Nuri Muhammad speaks in Milwaukee, Wisconsin May 9, 2009

Wherever this brother speaks, you should try to go and hear him.
He is coming soon to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Iraninan President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Durban Review Conference

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad listens carefully to a question from a reporter during a press conference following his remarks to the General Assembly at the Durban Review Conference in Geneva, Switzerland on April 20. His message was interrupted several times by protesters who were summarily escorted out by UN Security personnel. Check for coverage in The Final Call. (Photo: Ashahed M. Muhammad)


Durban Review Conference - An Inside View

This was the connecting airplane that flew me from Paris, France into Geneva, Switzerland. It was about a one hour and fifteen minute flight, after the intial 8 hour and 20 minute flight from Chicago's O'Hare Airport. The Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris appeared to be very disorganized, and really slow. There were lines everywhere.

This is a central hub for Air France with connecting flights departing for many other destinations in Europe and the Middle East. I was standing in line with a couple headed to Madrid, Spain and others headed to Turkey. This photo was taken with the camera on my cell phone from quite a distance. It came out good considering the circumstances, but they get better.


Shadia Mansour: Soulful Songstress and Sister Soldier

Palestinian hip hop artist and singer Shadia Mansour

On April 12, I attended a hip hop benefit concert to raise money for the people of Gaza at the Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago. The concert, put on by the Gaza Aid Project brought together performers representing a wide range of ethnicities in the revolutionary spirit of resistance that is the lifeblood of Hip Hop.

One of the performing artists was a Palestinian sister named Shadia Mansour. I had previously heard of her, but never saw her perform. I have to tell you, she brings to mind the soulful connection generated by a performer like Lauryn Hill (who by the way, is one of her favorites) or Erykah Badu, in fact, some have even referred to the Palestinian female hip-hop artist and singer as the Palestinian Erykah Badu.

However, Shadia Mansour has her own spirit, her own skill and we discussed, among other things, her entry into hip hop, her dedication to the cause of the Palestinian people, and her spirit of activism.

Here is a portion of an upcoming interview you will read in its entirety in The Final Call.


Ashahed M. Muhammad: How is it for you being a female and a Palestinian in the world of hip hop?

Shadia Mansour:
I am a big feminist, I represent women from all over not just as a Palestinian representative, but Arabic women. I represent strong women of the world, meaning women of Africa, women of the Middle East, women of South America, women all over the world. I stand up for the rights of women, if (other) people have a problem with it, that is there problem. I know the women are under a lot of pressure in hip-hop and that is what inspired me to do even more. It is not enough women in Arabic hip-hop.


Roots of Resistance Concert a Success!

On April 12, I attended a Hip Hop benefit concert to raise money for the people of Gaza at the Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago.

Some of the best activist/performers were present to represent the revolutionary spirit of resistance that is the lifeblood of Hip Hop. M1 of Dead Prez, Rebel Diaz, Shadia Mansour, DAM, the group featured in the documentary "Sling-Shot Hip Hop" were all on deck. Some local groups also performed. Of course, there were many interviews that will be posted throughout the next few days on this blog, and in other places.

You have to support these artists who are truly "Keeping It Real" by placing their talents and networks to use to serve those who are in need.

The concert was put on by the Gaza Aid project. All proceeds go to provide medical and humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza via the Middle East Children's Alliance. Visit them online @ http://www.mecaforpeace.org/. For more info on the Gaza Aid project, you can visit gazaaidproject.blogspot.com.

Check out SHADIA MANSOUR (www.myspace.com/shadiamusic)

Check out DAM (http://www.myspace.com/damrap)

Check out REBEL DIAZ (

Check out DEAD PREZ (


Farrakhan speaks on control of the media and use of modern technology

“The media is corporate-owned, corporate-controlled.  It has a purpose to control the American population.  They take all of these polls to see how well their deceit and chicanery works.  But thank God for the Internet and our ability to go beyond what the news media feeds us. We have other sources of gaining information.  And since you can get online, and literally, bring up practically all of the books that are in the Library of Congress, you have a vast ocean in front of us with the computer and Internet.” 

The Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan in an interview with WVON's Cliff Kelley 
April 2, 2009