1. Solomon Northup
Solomon Northup was an African-American violinist who was born free in 1808. In 1841, he was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. and sold into slavery. Solomon remained a slave for 12 years in New Orleans. He eventually went on to write a memoir titled “12 Years A Slave,” which chronicled his life as a slave.
2. Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor
And this is the man who depicted Solomon Northup in the Steve McQueen-directed film “12 Years A Slave.”
“The Story Of Little Black Sambo” is a children’s book published in 1899. The controversial book detailed the story of a dark Tamil Indian boy named Sambo, who encounters four hungry tigers. The book has been deemed racist due to its imagery and stereotypes. Although the story was about an Indian boy, more recent images of Sambo are used to describe African-Americans.
4. Minister Louis Farrakhan
Minister Louis Farrakhan has been deemed one of the most important leaders in the Nation of Islam religious movement over the past 30+ years. Mainstream America has deemed him controversial due to his beliefs on race and religion, but Farrakhan has served as a social and religious leader within the black and hip-hop community, preaching peace and responsibility.
5. Wallace Dodd Fard Muhammad
Wallace Dodd Fard Muhammed is the founder of the religious Nation of Islam movement. He has been referred to as “Allah” by his student and successor Elijah Muhammad. In the early 1930s, W.D. Fard Muhammad brought his teachings to the predominately African-American city of Detroit.
6. “Ashadu Allah Ilaha Illallah Is The Message” – Jay Electronica
The Arabic prayer “Ashadu Allah Ilaha Illallah Wa Asyhadu Anna Muhammad Rasulullah” is one of the main beliefs in Islam, which translates to “there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is his messenger.”
7. “Lost sons of Muhammad, wildin’ in the wreckage.”
Muhammad is a prophet in the Islamic religion who is known as the messenger, relaying the specific beliefs and words of Allah (God).
8. “All praises due, I’m ready to chase the Yakub back into caves.” – Jay Z
According to the Nation of Islam, Yakub is a black scientist who lived “6,600” years ago. He is said to be the creator of the “race of devils” or the “white race.” The “race of devils” was said to live in caves before escaping and enslaving Africans.
9. “God tribe of Shabazz stylin’ on the record.” – Jay Electronica
Shabazz is said to be a scientist from Mecca who led the “original people,” a nation of ancient Blacks into Central Africa. The Tribe of Shabazz is said to be the only surviving tribe of 13 original tribes on earth, which are reportedly 66 trillion years old.
10. “All praise to the Mahdi, we found our language” – Jay Electronica
The Mahdi is said to be a prophet who will return to earth and redeem those of the Islamic faith before Judgment Day. It is believed that the Mahdi will rule 7, 9, or 19 years before Judgment Day.
11. Lupita Nyong’o
Lupita Nyong’o is an Academy Award winning actress most notably known as “Patsey” in the film “12 Years A Slave.” The Kenyan beauty is revered as Hollywood’s new “it” girl and adored by Black Americans for her distinctive African features and beauty.