Tuesday, January 3, 2012

**Extended Blog Coverage ** FACT, FICTION AND BLACK WOMEN: The Nikki Minaj, Rihanna, and Beyonce Factors

The Final Call Current Edition
"Fact, Fiction & Black Women"

I remember the moment clearly. I had just gotten checked and was sitting in the mosque, talking to sisters about how we were blessed and excited to be out for our national webcast. We were more excited because we were early and got a chance to fellowship. I get a very energetic, we can do anything spirit when I’m among my fellow sisters and I marvel at our diversity, yet similar character traits that make Black women so beautiful and strong.

Hold up! I can hear you already. “Women of all races are beautiful and strong, Sis. Charlene.” Indeed they are, but I’m talking about Black women right now and the very disturbing, historic pattern of Western media: how it manipulates our images, and how people outside of Black ethnicity tend to believe because of its negative portrayals, we are all alike.

I’m not eluding to an “us” versus “them” kind of we are better than illusion, because when our sister is down, so are we, if we understand. I’m saying obviously, we are not all alike but because of society’s negative portrayal of Black women, others outside of ourselves tend to believe what they see and are told, and that’s more of the negative, manufactured images of the sisters, rather than the positive. And those positive images are just as prevalent, yet ignored.

Oh, oh! Back to the moment...Well, I received a text from The Final Call’s Editor-in-Chief, Richard Muhammad. I’d been assigned to write about the images of Black women. I love writing about Black women and any chance I get to help tell the truth about who and what we really are.

Most of my excitement came from brainstorming right then and there a list of intelligent, loving, committed, feminine, fierce, warrior women. They work every day to improve the conditions of their people and I had an excuse to call them up and hear their voices up close! I was honored that they answered The Final Call’s request to weigh in on this topic.

Over the next 10 days, I’ll share Inshallah (God-willing) more of the interviews with 10 sources for the article.

Dr. Ava Muhammad

"There is a class issue in the Black community that’s very powerful and it’s almost as debilitating as the color problem in terms of what it has done to damage our relations with one another." Dr. Ava Muhammad

Dr. Ava Muhammad, Nation of Islam Student Minister and attorney begins my series of interviews by answering the question, what is fact and fiction surrounding Black women and their images.

(Oh, all of the interviews were conducted by phone and any audio clips I may post with or in lieu of text will be raw and unedited, and you may hear keys tapping in the background --LOL).

Her full interview in four parts:

Connect with Minister Ava here:

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