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I did not go to college to be a journalist, but I believe God led me into this career. Today, I am a Staff Writer for The Final Call Newspaper which was founded by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in 1979. The Final Call is the most widely circulated independent national Black weekly in the United States. It is also distributed globally.

 

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I have been blessed to cover some of the most impactful events of the last decade such as Hurricane Katrina and The Jena Six. I have interviewed many great activists, politicians, global scholars, entertainers and more.

 

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My news articles and blogs have been featured in numerous print and online publications such as Hurt 2 Healing Magazine, African-American News & Issues, Mathaba News Agency, New America Media, San Francisco Bay View, Style Magazine, The Defender, Louisiana Weekly, Frost Illustrated and more.

 

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Read a few of my stories published in The Final Call Newspaper:

Supreme Kutz: A triumph in Katrina’s aftermath
A victory for Katrina survivors?
Homeless remain America’s ‘invisible population’
BP czar under fire for slow payouts
Can millions undo years of unjust life behind bars?
Judge freezes Louisiana Road Home due to alleged discrimination
March remembers unarmed Blacks shot by New Orleans police
Katrina’s legacy still painful five years after disaster
America’s Wrongfully Convicted: DNA evidence freeing dozens after years behind bars
Silent Killer: Abortions in the Black community
Poverty, AIDS and Blacks
Despite generating billions, many of LeBron’s fellow ballers end up broke. Why?
More NOPD officers charged in post-Katrina shooting death, cover-up
Brutal racial attacks on Blacks are on the increase in America’s post-racial era
Protestors barred, ejected, arrested at Chevron meeting
• Read More @ www.finalcall.com

 

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A few of the persons I have interviewed for The Final Call, my blog and other news outlets are:

• Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons
• Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin
• Music artist, speaker and author Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins of the group TLC
• Actress and director Kim Fields
• Black Enterprise Magazine CEO Earl “Butch” Graves, Jr.
• NBUF National Chairman Kofi Taharka
• Entrepreneur Melinda Emerson aka “Small Biz Lady”
• NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown
• Music artist and author Speech of Arrested Development
• International HIV/AIDS advocate and speaker Hydeia Broadbent
• Hip Hop artist, actor and filmmaker Ice Cube
• Life & Relationship Coach Tony Gaskins
• Social Media Guru, Entrepreneur and Motivational Speaker Crystal Washington Martin
• Award-winning actress Jasmine Guy
• Entrepreneur and author George S. Fraser
• Writer and fillmaker Dream Hampton
• Author, speaker and attorney Ava Muhammad
• Former World Boxing Champion George Foreman
• Hip Hop artist Bun B
• Music artist Montsho Eshe of Arrested Development
• Creative director and author Thembisa Mshaka
• Award-winning filmmaker Stacey Muhammad
• Hip Hop artist, speaker and columnist Queen Yonasda
• BBC New contributing reporter Sharon Carpenter
• Author, filmmaker and youth advocate Yasmin Shiraz
• Entrepreneur, speaker and author Keith J. Davis, Jr.
• Nation of Islam Student Minister, urban planner, radio host Robert Muhammad
• National Best-selling author Reshonda Tate-Billingsley
• Actor Allen Payne of “House of Payne”
• Actress Jill Marie Jones of “Girlfriends”
• Activist Mtangulizi Sanyika
• The late N’COBRA founder Dr. Imari Obadele
• Singer and songwriter Avery Sunshine
• Grammy award-winning Hip Hop artist T.I.
• Journalist, author and speaker Ashahed M. Muhammad
• Hip Hop artist, speaker and activist Jasiri X
• Texas Congressman Al Green
• Grammy-nominated music artist Wayna
• Award-winning AIDS advocate and speaker Marvelyn S. Brown
• NBPP Chairman and attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz
• Music Manager and PR expert Fiona Bloom
• Olympic Tae Kwon Do Silver Medalist Nia Abdallah

Published Writings (Short List):

Houston Chronicle Houston Belief Blog (2010 – 2012)

Talking race, religion and politics in “The Upper Situation Room” Read archives: http://blog.chron.com/brotherjesse/

D-Mars Business Journal
“Mediocrity is Not in Your D.N.A.” pg 18 July/August 2007
“University of Phoenix Takes Education to Another Level” pg 21 April/May 2008
“Getting A Deal & Keeping A Deal” pg 4-5 June 2008
“Expand Your Sphere of Education for Success” pg 4-5 August 2008
“A Grandmother’s Wisdom: Doing For Self Doesn’t Mean By Yourself” May/June 2008
“100 Black Men in Houston: Making An Impact One Male At A Time” pg 5 July 2008

GlobalGrind.com
Common vs. Drake? Hip-Hop beef needs a funeral and proper burial R.I.P.

To Dr. King’s Dream (1963-2012)?

The Lost Principles of Kwanzaa

AllHipHop.com
Common vs. Drake? Hip-Hop beef needs a funeral and proper burial

R.I.P. To Dr. King’s Dream (1963-2012)?

Hurt 2 Healing Magazine
Two -Year Anniversary Edition Featured Cover Interview March 2011