Originally published 1.14.15
WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) – The movie Selma is, and will likely remain, one of the most talked about films of 2015.
Originally published 1.14.15
WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) – The movie Selma is, and will likely remain, one of the most talked about films of 2015.
(Source: FinalCall.com) – The video of Cleveland Police fatally shooting 12-year-old Tamir Rice has angered residents and activists in the city. In a country already under a global microscope sparked by events in Ferguson, Mo. and a grand jury decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Jr., 18, this latest incident of an officer involved killing of a young, Black male has Cleveland on edge.
Originally published 11.29.14
FERGUSON, Mo. (Source:Â FinalCall.com) – Physical fires and fiery passions were ignited here with the decision not to charge officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown.
WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) – For two solid weeks, even after disgraced agency chief Julia Pierson was forced to resign, the U.S. Secret Serviceâ€”tasked by Congress after the 1901 assassination of William McKinley to protect the U.S. president, vice president and their familiesâ€”dominated newspaper headlines, broadcast news coverage, and social media. The agency virtually melted down into what appeared to be a pool of incompetence, or worse.
The breaches of security around President Barack Obamaâ€”the most threatened commander-in-chief in U.S. historyâ€”and at the White House seemed inexplicable. â€œIt will never happen again,â€ a grim Ms. Pierson told a House oversight committee which confronted her with reports that Army veteran Omar Gonzalez allegedly scaled the 7-foot-high, wrought iron fence on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the executive mansion, and penetrated deeper into the unlocked building than the agency first reported on Sept. 19 when the intrusion occurred.
Mr. Gonzalez apparently cleared the fence, ran across the 150-yard lawn through an unlocked front door, overpowered one officer, ran past an unguarded stairway leading to the First Familyâ€™s residence, and was finally subdued by an off-duty officer in the massive East Room, according to The Washington Post.
One day after her Capitol Hill testimony Ms. Pierson resigned, replaced on an interim basis by Joseph Clancy, who headed Mr. Obamaâ€™s first protective detail after he took office in 2009. But the flood of revelations of seriousâ€”even life threatening security breachesâ€”continued to cascade into public view. [Read More]
Originally published 8.27.14
FERGUSON, Mo.â€”The role of the media is supposed to be to protect the public by uncovering truth, but there is an old adage about freedom of the press: Freedom of speech belongs to those who can afford it. We could add â€œfreedomâ€ of the press belongs to those who control it and we need to understand the press role as a major partner, backer and participant in the oppression of Blacks and framing of issues.
Over the past two days, White media outlets, CNN and those following CNN in particular, have spun the story of the audio recording that seems to have captured the shots fired by officer Darren Wilson in his confrontation with Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager.
Remember this whole crisis begins because officer Wilson decides to exert authority over two young Black men walking down a pretty narrow street that winds through an apartment complex. Itâ€™s not a major highway, itâ€™s a little street. Itâ€™s summer time and Mike Mike and friend Dorian Johnson were walking to Mike Mikeâ€™s grandmotherâ€™s home. The officer curses and orders them out of the street. They reply that they are almost at their destination. Then officer pauses, backs his patrol car up, blocks the two young men, and an assault begins: Mike Mike is assaulted as the officer attempts to grab him from by the neck. There is a struggle and the friend says the officer fires a shot.
The two friends, terrified, flee. The officer shoots, Mike Mike is hit. Mike Mike turns with his hands up. Witnesses, public witnesses, say his hands were up and he was in a surrender position. They all say the officer pauses and keeps shooting. The line of shots and their concentration fits the identified eyewitness accounts.
Yet CNN is using sources casting doubts on the audio tape, one â€œsourceâ€ went so far as to say his first thought was CNN was being â€œpunkedâ€ by a shock jock who had put together this recording. Other sources have cast the audio in a negative light and raised questions and scenarios that have never been previously discussed:
â€¢ Perhaps the officer was reloading. That has never come up from witnesses, that is conjecture.
â€¢ Michael was rushing the officer. Again intentional lying and framing the scenario. There was never any account early one that the young man was charging an armed officer. So a young man runs away from an armed officer who is shooting, then turns around and charges the same armed officer? Madness. Explicable because the forces of White supremacy, with the media as a willing partner, must protect themselves.
â€¢ There audio is suspect because it surfaced two weeks into the crisis in Ferguson, say CNN experts, who are mainly former law enforcement or those connected with the police and prosecutorial industrial complex. This is one-sided analysis from a group of experts who see things through a single lens. Audio two weeks late? It was CNNâ€™s fault. According to CNN host Don Lemon, the tape was given to a CNN producer in Ferguson, Mo., and the person who gave the audio tape thought the tape was going to Lemon. There was some kind of mix up and the audio tape languished until it surfaced a couple days ago.
â€¢ The officer was possible hurt and trying to recover, say White media experts say. But that lie has already been debunked by CNN, which said a report of eye injuries to Wilson on an x-ray were untrue. This clearly focuses on the problem with the resounding voice and view and frame of White media. It comes up clearly when talking heads are assembled who have little actual firsthand information. The major media give information and at times report accurately, at times the reporting is suspect, and the analysis is ubiqituous and off-base, and Black experts rarely seem willing to challenge, confront or correct their White counterparts who are in error, uttering half-truths and painting pictures that make no sense.
â€¢ If anchors and analysts are not prepared, or weakly prepared, on leaning toward the police view, the analysis of the momentâ€”which seems to be intent on raising doubt about the audio tapeâ€”drowns out other voices and is seen as true by viewers. Many of whom are not drawing a clear distinction between straight reporting and someoneâ€™s opinion.
It is criminal and irresponsible that CNN and other â€œresponsibleâ€ media outlets have tried to equate a single anonymous radio interview from â€œJosie,â€ a reported friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend of Officer Wilson who heard about how he was attacked and responded with eyewitness accounts and video from Blacks who live in the community and could easily be targeted by police. While Josie hides, speaks and is elevated to the place of a credible witness, she is not credible. Does she even exist at all? Then law enforcement sources, the same sources who Black people donâ€™t and should not trust, are used by White media to verify her account. This is like going to players on the same team and asking one team member to vouch for his teammate.
What happened the old standard of media skepticism and questioning authority and a predisposition to understand those in power have a tendency to withhold truth and cover up? We still donâ€™t have a police report from the actual shooting incident. What is the problem? Why a delay?
We have seen the police and prosecution industrial complex galvanize and the attempt to tarnish and slander the shooting victim. The Ferguson police chief showed an image from a video that purported to be Mike Mike leaving a store and in a disagreement with a shop owner. The chief, who later admitted the image had nothing to do with the conflict with officer Wilson and was relieved of his command, described the store incident as a strong arm robbery. This power figure in the White establishment felt safe and secure in spewing this slander.
As attorney Benjamin Crump told Lemon, the only witnesses are those who have come forward on the record, spoken with media and law enforcement and whose accounts and motivations are being investigated.
Whereâ€™s Josie? The account of a single, unknown, unidentified White woman counts more than the combined eyewitness accounts and videotaped accounts of Black young women and young men who witnessed the shooting.
White supremacy and White media are cooperating at their best.
Why doesnâ€™t CNN have sources who talk about how foolish it would be for someone to try to fake a tape like this and how easy it would be to uncover such a gross, asinine and dangerous thing. The owner of the tape is not an unknown person. The owner of the tape has a lawyer and has been questioned by the FBI. While his public identity is not known, he is known to law enforcement and would surely face prosecution if he faked this thing.
Why is the media so concerned?
Officer Wilson represents the established White Power structure and the structure that controls the lives of Black people, especially with these small police departments that dot the suburbs around St. Louis. He must be vindicated because if he is not vindicated, then the system of White Superiority is exposed. Not the silly framing of race usually given but an entire system constructed to protect and benefit Whites and control Black behaviorâ€”both consciously and subconsciously as Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, author and brilliant psychologist, notes.
The White Media, for all its talk of ethics and integrity, is part of the same power structure and must protect White interests. Accept their misinformation at your own risk.
(Richard B. Muhammad is editor in chief of The Final Call Newspaper. Follow him on Twitter: @RMfinalcall)
It has been a gloomy weather day in Houston. Some might say this is a “sign” of what is to come when the final votes have been tallied during the mid-term elections.
We’ve watched President Barack Obama the past month go from being the Commander-in-Chief to the “Campaigner-in-Chief”, according to political pundits. This also includes the First Lady Michelle Obama, whose mesmerizing ability to communicate to the ordinary American was called upon.
Will it be enough? Will the Republicans reclaim the political throne? Will the Democrats hold on despite, according to some, sitting on their hands the last two years? Do you even care? What about Black people in America?
The other day I was in a local Black-owned barbershop and I walked right into a political debate over the purpose of Blacks casting their vote. Great Houston spoken word artist Equality once referred to the barbershop as the Black man’s Country Club where millions of sermons are being preached simultaneously every Saturday morning.
This particular morning, politics was on the table.
It was getting heated as one barber said “We as Black people need to vote because our people gave their lives for us to have the right to vote. Show your gratitude. Even if you don’t like anyone on the ballot, voting straight Democrat is better than nothing.”
Uproar took over the shop as a younger Black male, awaiting his turn for a haircut, shouted “Man, that’s a lie. Black people didn’t GIVE their lives for us to have the right to vote. White folks TOOK our lives and then gave us whatever rights they wanted us to have.”
A chorus of “Dang”, “Wow”, and “That’s right” came across the shop.
The young man continued, “And I don’t think our ancestors wants us to vote just to be voting especially when these political fools only care about Blacks when it is time to win an election. We’re being exploited and used as pawns. I’m not voting!”
The barber responded by saying, “Son, you have a lot to learn. We’ve been through a lot as a people and your vote is important. We came together in 2008 to get the first ever Black President of the United States. We can’t leave him hanging now.”
(Photo courtesy of White House Flickr)
The young man responded, “Why not? Obama has left Black people hanging but wants us to bail out these weak Democrats with our vote. Yet we can’t even get him to address any Black issues. I’m not saying he hasn’t done something good so far but come on. The Black vote is not respected.”
The shop got quiet. …Another barber turned up ESPN Sports Center on the television and that was the end of the conversation.
I think this young person brought up some interesting points that made me think about the article titled “Black voters to the rescue, again?”
In this article it states:
“Polls indicate many minority voters are discouraged and won’t turn out Nov. 2 as they did for Mr. Obama two years ago, yet a solid showing among Blacks could still swing several House, Senate and gubernatorial races, according to some analysts.”
In the last few weeks Pres. Obama made appearances on a lot of urban radio shows to encourage Black voters to get out today but will it be enough is the big question. The momentum of the midterms is nowhere near the energy of 2008. That year, I personally knew gang members who voted for the first time because the spirit was different. Yet, that same gang member told me the other day “If Obama is not on the ballot, I’m not voting again.”
Is he the only one feeling like that? Is he wrong for those thoughts?
As for the young man at the barbershop, an article in The Final Call newspaper titled “Black youth, mid-term elections and Obama’s age of hope” sheds more light on that demographic.
The article states:
“While Black youth nationwide prepare to vote in the mid-term elections some say they have not been fooled into believing the outcomes will dramatically change their lives.
Black youth, responding to a national survey of 15-25 year olds, revealed that they were realistic about the meaning of the new age of hope President Obama promised….
“I voted for Obama because I felt his message and wanted to be a part of a change in America. This year it’s different. All the confusion with the Tea Party, all the negativity against the president and the Republicans who want to take back their country, all my hope is gone,” said Brian Henderson, a 22-year-old D.C. resident.
“But I’m still going to vote and encourage others to do so also. It’s hard to get excited when you don’t feel like the options are any better than the devil and Satan in some places.”
I am in no way discouraging anyone from voting. I’m just giving something to think about.
I would like to know: Why Do You Vote?
P.S.–Yes, I voted. (smile) I voted for candidates that I personally know have my people’s best interest at heart. But also I am under no illusion that my civic duty stops at the voting booth. I and we have to work to be the change we want to see on a daily basis not just during election season.
Originally published 12.4.09
When was the last time you picked up a copy of The Final Call Newspaper? The men of the Nation of Islam, called The Fruit of Islam, can be found on street corners of your city offering this wonderful newspaper. It’s not about $1.00. It’s about what’s inside.
In this latest edition, this is what you will find in part:
Farrakhan: America’s time is up by Ashahed M. Muhammad
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered Part II of the historic lecture series titled â€œThe Time and What Must Be Doneâ€ from the Nation of Islam’s national headquarters, Mosque Maryam on Nov.29. Click here to read the full article: Farrakhan: America’s time is up
Sammy Sosa’s recent public appearance at the Latin Grammys, revealing his significantly lighter complexion along with green contacts and permed hair has caused uproar within the Black and Latino community. It’s tempting for U.S. commentators to blame â€œDominican Racismâ€ for this scandal and likewise attraction for the Latin American media to mock Sosa for his new appearance. These responses are more of a smokescreen covering a much deeper issue than the Sosa incident itself. Click here to read the full article: What the case of Sammy Sosa says to both Blacks and Latinos
Wait there is more!
UK – Elite police unit fosters fear, instead of security by Charlene Muhammad
Scotland Yard’s CO19 special firearms unit claims its elite officers are ready to subdue violent crime within a moment’s notice to create safer neighbourhoods. Some Black leaders say the heavy arms and enforcement effort is unjustly trained primarily on Black youthâ€”and are warning the community to act to curb police targeting and possible abuses. Click here to read the full report:Activists, N.O.I. UK condemn elite police ‘hit squad’
Originally published 11.25.09
By Jesse Muhammad
Staff Writer-The Final Call Newspaper
In what is being hailed as a ground breaking decision, a federal judge recently ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers were directly responsible for flood damage in St. Bernard Parish and the Lower 9th Ward following Hurricane Katrina, due to poor management of maintenance at the Mississippi River- Gulf Outlet (MR-GO).
â€œThe failure of the Corps to recognize the destruction that the MR-GO had caused and the potential hazard that it created is clearly negligent on the part of the Corps,â€ said U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. in his ruling on Nov. 18.
The judgeâ€™s ruling in a civil lawsuit could result in the government handing out $700,000 in damages to the plaintiffs, which includes three residents and a business in those areas. The ruling includes some 100,000 homes and business in the defined areas.
â€œFurthermore, the Corps not only knew, but admitted by 1988, that the MR-GO threatened human life. Yet it did not act in time to prevent the catastrophic disaster that ensued with the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina,â€ said Judge Duval in his ruling.
â€œThis is huge. This was a surprise but a pleasant one. I hope the decision will open up the floodgates for others to file lawsuits against the federal government,â€ said New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
â€œThis ruling highlights the fact that Hurricane Katrinaâ€™s damage was exacerbated by the failure of the Corps of Engineers to properly operate and maintain water resources projects in Louisiana,â€ said Gov. Bobby Jindal.
â€œI hope this decision will serve as a catalyst for the corps, Congress and the administration to aggressively move forward on hurricane protection and coastal restoration efforts in Louisiana,â€ Gov. Jindal said.
The legal team representing the plaintiffs is pressing the Obama administration to move swiftly to compensate their clients and the other impacted residents.
â€œItâ€™s time that we stopped litigating and we started negotiating,â€ said Los Angeles-based attorney Pierce Oâ€™Donnell, who co-represented the plaintiffs.
â€œThe day that the fi rst explosion was delivered to the cypress forest to begin digging and developing the MR-GO was the first day of public outcry that this was going to be the ruination of St. Bernard Parish,â€ said Craig Taffaro, St. Bernard Parish president.
â€œIn terms of the judicial process, this decision is revolutionary. In terms of social justice, itâ€™s a start but itâ€™s not enough. Itâ€™s not over yet,â€ New Orleans activist Mtangulizi Sanyika, told The Final Call.
â€œItâ€™s a bittersweet victory in the sense that: yes, we are at the table, yes, we are grateful for the judgeâ€™s ruling, for the legal team to deliver us to this point.But what a shame that we had to go through such devastation and destruction to get here,â€ said Mr. Taffaro, who hopes his parish will also receive compensation for damages reportedly exceeding $1 billion.
Community leaders see this as a much needed victory against the federal government that could set the stage for compensating thousands of victims for billions in claims filed the last several years. They are also worried about the damaged areas being exempted from the judgment, because Judge Duval said MR-GO did not affect the levee system protecting areas such as eastern New Orleans.
“I think the judgment is a small step in the right direction, however, what about those who live outside of the Lower 9th ward, which was impacted by the breeches of levees inside the city that were suppose to protect it? The lawsuit doesnâ€™t benefit them,â€ Willie Muhammad of the Nation of Islam told The Final Call.â€œMany are not pleased that the judge did not see fit to include the east side,â€ said Mr. Sanyika, who heads the African-American Leadership Project. â€œWe will be meeting in the next few weeks with officials to see how we can get others included.â€
â€œThe buzz in the community is that we would have loved for it to include the east side residents because they suffered too,â€ activist Malcolm Suber told The Final Call.
Also in this edition please read the cover story by The Final Call Western Region Correspondent Charlene Muhammad titled: Shopping While Black
Originally published 7.25.09
by Jesse Muhammad
All Photos by Brother Jesse
I’m in Chicago for a phenomenal conference and for me it is always mandatory to visit the legendary Final Call building on West 79th Street. Yes, legendary.
What makes it legendary?
Because every brick represents the sacrifice of its founder the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, who took out a second mortgage on his own home in 1979 to launch this newspaper in his basement. True story.
Every brick represents the sacrifice of every brother whoever picked up one edition of this paper in order to put it into the hands of people. Every brick represents all of those who worked for this great newspaper which was originally named The Final Call to Islam, Mr. Muhammad Speaks, Muhammad Speaks and now to its present name.
Every brick represents all of the editors, general managers, staff writers, receptionists, layout artists, salesmen, truck drivers, photographers, contributing writers and more who have contributed their time to ensure the ongoing success of this paper for the past 30 years. Yes, for 30 unceasing years people around the country and the world have been uplifted by the spiritual guidance and unique news on every page.
The walls are adorned with framed archived editions of The Final Call from its inception. The architectural design of its ceiling is awe inspiring. The basement is a store house with books and videos for those hungry for knowledge.
And it’s situated in the heart of the Black community. I know you may marvel at Disneyland, the Grand Canyon, the Eiffel Tower, or even the Great Wall of China. None of which I have ever seen in person.
But all of those put together can never amount to the impact that one paper produced out of The Final Call building has had across the globe.
If you live Chicago, work at a local school or if you will be visiting there in the near future. Make it a point to take a tour of The Final Call building.
Bonus Photo: As I walked out of The Final Call Building, this was the scene to my left. That star and crescent is located next to the Salaam Restaurant. Had to capture it!
Don’t forget to tune into Minister Farrakhan’s historic address on Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 10am CST via webcast. Click below for more info!
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