10.23.2014

Hurt2Healing Presents "Turning Wounds Into Wisdom" - The Women of Transformation Summit in Houston

On December 13, 2014, Hurt2Healing Magazine will come off of the pages to provide an empowering experience with dynamic speakers and expert panelists who will tell their story and provide sound guidance. This will be a very interactive session. Domestic Violence and sexual abuse is an epidemic that affects women and girls all over the world. On this day, shame and loneliness will shed like the ashes from the Phoenix Bird

"On December 13th, attendees will experience the power they've had all along and claim the life they deserve, the magnificent purpose God Created them to fulfill", says Ebony S. Muhammad, the Publisher of Hurt2Healing magazine. 

“We are in a state of suffering that can no longer be ignored or be categorized as another case study or statistic", she continued.

Ms. Muhammad is sounding the alarm. She is calling together all women and girls ages 10 and up for a day that will be the catalyst to transforming Wounds Into Wisdom

According to VictimsOfCrime.org, 1 out of 5 girls are a victim of child sexual abuse. 20% of self-report studies show that adult females experience sexual assault or abuse. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 out of 5 women have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 1 out of 5 women (19.3 million) experienced stalking victimization during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed

"The troubling fact about these statistics is that these are only the reported cases. Imagine the countless cases that have gone unreported...it's unimaginable", said Ms. Muhammad. Those who are victims of such crimes are likely to experience severe depression, suicidal thoughts or worse, losing their life at the hands of their tormentor. 

Ms. Muhammad concluded with these words,"It's time to gather all women and girls for a life-changing experience that will not only arm them in the case of prevention, but also initiate a healing from their pain to be transformed. Our suffering in silence is OVER!" 

Featured guest presenters include international award-winning speaker, Kelly Sargeant, who is also a survivor/victor of child molestation; Attorney Sadiyah Evangelista, who is a survivor/victor of child molestation and domestic violence and Mavis Jackson, who is a survivor/victor of domestic violence and substance abuse. In addition to the speakers the expert panelists include Deric Muhammad, a Houston-based Activist and the Founder of Hurt2Healing; Charissa Hall, Licensed Professional Counselor and Charlene Muhammad, the National Correspondent for The Final Call News and Founder of Pumps on the Ground.

Join Hurt2Healing Magazine on December 13, 2014  at the Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center, 5309 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Houston, Texas 77021. There will be live performances, giveaways as well as food and beverages. This event is free and open to the public for women and girls ages 10 and up. [Click here for more information]




Investigation continues in Grand Rapids, Michigan: What happened to Nation of Islam Student Minister Robert D. Muhammad?


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  (Source: FinalCall.com) - The Nation of Islam has called in forensic specialists and private investigators to look deeply into the circumstances surrounding the suspicious death of the leader of the Nation of Islam’s study group here.

Robert Dion Muhammad, the 39-year-old leader of the Nation of Islam’s Grand Rapids Study Group reportedly went missing in the waters of Muskegon State Park’s campground beach September 5th at approximately 5:30 p.m. According to Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler, his body was found the next day in Muskegon Lake in 28 feet of water. Details are sketchy but it has been reported that he struggled during an attempted swim back to a boat that was located approximately 50 feet offshore, went under water, and presumably drowned.

“We intend to get to the truth of what happened to our brother,” said the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, who presided over the Islamic funeral prayer service known as the Janazah, speaking from the pulpit of the Deliverance Outreach Ministries church September 13.

“Even though we are hurt because we don’t know exactly what happened,” the Minister continued, “we bear our pain with dignity and strength.”

Minister Farrakhan said whether it was a tragic accident as has been reported, or foul play involved, Allah (God), the giver of all life, already knows. If there is evil involved, Allah (God) will deliver a severe punishment and swift retribution.

The Nation of Islam’s funeral ceremony is dignified and efficient. Minister Farrakhan explained that in Nation of Islam funerals, there are no elaborate and expensive floral displays, because it is preferable that flowers and accolades are given to individuals while they are alive, when they can enjoy their beauty, and the sentiments of those sharing them. 

There are no choirs singing, and brief words are spoken by the appointed spiritual leader, reinforcing the transitory nature of life and the importance of appreciating each day as a gift from God.

“Every life is his and as the Sovereign Lord of all life, he can call us back to himself whenever he pleases,” said the Minister.


Members of the Fruit of Islam served as pallbearers and carried the coffin out of the church placing it delicately in the hearse, as the women of the Muslim Girls Training and General Civilization Class of the Nation of Islam escorted the family of Robert Dion Muhammad to the vehicles that would take them to the burial grounds. Dozens of cars in the funeral procession traveled through the streets of Grand Rapids arriving at the Oakhill Cemetery.

The widow of Robert D. Muhammad, Sister Yreva, was visibly shaken, but with dignity and poise comforted her young children, with the help of relatives and the extended family of those who are members of the community. The two were married in 2000 and have eight children, four sons, Nioreh Dion (16), Solomon Isa (13), Toussaint Saalih (12) and Najm Sherrif (10), and four daughters, Nikah Hanan (8), Shahadah Qamar (6), Ilyasa Mashariq-Hajj (2), and Mizan Qaharra (5 months). Muhammad would have turned 40 on Saturday, September 6, the day his body was found by aquatic search crews.

Minister Farrakhan delivered a brief prayer, and then those who loved and respected Robert Dion Muhammad proceeded to cover his casket with dirt and flowers. Then, the body was lowered to its ultimate resting place. The Minister shared final comforting words with the family and all who gathered.

“I’m looking at his sons and his daughters and I can see in them that they will continue the work of their father, so it is not over. It has just begun, and you watch and see how God answers and he will. The Qur’an says he’s very swift at taking retribution.  If they did anything evil, you can believe they will pay,” he said.

Every person who spoke about Robert Dion Muhammad described him as a committed Muslim, husband and father who was always available to serve those in need. He had led the Grand Rapids Study Group since 2006. Many described how he would be reliably posted up at the corner of Eastern and Franklin—a busy intersection in Grand Rapids—making The Final Call newspaper available to the members of the community.

Funeral director and licensed mortician Crystal Hardley, with over seventeen years of experience in the industry, believes it is a very good idea that the Nation of Islam has hired its own independent investigators and forensic specialists to look into the circumstances surrounding Robert Muhammad’s death. [READ MORE]



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Minister Louis Farrakhan calls for Caribbean unity during historic message in Kingston, Jamaica


During his October 19th address in Kingston, Jamaica, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan called for Caribbean unity. Watch a few clips below and read the extensive coverage by The Final Call Newspaper.

Farrakhan: Unity needed to fully free Jamaica and the Caribbean
Honoring Jamaica’s struggle and heroes for the Black world
Jamaica: A fragile economy, challenges ahead, but hope is present



10.17.2014

Farrakhan arrives in Jamaica for 19th anniversary celebration of the Million Man March; draws inspiration from Jamaica's national heroes


(Source: JamaicaObserver.com) NATION of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan yesterday visited National Heroes Park in Kingston to lay wreaths at the monuments of the country's national heroes.

Farrakhan, who is in the island for Sunday's 19th anniversary celebration of the Million Man March,' which he started, said it was an honour for him to visit the site as the heroes have been a inspiration to him and a major influence on his life's journey.

"To visit the tomb of those who have passed on, whose memories some may forget but whose legacy the wise will always remember, is an honour," declared Farrakhan.

The Nation of Islam leader said that he was inspired, in particular, by the teachings of Marcus Garvey — Jamaica's first national hero and leader of the renowned United Negro Improvement Association.

"Mr Garvey said to look for him, he will be back in the whirlwind and we represent that whirlwind," said Farrakhan, as he addressed scores of people, including schoolchildren, who had gathered at National Heroes Park. [Read More]



10.11.2014

17 Shots? The Killing of Vonderrit Myers by St. Louis City Police Officer


(Source: FergusonOctober.com) An off-duty St. Louis City Police Officer working in uniform for a secondary security job chased, shot and killed 18 year-old Vonderrit Myers. The officer fired 17 shots, completely unloading his clip.
Organizers who were out on the street witnessed the palpable anger and sadness expressed by residents over the loss of yet another life at the hands of a police officer.
Police say he was armed and shot at the off-duty officer. No witness saw him carrying anything other than a sandwich or could corroborate the details offered by police. Serious doubt has been cast on the St. Louis City Police Department’s version of events.
We have serious questions about the right of an off-duty officer to wear his uniform when they aren’t on the job. We have serious questions about what the St. Louis City Police are calling a “pedestrian check.” Most of us know this practice as “stop & frisk.” [READ MORE] 

#FergusonOctober Weekend of Resistance kicks off in St. Louis: "It is our duty to fight for our freedom..."


by Jesse Muhammad

According to the website, FergusonOctober.com, thousands of people from Ferguson, St. Louis and the nation are coming together to "show our strength as we stand united against police violence, both here in Ferguson and across the country. We will march through Downtown St. Louis and rally at Keiner Plaza sending a message across the world: Not One More."

It has been over 60 days since Michael Brown was killed by Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson and he has yet to be arrested or indicted. The youth of Ferguson--fueled by the chant, "We're young, we're strong. We're marching all night long"---have not let up for one day since. The spirit in them to fight is REAL and their stance has caught the attention of the world.


On Friday, October 10, according to what I read and saw on Twitter, the #FergusonOctober weekend of resistance kicked off with a march in the pouring rain through Clayton, Missouri. People were then invited that evening to participate in a reading of the names and/or place items on a memory altar such as candles, pictures, or message to remember the dead. Then there was a silent candlelight march carrying a mirrored coffin two miles from the altar site to the Ferguson Police Department. Footage posted on social media showed Millennial Activists United leading the chant, "It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains..."

 
It is our duty to fight for our freedom... from Heather Wilson on Vimeo.

I definitely noticed two things: 1) Young women are on the frontlines 2) This is a youth led movement without a doubt. Kim Moore of San Diego, who is on the grounds this weekend, tweeted last night, "This is truly a millennial led movement.  Hip hop is the soundtrack to this call for justice. Protesters blasted music while facing cops."


On Saturday, October 11, the "Justice for All: National March and Rally" is scheduled to take place and much more. Click here to see the full schedule of events. Below are a few photos from Twitter from Day 1 of the #FergusonOctober Weekend of Resistance.

We stand with our brothers and sisters!


















Ishmael Muhammad talks with The Gleaner about upcoming Million Man March commemoration in Kingston, Jamaica

Ishmael Muhammad, son of Elijah Muhammad and student minister of the Nation of Islam. Ian Allen/Photographer
(Source: http://jamaica-gleaner.comOn Sunday, October 19, Jamaica will host several thousand people from the Caribbean, the United States, Canada and parts of Europe at the Million Man March's 19th anniversary celebration. Earlier this week, Ishmael Muhammad and an advance party from the Nation of Islam (NOI) visited the island to make preparations for the significant visit.
Already, most of the capital's hotels are fully booked as several hundred people prepare to arrive for the event scheduled to be held at the National Arena in Kingston, starting at noon. Muhammad stresses that, though the target is men, it will be a celebration for the entire family.
In an interview with The Gleaner, Muhammad, who is an assistant to NOI head Louis Farrakhan, said Jamaica was chosen for a number of reasons, including the fact that Farrakhan's roots are here and the island is regarded as a leader among Caribbean nations. "Just as the physical heart of the body pumps the life fluid into it, so does Jamaica in the Caribbean. You have produced many great minds from Marcus Garvey to Bob Marley, and Minister Farrakhan chose the Caribbean and Jamaica because he feels he owes it for helping to nurture his development into the man he is," Muhammad said.
But of equal significance is Farrakhan's view that the Caribbean is a productive element in the global society that is now being made into a playground for the world's middle class, rich and super-rich. "There is a trend in the Caribbean where land and citizenships are being sold as foreign investment," Muhammad said, adding that loss of land means destruction of a people's future. "Land is a pathway to wealth, and we cannot hope that foreign investment will provide the jobs that are needed, so we cannot allow the Caribbean to become the playground of Europe, Asia and elsewhere. To that end, the young people of Jamaica must be encouraged to use the land for farming to feed ourselves and not depend on imported foods," he said.

10.10.2014

New Orleans Local Organizing Committee Organizes a March/Rally to Commemorate the Historic Million Man March and More


By Cedric Muhammad

New Orleans, La. – This upcoming October 16, will be the 19th anniversary of the Historic Million Man March. Fueled by desire to keep the spirit of the Historic Million Man March alive and restoring the hope in the redemption of the Black community in New Orleans, Brother Student Minister, Willie Muhammad reached out to other community activists to assist.

“I really feel that the wretched condition of our community is weighing heavily on the hearts of those who live in the community and those who work to reform it. I believe that our community and city could really experience a morale booster by seeing one thousand plus Black men gather together here in this city. So I reached out to some of the many people whose work on the behalf of the community I respect. I shared the idea with them and asked them to help and they immediately agreed to do so, what better time to do so than during the time when the greatest gathering of Black men in America took place.”

The committee is calling for 1000 plus Black men to gather on October 25, 2014 at 9am at the Hunter’s Field playground in New Orleans. From there the men will walk down an avenue that runs straight through the heart of one of New Orleans historic Black neighborhoods to participate in a rally at the Congo Square which is located in Armstrong Park. Once at the park, the rally will begin.

“At this rally we have developed a program around a principle that was articulated during the speech of the Honorable Louis Farrakhan when in D.C. The Minister asked those in attendance to join on to any organization that was working to better our people. Well, we have selected eight categories that impact the Black community here in New Orleans. Those categories are health, violence reduction, youth development, economic development, political involvement, arts & culture, prison reform and education. We will have a panel select eight organizations that have a track record of successfully working in these areas. At that rally we will ask those among the one thousand plus to join those groups or find some kind of way to help them in their work. After the march we will give a report on how many agreed to do so and we will monitor their progress throughout the year,” stated Brother Willie Muhammad.

The committee is following the blueprint that was used to make the Historic Million Man March a success. Meetings are being setup with various organizations, social aide & pleasure clubs, churches, Hip-Hop community and more seeking their participation and support.

On August 9, the committee held a community meeting titled, “The First 100!” At this meeting 100 influential people within the Black community in New Orleans were invited. They viewed a power point presentation outlining the overall idea and goals of the march/rally. They were then asked if they would be willing to support by showing up themselves on Oct. 25 and actively recruiting ten Black males to do the same. In addition to that those in attendance were asked to help setup meetings with members of the local organizing committee and organizations, churches and groups they belonged to.


The meeting was a success, the room was filled and everyone was excited about the upcoming march/rally. “Our community is a wheel, and our people are the spokes in it. Through the process of Truing, each one of us must adjust the tension of our respective spokes in order for our community to have the quality ride it deserves and once that wheel makes a complete turn, it is at such time we will have revolution,” said Brother Shack, of the True Love Movement, when asked about the success of the August 9th meeting. Brother Shack is also one of the march/rally organizers.

During the first phase of promotion the organizers used social media to inform people about the upcoming march/rally. A Facebook page titled, “Man Up March: A Call to Action" has been created. Thus far the reception has been very good. Brothers have begun posing the phrase, “I have my ten,” in reference to ten males they have encouraged to attend and sisters have been posting remarks showing their support as well. The energy is building as the march nears.

“This march will be the defining moment for black men in this city. This is the time and this is what must be done, for our wives, our children, our community and indeed for our very existence,” stated Brother Asad, a local entrepreneur who is part of the local organizing committee.

(Those interested in learning more about and it’s development of the Man Up March, can do so on Twitter @ManUpMarch and on Facebook at Man Up March: A Call To Action. Want to make donation? Support The Go FundMe Campaign)

Former Houston Councilman Jarvis Johnson allegedly held at gunpoint, slapped and robbed by cops


Former Houston Councilman Jarvis Johnson was allegedly held at gunpoint, slapped and robbed by cops! Isiah Carey of Fox 26 News did the following report. Watch below!


WATCH the surveillance video of former Houston City Councilman Jarvis Johnson get pulled over, held at gunpoint, allegedly slapped and robbed by Pct. 1 Constables on Sept 13th, 2014. Johnson says 2,500 dollars of his money was stolen by rogue cops. In the end...he only received a speeding ticket. (Unfortunately, much of the encounter took place out of the surveillance camera's view)


10.08.2014

Open season on Blacks? Hunter versus the hunted mentality seen across America


(FinalCall.com) - From California to South Carolina, from Missouri to Detroit to New York, Blacks are being assaulted, shot and killed. As anger grows, protests rise, and frustrations build, people are asking, when and how will this end?

Ever since Black people were brought to the shores of America in the bottom of slave ships, misery, suffering and death has been their constant companions. After four centuries in this strange land, among a strange people as the scriptures describe, these circumstances are growing worse, not getting better, say many.

“What we are going through now, actually, it’s a different level of what we experienced in slavery,” Nancy Lockhart, a social justice advocate, told The Final Call. “I definitely feel that it’s open season on us.”

...On Oct. 1, a jury convicted Michael Dunn of first degree murder for shooting Jordan Davis over loud music. Earlier this year, a jury also convicted Mr. Dunn of three charges of second-degree murder for firing into the vehicle that carried three others along with teenager Davis. “We send our love and support to the family of Jordan Davis.

Today is a day to remember Jordan and honor his life, renew our commitment to ending Florida’s deadly ‘Stand Your Ground’ or ‘Shoot First’ law, and grow our movement to end violence perpetrated against Black youth,” said Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorOfChange.org, an online civil rights organization. [Read More]

Unsafe in the White House: Secret Service security debacle tied to America’s racial crisis


WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - For two solid weeks, even after disgraced agency chief Julia Pierson was forced to resign, the U.S. Secret Service—tasked by Congress after the 1901 assassination of William McKinley to protect the U.S. president, vice president and their families—dominated newspaper headlines, broadcast news coverage, and social media. The agency virtually melted down into what appeared to be a pool of incompetence, or worse.

 The breaches of security around President Barack Obama—the most threatened commander-in-chief in U.S. history—and at the White House seemed inexplicable. “It will never happen again,” a grim Ms. Pierson told a House oversight committee which confronted her with reports that Army veteran Omar Gonzalez allegedly scaled the 7-foot-high, wrought iron fence on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the executive mansion, and penetrated deeper into the unlocked building than the agency first reported on Sept. 19 when the intrusion occurred.

Mr. Gonzalez apparently cleared the fence, ran across the 150-yard lawn through an unlocked front door, overpowered one officer, ran past an unguarded stairway leading to the First Family’s residence, and was finally subdued by an off-duty officer in the massive East Room, according to The Washington Post.

One day after her Capitol Hill testimony Ms. Pierson resigned, replaced on an interim basis by Joseph Clancy, who headed Mr. Obama’s first protective detail after he took office in 2009. But the flood of revelations of serious—even life threatening security breaches—continued to cascade into public view. [Read More]

10.05.2014

"Which Side Are You On?" Michael Brown supporters interrupt St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performance


On October 4, a peaceful demonstration took place as Michael Brown supporters interrupted St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performance at Powell Symphony Hall. Chanting "Which side are you on?"...Watch the video below.