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