FULL REPLAY: Farrakhan Speaks – “Separation Or Death” was last modified: October 17th, 2017 by BJ Blog Staff
The 22nd Anniversary of the historic Million Man March/Holy Day of Atonement observance will be held in Newark, New Jersey. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, the National Representative of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and The Nation of Islam, is scheduled to deliver the closing keynote on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Newark Symphony Hall. According to the Nation of Islam’s website and social media postings, the title of his address will be “Separation or Death”. The message will be carried live via webcast at 2pm EST at https://www.noi.org/webcast
On Saturday, September 30th, Muhammad Mosque No. 45 and Queendom Come, Inc. of Houston, Texas hosted “Hip Hop Healing After Harvey, a relief effort for one of many communities effected by Hurricane Harvey. This effort was sponsored by T.I. and Russell Simmons, and their desire was to serve the women, especially single mothers and their children. Below is the video footage of that day that involved multiple groups of volunteers, other Hip Hop artists, spiritual leaders and trauma professionals that came together as one! The expression of LOVE and SERVICE ran deep. The work is far from over, but we are emboldened and fueled to keep going! A special thank you to Wendi J. Turner and her organization Hope Over Hurt, the National Black United Front, Deric Muhammad, the members of Philly Journey To Houston who also brought donations and volunteered their time to serve. #HoustonStrong
(Photos also by H2H Magazine, Queedom Come, Inc. & Eric Muhammad)
The Nation of Islam-Muhammad Mosque No. 45 & Queendom Come Inc. Presents, “Hip Hop Healing After Harvey.” This is a Women’s Relief Event, sponsored by Rapper T.I. and Russell Simmons. We will service Women and children affected by the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Please join us this Saturday, as we work together help our communities heal.
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Philadelphia Eagles players, owner Jeffrey Lurie, center right, Eagles’ President Don Smolenski, second from left, and a Philadelphia police officer, third from left, stand for the national anthem before an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sept. 24, in Philadelphia. Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins raises his fist next to Lurie. Photos: AP/Wide World photos
(L) New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandon Coleman kneels in protest during the National Anthem. (R) Buffalo Bills players take a knee during the National Anthem in protest.
Protecting rights or profits? NFL owners on bended knee
Generally speaking, sports are seen as apolitical. Certainly, professional athletes and team owners have their own individual views and embrace political ideologies that don’t always align, but both parties can usually find a common goal in their desire to compete and win for their organizations, cities and fans.
Since being elected president, it’s become almost a weekly occurrence that Donald Trump says something that is attention grabbing that gets people talking. Mr. Trump has a knack—and a penchant—for getting under people’s skin with his abrasive rhetoric that has driven the wedge in the relationship between Black and White people in America, even deeper.
Since taking a knee during the National Anthem more than a year ago, Colin Kaepernick has consistently been on the radar of Donald Trump, and even more so now that athletes in the NFL, and in other sports leagues, have begun taking a knee in support of the movement started by Mr. Kaepernick.
At a September reelection rally for Alabama Senator Luther Strange, Mr. Trump took another shot at Mr. Kaepernick, and others, in front of an all-White audience that seemed to hang on his every word.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son-of-a-bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired!’ ” Mr. Trump said to rousing applause. “You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s gonna say, ‘That guy disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it. They don’t know it. They’re friends of mine, many of them. They don’t know it. They’ll be the most popular person, for a week. They’ll be the most popular person in the country.”
Buffalo Bills fullback Mike Tolbert leaves the field after working out prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sept. 24, in Orchard Park, N.Y.
The very next day, in a series of tweets, Mr. Trump attacked Stephen Curry, star of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors basketball team. It is customary, after a team wins a championship, to visit the White House and deliver a personalized jersey to the sitting president. However, Mr. Curry has publicly stated on several occasions that because he does not agree with the politics of Donald Trump, causing the president to rescind the invitation via Twitter—the very same day that as a team, the Warriors were planning to discuss whether or not they wanted to make the trip.
Both incidents created an uproar within the sports world—as well as the White House recently calling for the firing of Black female ESPN sports personality Jemele Hill for tweets calling Mr. Trump a White supremacist.
But the president’s Alabama tirade seemed to ignite special, widespread criticism, a call for solidarity with players under the hashtag #TakeTheKnee. Despite outward shows of togetherness, the question must be asked: What are we showing solidarity for? NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, in a statement regarding Mr. Trump’s comments, called them “divisive.”
The Pittsburgh Steelers, coached by Mike Tomlin, a Black man, stayed in the locker room while the National Anthem was being sung prior to their game against the Chicago Bears. Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, locked arms with his players on the sidelines on Sunday as a show of support. The irony here was 28 of the NFL’s 32 owners, all donated money to the Trump campaign, including Mr. Snyder who gave $1 million initially, and another $100,000 after Mr. Trump won.
DeMaurice Smith, the Black executive director of the NFL Players Union, said, “This union will never back down when it comes to protecting the constitutional rights of our players as citizens, as well as their safety as men who compete in a game that exposes them to great risks.”
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Attorneys in the case of a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of the widow of Nation of Islam Student Minister Robert Dion Muhammad were back in court recently presenting additional motions in front of the judge who will ultimately decide if there is enough information to proceed to a jury trial. (See Final Call Vol. 36, No. 48).
One critical decision made during the mid-September hearing by Judge J. John Rossi was the scheduling of an upcoming November court date when both sides will present their final arguments. However, Judge Rossi made it clear that he would not promise a ruling on that day.
The Sept. 14 hearing was less intense compared to three weeks earlier when Judge Rossi at the Kent County Circuit Court ruled on several critical motions over an arduous and sometimes tense two-day period.
“The rulings (today) kind of dealt with how we would proceed forward. The three motions that we filed, one of them was a Motion to Reconsider the Motion to Amend. That’s a very substantive motion which there will be a written order for that. Today was a procedural type day that did not require a lot of fireworks,” said Atty. Berve Power Muhammad who along with Atty. Sadiyah Evangelista Karriem represent Yreva Muhammad, wife of Robert Muhammad.
The body of what would have been the 40th birthday of the husband and father of eight was pulled from Muskegon Lake in Grand Rapids on Sept. 6, 2014 after he went on an outing with co-workers. Mrs. Muhammad, her legal team as well as several members of Robert Muhammad’s family and supporters, do not think his death was an accident as authorities have claimed, but that several of his co-workers had something to do with what happened that fateful day leading to his death. There are at least six different law firms representing eight co-workers named in the lawsuit.
Mrs. Muhammad’s legal team filed three motions requesting that Judge Rossi reconsider his late August rulings that went against the plaintiff on three key issues, one of which was to amend their original complaint filed because of new and critical information that could lead to clues and more information about what really happened to Robert Muhammad. The judge previously denied several plaintiff’s motions including the inclusion of testimony by an aquatics expert. The motions to reconsider provide an opportunity for the judge to review the requests again.
Judge Rossi said he would make his rulings on the plaintiff’s motions known in writing and would not hear oral arguments from attorneys on either side. It is up to the judge’s discretion on when he will make a decision on the motions to reconsider, explained Atty. Power Muhammad.
Judge Rossi also scheduled upcoming dates for the defense attorneys for parties in the lawsuit to file their summary disposition for their arguments, for Mrs. Muhammad’s attorneys to respond and for the defense to then reply to those responses.
“The one thing that I am very pleased about is that we have a firm schedule for our response and we can plan in advance for the hearing on the 7th because other than having a preset schedule, it would be whenever the defense counsel would decide that they wanted to have it set for hearing and you have to conform and that’s why our Motion for 28 Days to Respond,” explained Atty. Power Muhammad.
“The hearing could have been set 10 days after they filed the motion. … I could have motioned for more time but the point is this give us an opportunity to structure our time to officially respond to what will be filed.”
Defense attorneys have argued the lawsuit is frivolous and that the death of Robert Muhammad, who served as Study Group Coordinator for the Nation of Islam in Grand Rapids, was a tragic accident. Three additional minor motions defense attorneys were set to present on Sept. 14, were resolved with Mrs. Muhammad’s attorneys prior to the hearing.
Today was just another step in the process, said Atty. Evangelista Karriem. “We believe that we will continue to be the victors in this. It’s just a process of a civil wrongful death suit,” she said.
“We continue to press forward. This is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. We have to wait on Allah for justice and be patient in the process.”
LANDOVER, Md.—Presented by the Reverend Willie Wilson as a hybrid angel sent by God, a cross between the angel Gabriel, a messenger and Michael a warrior, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered the eulogy for ‘Baba’ Dick Gregory. Emanating a warrior’s spirit with a sincere message calling for those in attendance to grow to where Mr. Gregory had, the Minister shared what made the humanitarian, comedian and ‘living legend’ such a special human being during a homegoing service that drew thousands.
The “Celebrating The Life Of A Legend Dick Gregory” tribute held in the spacious and beautiful City of Praise Family Ministries located in Landover, Md. located across the street from Fed Ex Field, home of the National Football League’s Washington team whom Mr. Gregory in solitary with Native Americans battled to change the franchises insulting and racist ‘nickname’ over the years. The celebration took place on September 16.
The six-hour-plus service was put into context by Rev. Wilson during his introduction of Minister Farrakhan when he said, “you can’t have a short celebration for such a tall man.” With the introduction complete, Minister Farrakhan went right to work.
Talking about Mr. Gregory’s multifaceted life and reflecting on the various speakers, he characterized Mr. Gregory as a diamond. Minister Farrakhan opened his eulogy stating the light shined on that diamond, in every direction a different color containing all the colors of the sun. “His heart and mind were always on justice not only for Black people but on all. When Dick was around you better learn to listen,” the Minister explained. “He had us laughing, but he was not a comedian, his jokes filled with wisdom.”
Minister Farrakhan went on to explain that although Mr. Gregory had a Christian and Muslim family, he never joined an organized religion as such. “He was so far beyond dogma and ritual,” the Minister pointed out. “I would love to hear Dick talk about the real God. The universal God. Dick had grown and outgrown the negativity and divisiveness and denominationalism of sectarian religion. So, he wanted us to grow to where he was.”
“When asked one day by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad when he was going to join the Nation he responded I just want to tell jokes and make Black folks glad and White folks mad,” Min. Farrakhan shared.
Dick Gregory could always be found with the common man and the common women, elevating their thinking. Few people operated from his level. He was always with people but yet alone,” he noted.
The astute Minister went on to explain the Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught him that in the vastness of space there are black holes that produce new stars. We have stars in the heavens who have died but their light is still traveling, stars of immense beauty. Our brother always kept his eye on the universe. He would say, “and the universe stepped in.”
What did he mean by that Minister Farrakhan asked? “You see the God who created all of this; you cannot pigeonhole him into some mess that you call religion,” he continued.
“We are so immature in our religious expression, favoring one denomination above the other. These are satanic expressions, things that break up the human family and cause the people of God to argue and fight when the reality is we all belong to the oneness of that universal creator.”
Minister Farrakhan went on to explain how organized religion limits you. He explained, “in the Holy Qur’an it teaches if the seas were ink and the trees pens you could never exhaust the wisdom of God. Through the process of life and death, we evolved towards perfection. So, our brother Dick Gregory knew God in his special way.”
In acknowledging Mr. Gregory’s wife Lillian, he characterized her as a helpmeet. “One who helps a man meet the obligation that God has put on him. A man who does not know who he is or where he wants to go does not need a woman. A woman is to help you achieve the goal that God has given you for your life. Lillian was not only his wife, but she helped him to meet the expectation that the creator gave to that man. He wasn’t looking for a purpose; he was born with a purpose.”
Minister Farrakhan then went on to point out God creates all of his creation with aim and purpose. It is only the human being, the greatest of God’s creation that is befuddled. In referencing the impact of White supremacy, he noted Dick Gregory used his gift to lighten our burden.
“Dick Gregory spoke for the living, and he was talking for the dead. Every soul must taste of death. The only way you cannot die is that you were never born,” Min. Farrakhan said. “The moment you come from your mother’s womb, there is a day of destiny. Funerals are not for the dead but for the living, and we want to know what have you done,” he explained.
“Jesus said blessed are the pure in heart they shall see God where ever they look. Every time you look at another human being fashioned in the image and likeness of God you are looking at God. You reverence a church made of stone but when you interact with another human being your language is caustic and nasty. The church was not built by God, but you were,” he stated emphatically.
Min. Farrakhan in his conclusion pointed out the universality of a baby crying. “They don’t cry in Chinese and any mother worldwide understands their need. In the beginning, you speak a universal language, and in the end, you speak a universal language as you give up that last breath of life. But in our life time, we are in a Tower of Babel.”
“Jesus and Muhammad made a universal sound because they aimed to unite the whole of humanity into oneness with God and one community. God is not bugged out by color that’s the sickness of White supremacy. Some of you that hate Black have a black dog, and some of you that hate White have a white dog,” Min. Farrakhan pointed out in describing the madness in the human family.
“You can hug the black dog but can’t hug the man or women. The world is very sick. White supremacy has nothing to do with Jesus.”
In concluding Min. Farrakhan told those in attendance that they have been “taught some narrow mess” in the name of religion. He then pointed out the commonality of all religions that you find when you go to the root of knowledge. In Christianity, they say all are one with Christ. The problem is we are not in him yet. That’s why Dick couldn’t join, the Minister explained. He strives to be one not with religion but one with the universal king.
On Saturday, September 16th, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered the eulogy at the memorial services for Dick Gregory held at City of Praise Family Ministries in Landover, MD.
[Photos by Bridgette Turner Photography]
CHICAGO (Source: FinalCall.com)—On a recent Saturday afternoon community activists and residents gathered outside Missha Beauty Supply on East 47th Street located in the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood situated on the South Side. They continued calls for an ongoing boycott of the retail chain for an incident involving one of their employees and a young, Black woman earlier this year at the retailers Charlotte, N.C. store (See Final Call Vol. 36 No. 25).
A patron at Missha beauty supply captured cell phone video of a violent exchange involving store supervisor, an Asian man, and Black woman allegedly accused of shoplifting.
The video shows the customer being confronted by the man and another store employee, an Asian woman. After a verbal exchange, she hands store management a bag telling them to check it. The store supervisor and employee start shoving the customer to keep her from exiting the store at which time things quickly escalate with the male supervisor kicking the woman; both he and the employee shoving her to the ground.
He proceeds to violently choke the woman as she pleads for him to stop. Once posted on social media, the video went viral, sparking outrage and protests calling for an economic boycott of the store which has been going on since the incident.
Demonstrators in Chicago stood in solidarity with others nationwide in protest of what transpired in Charlotte. The owner of the Chicago store also owns the Charlotte store.
Hurricane Irma brings pain, trauma, destruction unseen in modern history
(Source: FinalCall.com) Nuclear hurricane. Storm of the Century. Monster storm.
These unimaginable terms were used to describe the force and power of Hurricane Irma which has engulfed the entire State of Florida and then moved into South Carolina and Georgia.
Irma terrorized the entire state of Florida as a well-organized hurricane maintaining winds of 185 mph. Irma left nearly seven or eight million people without power, and wreaked other unprecedented havoc, starting first in the Caribbean.
Charles Clave of Naples, Fla., is a Christian evangelist. He evacuated with his family, including his 84-year-old wheelchair bound mother.
He told them, “We need to get out of here. It is life altering. I’m too old and I don’t have time to be holding doors and hiding in the closet and not knowing if I’m going to make it out of there. It’s frightening.”
He’s been through several hurricanes, the most devastating being Andrew which devastated Florida in 1992.
“Once the storm starts, oh my God. It sounds like a hundred trains. … I looked out the window and I couldn’t see nothing but water. I smelled the ocean, and my uncle and I hid in the bathroom while the bathroom walls was breathing in and out, expanding, expanding,” Mr. Clave told The Final Call.
He said he’s never prayed so hard before or since and the experience during Hurricane Andrew was so traumatic his girlfriend at the time miscarried.
“The Minister gave divine guidance,” said Student Minister Patrick Muhammad of the Nation of Islam mosque in Miami after speaking with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam as Irma drew nearer.
“Everything that he said is happening,” said Patrick Muhammad. “I literally almost dropped the phone when the Minister said to me directly for us, this is pushing as a Category 5 but it may go from a 6 even to a 7, and sure enough, here comes the media saying that they’re talking about a 6, one that could even go beyond a 6.”
“The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan was the first one, God’s divinely guided man, who said that to us,” Min. Muhammad continued.
Min. Farrakhan’s messages have been consistent, and unwavering.
“Now, as we are talking, there are a lot of raindrops falling in Houston. Don’t you ever laugh when you see Nature doing its work under the direction of the God that I am talking to you about. Into each life, some rain must fall; [but as] the song says, ‘too much has fallen in mine.’ Too much rain is a curse—though we can’t live without rain. But our teacher, Elijah Muhammad, named four great judgments that would come against America, and the first one was ‘unusual rain,’ ” he noted during a keynote address in Atlanta Aug. 27 as Hurricane Harvey battered the fourth largest city in the United States.
He has also grown more emphatic in his warnings that the forces of nature are God’s weapons against America and that these disasters will continue as part of fulfillment of scripture and God’s choice of Black people today, fulfilling the prophecy of the children of Israel in the Bible.