What happened to the goodness of President Barack Obama? Who turned the Nobel Peace Prize recipient into a killer with drones?
president of the united states
Originally published 1.27.09
Muhammad Mosque No. 45 in Houston would like to announce the official launching of their Getting to Know the Believers of the Nation of Islam Series, which is the brainchild of the MM45 Ministry of Information.
The purpose of this series is to familiarize the world with the brilliance and talent that is within the ranks of the Nation Of Islam under the leadership of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
Here are the first two interviews! More is to come!
Please watch and leave a comment.
Sister Iris Muhammad
Brother Nazim Ansari
Bonus MOI Webisodes!!!!
FOI Going Door To Door with The Final Call Newspaper
On The Block with the Final Call Newspaper
How Obama Has Inspired Me
Originally published 12.12.08
Reposted from www.aprildryan.com
“Alleged corruption around the world has Chicago resident, Nation of Islam Minister, Louis Farrakhan speaking out and on fire. He spoke recently at his home on the situation in Zimbabwe. Farrakhan recalled President Mugabe as the former freedom fighter, a man who once tried to tear down the apartheid system in South Africa. President Bush is asking Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to step down again. This statement is in response to the deadly cholera outbreak there. Minister Farrakhan also speaks to the pay for play allegations involving Barack Obamaâ€™s vacant U.S. Senate seat. Minister Farrakhan also believes the case should play out as the governor has not been indicted. Yet he feels the people should be able to elect the Obama successor.”
Watch a YouTube clip of the exclusive interview at www.aprildryan.com
Originally published 12.6.08
Review By Jesse Muhammad
The theme and tone of change set by President-Elect Obama is said to be on time because the country and the world is in such a state of dissatisfaction. I wholeheartedly agree and that’s why when I received an email about the new look for the The Source Magazine, I knew that they too understood a change was necessary.
Not just any kind of change. Because all growth is change but all change isn’t necessarily growth. I think The Source is aiming for growth.
I read my first edition of The Source back in ’93 as a freshman at Forest Brook High in Houston. My basketball teammates and I use to put in a dollar each to buy a few copies every month and shared them with one another. The articles were so good that we would read them in class by placing them inside our Chemistry or Algebra books to make the teacher think we were on task with her. (Sorry Ms. Traylor)
Unsigned Hype was our favorite section because we got acquainted with unknowns who would later become stars. Some of us even sent in demos hoping to get a review one day. Never happened but we kept on reading. To go along with the hot interviews with Hip Hop stars, there were human interest stories about crime, politics, drugs, education, etc. We would be eager to see who would get the most mics in the album reviews. Sometimes we felt a few were robbed of mics and others should have received less.
We were loyal readers. It was a Hip Hop love affair…then something happened.
Soon the content weakened, good information got overshadowed by pointless beef, and we stopped buying it. But it just wasn’t The Source. I honestly stopped buying all Hip-Hop magazines for the last several years because all of them lacked true Hip Hop substance or good articles. Many still are lacking. So I went from buying…to skimming through them at a local Fiesta…to just reading online websites.
So, when I checked my inbox a few months ago,that email The Source said “New Era: Bigger. Bolder.Better” and “Under New Ownership”, which caught my eye. I opened it and boom there was this classic shot of Obama featured on the November cover. I glanced at the subheadings and they looked interesting.
So I decided to go and buy it.
I was not disappointed at all. There were articles about Hip Hop’s involvement in the election, a write-up about Dubai, social networking strategies, Hip Hop in Iraq, life after prison, the ill-effects of fried foods,interviews with youth voters, book reviews, the launching of the I Am C.H.A.N.G.E initiative, and I didn’t have to navigate through a sea of half-naked pictures or crazy ads to get to the articles. The website isn’t bad either.
The Source has won me and a few of my high school friends back. The $4.99 per month has been put back in the budget.
Let’s see what happens.
Written by Jesse Muhammad
Originally published 11.5.08
Congratulations to Barack Obama on becoming the 44th President of the United States of America. I pray for the safety of him and his family.
As I type this blog, I am smiling at the countless text messages from my family, friends and associates who are elated at what has just took place. Some of the text messages were serious and others were simply funny forwards.
Regardless, I felt their spirit. The thought that in our lifetime…a Black man…has become the President.
For some reason when Obama walked out on the stage to deliver his victory speech, I thought of a woman who had a major impact on my life: Mrs. Christopher.
Mrs. Christopher was my first-grade teacher at Fonwood Elementary located on the Northeast side of Houston. At that time my name was Jesse James Earl Jackson, so you can easily imagine the type of attention that name brought me on a daily basis.
Because it was during that time that a civil rights activist with the same first and last name as mine had made a bid for Presidency that shook up the country.
I remember Mrs. Christopher telling me “You too can run for President one day. Your name may be a sign. A Black person can be President. You can do anything you want to do.” My response to her was always “Yes maam”.
She said it on many occasions to me and was always encouraging all of her students to be the best no matter what.
Well over twenty years later, Mrs. Christopher you were right. Neither my classmates nor myself did it but we watched tonight as your words came true. Also my name has changed since then.(smile)
Becoming the President of the U.S. is not for everyone to accomplish but we all have a purpose for being here. Tonight shows that when you have a strong work ethic, a powerful team, a supporting family, and a deep desire to be the best, nothing is impossible. Being a “tech-junkie”, I marveled from the start at the technological strategy of the Obama campaign and how it has set a standard. Perfection.
So when the victory parties have ended, the confetti is swept away, the champagne bottles are empty and the camera lights are turned off, we all have to awaken the next day to the inevitable questions of: What’s next? What am I going to do? What will I do of greatness today?
Remember, Mediocrity is Not in Your D.N.A.