Moozlum: Review and Post-Panel Discussion Thoughts

This past Thursday I attended the film screening of “Mooz-lum” at Lincoln Center. In my last post I stated that this film was about a young Black man of Islamic faith struggling with this identity in addition to being an American. After having seen the film, there is a lot more to add to that synopsis. This picture is also a coming of age story for young Tariq (played by Evan Ross), showing his life and upbringing. I have to say that the acting was spot on, and struck the right chords overall.  Danny Glover and Nia Long both played...

Film Screening: “MOOZ-lum”

Black History Month begins today, and this week kicks off with a timely  screening in just two days. ImageNation presents the film “MOOZ-lum” directed by Qasim Basir at Lincoln Center on February 3rd. This movie tells the story of Tariq Mahdi, a young Black Muslim who grapples with issues of identity as a person of Islamic faith and an American. This film is scheduled to debut nationwide on February 11th. You can see the trailer to the film below. The film will be followed by a panel discussion titled: “Islam and the Black Experience” In light of all the recent...

Disintegration: Post-Discussion Commentary

Yesterday, the Hue-Man Book Club had it’s first meeting of the year to discuss by Eugene Robinson Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America. First off, I want to thank Hue-Man Bookstores and the Book Club for having me as guest facilitator for this important book. It was an engaging experience. I started off the conversation with a short summation of Robinson’s premise of 4 disparate Black America’s and whether or not people agreed with his breakdown. To that effect, the participants commented, and in consensus agreed with the categories put forth by the author, while some added that there is...

Book Review- Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America

The term Black America is utilized to describe the people of African descent living in the United States. It also connotes shared history and fate, and is often invoked as those within the community call for solutions to the particular challenges faced by this group.  From CNN’s Black in America series to the informal conversations held on street corners, the concerns of African Americans are grappled with constantly. However, some would argue that the term is monolithic, and no longer delineates accurately the diversity and complexity of this group of Americans. Washington Post columnist Eugene H. Robinson is one who...

Cathie Black Must Go: Commentary

The new NYC school chancellor Cathie Black has already put her foot in her mouth. At a meeting discussing the issue of schools overcrowding, Black felt comfy enough to joke about a serious issue. “Could we have some birth control for a while? It could really help us all out a lot.” Hardy Har. Before you say “what’s wrong with that?” think about it for a minute. For someone at the top of the administration of the public school system in NYC to make light of this issue is concerning. To even prescribe birth control so she and her top...