The Burning of Black Wallstreet

I wonder if we can also get a “never forget” campaign going for this insane and horrific event in American history:

The Burning of Black Wall Street. Olivia J. Hooker, the last surviver of the Oklahoma Disaster.

Hat tip to Joe for posting this on my feed.

A History of Detroit Jazz – Part 1

One of my past occupations was a brief stint trying to play jazz. I quickly realized I was much better spinning it (at WEMU) than playing it. Besides, my middle brother was already a professional jazz musician so that was being held down. But in addition to him, my uncle has been a part of the Detroit jazz scene since its inception. Every time I visit my uncle, he recounts to me numerous tales and encounters with some of the biggest names in jazz (who incidentally got their start in Detroit). As some of you know, I have written on the connection between jazz, jazz musicians, and Islam (in my opinion, jazz is the American Muslim nasheed). Below is a snippet of the conversation I had with my uncle. In sha’Allah, more to come.

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2015 ISNA: “A Family Divided”

The following is an audio clip from my introductory remarks given at the 2015 ISNA presentation on “A Family Divided” with Jihad Turk, Namira Islam and moderated by Hazel Gomez:

“I want to ask you—and you should ask yourself this question: What is your goal with your family and your children? If your goal with your family and your children is to preserve and to perpetuate your ethnicity, and you have decided to immigrant to America, you may have just made the biggest mistake of your life.”

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