Sunday, March 17, 2013

Farrakhan Speaks! The Time and What Must Be Done, Pt. 10

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is absolutely doing everything he can to save our lives.  He just aired the 10th installment of his 52-week lecture series, "The Time and What Must Be Done."  And fresh off a Caribbean tour with speaking engagements in Belize and the Bahamas, he's criss-crossing the world and the country to warn, guide and encourage our people, people of America and the world on how to escape the chastisement of God.

Since February, when he delivered his powerful address "Muhammad's Economic Blueprint: Ending Poverty and Want" during the Nation of Islam's annual Saviours' Day Convention, he's also spoken at Saint Sabinah Church in Chicago, to students in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and yesterday, at Tuskegee University.  God is not to come.  He is present, Min. Farrakhan warns.  But, there's a small, very small window of opportunity through repentance and immediate corrective action for all who would hear him, the lawful captive and the prey.

Here is the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan with part 10, which will be available until next Saturday.

Pt. 11 of "The Time and What Must Be Done" airs Saturday March 23 at 6 p.m. CST on  Please, tell a friend!  Dialogue about it on social media, but in the best manner, without vitriol or hate.

Peace, SCM

Friday, March 8, 2013

Enjoyable Evening at New America Media Ethnic Media Awards 2013

Tonight New America Media and the Los Angeles Multicultural Leadership Network honored excellence in journalism in ethnic media with special recognition for inter-ethnic coverage.

Yours truly and The Final Call were honored for our story on mothers whose children have been murdered, either in gang violence or at the hands of brutal police officers.

Full story:  ("Mother love conquers adversity").

As a fellow honoree said tonight, it is awkward receiving an award for telling a story about someone senselessly murdered (in my story's case, the mothers left to grieve), but I take solace in knowing the recognition helps to spread these mothers' stories and the overall problem of violence in our community across racial, ethnic and generational lines.  My prayer is God-willing soon, we can begin to write about the decline of these murders due to these mothers' tireless efforts and growing movement.

In their honor, I received the award with these brief words:

Photo of my husband Ali and I by:

These were taken by Ali and by Ryan Macasero (The FilAm), Emerging Youth Voices Award Winner:

                                                        NAM's Suzanne Manneh and I

                                Me, NAM Executive Director Sandy Close, NAM's Julian Do

Mistresses of Ceremony NAM Awards Chair/News Anchor Odette Keeley and 89.3 KPCC multi-award winning journalist Patt Morrison

                                   New America Media Ethnic Media Partnership Founders

Peace, Sis. Charlene

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Proud Mama! L.A. Jr. MGT-Vanguard Debut at SD2013 Drill Competition!

I'm a proud mama.  Yes!  I am.

When the little chocolate drop - Akeila Ra'eesah Mariam Muhammad - was born, and all while I carried her, I prayed she would be a mini-me in terms of her loving Allah (Master Fard Muhammad), His Christ (The Honorable Elijah Muhammad) and their Messenger, Last Guide, Last Warner, Last Chance (The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan) to us in the world today.  And I prayed she would be a strong participant in and contributor to our Nation, whatever that meant for her.

Thank Allah those prayers are being answered in my lifetime.  Ra'eesah is doing well in her MGT studies.  She's finding her light in Islam.  And she and other Jr. MGT-Vanguard at Muhammad Mosque #27/Los Angeles have braved the deep waters of the Saviours' Day Drill Competition and survived! LOL.

                                                    (l-r:  Asia Muhammad, Ra'eesah Muhammad, Kaliyah Muhammad)

This year they wanted to participate and the budding squad, who'd only ever drilled together for all of about 2 months, and with the staunch backing and support of their parents, Student Western Region MGT-GCC Captain Arisah Muhammad, their drill instructor Sis. Valerie Muhammad (and her default /lol/ assistant Sis. Angelita Muhammad), Student Vanguard Lt. Khalillah Muhammad, and the MGT Class, they went for it and worked hard.

They prayed, practiced and produced!!

                             (l-r:  Khairah Rose Muhammad, Makkah Muhammad, Kaliyah Muhammad, Asia Muhammad)

Though typically very shy (her friends would say 'yeah, right!') the jr. sisters chose Ra'eesah to be their DI (drill instructor), and Dezja Muhammad as the 2nd DI.  Although Dezja's mic malfunctioned for pretty much all of the drill, she still came strong with the voice.   Also, did you know:  these sisters have a mean stomp but their boot heels were rubber so the thunder didn't really carry throughout the ballroom? tra--aa--gg--eee-dy the comedian says - lol.

                                                                                   Akeila Ra'eesah Muhammad

I was very nervous when it was time for them to take the stage.  But for naught.  They did it.  They completed their mission and ranked 3rd place in the fiercest military drill competition in the land:  the Nation of Islam's Annual Saviours' Day Drill Competition.

Congratulations:  Chicago Jr. MGT-Vanguard - 1st Place, and Atlanta - 2nd Place!!

// I'm plugging photographer friends now for beautiful pics of Chicago and Atlanta to post. //

I'm a very proud mama and auntie.

Congratulations to all of the drill teams, MGT and FOI.

And Congratulations to Raeesah, Dezja, Kaliyah, Lexi, Makkah, Nisa, Khairah, Asia (And Aatallah - Didn't make it to SD but There in Spirit)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan says we should do: you wanted something; you envisioned it; and you went to work to get it.

All Praise Is Due To Allah!  May He bless you to carry your experience with you throughout your lives.

Love, Mom/Sis Charlene

                             Muhammad Mosque 27-Western Region Headquarters Jr. MGT-Vanguard 2013 Drill Team

Drill photos courtesy of Brother Hannibal Photography.

Thank you Brother Hannibal for supporting and sharing - Always!!!!

  Want a treat?  Order the SD2013 Drill Competition DVD!

Monday, March 4, 2013

My Saviours' Day 2013 Chronicles

                                                             In The Name Of Allah, The Beneficent. The Merciful.

“We’re more than what people think that we are.  The Minister is so much more than what they think he is!”
                                                                                    Sirlena Smith, first time Saviours Day guest

                                                                 Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
                                                                 (photo courtesy of

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s keynote address, “Muhammad’s Economic Blueprint:  Ending Poverty and Want,” was the absolute highlight of my Saviours’ Day 2013 mental, physical and spiritual journey.

As with his 52-week lecture series, “The Time and What Must Be Done” (, now in its 8th installment, Min. Farrakhan’s keynote address for Saviours’ Day is filled with guidance that means either life or death for listeners if his message is heeded or ignored.  Not to be misunderstood:  I’m clear that any word he’s spoken and is speaking, including his recent message at St. Sabinah Catholic Church in Chicago, his message from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and currently, his messages being distributed on his current Caribbean tour, are all very significant and we must pay very close attention to the warnings and instructions in each of them.

So, I am still studying his Saviours’ Day address.  I am still on Part 1 of the 2 disc dvd.

I’m grateful that Allah blessed, allowed, my family and I to be in number with the Muslims and guests from throughout the world for our Saviours’ Day Convention.  Each year we honor the birth (Feb. 26, 1877) of our Saviour, Master W. Fard Muhammad, who is now 136 years old.  This year also marks the Nation of Islam’s 83rd year of existence in North America. 

Master Fard Muhammad raised up the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who immediately went to work to help get His people. We had been robbed of our name, language, religion.  And Master Fard Muhammad made for him a helper in Minister Louis Farrakhan.

Min. Farrakhan has been faithful, steadfast, diligent, sacrificial, obedient, loving, studious - I can’t think of enough words to really accurately describe what this divine man has been doing and is still doing for not just Black people of America and the world, but for humanity.

Master Fard Muhammad                       
                          Honorable Elijah Muhammad

I’ve said all that to say during one of my first assignments for The Final Call Newspaper’s coverage of SD2013, I met Sirlena Smith, this beautiful sister from Atlantic City, N.J. Just look at her smile!!

Unbeknownst to her, she really helped set the tone for my entire convention experience and I am grateful to Allah for her and thank her for sharing her words and her spirit with me.  Usually there's so much effort to be at, work through and soak in Saviours' Day.  But this year was totally different.  So easy.  So pleasant, overall.  (Proper Handling of People is an every day lesson for all of us.)  But it just flowed for me.  I’m thankful to Student Western Region MGT-GCC Captain Arisah Muhammad for sending Student First Lt. Darquel Muhammad to let me know this sister was present.

So I begin my Saviours’ Day 2013 Chronicles with this very impromptu, unedited video interview with Ms. Sirlena Smith because it reminds me, this is what it’s all about.  Nevermind my theatrics, my emotional excitement, and my sometimes speechlessness, okay!  LOL!!

I know you might be thinking:  "Wow! SD2013 is over.  She's late!"  But it's not.  Saviours' Day is every day.  Plus, I work to help capture the moments for The Final Call and sometimes run out of time to post pics and videos, but what Allah did bless me to see, hear, feel, I will share it here.
Just another note:  At a time when people are being made afraid to embrace the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, and staying away purely out of ignorance or envy and jealously, Ms. Smith, who has never been to a Nation Of Islam mosque meeting, nor Saviours’ Day before, came to be with us.  And like Master Fard Muhammad, she came alone. 

If her words inspire you as much as they inspire me, please share them.

Thank you.  Happy Saviours' Day!  And Peace! 

Sister Charlene
Your Sister and Servant

Related links:

Minister Louis Farrakhan:  "It's All in Our Hands!"

The Time and What Must Be Done

Unity, progress and a bright future

We can end poverty

Black Scholarship Unchained!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


We arrived to Chicago today, ready to work, learn, fellowship, be renewed, and most importantly, receive the divine message from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.  His annual keynote address is entitled "Muhammad's Economic Blueprint:  Ending Poverty and Want." (visit

Making it here is major but also half the effort.  "Being" here is the real challenge.

I'm going to meditate and pray for focus and success so it isn't all one big blur.

This is all I want to say right now.

Let's Go!  Happy Saviours' Day 2013!!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Farrakhan Speaks: 'The Time and What Must Be Done'

In New Year’s Day interview, Minister announces 52-week lecture series
by Richard Muhammad - Editor -

CHICAGO ( - In a wide-ranging year end interview, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan offered analysis of the year that was and insight into what is to come in 2013. He also announced an historic 52-week series of messages, “The Time and What Must Be Done,” which will officially begin January 12 and be available via the Internet, YouTube, cable access television, radio and on DVD.

Among the issues and topics addressed were concerns about the misuse of entertainment and culture, the serious implications of the popular movie Django Unchained in the current racial climate, rising violence in a society spinning out of control, challenges facing President Obama, international affairs and the Nation of Islam minister’s continued effort to reach Black youth.

Min. Farrakhan, in answering a question, encouraged single Black mothers to stand firm on solid spiritual and moral ground in raising their sons. Meanwhile, he said, the efforts to remake Black men properly to care for their women and children must be dramatically increased.

“The New Year should be a time of deep reflection and commitment, praying that God will help us go through this year and bring us safely into the next,” said Min. Farrakhan, in a New Year’s Day roundtable discussion conducted by the editor of The Final Call, assistant editor Ashahed Muhammad, and staff writer Starla Muhammad at the newspaper’s offices.

“We intend for the next 52 weeks to deal with the subject that was given by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, The Time and What Must Be Done. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad finished his time among us with a series of lectures called the Theology of Time. And we in this time want our people to understand that time is the yardstick that judges our actions,” said Min. Farrakhan.

“If we understand that we are supposed to be free men and women, then we must not act as slaves, that as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught me is not good subject and verb agreement. We are in the present and our actions should not be of the past mentality of a slave who sits around begging others, ‘give me,’ ‘give me,’ ‘give me,’ ‘give me.’ No. I’m free now; let me do something for myself. But you (America) should help us—because we gave you all that we had, 310 years of chattel slavery, 150 years as a free slave. We built the economy of the South that fueled the industrial revolution of the North. We fought in every war that America has had, not for our freedom, but for America’s freedom and for the freedom of others who came to America and found the American Dream and built it on the nightmare of Black existence. It’s time now for the Black man and woman to realize it’s on us to make a future for ourselves, and our children and our unborn generations. And I will be doing everything I can in this year to provide that guidance but I am telling you as the Qur’an says, ‘By the time surely man is in loss, except those who believe and do good and enjoin one another to truth and enjoin one another to patience.’ The time will judge our actions and if our actions are not correspondent to the time we will continue down the road of intense regret over great loss.”

The full interview will be available on Saturday, January 5, at 6 p.m CST at