & conspiracy to destroy Black youth: "Ferguson is a sign"


By Brother Jesse Muhammad

On Sunday, August 17, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered a vital message from The Nation of Islam's National Center, Mosque Maryam in Chicago. In light of the killing of Michael Brown by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson and the slaughter of the Palestinians, the world was on edge in anticipation of what the divine man of God would have to share.

"There's not a lot for me to say that I haven't already said. It's just that you have not been listening," said Min. Farrakhan, who mentioned what he had been in anguish over events the past six weeks. "You treat me like a lovely song. "The Minister's coming out, let's hear what his song is today." And after I speak, you applaud, and go back to your crazy way of life."

In regards to the death of Michael Brown, he said, "I warn you that something terrible is about to go down, and Ferguson is a sign; a microcosm of the macrocosm. The killing of Michael Brown is one in many--some we know about and some we don't know about. But every city and town, where Black people live, Black men are being shot down by police!"




"This has sparked a response that has been building. The cry of the people is not "ease the situation," it's "no justice, no peace"...It has reached the boiling point...I have warned you, as your brother, that they were going to bring tanks."

The message also dealt with the violence in Chicago and the slaughter of the Palestinians at the hands of Israel. "The anguish I feel started with Gaza...You tell me who the real terrorist is!" said Minister Farrakhan. "How could the Muslim world remain silent in the face of such slaughter?"

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8.16.2014

212° Degrees of Fiyah! Hip-Hop Jasiri X weighs in on Ferguson officer Darren Wilson's killing of #MikeBrown with new track


By Brother Jesse Muhammad

You've heard me say it over and over again on my blog: Pittsburgh's Jasiri X is the most important voice in Hip-Hop right now. He's the People's MC; unafraid to use his lyrical bars and platforms to speak out on that which is relevant and affecting the masses. Sure, every now and then, you see other artists release a track or post a few tweets in outrage, but Jasiri has been consistent. That's key and why people paying more attention to him.

His latest release, 212° Degrees, addresses the recent uproar following the killing of unarmed Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. He also touches on the murder of Renisha McBride, Eric Garner, John Crawford, and Ezell Ford.

"I never really wanted the role of Hip-Hop artist that speaks when something tragic happens in our community, but I guess it is what it is, I got so many calls, tweets, and texts from folks asking me to say something so here it is. It’s raw and angry because that’s how I feel about more Black death unjustly at the hands of the police," said Jasiri X.


"For Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, and Ezell Ford, I hope your lives are not in vain, and God brings your families peace. For my community, this won't stop until we stop it, and the first step is unity. I called this song 212 degrees because that’s the boiling point. The lid is about to blow off this whole masquerade," he said.

In the rhyme he spits, "Black bodies being fed to the system/Black American dead or in prison/Love for the murderer never the victim/Dead kids cant beg your forgiveness."

Click and LISTEN to the full track: 212° - Jasiri X (Produced by Soy Sos)




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8.13.2014

The Killing of #MikeBrown: Rebellion, confrontations with police as another young Black male is gunned down

(Source:FinalCall.com) FERGUSON, Mo. - Michael Brown, 18, was supposed to be starting college in early August, instead he is listed among Black males shot to death by police, security guards, and self-proclaimed vigilantes. Oscar Grant III, Sean Bell, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and Jonathan Ferrell are among familiar names of those whose lives were taken.

United States Attorney General Eric Holder released a statement Aug. 11 saying a “fulsome review” of the police shooting of the child whose mother wept bitterly before TV cameras was needed. The attorney general’s words came two days after the young man’s death.

“The shooting incident in Ferguson, Missouri this weekend deserves a fulsome review. In addition to the local investigation already underway, FBI agents from the St. Louis field office, working together with attorneys from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney’s Office, have opened a concurrent, federal inquiry,” Atty. Holder said. 

“Aggressively pursuing investigations such as this is critical for preserving trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”

Those promises followed confrontations between Blacks and police, smashed windows and some looting as angry residents vented their frustration and pain. Police officers, they said, harassed participants in what was a peaceful demonstration. Officers laughed, mocked, pointed, threatened and showed no respect for Michael and no remorse for his death, they said.

One young man complained on social media that the mourners were called “porch monkeys” and that police wanted a war. There are only three Black officers in the Ferguson Police Dept., which is 98 percent White, said Anthony Shahid, an advisor to the Brown family. According to the family, the young man’s body lay in the street for four-and-a-half-hours after the fatal encounter. That helped stoke anger and fuel outrage as police would allow no one near Michael’s corpse in the suburb outside St. Louis.

According to eyewitness accounts, Michael and a friend were walking near Canfield Drive in Ferguson when there was an encounter with police. What happened next remains somewhat unclear. The officer reportedly ordered the two to get out of the street. One account says the youth were told, “Get the f---k out the street!” There may have been a verbal exchange and the officer allegedly attempted to pull Michael into the police car. The encounter ended with Michael being shot numerous times.

Witnesses said Michael had his hands up and was unarmed. Various witnesses insist the officer continued to shoot Michael as the teen lay on the ground.

“I saw him turn around with his arms up in the air and they shot him in his face and chest and he went down unarmed,” said Piaget Crenshaw who saw the shooting.

“The officer started choking him and tried pulling him into the police vehicle, his weapon was drawn and he said, ‘I will shoot you, I’m going to shoot,’ when the first shot went off,” said Dorian Johnson, a friend of Michael’s.

“He shot again, and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air, and he started to get down,” Mr. Johnson said. “But the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.”

“We wasn’t causing harm to nobody,” Mr. Johnson told a television station. “We had no weapons on us at all.”  The two were walking together who confronted by police. 

Unrest spread among residents in the apartment complex as a result of the shooting and as Michael’s lifeless body lay in a puddle of blood. [READ MORE]

8.11.2014

Get it A-S-A-P! Deric Muhammad’s new book ‘A Street Activist’s Perspective’ is a must read


By Brother Jesse Muhammad 

I just finished another excellent book. I think you should go and get it A-S-A-P. Not now, but right now!

I am a self-proclaimed member of the righteous nerd ring of book traffickers and read-a-holics who love to digest books; no matter if it’s a hard copy or a digital download. Funny thing is I had told myself I would not buy any new books in 2014, because I felt I hadn’t applied enough of the guidance, principles, strategies, etc., inside of the tons of books occupying my shelves, briefcases and backpacks.

Well, that ‘goal’ didn’t work because I still found myself getting a few books here and there these past few months. I confess: I am more into shelfies than selfies! (Smile)

So, what is this new book you should get A-S-A-P? Well, interestingly, it’s titled “A.S.A.P.” which is an acronym for “A Street Activist’s Perspective.” Houston-based community servant, organizer, speaker, and author, Deric Muhammad, penned it and released it this summer. He’s called many other grandiose titles, however, to me he’s my big brother, sibling, and friend, whom I am very happy for and inspired by.

When I was reading this book it had a different effect than most I’ve read because it’s coming from an author whom I have personally watched strive to have his works congruent with his words. This book is not a mere intellectual exercise in fruitless commentary, hollow theories and analysis with INactivism. (Is that a word? It is now). It’s what he says in his introduction: “The perspective of an on the ground activist striving to help my people through every-day struggles we face.”

 How could he have a street activist’s perspective if he wasn’t out in the streets? Since becoming a member of the Nation of Islam under the leadership of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan over 20 years ago, I’ve seen him transform from a menace to society (yeah, like the movie) to a budding man of God, addicted to fighting for justice for the little man and woman in the streets. He can’t help himself. He eats, sleeps, and drinks the A.S.A.P. mentality. It’s not a cliché; it’s a way of life for him.

In the book’s introduction, Muhammad recounts aspects of his upbringing that ultimately shaped him for his unforeseen destiny. I admit reading it brought some tears to my eyes because I was there as his little brother. We’ve been through much, but you know he was under God’s Protection when he writes, “As a youth I was invited into the crack house. As a youth minister I was invited to the White House.”

What makes Muhammad’s perspective unique? He contends that, “most Black correspondents hired by media outlets don’t really speak for the masses of Black people” and “much of what they say does not reflect the reality faced by every-day Black folk in America.” Chapter 1 titled, “The A.S.A.P. Mentality,” is a swift kick in the pants to readers on how we waste too much time going after and accomplishing those things we keep saying we want to do. “There is something about living through a crisis that gives the human being an “A.S.A.P.” mentality. They understand the importance of achieving objectives “as soon as possible”,” Muhammad writes.

The succeeding five chapters cover the power of sincere motive, resolutions for revolution, plantation politics, the adverse effects of White dollars backing Black organizations, and one of my favorites: The difference between a Black business and a “Negro” business.

“We must treat the Black customer with the same regard that we would treat a dignitary. It does not matter whether the brother or sister is spending $5 or $5,000. If you treat us like kings and queens, we will return to do business with you once again,” he writes.


The book then takes a major shift and the next seven chapters are sure to produce a whirlwind of discussions, critiques and even tears. Muhammad tackles the molestation of boys, teen pregnancy, the revealing dress attire of women, lesbianism, rape, and single Black women raising sons.

“While it takes two to make a baby boy, it seems like the Black woman has been left with the burden of being the king maker. Black men are showing up in the bedroom, but not showing up in the delivery room,” he writes in Chapter 12, “Double Duty: The Black Woman’s Struggle Raising Boys Alone.”

Anyone who is working in their community to save Black youth or striving to be the next generation of torchbearers definitely will enjoy the chapters on violence, gangs, conflict resolution, and leadership.

“Set trends, don’t follow them! There is entirely too much imitation and not enough originality among the youth of today,” he advises on page 82. “Be yourself, but more importantly be intelligent about it. A successful (You) will inspire others to do the same.”

The book is rounded out with chapters on Jewish control over hip-hop artists, the gift and curse of modern technology, why Black athletes should start leagues of their own, ungratefulness toward the elderly, a telling ‘hoodie experiment’ he did in light of the murder of Trayvon Martin and why no individual can rise above the condition of his people. The bonus chapter is an interview on what attracts a real man that he conducted with online magazine Hurt 2 Healing.

This book is a short, yet impactful read and proves you don’t have to be wordy, especially when your WORKS are doing the rest of the talking. I also like how he incorporates some of his heavily retweeted and reshared Twitter and Facebook motivational posts throughout the book. I had the opportunity to attend the official book release and signing in late July hosted at Aunt Bea’s Restaurant in Northwest Houston.

Family, friends and supporters journeyed from various parts of the city to get their autographed copies. I am not surprised that the first printing of this book has sold so quickly because it’s filled with so much substance from a respected community servant who has touched the hearts of the people with consistency, concern and vigor in the fight for justice.

Are you convinced yet that you should own this book A-S-A-P? (Smile) If you are, go over to dericmuhammad.com to order your copy or go to Amazon.com to own it on Kindle.

















8.10.2014

Why it would be wise to watch Minister Louis #Farrakhan speak on: "The Troubled World: What Should We Be Doing?"


By Brother Jesse Muhammad

There is no denying that we are witnessing a lot of tragedies throughout the country and the world. Unusual (depending on our view) weather patterns, the slaughtering of the Palestinian people by Israel, the residue of America's on-going errant foreign policies, a stalemate U.S. Congress, and a Black President whose natural black hair is turning even more gray by the second.

Let's not even mention the acts of brutality on Black men and women at the hands of police and wannabe White vigilantes. No, wait. Let's call it what is: Acts of Terrorism. 

Just ask the families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Renisha McBride, and Marlene Pinnock. The list goes on. A Black Man in America can't cross the street, listen to music, go to the corner store, wear a hoodie or ask for help without being terrorized. And even after we're dead, the media and courtrooms find a way to put our dead Black corpses on trial more than the actual killer.

Of course we still have the internal strife of the Black community which includes violence, health, abuse of women, economics, destruction of children....need I go on? Who can deny that we're living in some troubling times? Sure, we've had troubling times before, but you can feel a stronger intensity. Or maybe it's just me.

Well, all of this and more is why I thought the August 9th tweet from The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan was and is very timely.


Minister Farrakhan, the National Representative of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, is scheduled to deliver a message on Sunday, August 17 at Mosque Maryam, the International Headquarters of the Nation of Islam in Chicago, IL. His message will be titled, "The Troubled World: What Should We Be Doing?"

Why should you care what he has to say? A careful study of his 58-year catalogue of messages and works would prove that this man has been consistently warning us, America and the world of what was and is to come. In fact, when things happen I always see people on social media posting, "I wonder what Farrakhan thinks or has to say about this?"

Well, if you live in Chicago, the doors open at 9:30am and the program starts at 10am. The program will also be carried live via webcast @ www.NOI.org/webcast.

I'll be tuned in and live-tweeting along with the globe force known in cyberspace as The #FarrakhanTwitterArmy. I invite you to tune in as well.


8.03.2014

Official Music Video: Songstress Akilah Nehanda releases "We Out Here" with an uplifting message on women, modesty and music


By Brother Jesse Muhammad

I've highlighted Akilah Nehanda on my blog for the past several years. I've watched her grow and her latest release, "We Out Here" has sparked a serious movement! I conducted a Twitter View with her that I will be posting soon. Until then, press play below. Also, purchase the single on i-Tunes by clicking here.

7.26.2014

Kenya Muhammad graduates from Muhammad University of Islam and dreams of being crowned Grand Ball Queen

(Blogger's Note: Sister Kenya Muhammad is a humble rising young star in the ranks of the Nation of Islam. She recently graduated from Muhammad University of Islam in Chicago and will be attending St. Xavier University. Here's a special word from her on her MUI journey and why she would love your support for MUI Grand Ball Queen. She got my support.)

In the name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful. 

As Salaam Alaikum! 

 My name is Sister Kenya Muhammad. I am proud to be a 17 year old high school graduate (as of July 25, 2014) of Muhammad University of Islam in Chicago. Words cannot adequately describe my sentiment towards this wonderful institution for all that is has done to help me to become the woman that Allah (God) desires of me. I have learned and grown so much because of all the wonderful teachers who instilled character, discipline and love into every aspect of my education. 

My peers have been such a huge inspiration and example to me of young people who have goals and work hard to accomplish anything they set their minds to. I will never forget all that I have been able to attain from choosing to return back to such an incomparable environment. 

However, one of the only things I have always wished I could partake in growing up was prom. The whole idea of dressing up and enjoying an evening of dancing and fun with my peers always excited me and I felt it was unfortunate that my school didn't have one or something similar. Let me not even get started on how much I would've loved to be crowned queen of one! Fortunately, this year marks the first year of a new tradition at MUI. 

 MUI's G.O.D organization, which stands for Girls of Distinction, have organized the first of its kind MUI Grand Ball! It will be an evening (August 2nd) filled with dinner, music, dancing, photographs and all things that excite me! I am extremely eager to attend the event and have a great time with my friends and meet new people. There will even be a Grand Ball King and Queen crowned that night. The King and Queen will be awarded to the brother and sister who raises the most money for MUI. I would love your support in helping to make this dream come true. 

To donate you can visit http://muigrandball.com/donation2.html and enter my name, Kenya Muhammad, and city, Chicago. I thank you all in advance for your donations and even desire to give. May Allah (God) bless you all!





7.24.2014

Deric Muhammad featured in Faces of Black Houston Series and set to release first published book


By Brother Jesse Muhammad

This year I have witnessed my sibling and fellow Muslim brother Deric Muhammad receive more awards and recognitions than I have in all of his years of community service. He doesn’t work for it because his fuel is not accolades, it’s the advancement of the people. 

That’s how the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has trained us: Focus on service. Do it for the cause, not the applause. When Minister Farrakhan receives some form of award, he always reminds us of the words of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, “Honor is never truly given until the work is done.” Thus, it all should serve as further motivation for us to work harder to serve the people and do it for the Glory of God.

With that being said, I would like to congratulate Brother Deric on recently being selected as a featured profile in the Houston Defender's Faces of Black Houston Summer Series. He is also on the verge of releasing his first-ever published book.

(Deric Muhammad with fellow "Faces of Black Houston" honorees: (l-r) Entrepreneur Warren Luxe, DJ Supastar, Dr. Sonya Sloane, Rev. William A. Lawson, and professional golfer Maggie Noel)
The Houston Defender believes everyone has a story and they decided to explore remarkable narratives and reveal them to their readers. This series is giving people a glimpse into the worlds, minds, fears, and dreams of everyday Houstonians who we might have otherwise missed. Brother Deric was chosen along with  Entrepreneur Warren Luxe, DJ Supastar, Dr. Sonya Sloane, Rev. William A. Lawson, and professional golfer Maggie Noel.

Click below to watch the video of Brother Deric's Faces of Black Houston feature. Let me know what you think.



What about this forthcoming book? Well, I can bear witness that he has been pregnant with this idea for a long time. Now the moment has arrived. His first ever published book is entitled, "A.S.A.P." which is an acronym for "A Street Activist's Perspective." It is a compilation of soul-stirring opinion editorials that cover a number of issues plaguing the Black community. He addresses social, political, cultural, spiritual and economic issues in a way that is reflective of his position as a street activist, although he's more than just that title. This book is considered a must-read for all of Black America.

In an excerpt from the book, posted on his website, Brother Deric writes:

Black people in America have many issues. This book focuses on some of the most critical of our time. While it is meant to create meaningful dialogue, my real motive is to create in us a sense of NOW in addressing these issues. In so many ways we have become ‘jaded’ toward our own suffering. We make mockery of our own destructive behavior. Through television shows like ‘Love & Hip Hop’, as well as ‘Scandal’, we promote that which demotes the dignity of our community. This book is small in size; but so is a match. The size of a fire is never limited to the size of the match that lights the fire. In cities all across America and beyond we must come together as a people and create a ‘let’s get it done’ mentality when it comes to addressing our issues, mapping out a strategy to solve our problems and executing a plan with perfect precision. Let’s quicken the pace toward freedom by adopting the A.S.A.P. mentality. Let’s go!

His official book release and signing will be taking place Friday, July 25 at Aunt Bea's Restaurant in Houston at 6:30pm. "I am inviting you to share the birth of my very first self-published book," said Brother Deric in an email invite. "I am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to share aspects of my story along with my perspective on "our issues" in the the form of this book. However, the work that we have put into this project will be of little value if not supported by the very people that it was produced for. That would be YOU."


He is asking everyone to come by, obtain a copy of the book, take a photo with him and upload the photo to their social media page.  He is scheduled to give a short speech at 7:45pm. I am definitely looking forward to obtaining my autographed copy and reading it. Salute to my big brother!

(To stay connected with Deric Muhammad by visiting his official website DericMuhammad.com. You may follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Order your copy of A.S.A.P)


7.22.2014

Minister Louis Farrakhan tweets out letter on Jay Electronica, Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival



On July 22, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan tweeted a beautiful letter regarding Jay Electronica's recent performance at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Click here to read the letter and read the comments on his Facebook page.


7.21.2014

Decades of state-sponsored terror: Israel’s latest genocidal assault against Palestinians

(FinalCall.com) - The launch of Operation Protective Edge by the Israeli Defense Forces July 8 represents only the latest genocidal aggression targeting the Palestinian people.

“The common narrative that Israel is responding in self-defense is totally misleading,” said Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council and founder of the Palestinian National Initiative political movement. “Israel provoked the actions, Israel is the one who started the airstrikes on Gaza, Israel is the one when there was no response made sure to assassinate people so there would be a response. Israel must be restrained,” he added.

Hamas is fighting back by sending rockets to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, but their weapons are no match for the bloody paralyzing military capabilities of the Israel Defense Forces. The Bonn International Centre for Conversion’s 2013 Global Military Index has Israel at the top of its list as the world’s most militarized country. The independent, non-profit policy organization uses several variables to determine the relative importance of the military apparatus to the society as a whole.

Attorney Tarek Khalil, a Palestinian activist, said the military mismatch is the main part missing from the Western and controlled media’s narrative and an important part of what is happening. “Palestinians are being killed by the Israeli government itself using a technologically advanced army. Whatever is done by Palestinians in response is a reaction to being attacked by the occupying forces of the Zionist government.

“It’s always presented as two sides with equal bargaining chips almost as if it is symmetrical and equal conflict between two sides who can equally defend themselves,” said Atty. Khalil. “Well, nothing could be further from the truth. It is absolutely ridiculous to even suggest that Palestinians are the aggressors. There is no such thing as aggression from victims,” he added.   

Many view Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as somewhat weak, however, he is the preferred choice of Israel and the United States when confronted with the specter of having to work with Hamas, which handily won democratic parliamentary elections in 2006 and still maintains significant support. Most recently, as they continue to seek international support for Palestinian statehood, it was announced last month that a unity government between Fatah and Hamas had been formed, much to the chagrin of Israel and the U.S.

“Everything started since the Palestinian consensus government was announced and since the reconciliation took place,” Dr. Barghouti explained. “It was clear since then that Israel was planning a huge operation with specific political aims.” [READ MORE]