Thursday, March 31, 2011

Farrakhan delivers press conference on Libya policy of Obama administration


In a more than two hour press conference from Mosque Maryam, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan issued a divine, stern warning of God's chastisement and judgment on America to President Barack Obama and the U.S. government that America will never win the wars it is waging across the world.  

Min. Farrakhan said that is is hypocritical for America to claim that Leader Muammar Gaddafi must step down as the leader of Libya because of America's humanitarian concerns, when all across Africa - in the Congo, Rwanda, the Sudan, people have been and are being slaughtered, yet she has not stepped in.

Min. Farrakhan, the great defense attorney that he is (but he is more than that....believe it) listed the good works that Mr. Gaddafi has done, not just for the Libyan people, but he gave specifics on Mr. Gaddafi's charity to the Nation of Islam, and talked about the Libyan leader's shock over betrayal by leaders like French President Nicolas Sarkozy because he funded Sarkozy's election campaign.  Nonetheless, Sarkozy joined the US and her other European allies to go against the African leader and dropped the bombs on him.

I urge you to hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for yourself.  Go to:  www.finalcall.com and get your own personal copy of today's statement or any other that he has given that you desire.  Also visit www.noi.org.

Peace!

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Farrakhan to hold press conference addressing events in the Middle East and the Libya policy of the Obama administration 


For Immediate Release
March 29, 2011

Contact: Richard Muhammad, The Final Call 
Email: editor@finalcallnews.com
Cell: 773-512-9931

Farrakhan to hold press conference addressing events in the Middle East and the Libya policy of the Obama administration

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan will hold a press conference on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at Mosque Maryam, the international headquarters of the Nation of Islam located at 7351 S. Stony Island Avenue in Chicago, Illinois at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. (6:00 GMT)

Minister Farrakhan feels compelled to deliver a word of guidance and warning during this time of upheaval and trouble.

Minister Farrakhan watched with great interest and concern along with millions across the globe, President Barack Obama’s March 28 address from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He has also followed the recent comments of the Obama administration officials and advisors.

The press conference will be shown live via internet webcast at http://www.noi.org

All media are invited to attend and directly ask questions of Minister Farrakhan. Doors open for Media setup at 11:45 a.m.

For those media organizations interested in coverage, please go to www.finalcall.com/press

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Scenes from our March 26 evening with Jasiri X




Bro. Jasiri X travels the world, spreading his message of consciousness and unity and against injustice.  His latest stop was in Los Angeles, where he performed his song "American Workers vs. Multi-Billionaires before approximately 30,000 people at the Our Communities Our Jobs March and Rally.


Jasiri X,  Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and 
Mahlon Mitchell (President, Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin) 
(Photo by Tahir Jahi)


After the rally Bro. Jasiri and one of his business partners - real cool brother! - Tahir Jahi - came to the Sisters' Marketplace in Leimert Park to present his workshop, "How to Succeed in Hip-Hop Without Selling Your Soul."

PHENOMENAL is all I've got say but if you don't believe me, just ask the sisters and brothers who joined me.  Bro. Jasiri shared how he got into the business; how he believes he catapulted to a national success because he produces conscious music that deals with many social issues today, like police brutality, corporate corruption and greed, and the need for positive images of women and girls in music and videos.

I found out from Bro. Jasiri during my show featuring an interview with him on 90.7 FM/KPFK during our special coverage of the march and rally, we were playing his song over the air while he was actually performing it in Pershing Square.  You can listen to the show for about 90 days at www.kpfk.org/audioarchives.  It's under Some of Us Are Brave March 26, 1 pm slot.

I was very honored that our brother took time to come to Leimert Park after a long day of work already and share his knowledge with the community - for free!





Jasiri X and Dedon Kamathi


Many thanks to Sis. Aminah Muhammad and Bro. Larry Muhammad for the constant support and co-hosting my events and Bro. Dedon Kamathi, host of KPFK's Freedom Now for the steadfast solidarity.

I've been getting a lot of positive feedback; a lot of you because of how quickly this was put together couldn't be there and say you hate you missed him.  I'll let you know when Bro. Jasiri can come back and we can do this again - more notice next time.  I promise!

(all photos by Sis Charlene unless otherwise noted.)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Millions Raising Their Grandchildren in Poverty


Marquise Cormier and his devoted grandmother Kenny Jones



It had been years since I had first encountered a stellar Kenny Jones and her grandson Marquise Cormier at a local book tour for Black authors.  I, like many in the audience of writers, authors and celebrity guest speakers sat in amazement as we listened to the young boy explain his purpose in life and why he was not a problem child.  He was battling the notion that he belonged in special education classes and he'd even wrote a book to make his case.  

Marquise and his grandmother were on the speaking circuit and doing well. That's why when I was given the opportunity to collaborate with the ethnic media organization New America Media (www.newamericamedia.org) to write about children in poverty and began seeking human portraits of the crisis, I outright rejected the recommendation to interview Marquise and Ms. Jones.  "I've seen them...poverty?  Please!"  I told book publisher and radio talk show host Dr. Rosie Milligan, my first window into their vastly changed world.

I've learned a lot from hearing their stories about how their lives may have spiraled but their spirits continue to soar.  I'm eternally grateful for their sharing with me.


Child Prodigy and Grandmother Show Hidden Face of Poverty

LOS ANGELES--On the surface, Marquise Cormier seems like an average teenager—he’s happy, plays on his high school football team and likes going to parties. But underneath his 16-year-old shoulder pads is a weight of poverty and want brought on by the death of his grandfather and the severe illness of his grandmother.

To read full article:

Click here for Part 1 
http://newamericamedia.org/2011/03/child-prodigy-and-grandmother-show-hidden-face-of-poverty.php

Click here for Part 2 
http://newamericamedia.org/2011/03/millions-are-raising-their-grandkids-in-poverty.php

Thursday, March 3, 2011

** Blog Special ** Minister Farrakhan Responds To Rihanna



For approximately four hoursThe Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered a clear, precise, divine message to the world on current events - spiritual, political, social, cultural in nature.  Typically yet sadly, it is his brief reference to Hip Hop artist Rihanna that is being spread (and incorrectly).  I'm reposting Final Call Staff Writer Bro Jesse Muhammad's blog post (http://jessemuhammad.blogs.finalcall.com/) here so you can read/hear the Minister's words for yourself.  His words as usual have been taken out of context.


No Beef: Minister Farrakhan Responds To Rihanna Tweets About Grammy Outfit 


It's only been a few days since the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered his annual Saviours' Day keynote address on Feb. 27th at the Allstate Arena. As expected, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released its rebuttal of the Minister's phenomenal four hour message and the pundits have weighed in on what he saidregarding Muammar Gaddafi


Surprisingly, the largest "controversy" has involved music artist Rihanna, who posted two Twitter updates on her account responding to what she obviously interpreted as a "personal attack" from Minister Farrakhan during his speech. I went to read them for myself and took a screen shot of them. See below:




From there, myself and others tweeted at Rihanna, gossip bloggers, and Hip-Hop sites, inviting them to watch the full message by Minister Farrakhan because the enemy has taken advantage of this "controversy" for a bigger reason that most people cannot see. Minister Farrakhan has a history of ending beefs within Hip-Hop and is supremely loved by music artists across all generations. AllHipHop.com, headed by Chuck Creekmur and Grouchy Gregg, is a site that has always supported Minister Farrakhan and they stepped to the plate on March 2 to get an official response from Minister Farrakhan. We appreciate them!


Here is the story by Grandmaster Grouchy Greg Watkins and Nolan Strong titled: "Exclusive: Min. Farrakhan Responds To Rihanna Tweets About Grammy Outfit"


(AllHipHop News) Minister Louis Farrakhan has been instrumental in resolving a variety of Hip-Hop beefs over the years, between rappers like 50 Cent, Ja Rule Beanie Sigel, Jadakiss, Common and Ice Cube.

Now, Minister Farrakhan is squashing a growing divide between himself and R&B singer Rihanna, over comments he made about her Grammy outfits during his annual Savior's Day speech from Rosemont, Illinois on Sunday (February 27th), that was webcast around the world. 

"I saw my beautiful sister the other night at the Grammy awards. Rihanna. My poor sister, she’s dressed almost like -with a pair of draws. And she got her legs wide open and just grinding away," Minister Farrakhan said during a portion of his annual speech. 

In response, Rihanna tweeted to over 3 million followers: "A minister says I perform filthy, sat + watched the filth, then called u SWINE for doin the same! Haa, Is that judgment in ur tone? I certainly don't think u are swine! But a holy man of God does!!!"

A representative for Minister Farrakhan and longstanding member of the Nation of Islam told AllHipHop.com that Minister Louis Farrakhan would never disrespect Rihanna. 

"He would never say such about Rihanna herself, the person," a direct representative for Minister Louis Farrakhan told AllHipHop.com. "It was not the person, it was the general act and what it represents."

To prove his point Minister Farrakhan provided a transcript and video of his comments about Rihanna's outfit, which was fodder for numerous media outlets, including Billboard, The Huffington Post, The Guardian and others.

"The full text is offered, here, so that any evil or any ill- intended misrepresentation of his words regarding our Sister, Rihanna, would not incite our Sister or those who love her to respond negatively to the continuous effort to bring respect and the uplifting of our people," the rep told AllHipHop.com.

Text and video is below: 

“…When the Mahdi (Reformer) comes, he kills the swine. It doesn't mean he just goes around killing pigs, but the demon in you is akin to the behavior of a swine. Now listen. Just see if it fits. Try it on. If it don't fit, it aint you (colloquial language for humor).


Swine love filth. How about you?"


"I saw my beautiful sister the other night at the Grammy awards. Rihanna. My poor sister, she’s dressed almost like -with a pair of draws. And she got her legs wide open and just grinding away.


“Ahhh, look at Rihanna, Go on, girl”


If that didn't revolt you, you're beginning to be a swine. When you can sit down and listen to somebody and every 3rd word is you “m-f” this. And they start talking about the act that is done in private and they bring it out in the public and make (it) so low down and filthy ; and you’re sitting there laughing at a filthy damn joke and then the next day you go to church and sing in the choir, you’re a swine.. Swine love filth. How about you?"






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