by Jesse Muhammad
As I write this blog, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is in the middle of his revived Caribbean tour. After stops in Grenada and Barbados, he is now scheduled to visit Dominica, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Belize and the Bahamas.
Although these are beautiful places to spend vacations, don’t think Minister Farrakhan and his delegation are sitting on the beach enjoying the sun. Rather he’s there to continue doing what he has done for over 57 years: Raise the mentally dead. During his stop in Barbados, Minister Farrakhan was asked several times by the media there about his controversial Saviours’ Day 2011 comments regarding singer Rihanna, who presently has the number 1 album in the country titled “Unapologetic.”
Although Minister Farrakhan’s intention was not to attack Rihanna, she responded to him via Twitter and thus a perceived beef was ignited by the media. A statement was made by a representative of Minister Farrakhan and I also wrote a blog in response to her misunderstanding. Minister Farrakhan is unapologetically in love with our people.
As soon as his feet touched the soil of Barbados, the media wanted to know why he critiqued Rihanna. He said he sees Rihanna like one of his grandchildren and that it was all "out of love."
On a Barbados radio station early Nov. 26, Minister Farrakhan engaged in a two-hour discussion with host David Ellis of Down to Brass Tacks on Voice of Barbados. Mr. Eills asked Minister Farrakhan to address his comments about Rihanna in the context of how women are portraying themselves throughout the world.
Minister Farrakhan said:
My Teacher, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s mission---in transforming the life of Black men and women in America and throughout the world—seventy-five (75) percent of that work is with the female. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us that no nation can rise any higher than its women. And he said that when you educate a man, you educate an individual. But when you educate a woman, you educate a nation. My dear Rihanna--and all of our young people--she’s such a beautiful woman with a beautiful voice and a very beautiful and shapely body. Show business today is not what show business was when I was coming up. Show business today is demonstrating not only the beauty of your voice, but in the beauty of your body, the type of costumes that they permit us to wear and the type of motion of our bodies, is a sexual motion.
When my mother used to teach the young girls around her, she had a saying ‘Keep your pocketbook closed’; which is saying to the woman that your knees should never open to a man except that man is worthy. The Bible says a virtuous woman is more valuable than silver and gold. So when we dance--and I’m speaking now of the female--and you open your knees wide in your dance, it suggests an invitation to any low-minded man that you are open for him. And today those who govern us, they want to lower the standard of respect for our women and our men. And so you find men today—I hate to hurt your feelings—but brothers, men, fathers having sex with their daughters; incest in families so that young girls grow up having been abused by men that they should honor and respect, but these are the men that are destroying their lives through sex.
And so I was hoping and praying that we could transform the music industry that our people would go forward in a more spiritual way. As the Bible says, “praise God with your song, with your dance. Praise Him on the string instrument, the harp, the symbol. Praise Him in the dance, but let everything be a praise of God.” And if God is at the center of our demonstration of a gift that He gave us then we should honor God by the way we perform our gift.It would be beautiful to see Rihanna accept this invitation from Minister Farrakhan, a man who is unapologetically in love with the rise our people. He has something that's more valuable than a platinum album, millions of fans, and material wealth: RIGHT GUIDANCE.
And that’s all I meant to say and I’m hoping that I will be blessed one day to meet my little sister Rihanna and let her know how much I love her and how much I love our artists and how much I want our artists to take a position that will give guidance to the young girls who look at them as idols and do exactly what they see the older ones do.
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