Life is happening

As the CEO of a multimedia company focusing on social justice, small communities and storytelling I have a responsibility with the people to tell their stories, to bring awareness to the masses, who define our problems and changes as our “You are creating these problems now deal with them.”  

We are not the ones producing , fabricating, nor selling drugs or guns in the streets. We are not the ones benefiting from gentrification or new businesses coming into our town. We can visit, but we can not stay.  We have become a problem to our government, to our cities. The 1% has decided that we are useless and we need to be removed of our homes and towns because the don’t want to live among us.  

 Wait a minute, I am not saying that we are innocent in all that is going on, not at all. We are responsible for our lives, our children and our communities. We have the opportunity to do great things and we need to tap into all those resources that are available to us. Grants, free business classes, free courses on line, opportunities to create and find sponsors for your ideas, books or even films. You might not become the next Edison, Shakespeare or Spike Lee, but you tried and you got the attention of someone who is looking for someone just like you.  

We want to complain and in the process we loose all the positive energy, people and agencies that want to help and change the present situation. Some say that we need to break away from using black and brown as a crutch, that we need to see who is really helping us, NOT, and we need to ask for their help, HELL NOT.  

We have resources, we have our own people who are successful and need to help us. Yes, I am also holding YOU accountable, you come out of our neighborhoods, grow big  and forget where you came from. Come around throw few crumbs, do a concert and run back to your gated home, while we have to dodge bullets, deal with the drugs and the death of many innocents in our communities.

I am a creator, I am the voice, I am a storyteller that will not be silenced.  

The Search for Khadijah’s reading

On Monday, January 25, Essex County College hosted the stage reading of the book, The Search for Khadijah, A memoir of peace and acceptance.

The book speaks about the struggles of mental illness and how everyday relations affect our behavior.

As a sufferer of Bi-polar disorder and the author of this short memoir, I believe we need to educate our communities about mental illness and how to end the stigma associated with the mentally ill.

The readers; Alisa Lemon, Carla Caraballo, Amerah Shabazz and Halimah Mahmaoud. A group of beautiful, talented women came together to send a message about mental illness, peace and acceptance. They did an extraordinary job delivering such strong message.

I would like to say thank you to Professor Jenifer Wager and theMedia Department students. Great job guys!!!!

As Newark Speaks 2U grows stronger we will like to create a more personal dialogue with the Newark’s communities. Talk about our son’s and daughter’s, about our blocks and about mental illness. We are in need to work together. UNITY is the only way we can and will create a better communities.

The Search for Khadijah

Living with bipolar disorder has been a constant in my life, and at times people don’t understand why things happened.  Few of my love ones have kept me close and others took the easy way out.

Here is the link to purchase my memoir, God willing it is a way of helping someone to understand to unrested mind of one who suffers with bipolar disorder.

https://www.amazon.com/SEARCH-KHADIJAH-memoir-peace-acceptance-ebook/dp/B01MECIYHC/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1476119042&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=the+search+foe+khadijah

Angelica Molina, Muslimah, Boricua and Politician.

I have to admit it was not easy to seek and interview Angelica Molina. I had to travel on a 3 day weekend, then it was the editing, the writing and the time spent how I am  going to deliver the news of the first Puerto Rican Muslim woman running for a seat to the Senate in Puerto Rico.

As a Muslim woman and Puerto Rican, I want to see changes, I want to know that Puerto Rico is ready for change and I want to part of the  changes that are to come.

 

Angelica Molina Sanchez Muslim and Politicioan

Harassed while Muslim

The live feed right after the incident  is in my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/muslimahpr

 I did this video after the actual incident 

Harassed while Muslim

Is about the Muslim woman(me) taking photos in the same side walk as the Prudential building. I can not take pictures of the building meanwhile standing in their sidewalk (the sidewalk is public space), but if I go across the street I can take the pictures. (Maybe, if they don’t call the FBI or a terrorist squad) 

The security guard walk towards me first without saying a word, then he comes and asks me if I am a freelance photographer, I said yes and that is how this dilema started.

The Security Guard was sent to ask me what I was doing? Ok, fair enough. I asked why? “we had problems before, when people take photos of buildings….(he was up to his knees in shit right about now)

I asked; “People like me right?”

SG, “What you mean?”

Me: “Muslims”

SG: “Oh, no my father is Muslim.”

Me: “he is not doing what I am doing?”

He continue ranting, I had to tell him to stop talking (SG was already up to his neck in shit) Trying to tell me that I could stand on that side of the street just don’t take pics of the building.

Me: “Please, stop talking because I am a journalist”

Next thing you know I have security guard with a dog standing by him looking at me without saying a word.  Then the male security guards, oh one had a dog in a leash, leave and send a female officer and as she try to talk shit, I had to tell her to just stop talking to me. 

Tired of the stereotypes that are formed because we are Muslims, I am more than sure if it was any other famous photographer and white he will be welcome with open arms. Please, save the drama that 5 or 6 years ago it was a plot to blow the Prudential building.  This is just a way to maintain Islamophobia in a community of at least 75% Muslims just in Newark, not counting the fact that in the east coast New Jersey has the largest concentration of Muslims. 

My experience is not the first, nor will be the last, but I will make sure that someone listen to me, making sure this does not happen again.  

The stereotypes, politics and the silence of many,  is affecting and will continue to affect our Islamic communities by keeping our families in grave danger.

 

Actually, in its purest form, Islam is incredibly tolerant. That makes what’s going on in the world really bizarre.
Steve Earle