Saying he will "use the majesty of technology" Final Call Newspaper editor Naba'a Richard Muhammad announced a new radio program to air on WVON Radio Station in Chicago and to stream live all over the world, giving him a global platform to correct many untruths that have been spread about Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan by mainstream media. Joining him will be National Black Radio Hall of Fame Inductee BJ Murphy, whose award winning programs have gained him over a million listeners. The show premiers on WVON radio Tuesday May 2, 2023 and will stream live on the I-Heart Radio App.
When the Mayfair Mansions public housing apartments in Washington, DC became overrun with drug dealers, making the place, as one resident described it, "a living hell," men from the National of Islam, the "Fruit of Islam" (FOI) expanded their presence at the complex beyond door to door sales of the Final Call Newspaper. They began an organized patrol to rid the complex of drug dealers and the devastation of crime and violence from the crack cocaine epidemic. Their success earned them the name "Dopebusters" and it appeared that the Nation of Islam had presented a solution to America's drug crisis. But their success, though applauded by D. C. residents, was attacked by mainstream news media and some public officials. To reveal what really happened, Naba'a Richard Muhammad wrote the book Dopebusters, Farrakhan Fanatics or Saviors? The True Story of the D.C. Crack Cocaine Crisis and Successful Muslim Anti-Drug Patrols. He tells of the power and effectiveness of the Muslim patrols and the political attacks by those who feared the influence of Minister Louis Farrakhan. In the photo, Naba'a Richard Muhammad (3rd from right), BJ Murphy (4th from left) and friends and supporters celebrate the launching of "StraightTalk with Naba'a Richard Muhammad and BJ Murphy" radio show with dinner at Let's Eat To Live Restaurant at 621 E. 67th Street, Chicago. Photo by Naimah Latif
High tech features and electric vehicles were profiled at the kickoff of the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place, where members of the media had an opportunity to hear presentations from automobile manufacturers. Robert Kelter, Senior Attorney and Judith Nemes, Media Relations Specialist with the Environment Law & Policy Center explain the important benefits of electric vehicles to environmental improvement, as the Hundai auto company presented some of its 2023 models.
As the automotive industry seeks to fulfill consumer demands, Judith Nemes noted that the many school buses that emit smog contribute to the respiratory issues our children struggle with daily. They may soon be replaced with electric vehicles that are more environmentally friendly. See more in an interview with Susan Mudd of the Environmental Law and Policy Center on The Female Solution Global Radio/TV Show, at
Robert Duffer, Senior Editor of the Car Connection and Olabisi Boyle host a panel discussion at the MAMA Breakfast at the 2023 Chicago Auto Show. This year's autos focused on the many activities that occur inside a vehicle, requiring more high tech capabilities and safety features, as well as ecological considerations. Photo by Parthenia Luke.
Tia Battle, Director and General Manager, Olabisi Boyle, Vice President of Product Planning and Mobile Strategy, and Kristin Gomez, Senior Group Manager, Regulatory Strategy Eco Mobility for Hyundai Motor North America, discuss the importance of family friendly and eco friendly standards in today's motor vehicles. Photo by Parthenia Luke
CHICAGO - A Ground breaking ceremony for the Elam Chambers Condos was held on July 26, 2021 at 3012 East 78th Street in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by John L. Alexander
Supporters attend a groundbreaking ceremony on the spot where condominiums are scheduled to begin construction.
The family of Elam Chambers and supporters gather at the South Shore Cultural Center to celebrate the actualization of a vision.
"Strategic alliance will provide buildings with renewable energy and increased efficiency." - Fran Briggs, Publicist to Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity
Chicago, IL, March 09, 2021 --(PR.com)-- Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity (FVHFH) has received a pledge of support from United American Marketing for the construction of 100-plus, affordable single family homes for veterans its publicist announced today. The assistance will be utilized during the development and zoning phase of a 50-acre lot in Yorkville, IL.
United American Marketing, an international energy consultancy with offices in the United States, Europe and the Middle East, is advising and contributing as the solar supplier to the FVHFH project. The organization’s aim is to increase the project’s energy efficiency by providing access to renewable energy.
The five-year project, known as Operation Home America, will also house lower-income families, seniors, abused women and children, and at-risk populations. A large part of this group is currently homeless or in need of affordable housing.
By Naimah Latif
Travelers expecting to fly out of Southwest Airlines at Chicago’s Midway Airport Saturday, October 9, 2021, were stunned to discover their flights had been cancelled with no provisions made for booking flights on other airlines. Many expressed anger and frustration at the disruption of travel plans, as long lines to the flight check in counters remained at a standstill and no explanation was given for the cancellations. A number of ticket holders to Las Vegas had planned to attend the Sunday October 10 Chicago Bears’ game against the Raiders.
It was rumored that the government mandated COVID vaccine for all airline employees prompted a number of employees to walk off the job in protest. Southwest was noticeably severely understaffed, with not enough personnel to check in passengers and handle baggage. Passengers grew weary standing in long lines all day only to be finally told their flight had been cancelled.
in a written statement, Southwest said, “We are working hard behind the scenes to minimize challenges as we take care of displaced Crews and Customers as soon as possible.”
Southwest Airlines promised to issue $200 credit toward future flights and to refund money on credit cards used to purchase tickets. Travelers inconvenienced by the cancellations waited in line for hours to receive refunds as their attempts to book other flights proved futile. Photo by John L. Alexander
A Southwest Airlines plane takes off from Midway Airport on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, after a weekend of over 1,000 cancellations, leaving many people unable to get to their destinations. Photo by Parthenia Luke.
In over 50 locations throughout the Chicagoland area, motorists lined up early Saturday morning to receive free gas compliments of the Dr. Willie Wilson Foundation. Gas station owners expressed gratitude for Dr. Wilson's generosity, which resulted in a big surge in gas customers for the day. Workers from Dr. Wilson's Foundation guided cars to the gas pumps, helped gas station attendants pump gas, and assisted police in keeping lines of motorists organized as they waited their turn. The owners at the Gas Station at 7201 N.Clark said they were pleased with the turnout and the cooperation of all who made the operation run smoothly.
While motorists were asked not to wait in line over night, many said they got up as early as 5:00am to stake their place in line. and willingly waited two, three, even four hours to get to the gas pump. The Super Save at 111th and State Street saw many motorists coming from the south suburbs to take advantage of the free gas opportunity. Surrounding gas stations had notably few patrons, while many motorists preferred to wait for $50 in gas to fill their tanks, rather than pay. One motorist stated, "Without this help from Dr. Willie Wilson, I wouldn't have been able to get back and forth to work. I just don't have the money to get through the week."
Philanthropist and Chicago Mayoral Candidate Dr. Willie Wilson paid another $1 million dollars to participating gas companies on Saturday, April 23, 2022, to allow motorists to pump up to $50 in gas at no charge. He announced this third gas giveaway at a press conference at his East Wacker Drive home Tuesday April 19th, and challenged other elected officials to perform similar acts of charity for citizens who are struggling under the economic crises caused by COVID, war abroad and violence in communities at home. He vowed that as Mayor of Chicago he would continue to address ways to ease economic distress.
The Chicago Auto Show highlighted some of the most popular sports cars being selected by motorists. The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is MotorWeek’s 2020 Drivers’ Choice Award winner for “Best of the Year.” Photo by Parthenia Luke
The Honda Company presented a special new display at the auto show. Photo by John L Alexander
A close up view of the dashboard in the cockpit of the HondaJet Elite II. Photo by John L Alexander
Photo by John L. Alexander
We’re here at the Chicago Auto Show with award winning Photojournalist Marcus Robinson, looking at the unlimited possibilities! What about a new Lamborghini? The car you drive makes a statement about who you say you are. If you see a car you like, claim it! Speak it into existence! See yourself in that sports car, that truck, that Electric Vehicle!