Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, A Healing for the Bay

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan turned up the heat this week during his visit to the Bay Area to give guidance and instructions to the community seeking  justice for Oscar Grant, III. and for the countless victims of police brutality and Black-on-Black crime across the country.

Min. Farrakhan began the week's activities on Monday by celebrating the life Sis. Shahidah Muhammad, who passed away on February 7.  The Believers' prayers are with her husband, Bro. Abdul Rabb Muhammad, their children, and family.

On Tuesday, Min. Farrakhan was the special guest speaker at a leadership meeting at True Vine Ministries, pastored by Rev. Zachary E. Carey.  And that evening, he was the guest speaker at the I Am Oscar Grant Town Hall Meeting at the Olivet Institutional Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. Gordon Humphrey.

(Photos by  Victor Muhammad:  Min. Farrakhan addresses Bay Area leadership at True Vine Ministries Feb. 17)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Spirit Speaks

Sudonna Moss Logan is a very special lady.  Whether you’ve known her for a lifetime or met her just yesterday, your encounter is bound to be warm, gracious, sincere, and above all, spiritual.  

I love the way that the congregation at Wayman AME Church describes their First Lady on its website (   Her husband, Rev. Dr. Lewis E. Logan, III. is the newly-appointed pastor there): 

Our First Lady, Sudonna Moss Logan, is an anointed leader blessed with an intrinsic aptitude for moral and spiritual understanding.  This innate gift galvanizes her vision to build capacity within individuals and partnerships to enhance God’s people.  With a heart for empowerment, Lady Sudonna has a long-standing, active history of involvement with community activities.  She is celebrated for taking the lead in Christian service and missions.  Her ministry is marked by an impressive presence and a positive and significant reputation.


Well, through The Spirit Speaks, that ministry is about to take women on a journey to a place where they can be their best. 

The Spirit Speaks is an annual women’s retreat filled with workshops, group sharing time, reflections and meditation.  I interviewed First Lady Moss Logan about the retreat, which is scheduled for June 5-7, 2009 at the Alhatti Private Christian Resort in Idyllwild, CA.

Sis. Charlene Muhammad (SCM):  How did The Spirit Speaks Ministry come about and when was your first retreat?

First Lady Sudonna Moss Logan (SML): In December of 2006 I went on a medical mission trip to Southern Africa.  Upon my return I had a scheduled Myomectomy (for removal of Uterine Fibroids).  Usually, I'm always on the go; however, my theme for the month of January 2007 (because of the surgery) was convalesce.  I was forced to be still.  As I sat, one day, the Lord said write down what I say.  I wrote down everything and from that the retreat developed.  It was probably the happiest I had been in a long time.  Initially, coming to Los Angeles in the Fall of 2001, I didn't feel I would have anything to offer.  I didn't think anyone would want to hear anything I had to say or need anything I could give.  Again, I was so happy and thus the name "The Spirit Speaks" because He had spoken to me. 

SCM:  Judging from the agenda ( this is set to be a well-rounded, well-planned event that intends to focus completely on the well-rounded woman of God - mind, body and soul.  How will you pull all of this together for such an affordable registration fee of $250; and that includes lodging?!

SML: The registration fee covers registration processing, materials, lodging, and meals for the weekend and entrance into all general sessions.  Grace stretches that $250.00.

SCM:  Does one have to be of the Christian faith to attend and enjoy the retreat?

SML:  No.  Diversity delivers vitality.  We are more alike than we are different.  Collectively and concurrently in the midst of personal and economic struggles and a changing political landscape our communities can be strengthened when we are strengthened.  This retreat offers that conduit. 

SCM:  What inspired your “Back to Balance” theme?

SML:   Women do so much for so many on an on-going daily is easy to become out of sync.  The retreat is designed to focus on bringing ourselves authentically Back to Balance beyond the retreat weekend.  Everything is centered on that theme -- the location, the speakers, the presenters, the workshops, the seminars, the various therapies offered, the 'down time' -- to Replenish, Rejuvenate, Recreate, Revitalize & Regenerate.

SCM:  Sounds fabulous!  I’ve got to get there.  What is the age range for attendees and do you foresee a similar event for teenage girls or even pre-teens in the future?

SML: There are no age restrictions.  In years past the attendees have ranged between 25-74.  Yes, The Spirit Speaks has been considering offering day conferences across the country for girls and young women.

SCM:  What is the deadline for the registration deposit and final date for full payment?

SML:  The Spirit Speaks is so unique in its payment options -- we have LAY-AWAY...we appreciate your attendance and patronage.  There is no deadline for the registration deposit, however, it is a true retreat center and space is limited (120 person total occupancy).  A $50.00 deposit is required to reserve cottages -- double, triple and quad occupancy available.  We would request May 25th all payments completed.

SCM:  What is your desire for the sisters who attend?

SML:  The love and grace of God is the base from which everything flows.  The retreat is a powerful opportunity to give God room to do whatever He needs to do in our individual lives.  My personal hope is that whatever my Sisters stand in need or desire of they will leave the mountaintop with renewed revelation. 

SCM:  Thank you.

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Grant Files 5

Blogger’s note: The following is a brief update on the Bart police murder of 22-year father and mentor Oscar Grant III.

Former Bart officer Johannes Mehserle was released from jail on Friday after
posting $250,000 of his $3 million bail and turning in his guns.

Two days before his release, Atty. John Burris, his family’s attorney, filed a $1.5 million claim against Bart and Mehserle on behalf of five others who were with Grant on News Years Day.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Keeping Native Traditions Alive

Hector Perez Pacheco of the Harmony Keepers Warrior Society greets  Student Minister Tony Muhammad at Muhammad Mosque #27 February 8.

Hector Perez Pacheco is no stranger to the Nation of Islam and Muhammad Mosque #27.  This morning, at Mosque 27, he detailed the relationship between his people and Muslim followers of the Most Honorable Elijah and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan began and invited the Muslims to one of their Sacred Ceremonies:


First, I must thank Min. Tony and Min. Wazir and all of the brothers and sisters that I have been in the presence of for this past 20 years.  Our warrior society, we started within the mosque on Western.  We didn’t have a place to meet.  Min. Wazir opened up the place and said come and meet here.  From that initial meeting on Western, we started establishing ourselves throughout Los Angeles.


I just wanted to thank the Nation of Islam for always being there for us.  Thank you.


Three weeks ago, in Washington, D.C.  The Chiefs from Canada came and asked if we could protect them.  As a warrior society that we are, we went to protect these Chiefs.  Sixteen came.  There were seven of us that came from Los Angeles.


We were marching in the snow.  Cold.  Very cold.  There were brothers that were alongside of us and brothers that were driving the cars.  And I can go on with 20 years of stories.  A mosque, a study group, anywhere in this country, when we’ve come to them for their assistance and support, they have always been there.


“Brother Hector, what do you need?  How can we help?  What can we do to help the people?”  I just want to say thank you Min. Tony and Min. Wazir and the Nation of Islam.


This year marks the fourth Sacred Run of the Four Directions.  The designated locations are Long Beach, Marina Del Rey, Northridge and Pomona.  Indigenous peoples, the caretakers of the native lands, are in each of these locations.


Starting with a Sunrise Ceremony on April 18 at 6:00 A.M., participants will simultaneous run into different communities - old village sites and sacred sites - where there are misguided conflicts between the communities. 


“All of the elders are gathering and it’s important for us to join and build our communities, our people, and reach out to our youth.  We need to do this globally as well as locally,” Bro. Hector said.


Friday, February 6, 2009

The Honorable Minister Farrakhan - A Light Shines in the West

In next week's Final Call...

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan spent a few days in Los Angeles last week, primarily to attend the Celebration of Life for his dear friend and violin teacher, Maestro Charles Veal, Jr., who transitioned to the ancestors on January 23. 

Minister Farrakhan gave a very special tribute to Maestro Veal, and all who witnessed this gift would testify it was a very special moment.  

Find out what his tribute was in next week's Final Call.

I was very humbled and blessed to be able to greet the Minister back stage at the Nate
Holden Performing Arts Center.  (Thanks for the clearance Bro. Sultan!)  Special thanks also to photographer Malcolm Ali (shot the above pic of me and Min. Farrakhan) and Final Call intern, Angelita Muhammad, who helped to keep us both on point.

Min. Farrakhan addresses believers at Muhammad Mosque #27 as Western Region Student Minister Tony Muhammad stands by.

Mosque #27 was standing room only.  Thanks to the FOI who gave up their seats for the MGT to enjoy the Minister's visit comfortably.  I almost got a photo of the brothers stretched around the corner but just as I was headed out, the Minister and his team was headed in.  Needless to say, I cut and ran back to my seat.