We Beg Your Pardon Ex President Obama.

As we watched the last two presidential terms fly by we reminisced on how we were so hype to see the first Black Man take the highest office of the United States of America. But something is troubling about the blatant disregard for issues that affect Black, Native people, Muslims and Immigrants. President Obama, being a former community organizer on the southside of Chicago with a beautiful black wife and daughters just seemed like the real CHANGE we all longed for. But increased killings of black youth by police during his watch and more cops were not charged although video evidence existed. What happened Obama? We can’t forget what you did to The Great Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who was referred to as the hope of Africa. How could all this happen…we don’t know but we are sure there is a hidden hand.

Below are a few people we hoped Obama had granted clemency, pardoned, or commuted because we are sure this will never happen under Trump.

Marcus Garvey

The iconic black nationalist and civil rights advocate died in 1940, but his son and several black activists have been in recent weeks urging Obama to issue a posthumous pardon for Garvey’s 1923 conviction for mail fraud, which they say was trumped up. “The point is the injustice has been allowed to sit for [almost] 100 years. It is a continuing injustice that needs to be corrected,” said his son Dr. Julius Garvey.


Mumia Abu-Jamal

Jamal had his death sentence for murdering a Philadelphia police officer commuted to a life sentence. But his supporters have always argued about the circumstances around his conviction, including whether there was sufficient evidence to prove he shot the officer, whether all potential witnesses testified and the racial makeup of the jury.
Abu-Jamal became a cause célèbre when he was facing execution and has even written books from prison.
Obama, however, does not have the authority to commute state convictions, according to the Department of Justice. Abu-Jamal would have to be pardoned by the governor or some other state panel.


Assata Shakur

Shakur was convicted of killing a New Jersey State Trooper 43 years ago. Born Joanne Chesimard, she was a leader in the Black Liberation Army. Shakur was serving a life sentence when she escaped from a New Jersey prison 1979.
Activists such as Angela Davis have argued that Shakur was prosecuted “under highly questionable circumstances.” The National Lawyers Guild, which represented Shakur in her final trial said five members of the 15-person all-white jury had personal connections to state troopers.

“The judge cut funding for additional expert defense testimony after medical testimony demonstrated that Ms. Shakur—who had no gunpowder residues on her fingers, and whose fingerprints were not found on any weapon at the crime scene—was shot with her hands up and suffered injury to a critical nerve in her right arm, making it anatomically impossible for her to fire a weapon,” the National Lawyers Guild said in a statement on a now shuttered Change.org petition to pardon Shakur.


Leonard Peltier

Peltier is a Native American activist who has spent more than 40 years behind bars for killing two FBI agents during a shootout on a South Dakota reservation. He has maintained his innocence. After two other members of the American Indian Movement were acquitted of the killings, Peltier’s supporters believes others were coerced into testifying that Peltier was the shooter. They also say that ballistics evidence that would have cleared Peltier was withheld. “The only thing I’m guilty of is struggling for my people. I didn’t kill those agents,” Peltier said in an Amnesty International video.


Undocumented Immigrants / Muslims

Donald Trump has threatened to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, build a wall on the Mexican border and possibly force Muslims to join a registry. According to experts, Obama could pardon undocumented immigrants for a variety of crimes such as overstaying a visa and crossing the border illegally. The pardon would not grant undocumented immigrants citizenship, only Congress can do that, but it could help put them on a path to citizenship.


Ramsey Orta

Mr. Orta came to us at Nation19 Magazine to spread the word about his case…we did what we could on social media but Obama could have wiped it all away.
Here are the facts: Two years ago, Eric Garner died in Staten Island after officers wrestled him to the ground, pinned him down and applied a fatal chokehold. The man who filmed the police killing of Eric Garner, Ramsey Orta, is now heading to jail for four years on unrelated charges—making him the only person at the scene of Garner’s killing who will serve jail time. The Police were never charged for Mr. Garner’s death. Orta took a plea deal on weapons and drug charges. He says he has been repeatedly arrested and harassed by cops since he filmed the fatal police chokehold nearly two years ago.


Bonus: Edward Snowden

Experts believe Obama could issue a pre-emptive pardon for Snowden as some have urged him to do for his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in case she is indicted for her e-mail scandal.

More than a million people signed a petition asking Obama to pardon the former NSA contractor who revealed a massive U.S. intelligence surveillance operation to spy on Americans without a warrant.

Swowden has been granted asylum in Russia and faces the death penalty if convicted of stealing government secrets. But in a letter to Obama seeking a pardon for Snowden, Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International, and Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, all said Snowden was a “human rights hero” who had acted “to hold governments to account when power is abused” by turning the information over to journalists.

“As you well know, Snowden disclosed information to journalists revealing that the NSA had overstepped U.S. statutes, the Constitution, and international law by engaging in widespread, warrantless surveillance. In response, we’ve seen a global debate that has changed government policies and profoundly affected how people think about personal privacy,” the three leaders wrote.


Hillary Clinton

Sike…just kidding. lol

Jesse Williams speech at the 2016 BET Awards may offend some people.

In case you missed it, Jesse Williams dropped so many gems in his acceptance speech at the 2016 BET Awards. “If you have no interest in equal rights for Black people then do not make suggestions to those that do, sit down” said Williams.

Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams has been very vocal about social injustices against the Black community. In his recent interview with The Guardian he speaks about his childhood “My parents were both activists and I really connected to the social justice movement. Growing up in Chicago, that was a big part of the community that we were in and the people that were in our house,” he says. “I also lived below the poverty line for my entire childhood.”

He also spoke on his Biracial look “To some people I might be a celebrity because I’m physically attractive. We are programmed to believe that someone is attractive because they told you that blue eyes are hot. I am not going to participate in that shit,” he says. “I aim to do what I can with what I have. And I have my [looks] – you know, European beauty standards give me access to things.”

Watch what he said at the BET awards here:

 

 

 

What we learned at Trump’s rally in Arizona.

Yesterday we decided to attend the Phoenix (actually Fountain Hills) rally for Presidential hopeful Donald Trump. He was joined by Arizona’s Sheriff, Joe Arpaio who has not been favorable toward the Mexican community. We saw all the reports of clashes with Trump supporters and protestors on the news so we were prepared for a crazy day. Below is a play by play of what happened and what we learned.

    1. To be official or not: We decided to be official so we got tickets in advance. Fortunately the tickets were free and we loaded the tickets on our iPhone Passbook app. Later we found out that they only allowed certain people in so obtaining the ticket at this event was a waste of time.nation19_blog_trump2_az

    2. Come Early: We didn’t anticipate the traffic and got stuck for along time just trying to get close enough to walk. Later we found out the Trump protestors blocked the highway. (salute!…wait)
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    3. Be careful where you park: We initially parked with all the rest of the cars behind some businesses but a white guy told us to move our vehicle or he’ll have it towed…only us. We moved the car and found a public spot very close. Next time we may Uber our way there and back.

    4. Trump supporters are almost all Caucasian people who express they are fed up with the current state of US economy all the way to border security. They tend to blame allot on Native, Mexican, Liberals, Muslims and Black people. Almost every Trump supporter we encountered just wants the OLD America…whatever that is.
    5. Trump Protestors/demonstrators (Arizona) are comprised of Native American, White, Black, Mexican, Muslims and are typically young. The main objective of the protestors was to show solidarity against Trump’s rhetoric and inflammatory speeches. In attendance were representatives from Puente Arizona, #BlackLivesMatter, and UniteHere (Who have been following Trump demanding equal rights to form a union at the Trump Hotel in Vegas). nation19_blog_trump_az

    6. The Police were not biased. We were waiting for them to act crazy or side with Trump supporters but we didn’t see that all yesterday. However, they were ready and dressed in riot gear.

    7. The Clashes: Every clash we filmed and saw was fueled by the Trump supporters instigating the protestors. We also saw some KKK thug type individuals among the crowd agitating the Trump demonstrators. Most of the clashes were verbal and non violent unlike the rallies we saw on the news. Things could have been worse but none of the Trump supporters seemed willing to go that far yesterday.

What we learned: Trump rallies are a small peek into the mindset of America. At times It felt like we were at a KKK rally in Mississippi. Trump can’t fix America and neither could Obama. You get a sense of prophecy after watching young white men spit at and call Black and Native people racial slurs for 3 hours. For poor people, and non whites, America hasn’t changed since the 60’s and things WILL get worse with either Trump, Bernie, or Hillary in the office. Sorry.

“I do not see how we will ever solve the turbulent problem of race confronting our nation until there is an honest confrontation with it and a willing search for the truth and a willingness to admit the truth when we discover it. – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Grosse Pointe High School – March 14, 1968

Nation19, LA, Pan African Film Festival, Russell Simmons, and the Red Carpet!

Peace this is Nation19 live in LA and it’s going down!

#Bars4Justce Premièred and it was a favorite at the 24th annual Pan African Film Festival. It was so dope to see all our fam and fb fam!

Then we were invited to the Directors Guild to talk about our film and why it is important to use art and media for social change.

After that we were invited to meet with the God Father of Hip Hop Russell Simmons and we talked about everything from President Obama, Social Change, and the Oscars. He even announced the All Def Digital movie awards while we were there!

So if ur in LA today catch us tonight at the final screening of #Bars4Justice at 10:50PM at Rave Cinemas 15 in the Baldwin hills Plaza. See yall there!

Rave Cinemas 15
4020 Marlton Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Call (323) 296-1005 for directions

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The Oscars are wack and lacks diversity but that’s a good thing. Here is why.

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Oscars), lacks diversity and yes the #Oscarsarewack but that could be a good thing for Film makers, Actors, Actresses, Producers and Directors of Color. Here is why.

People of Color make up 37% of the U.S population, but purchased 46% of movie tickets(Washington Post 12/15/2015) That statistic alone proves that Movies showing diverse cast and crew are big business. This is another wake up call to establish and support institutions that promote and honor black films and the people in front and behind the cameras.

Boycotting the Oscars is not going to change anything, Establishing our own institutions will. Who in the heck is Oscar anyway…lol.

Nation19 is honored to be selected to screen our independently produced film #Bars4Justice at the 24th annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) which runs from February 4th – 15th 2016 in Los Angeles. The Festival was founded by actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover, Ja’Net DuBois (Good Times), and Ayuko Babu.
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Established in 1992 the festival honors filmmakers from all over the world and showcases the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help destroy negative stereotypes. Last year they even held a workshop / panel with Denzel Washington! The Pan African Film Festival is the longest running event during black history and is the largest film festival in the US.

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Denzel Washing teaches a panel discussion at the 23rd Annual Pan African Film Festival in 2015.

The Oscars are wack! Support and build your own reality. If you are in LA check out the Pan African Film Festival and hang out with us!

#bars4Justice (screenings):
Mon, Feb 8
@1:25PM
Thu, Feb 11@6:15PM (Nation19 will be in attendance)
Sat, Feb 13@10:50PM (Nation19 will be in attendance)
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and Rave Cinemas 15
3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard 90008
323 290.6636
Map to theatre

Oh, here is the trailer to our film its really dope!

A hip hop activist gives more than his talent when he comes face to face with the justice system in Ferguson Missouri. Narrated by Jasiri X with appearances by Common, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Cornell West, and Bree Newsome.
Written, Directed, Edited, and Produced by Hakeem Khaaliq & Queen Muhammad Ali Cinematography by Hakeem Khaaliq, Co-Produced by Ronald Sims and Steve Powell Narrated by Jasiri X, Re-Recording Mixer Steve Harrison (The Audio Suite) Music by Michael Muhammad, Jorge Méndez, Jahsua, and Jasiri X Filmed on location in St Louis and Ferguson Missouri on August 9 -10th 2015. Trailer edited by Queen Muhammad Ali

 

‘Tis the season to Boycott!

As Black Friday nears we are all the more ready to Boycott! This is only the beginning! Don’t worry, we got the right ammo you need for the entire holiday season! ‘Tis’ the Season to Boycott!

People love Christmas. They are more willing to spend money during the Christmas holiday season than any time of the year. It is this innate joy that we get when we think about Christmas. We are reminded of spending time with our loved ones, of hanging up decorations as a family and giving gifts to those that we love.
We hear a rendition of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and like clockwork, our wallets open. We are unknowingly giving in to an intense marketing scheme to make us spend money, not to spread Christmas cheer.

While consumers are excited about the prospect of the holiday season, our ingrained materialism kicks into overdrive. Big businesses are aware of this.
We are being physiologically and emotionally bombarded and hypmotised into walking talking shopping zombies.

“..Its possible to brainwash, manipulate, coherse people to do just about anything and we see this demonstrated in military training..” says Paul McKenna, Ph.D. a professional Hypnotist. “..they do things way out side the parameters of what we would consider moral..” There is a reason these corporations hire trained professional hypnotist and phycologist.

So don’t let your family become victims of the holiday season. ‘Tis the season to #boycott!! Share this campaign/video with family and friends and let them know #Christmasiscancelled Don’t get played while Big corporations get paid. #APDTA

Written, Directed, Edited by Hakeem Khaaliq & Queen Muhammad Ali
Produced Steve Muhammad & Nation19
Production Assistant Ronald Muhammad
Truck (Dolly operator) Steven Muhammad (PHX)
Cinematography by Hakeem Khaaliq
Actors: Matt Knight(DJref), Malakhan Muhammad, Talib Muhammad, Royce Muhammad aka Stickman.

Activists discuss social injustice at World Premier screening of film in Phoenix!

 

We had such a great night at the world premier screening of our film #Bars4Justice! There were community activists, leaders, organizers, artists, and hip hop heads all there to discuss as a whole what we can do as a community to make a difference. WestCoast Kam was there and he talked about his role as an artists, hiphop and advocacy. Staring in the film is Jasiri X who flew all the way from Pittsburg, PA. There was a question and answer session with him where we spoke about his role as a hiphop activist. So we want to bring the film to your city to encourage and promote how hip hop and the arts can be used as a tool for positive change.

 

For info about screening in your area contact:

get@nation19.com

909.380.2138

We Need Your Help! #Bars4Justice

So yesterday we were going to pick our last finalist…buuuut, we need your help! These MC’s went sooooo hard that they got equal votes from all our judges! This is where we need you! Listen to each of the runner ups in the videos below: @Offendum, @Sefam, @ConsciousFlo. Post the name of your fav MC in the comments! The MC with the most votes will be the finalist! #Bars4Justice

Below are the runner ups submissions and a little of their background:
Offendum

Omar Offendum is a Syrian American hip-hop artist, designer, poet and peace activist. He was born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington, DC, and now lives in Los Angeles, California. He tours the world performing at international music festivals, lecturing at major academic institutions and fundraising for humanitarian relief organizations. Most recently Offendum has been involved in creating several critically acclaimed songs about the popular democratic uprisings throughout the Middle East & North Africa. He is also working on several new collaborative projects while touring to promote his solo work.


Sefam

Samoan lyricist and beat maker, Iosefa Masalosalo, born in Northern California has traveled and lived all throughout the Pacific, including Japan, the Samoan islands, and the Hawaiin Islands perfecting his craft. He graduated from American Samoa college where he is very well known and played frequently on the number one hiphop station in American Samoa KHJ 93.7.


Concise Flo

Illinois born, Samuel X (Gray) musician, poet, and activist grew up on the West side by way of the West Suburbs of Chicago. Concise Flo began performing for crowds since the age of 12 as an actor for City Plays, was featured in a Gatorade commercial/ Gospel video and as a freshman in college he met with other students for small-organized poetry sessions. He then moved onto bigger audiences as an activist, rapper, and poet.

Christians and Muslims unite in Washington DC to demand Justice or Else: #justiceorelse

Less than one week from the horrific slayings of 9 innocent black people at Charlotte AME Church came a solid wall of unity and power. Muslims, Christians and the media assembled at the Historic African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington DC for the official press conference announcing the 20th Anniversary of the Million March March which will be held on 10-10-2015.

The press conference started with prayer and introductions by freedom fighter Tamika Mallory, Reverend Willie Wilson and Pastor Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple who electrified the audience by saying “Christians are going to unite with the Nation of Islam and nobody is going to turn us around.”

The key note speaker, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan brought the house down with powerful words of separation and economic withdrawal opposed to the message of atonement 20 years ago. Addressing the recent motions to remove the Confederate flags from government buildings The Minister said  “I don’t know what this fuss is about putting the Confederate Flag down, we need to put the American Flag down because we caught just as much hell over that! what the hell is the use paying allegiance to that Flag! (American flag)” He continued by saying “We fought in wars under that flag, then came home and got hung under that flag”. The Minister also said he respects the United States Flag as a independent nation.

Here are some real statistics concerning the conditions in the US today.

-45.3M people in the USA are living in poverty.

-Black unemployment is twice that of whites

-60% of people in prison are Black & Latino

-32% of Native American youth under 18 live in poverty

-28hrs from now police will have murdered someone Black
***Source justiceorelse.com***

Minister Farrakhan stressed that “the real thug don’t rob banks, he robs countries”. He noted that Justice is what black people know because of the brutal mistreatment by whites for more than 460 years. He also explained that the “Or Else” is God.

To join over a million people on 10.10.15 go to http://www.justiceorelse.com and mobilize now!

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Blasting Through E3 2015 with Nation19!

E3 2015 was full of excitement from day one June 15th, until the last hour today June 18th. If you don’t know what E3 is, it is the biggest convention of video games on the planet. There are others, like Tokyo Game Show and Pax, but what makes E3 the biggest is that it is primarily the place where million to billion dollar deals go down between all of the major gaming companies. It’s not open to the public basically for that reason. Game developers, publishers and investors all gather to show off their latest works, ideas and investment plans. This year was no exception and we’re here to bring you a little run through of what we saw during our time there.Blasting Through E3_Nation19_PS

First off, this show was full energy! All three of the major console companies (Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft) came with fire! Nintendo had Starfox Zero which was literally for some people like a dream come true. There has not been an installment in the Starfox series since the days of Gamecube, and since the days of the N64 for the flight sim style shooter genre of Starfox games. Nintendo’s 3DS was full of surprises with a full array of new titles coming like a new Fire Emblem game and a game called Yokai Watch, an insanely popular role playing game straight from Japan that has sold upwards of 10 million copies there and will be making its first appearance stateside this year. Microsoft brought their guns out literally with new Halo and Gears of Wars titles, and their smooth cars came breezing through with their latest Forza installment as well. Microsoft also showcased briefly a game developed by the original Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune called Recore. ( Keiji Inafune is an OG).  Sony blew threw the gates with The Last Guardian, a highly anticipated sequel to the games Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, it overwhelmed some people. As did the announcement that a remake of Final Fantasy 7 is in the works. I personally know two people who cried at this announcement, its that big! For the fighters, Street Fighter 5 was there playable, and it’s the business! Hadouken! Sonic Boom! (Whatchu know about that!) Street Fighter 5 will be an exclusive Playstation 4 title, releasing Spring next year.Blasting Through E3_Nation19_Xbox

There were also many third party developers and other electronic developers in attendance. The new Rockband 4 was in full swing as was the new Guitar Hero. Both games are ready to get the party started, with Guitar Hero showcasing a new guitar utilizing 6 buttons, 3 on top of 3, making the strumming of your gaming guitar a little more realistic in gaming terms. Nyko had brand new hard drive solutions for the gamers who download mass games from their respective favorite companies’ online stores. There was even a company who had a tailgate-party style full speaker and TV solution that got the party started anywhere your truck’s tailgate can be opened.

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Overall the show was a wakeup call and a refreshment to all who were involved. Basically it showed that even in the state that the economy is in and is headed in, billions of dollars can be circulated if you have the right ideas and can execute those ideas in ways that the masses can enjoy themselves. For many, that’s what videogames are all about. They are a quick escape from the everyday life into a different world, a fun filled challenge between good friends, or maybe even the bridge that connects two soul mates haha! As long as people can enjoy themselves, there is money to be made in the video game industry. Do you have any new video game ideas? Are they fun? Are they really fun,or do you lowkey think they are whack? Let us know!

Written by Jahsua Muhammad Ali (Nation19 Gaming Expert)

Why every Rapper should observe Ramadan

A celebrity customer called us and wanted to buy the new Pillars Tee but was kinda worried about rocking it because he wasn’t a Muslim. We explained that although the shirt is made for people observing Ramadan, the significance can be practiced by anyone with a little discipline.

Here is how everyone, even Rappers can observe Ramadan, still stay fresh, and not be Muslim…..of course if you are not Muslim already. lol


Ramadan starts this month on June 17th and will continue for 30 days until or around Friday, the 17th of July.

Faith: Belief in God or a Supreme Being is at the center of all beliefs both ancient and modern. God may go by different names (Allah, Elohim, Jehovah, Tagaloa) but no person should be praised but the Lord of the Universe. So, not praising your favorite sports figure could wait for a month…lol


Prayer
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Prayer:
Since you can’t text God (unless you have Rakim’s cell phone) you must learn to communicate with The Creator. The more you you communicate the better the relationship gets. Muslims perform five prayers a day. Each prayer does not take more than a few minutes to perform. The real science of prayer in all religions is a direct link between the individual and God. During Ramadan you will be praying with Billions of Muslims, Christians, and Hebrews together.


Charity
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Charity:
 For 30 days lets try being charitable to the people who might be buying your next single. It’s not about giving money away but you can give a little bit of your time. Volunteer at a shelter or helping children. Remember all things belong to God, and wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust. The original meaning of the word Charity in Arabic is zakat which means both ‘purification’ and ‘growth.’


Fasting
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Fasting:
Its not just about abstaining from food, drink, sexual and relations during the sunlight hours, but also avoiding lewd TV programs, lewd movies, music with cursing, fighting, and arguing during this time. If that is too hard and your’e just not “bout that life” try going vegetarian and avoiding anything that is toxic to your body and not uplifting your mind. The goal is to be discipline and to grow.

During Ramadan Muslims fast (no eating or drinking) from dawn until sundown, abstaining from food, drink, and sexual relations, yes…really. Facts: Fasting is the best way to cure most sickness, repair vital organs, and is beneficial to health. 


Pilgrimage
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Pilgrimage:
Knowledge of Self is the key to life. During this time pick up a book or magazine about your culture or history and become an expert. If you can, talk to an elder in your family and gain a better perspective about your family history and the ancestors who paved a way for you to be here.


Write about your experience: After showing a little discipline with food, giving charity, studying yourself, no cursing, and avoiding arguments and fights, you may be at a creative high! Put your thoughts in a verse and send it to us (get[at]nation19dotcom) in July and we may pay you to use it in our next film or commercial! … if its dope lol

Also get some dopeness from our store while supplies last. Click Here

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Nation19 presents: Exhibit19 with Runoko Rashidi

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Exhibit19:
Nation19 Magazine / APDTA® in association with Pathways to African Unity (Black Student Union) is pleased to present Historian and world traveler Dr. Runoko Rashidi to Glendale Community College for one night only. As a traveler and researcher Dr. Rashidi has visited 105 countries. As a lecturer and presenter, he has spoken in fifty-nine countries and this event marks the first time Dr. Rashidi has presented in the state Arizona.

The event is free and open to the public. And you will be apart of our next issue!

Student Union Building room 104
6000 W Olive Ave, Glendale, AZ 85302
call 909.380.2574
Parking is free

Runoko has worked with and under some of the most distinguished scholars of our generation, including Ivan Van Sertima, John Henrik Clarke, Asa G. Hilliard, Edward Scobie, John G. Jackson, Jan Carew, Yosef ben-Jochannan, and Mother Tynnetta Muhammad.