Final Call
By Richard B. Muhammad and Starla Muhammad, Final Call Staffers

Whose independence?

Independence celebrations bring up questions about the reality of Black life in America.

Flag waving, cookouts, fireworks and parades are staples of the July 4 celebrations that punctuate America every year. Black folks will be among those celebrating, eating, drinking and sometimes waving flags. But before the inception of this country, Blacks have never been fully included.

And amending the condition of Black folk to make them full-fledged Americans remains a long way off: Blacks die earlier, suffer more poverty, serve harsher prison sentences and would need over 200 years to achieve the amount of wealth Whites hold today.

The contradiction between a nation that declares itself to be bastion of democracy, individual and human rights and the plight of Blacks is not a new observation. “Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?” asked abolitionist Frederick Douglass in 1852. » FULL STORY

A United Community Iftar At Mosque Maryam

By Starla Muhammad -Managing Editor-

Muslims from diverse communities and schools of thought from around the Chicagoland area gathered on the grounds of the National Center, international headquarters of the Nation of Islam at the invitation of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for an evening of worship, fellowship and cultural exchange during the month of Ramadan.


A Celebration Of Uniqueness

By Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer-

On June 13 albino brothers and sisters gathered and celebrated the third annual Albinism Awareness Day at Muhammad Mosque No. 4 in Wash, D.C. under the theme, “Shining the Light.” The event included a new video presentation, titled, “Why Yes, I’m Albino,” that represented albinos from around the world and a special address with words of guidance from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.


Housing Out Of Reach For Many In The U.S.

By Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent-

Sheronna Ragin-Winters knows first hand what researchers found during a new study: housing in America is out of reach due to high rental costs and low wages.


Jury begins deliberations in Cosby trial

By Final Call News

NORRISTOWN, Penn.—At presstime, the jury in the sexual assault trial of entertainer Bill Cosby was expected to soon began deliberations. After several days of graphic testimony, the prosecution rested and the defense began its case June 12 but rested in approximately six minutes after calling one witness, Detective Richard Schaffer.


Charges of corruption, obstruction of justice haunt Trump

By Askia Muhammad -Senior Editor-

WASHINGTON—Donald J. Trump, the President of the United States, is a liar. This according to James Comey, the recently fired director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who testified in a dramatic session before a Select Senate Intelligence Committee


Whose independence?

By Richard B. Muhammad and Starla Muhammad, Final Call Staffers

Independence celebrations bring up questions about the reality of Black life in America.

Flag waving, cookouts, fireworks and parades are staples of the July 4 celebrations that punctuate America every year. Black folks will be among those celebrating, eating, drinking and sometimes waving flags. But before the inception of this country, Blacks have never been fully included.

And amending the condition of Black folk to make them full-fledged Americans remains a long way off: Blacks die earlier, suffer more poverty, serve harsher prison sentences and would need over 200 years to achieve the amount of wealth Whites hold today.

The contradiction between a nation that declares itself to be bastion of democracy, individual and human rights and the plight of Blacks is not a new observation. “Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?” asked abolitionist Frederick Douglass in 1852.


A United Community Iftar At Mosque Maryam

By Starla Muhammad -Managing Editor-

Muslims from diverse communities and schools of thought from around the Chicagoland area gathered on the grounds of the National Center, international headquarters of the Nation of Islam at the invitation of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for an evening of worship, fellowship and cultural exchange during the month of Ramadan.


A Celebration Of Uniqueness

By Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer-

On June 13 albino brothers and sisters gathered and celebrated the third annual Albinism Awareness Day at Muhammad Mosque No. 4 in Wash, D.C. under the theme, “Shining the Light.” The event included a new video presentation, titled, “Why Yes, I’m Albino,” that represented albinos from around the world and a special address with words of guidance from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.


Housing Out Of Reach For Many In The U.S.

By Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent-

Sheronna Ragin-Winters knows first hand what researchers found during a new study: housing in America is out of reach due to high rental costs and low wages.


A setback in fight for fair prison phone rates

By Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent-

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in a 2-1 decision that regulations that capped the high cost of in-state phone calls by prison inmates are now null and void. The June 13 ruling has put partisan politics over people, say prison reform advocates.


Mosque Attack Raises Questions Of Double Standards

By Brian E. Muhammad -Staff Writer-

The United Kingdom has been racked in recent weeks with violent attacks. Most blamed on so-called “Islamist” extremists or “jihadists” at war with everything they deem un-Islamic. That’s the basic narrative, say observers of extremism.


Middle East madness and confusion

By Brian E. Muhammad -Contributing Writer-

Simultaneous gun attacks in Iran on June 7, killed at least 17 people and injured dozens. The gunmen targeted the Iranian parliament building and the Mausoleum of the late leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.


Venezuela threatens to exit OAS

By AP

CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela is threatening to pull out of the Organization of American States as the socialist government’s response to political unrest that has been blamed for 27 deaths in recent weeks draws rebuke from the hemisphere’s major powers.


Nigel Farage Turns On Ally Donald Trump After U.S. Missile Strike On Syria

By RT.com

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has criticized his ally U.S. President Donald Trump for ordering a missile strike against an airbase in Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack.


Gambia’s UDP Wins Majority Of Seats In Parliamentary Elections

By PressTV.com

The Gambia’s longtime opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) has won an absolute majority in parliament in the West African country’s first general elections after the ouster of President Yahya Jammeh.


Africa Among Top 10 Fastest Growing Markets For Air Travel

By GIN

(GIN)—Airline industry and ministry officials attending Aviation Festival Africa and Airports Show Africa heard some good news and some not so good news.


Housing Out Of Reach For Many In The U.S.

By Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent-

Sheronna Ragin-Winters knows first hand what researchers found during a new study: housing in America is out of reach due to high rental costs and low wages.


Black business group, Black banks making Black history with economic justice

By Hazel Trice Edney

It is the number one reason that Black-owned businesses fail: Simply put—not enough money and not enough places to get it.


From banks to beauty products, the #BuyBlack movement is real

By Stacy M. Brown -NNPA Newswire-

As the holiday season moves into full swing, the #BuyBlack campaign has led many to imagine what would happen if African Americans— the largest consumer group of color in the United States with an estimated $1.2 trillion in spending power— routinely demonstrated allegiance to the 2.6 million Black-owned businesses that exist in America.


Will victims in bank scandal get their day in court?

By Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer-

Victims of the Wells Fargo banking scandal will get justice and have their day in court if new legislation introduced earlier this month passes.


A Warning To Mecca And The Muslim World: ‘Hold Fast To Your Covenant With Allah (God)’

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Right now the world of Islam stands on the brink of a pit of fire. Why do we deserve the fire and anger of Allah? It is because we are in violation of His covenant, and the covenants that we made with Him. » CONTINUE

Black Youth: What Must Be Done

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

I would like to speak tonight on the subject of the attack on Black youth, especially the attack on young Black men. Why is there an apparent conspiracy to destroy Black youth? What is so different about our youth that they could become the object of a conspiracy from the highest levels of power? Why have they become a generation marked to be destroyed? » CONTINUE

The Meaning of Father

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

There is a scripture in the Bible that reads, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace, and of the increase of his government of peace there shall be no end." This is a great scripture to start a Father's Day message. » CONTINUE

Blood of the Innocent

By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

All acts of violence for political purposes against the innocent must cease. If the Muslim world unites, then our voice will be heard and there will be no need for any Muslim individual or group to engage in such activity. If we become the voice of all who are deprived of justice, they will have no need to engage in the killing of innocent people to achieve political ends. » CONTINUE

'Set Your Mind And Set Your Will For The Great Fast Of Ramadan'

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

My dear brothers and sisters, once again, by the favor of Allah, we are gathered together to celebrate this book, The Qur’an, that was revealed to Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, during the Holy Month of Ramadan. We thank Allah to be alive one more time to enter this Great Fast. » CONTINUE

Blackman Do For Self Or Suffer The Consequences

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

At one point in the history of this country the Black man picked cotton for White people. We must now pick cotton for ourselves, and turn it into lint, and cloth, so that we can make clothing for our people. Why should we continue to be the slaves of these freaks from Europe who are designing the indecent styles of clothing that Black people are wearing? » CONTINUE

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan On The Cliff Kelley Show

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

The greatest gift of God to us today is right guidance. The enemy has money that he can throw at problems but the problems never get solved because we’re violating the good guidance and warning that God sent to us through the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. » CONTINUE

A Time of Trouble

By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

In America, not only are Black people dissatisfied, but White people are also dissatisfied. In fact, the dissatisfaction on the Earth is 100 percent. And the Honorable Elijah Muhammad has taught us that whenever there is 100 percent dissatisfaction, this 100 percent dissatisfaction is bound to bring about a 100 percent change—a complete change in rulership. » CONTINUE

Every Nation Has A Fixed And Limited Term

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

America, in her decline, is not as attractive as she once was; she is not as wealthy as she once was. But, like most beautiful people that become ugly: They find a way to get a "facelift," or something to make them look more attractive again. -and this is what the "Federal Reserve Bailout of America" was. » 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