Askia Muhammad

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For the 15th century ruler of the Songhai Empire, see Askia Mohammad I.

Askia Muhammad is a poet, journalist, radio producer, commentator,[1] and photojournalist.[2] He has been multiply awarded by the National Association of Black Journalists for his work on National Public Radio, with first place "Salute to Excellence" awards for his commentaries on "Mississippi and My Memories" and "Mike Tyson: Check Yourself" and a third place "Salute to Excellence" award for "Ethel Payne Postage Stamp".[3]

He has served as the editor of Muhammad Speaks and as the head of the Washington office of The Final Call, the official newspapers of the Nation of Islam.[4][5] He has worked as a commentator for National Public Radio and a columnist for Washington Informer.[6][7] He is the author of the book Behind Enemy Lines.[8]


  1. ^ "Winning with art". The Washington Post. 1994-10-24. Retrieved 2008-11-18. Askia Muhammad, poet, journalist, writer, producer and radio and television commentator, is a regular contributor to national and local broadcasts.... 
  2. ^ "At the National Press Club where Sheila Cherry serves as the group's first Black president.(National Headliners)(Brief Article)". Jet. 2004-09-20. Retrieved 2008-11-18. At the National Press Club where Sheila Cherry serves as the group's first Black president, photojournalist Askia Muhammad was the celebrity roasted by his journalistic colleagues.... 
  3. ^ "2003 Salute to Excellence Award Winners". National Association of Black Journalists. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Gaines-Carter, Patrice; John Mintz (1988-04-20). "Muslims nurture legacy of power". The Washington Post. p. a.16. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 'It's not an elite security guard,' said Askia Muhammad, a free-lance journalist and former editor of Muhammad Speaks... 
  5. ^ Jones, Linda (1998-11-16). "Corner Crusaders Final Call isn't first version". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2008-11-18. There were only a few issues, according to Askia Muhammad, who heads the Washington bureau of The Final Call and is familiar with the group's history. 
  6. ^ "The hate and the hype: Have news media helped make a celebrity of black man who spouts racial hatred?". Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service. 1994-05-20. Retrieved 2008-11-18. His remarks are 'reprehensible, offensive and without redeeming qualities,' says Askia Muhammad, a National Public Radio commentator and former editor of Muhammad Speaks, the Nation of Islam's newspaper. 
  7. ^ Smiley, Tavis (2004-04-25). "Ralph Nader talking about black issues". NPR. Retrieved 2008-11-18. Askia Muhammad is a columnist for The Washington Informer. 
  8. ^ "Decades of work covering 'Nation' in Askia's book: Muhammad knows his stuff". The Philadelphia Tribune. 1997-03-14. Retrieved 2008-11-18. Commentator Askia Muhammad's dynamic new book, "Behind Enemy Lines," stimulates renewed interest into some of Black America's most legendary figures. 

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