Final Call
By Bryan 18X Crawford -Contributing Writer-

Weed Isn't The Answer

While some consider marijuana, or weed, a natural healer or even a gift from God linked to religious practices, the plant has in some ways also been the bane of Black existence. There are literally hundreds of thousands of people—of the more than two million people incarcerated in America—locked up on some kind of weed charge.

According to research from the Drug Policy Alliance, in 2017, 659,700 people were arrested for a marijuana law violation. Of that number 599,282 people, or 91 percent, were arrested for possession of marijuana. All told, of the number of people arrested for drug law violations, 47 percent of them were either Black or Latino.

Still, these figures have not quelled the daily ritual of Black people smoking weed and getting high.

Now, as legalization initiatives are being passed from state to state, springing forth a brand new economic industry that is no longer underground and at the forefront of society, the relationship between Black people and weed seems to have gotten deeper, but there are some troubling aspects of this relationship. » FULL STORY

Iran denies role in bombing of Saudi oil facilities

By Brian E. Muhammad -Contributing Writer-

Iranian officials categorically dismissed the accusation, saying Washington has shifted from a failed policy of “maximum pressure” to one of “maximum lying” and “deceit” against the Islamic Republic. President Hassan Rouhani of Iran said the recent drone attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure were a proportionate Yemeni response to years of daily destruction.


Watching, listening and critiquing Democratic Party presidential hopefuls

By Askia Muhammad -Senior Editor-

The Black Church PAC, Faith in Action, and LIVE FREE remain clear about their goals for engagement of the Black faith community. “Well, we hope that the candidates will continue to address the issues of the economy, address the issues of ending mass incarceration and gun violence in urban Black and Brown communities.”


Mandatory sentencing, wrongful convictions and Black demands for criminal justice reform

By Michael Z. Muhammad -Contributing Writer-

WASHINGTON—Rep. Maxine Waters hosted an exciting, timely workshop during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual legislative conference at the Washington Convention Center. “Reclaiming My Time.


A family seeks answers in a young man’s death

By J.A. Salaam -Contributing Writer-

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo.—The family of slain 23-year-old Terry Tillman gathered recently outside police headquarters in this St. Louis suburb to demand answers about his death.


Israel caught spying on America—again

By The Final Call

The news came and went pretty quickly: Top government officials said Israel planted spy devices near the White House likely aimed at President Trump.


Weed Isn't The Answer

By Bryan 18X Crawford -Contributing Writer-

While some consider marijuana, or weed, a natural healer or even a gift from God linked to religious practices, the plant has in some ways also been the bane of Black existence. There are literally hundreds of thousands of people—of the more than two million people incarcerated in America—locked up on some kind of weed charge.

According to research from the Drug Policy Alliance, in 2017, 659,700 people were arrested for a marijuana law violation. Of that number 599,282 people, or 91 percent, were arrested for possession of marijuana. All told, of the number of people arrested for drug law violations, 47 percent of them were either Black or Latino.

Still, these figures have not quelled the daily ritual of Black people smoking weed and getting high.

Now, as legalization initiatives are being passed from state to state, springing forth a brand new economic industry that is no longer underground and at the forefront of society, the relationship between Black people and weed seems to have gotten deeper, but there are some troubling aspects of this relationship.


Muhammad University of Islam: 30 years of sacrifice and triumph

By Tariqah Shakir-Muhammad -Final Call Newspaper-

CHICAGO—Everyone dressed in their finest to embrace “an evening of celebration” for the alumni, pioneers and students of Muhammad University at the South Shore Cultural Center. What a celebration it was!


Much love for MUI from former students, staff

By Shawntell Muhammad

CHICAGO—The Muhammad University of Islam celebrated its 30th year anniversary as part of the rebuilding effort of Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan in early September.


Court condemns secret watchlist for Muslims

By Brian E. Muhammad -Contributing Writer-

A federal judge ruled United States government use of a secret “watchlist” of more than one million people identified as “known or suspected terrorists” violates the constitutional rights of those listed.


Watching, listening and critiquing Democratic Party presidential hopefuls

By Askia Muhammad -Senior Editor-

The Black Church PAC, Faith in Action, and LIVE FREE remain clear about their goals for engagement of the Black faith community. “Well, we hope that the candidates will continue to address the issues of the economy, address the issues of ending mass incarceration and gun violence in urban Black and Brown communities.”


White monopoly of capital driving South African violence: Malema

By Jehron Muhammad

Xenophobic violence in South Africa has received much publicity. The violence and deaths have resulted in the former White ruled apartheid state “becoming a pariah in Africa,” declared Al Jazeerah.


Iran denies role in bombing of Saudi oil facilities

By Brian E. Muhammad -Contributing Writer-

Iranian officials categorically dismissed the accusation, saying Washington has shifted from a failed policy of “maximum pressure” to one of “maximum lying” and “deceit” against the Islamic Republic. President Hassan Rouhani of Iran said the recent drone attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure were a proportionate Yemeni response to years of daily destruction.


Israelis, arms deals and flooding South Sudan with weapons

By Jehron Muhammad

In 2010 a headline in Israel’s longest continuous running newspaper, Haaretz, asked, “Why are so many Israelis arrested over illegal arms deals worldwide?”


African Genesis Institute to build housing, school in Ghana

By Michael Z. Muhammad -Contributing Writer-

ACCRA, Ghana—The African Genesis Institute announced a highly ambitious plan to build housing and a school in Ghana. The organization announced the plans Aug. 22, to 95 travelers the group brought to Ghana to help celebrate the government-sponsored “Right of Return.”


Scottish university to pay $24M in slave-trade reparation

By New York Amsterdam News

After irrefutable evidence of its links to the trans-Atlantic slave trade were recently exposed, a Scottish university has stepped forward to offer Sterling 20 million, slightly over $24 million, as a first-step payment for its role in the worst crime against humanity.


Nothing Beats Buying Black!

By Azizah Muhammad

ATLANTA—“We Buy Black,” a thriving movement that markets Black-owned businesses, recently hosted its 2nd annual convention at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, Georgia.


Black-owned family bank marks 85 years of service

By Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer-

Since 1934 Industrial Bank has served the nation’s capital and is currently the only Black family-owned bank in that area. Industrial Bank is among the top five largest Black-owned banks in the United States.


Black Businesse$, Black Consumer$, A Neccessary Alliance

By Starla Muhammad -Managing Editor-

CHICAGO—Entrepreneurship is nothing new in the Black community. Black people have historically worked hard to establish, maintain and grow their own businesses to cultivate an economic base in providing goods, products and services to consumers.


Cooperative economics at work in Peoria, Illinois

By William P. Muhammad

Creating opportunities in a community where little is recognized by some residents and casual observers, organizations like the Black-owned-and-operated Minority Business Development Center and the Black Business Alliance of Peoria offers economic solutions to underserved neighborhoods.


Bankruptcy: An option for student loan debt?

By Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer-

Robert F. Smith changed the lives of 396 Morehouse College graduates when he announced at their May commencement that he was paying their student loans which could total as much as $40 million.


The Spirit of Warning

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

I have dedicated my life to truth and to the service of a suffering Black people in the United States of America, and oppressed people all over the world. However, I have never been censured for my good works. I am censured and repudiated because I dare to speak the truth among those who hate the truth. And without truth, none of us can be free, and none of us can do justice, and none of us can have real peace. » CONTINUE

God Has Come For The Black Man And Woman

By HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN

If you have been to prison, I hope that you haven’t, but so many of us have: Lord, when the time comes for you to get out, you don’t want to hang around. In fact, you start getting ready before the morning of your leaving prison, to get out to meet your family and your friends. » CONTINUE

America Kindles God's Anger, Wrath

By HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN

Pastors today speak of the goodness of Jesus Christ, the mercy of Jesus Christ, the love of Jesus Christ, but, they are a little slow in preaching the Wrath of God through Jesus Christ. When Moses met God in a burning bush, the bush was burning but it was not consumed. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said the anger of God was so great, yet, controlled. » CONTINUE

‘Healing The Wounds’: The Coming of The Messiah

By THE HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN

“Healing” is to make healthy; to make whole or sound; to restore to health; to free from ailment. To repair is to heal. To reconcile is to heal. To settle your differences is to heal. To free from evil, to cleanse, to purify is to heal. To effect a cure is to heal. » CONTINUE

GOD HAS COME To Answer Our Cry FOR JUSTICE

By THE HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN

Brothers and sisters, you are a good people, but you’ve been in the hands of a rebel against God; and any time God’s Guidance, His Law, is not respected by you, and you rebel against His Law, you make yourself an enemy of God, or a “devil.” In the Genesis of the Bible, Adam received good instruction. He wasn’t like us: We never talked with God personally; but Adam had a direct conversation with God, and then he rebelled. » CONTINUE

JUSTICE IS THE JOY OF FREEDOM

By THE HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN

All human beings desire to be free. In fact, every creature that Almighty God Allah created, He frees that creature from that which bounded it in its formation, and brings it forth into the light of this marvelous universe. And He has provided for each creature that He created a means to sustain and maintain its life; to reproduce its life, that that species may continue on our planet. » CONTINUE

The Cause and Effect of a Violent Society

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Everybody is looking for somebody to straighten out a mess that was made, unfortunately, by those in authority. We cannot stem the violence that is here at the bottom, which is an effect, unless we look at the violence that begins at the top, which is the cause. We are the effect of a cause that we did not stem the tide of, and now it’s manifesting in the children. » CONTINUE

The Man Jesus and How Not To Fall Into Idolatry

By BY THE HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN

The world is not afraid of America, but our president wants the world to fear him. So, coming out of the White House, they said that if Iran purifies some of its uranium, Israel would attack Iran and America would back Israel. This is from a senator from South Carolina. » CONTINUE

A Message To President Trump, Part 1

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

The truth is we have not discovered the God within and the beauty of our being—that the throne of God is on water and the brain is baptized in water. We have not yet discovered the greatness of our own brains. We have been under a people whose aim was to make us unfit to be recognized as the People of God.
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Who Is The Natural Enemy of the ORIGINAL MAN?

By THE HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN

When you live your life only for yourself, then you are already dead; you’re just waiting for time to return you to the Earth. But when you live your life to serve others, to make life better for others, to improve the condition of the world that we came into, that when we leave it, we leave it in a better state—and those are the people whose names live. » CONTINUE