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by Jesse Muhammad forÂ The Final CallÂ Newspaper
Most young people today may have heard of the song “Juicy” by the late rapper Notorious B.I.G. but very few may know whose music he sampled to produce that hit track. It originated from legendary jazz musician James Mtume, who was personally invited by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan to present this week during the three-day conference.
â€œMany of the young people today don’t understand the history and a lot of it involves my generation,â€ said Mr. Mtume. â€œThere is a need for the older and younger generations to come together.â€
During this workshop, titled â€œThe Influence of the N.O.I. in Entertainment,â€ Mr. Mtume examined how our people have been introduced to the knowledge of self through poetry and music stemming from the Teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. At last year’s convention, a panel spoke on the N.O.I.’s impact on Hip-Hop and Minister Farrakhan wanted this seminar to expand to other genres.
â€œThe N.O.I. had a programmatic influence on entertainment. Meaning you had many artists who followed Elijah Muhammad just not in bow ties and suits or headpieces,â€ noted Mr. Mtume, who first heard the Teachings of the N.O.I. as a teenager.
According to Mr. Mtume, to the surprise of many in the audience, the names of legends influenced by the N.O.I. included John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and even the Mtume band.
â€œWe all supported the conscious movement. You can support things in different ways. That’s what I mean by the Nation having a programmatic impact because it touched many that were not members,â€ said Mr. Mtume, who once recorded with the great Duke Ellington.