Award-Winning Journalist Charlene Muhammad Highlights Achievements of Black Women in “Sisters On The Rise”
By Edrea Davis – Award-winning journalist and radio host, Sister Charlene Muhammad, closed out Women’s History Month with a compelling cover story in the Final Call Newspaper highlighting the beauty, power and achievements of Black women.
“Sisters on the rise” (www.finalcall.com) examines the strength and resilience of black women dating back to warriors like Yaa Asantewaa and Queen Nzinga, who ensured African nations were liberated from colonialism, to Black power movement fighters like Angela Davis and current day women in the Black Lives Matter Movement. The article also addresses the perpetuation of negative stereotypes and stigmas that destroy the self esteem of young Black girls despite the fact that non-Black women are paying big money for tans, hairstyles, and injections to look like the women American society so often degrades.
“I am so proud the Final Call provides a national vehicle to report on the vast accomplishments and ongoing work of Black women,” says Muhammad.
The national correspondent for the Final Call adds, “In addition to learning more about powerful sisters from our past like Harriet Tubman, Mary Church Terrell and Ella Baker, this assignment blessed me with the opportunity to hear the wisdom and ongoing work of current Black women leaders like former Black Panther Party leader and author, Elaine Brown, founder of the Girls Like Me Project, LaKeisha Gray-Sewell, and La Tasha Peele, a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and chair of the Baltimore County Alumnae EMBODI program.”
Other women interviewed in the article include: Dr. Safiyya Shabazz, a family physician in Philadelphia; Jamilah Lemeiux, senior editor of Ebony magazine; and Dr. Melina Abdullah, an organizer with Black Lives Matter Los Angeles.
In addition to her work as a print journalist, Muhammad is also founder, host and executive producer of “Liberated Sisters,” a public affairs program heard Pacifica Network’s 90.7 FM/KPFK, “Uprising: The Freedom Now Edition,” a drive-time public affairs show heard every Friday morning on KPFK, and “The Justice Report,” a mini-news segment highlighting various issues, protests, social ills, and the work of advocates and activists to raise awareness and seek justice about those problems. She is also founder of “Pumps on the Ground,” an independent media project which travels to the scenes of crisis, triumph, and activism in all underrepresented communities – Black, White, Indigenous, – to raise awareness about their issues and how their stories connect to the global struggle for justice.
Read Sisters on the Rise at www.finalcall.com. Follow Muhammad on Twitter: @SisterCharlene or Facebook: Charlene Muhammad.