Born and raised in Houston, Jesse Muhammad, affectionately known as Brother Jesse, is an award-winning journalist, award-winning blogger, experienced community organizer, news analyst, social media strategist and touring international motivational speaker.
He has served as a Staff Writer for The Final Call Newspaper since 2004. The Final Call is the most widely circulated and only remaining independent national Black weekly in the United States. You can read many of his stories and interviews at: www.finalcall.com .
He is a member of the Nation of Islam under the leadership of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. He is a product of Forest Brook Senior High School (Houston, TX) and Prairie View A&M University. (Prairie View, TX)
He developed a passion for blogging in 2007 and launched Brother Jesse Blog. Surprisingly, he walked away with three honors from the 2009 Black Weblog Awards (BWA) for his blog including Blog of the Year, Best Personal Blog and Best Microblog. He was honored to be a finalist in their 2010 and 2011 awards voting in the categories of Best Faith Blog, Best News/Political Blog and Best Microblog. In 2012, he was a BWA semifinalist in the category of Best Personal Blog. In 2013, he was a BWA finalist in the categories of Best Personal Blog and Best Microblog. In 2014, won the categories of Best Twitter Feed and Best Instagram Page.
From 2010 – 2012 he was a guest blogger for the Houston Chronicle’s religious site Houston Belief [dot] com (http://blogs.chron.com/brotherjesse/) that was also a finalist for Best Faith Blog by BWA. He has also been a Celebrity Guest Blogger for Global Grind [dot] com (GlobalGrind.com).
Brother Jesse has become a highly sought-after motivational speaker. He regularly speaks to students on all levels including colleges and universities. He has been a featured speaker at commencements, conferences, conventions, workshops, panel discussions and more.
In 2010, he completed a 20-plus city national and international speaking adventure as part of the Community & Resistance Tour. The rigorous schedule kicked off with 19 consecutive days of speaking alongside journalist and tour organizer Jordan Flaherty and Victoria Law, an advocate for the plight of incarcerated women. From early September to mid-October they spoke in cities such as Brooklyn, South Hadley, Chicago, Syracuse, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Amherst, Asheville, Atlanta, Columbus and Pittsburgh. They even crossed the Canadian border to address audiences in Montreal and Toronto.
In 2010 he was a nominee for the Houston Dreamkeepers Award given to those who embody the essence and continuance of Dr. King’s Dream through service to the community for the betterment of mankind and the protection of Civil Rights every where.
In 2010, he was selected to become the newest member of the national League of EXTRAordinary Black Men. This league was founded by Chief Visionary Officer Brandon Frame of The Black Man Can, Inc.
In May 2011, he was selected as one of the Top 40 Under 40 people in Houston by the Houston Business Journal. (Read)
In June 2012, he won top honors in Media/Journalism category of the Inaugural Black Man Can Awards. (Read)
Since 2011, he has served as social media strategist for The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. In February 2014, he assisted Minister Farrakhan in releasing the book, “The Teachings 2.0: The Twitter Sayings of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan – Volume 1.” This is the first compilation of the thousands of questions Minister Farrakhan has answered on social media from his Twitter and Facebook followers. He was also a lead organizer of the historic internationally broadcasted #AskFarrakhan Social Media Townhall hosted in 2012. He has also assisted in making #AskFarrakhan, #Farrakhan, #TheTime and What Must Be Done series and #FarrakhanTwitterArmy national and worldwide trending hashtags on Twitter; reaching millions of users throughout the globe. The #FarrakhanTwitterArmy of the social media force inspired by Minister Farrakhan with the goal of trafficking truth via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms.
In March 2014, he embarked upon The Teachings 2.0 Book + Social Media Warfare Tour to spread the messag
He has helped to mobilize and organize for social justice issues such as the case of The Jena Six, Hurricane Katrina, the case of Troy Davis, Black on Black violence, domestic violence against women, disparities in education and more.
From 2009-2014, Brother Jesse did a weekly news commentary for several radio shows including S.O.S. Radio hosted by ZIN on Houston KPFT 90.1. He can now be heard every Wednesday and Friday at 9am CST on ZIN’s newly launched AllRealRadio.com on “The Rise and Grind Show”.
He has been interviewed on FOX, ABC, NBC, CNN Radio, Black Entertainment Television (BET), The Cliff Kelly Show, Front Page with Dominique DiPrima, The Stevie Wonder Show, The Roland Martin Show, Hard Rock Radio with Davey D, Sons of Afrika Radio, KJAMZ with Sonny Mac, Suavv Mag Radio, ConversationsLIVE, The Sankofa Experience, The Elevated Places Blog Talk Show, Liberated Sisters and more.
His news articles and blogs have been featured in numerous print and online publications such as AllHipHop.com, African-American News & Issues, Mathaba News Agency , New America Media , San Francisco Bay View , Style Magazine , The Defender , Louisiana Weekly , Frost Illustrated , Village Voice and more.
He is a husband, father, artist, budding photographer….a Renaissance brother.