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Nation19 Magazine/APDTA
Nation19 Magazine Art issue.jpg
Editor-in-chiefQueen Muhammad Ali, Hakeem Khaaliq
CategoriesLifestyle magazine
FoundedWinter 2010
CountryUnited States
Based inScottsdale, Arizona
LanguageEnglish ( with Japanese, Samoan, Chinese, Spanish editions)

Nation19 is a magazine that blends hip-hop culture, photojournalism, activism, and anthropology. The printed and digital magazine[1][2] is produced and published by multimedia activists, visual anthropologists, and film directors Queen Muhammad Ali and Hakeem Khaaliq.[3] The magazine was started in the winter of 2010.[4] Nation19 also produces documentary films[5][6] and hosts exhibits based on various of its articles. Nation19 is defined by its large photo spreads and motifs of indigenous empowerment, archeological research, and social change. Nation19 offers posters,[7] limited T-shirts,[8] and accessories for purchase in its online store.[9]

The hashtag initialism term "APDTA"[10] was coined by Nation19 and is an international trademarked brand sold by the company.[11]


Investigative journalism is a regular element of the magazine. A controversial interview with deceased CIA whistleblower and activist Michael Ruppert was published in the "Survival Edition" shortly after his death.[12] The piece focused on the Fukushima nuclear disaster and other issues related to the Pacific Ocean.[13]

Education through films and television[edit]

Name Topic(s) Filming locations Awards Network
Comin' Up Short[14] US drug policies, Hip Hop stereotypes, Golden age hip hop, Ice Cube, Da Lench Mob,[14] Los Angeles Street Gangs, Gang Intervention, Visual Anthropology Los Angeles, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Baton Rouge, LA (POST) Berlin Lift-Off Film Festival

Berlin, Germany

January 21, 2021

Official Selection

Montreal Independent Film Festival

Montreal, Canada

January 30, 2021

Official Selection

The Pan African Film FestivalLos Angeles, CA

February 13, 2021

Official Selection[15]

Angeles Documentaries

Los Angeles, CA

February 22, 2021

Feature Documentary Finalist[16]

Sweden Film Awards

Stockholm, Sweden

March 1, 2021

Best Feature Documentary

Golden Sneakers International

Hip Hop Film Festival

Hamburg 2021

May 4, 2021

Fight the Power Films Peace Award

Best Female Director in a Documentary

Hip Hop Film Festival

Hip Hop Film Festival

New York, NY

July 3, 2021

Official Selection

Defy Film Festival

Nashville, TN

July 9, 2021

Official Selection

#Waronus[14] US drug policies, Plan Colombia stereotypes, hip hop advocacy[14] Bogotá, Cartagena, Tierra Bomba, and Medellin, Colombia, South America United Nations
#Bars4Justice Criminalization of black youth, mass incarceration, stereotypes, hip hop advocacy, anthropology Ferguson and St. Louis, Missouri Best Short Documentary PAFF 2016 (LA), Official Selection/Audience Choice Award USFF (NYC), Official Selection Docutiff (Albania) None
¿Quiénes son los afro-mexicanos?[17] Afro Mexicans, indigenous and black townships of Mexico, anthropology Acapulco, Cuajinicuilap, Costa Chica, Marquelia, HueHuetan, Veracruz Mexico Univision Television
The Last Matai[18] Lost history of the Pacific, indigenous Samoan history, anthropophagy, anthropology American Samoa and Honolulu, Hawaii

International focus[edit]


In 2016 Nation19 magazine was invited to research the effects of Chinese culture on inner city youth.

Central America[edit]

In 2014 Nation19 magazine produced ¿Quiénes son los afro-mexicanos? for Univision Television. This two-part mini documentary was shot on location in Mexico's Afro-Mexican coastal communities by Nation19 magazine, and was narrated by Spanish news anchor Sergio Urquidi. Univision networks aired ¿Quiénes son los afro-mexicanos? internationally on July 14–15, 2014.[19]

Pacific Islands[edit]

A documentary film called The Last Matai, filmed in Samoa, American Samoa, and Hawaii, was produced by Nation19 magazine.[20]

South America[edit]

Nation19 traveled to Colombia, South America with Academy Award winner Rhymefest[21][22] to direct a documentary film called #WarOnUs.[23][24]


Each printed and digital magazine features a spotlight on archaeological sites around the world relating to the number 19. Nation19 magazine #3 featured an article about the ruins of Göbekli Tepe, located in the southeastern Anatolia region of Turkey, spotlighting its 19 ft-tall, 20-ton, T-shaped pillars.[25]

In 2015 Nation19 printed a brief article explaining how the ancient people of Mexico predicted future solar and lunar events using a 19-month calendar.


Every cover of Nation19 Magazine has "Nation19" written in Japanese characters ネイション 十九.

Most of the writers are bilingual and are experts in various cultures. For example, Jahsua Muhammad Ali works for Nation19 as a composer and transcriber/translator. He is fluent in Japanese.[26] Shahida Muhammad who is a frequent writer for Ebony magazine and Nation19 is fluent in Spanish and lives in Colombia South America.[27] Long time writer for Nation19, Joey Belk speaks Cantonese and lives in Hong Kong. Jobie Bakama speaks Swahili and lives in South Africa. Queen Muhammad Ali is proficient in conversational Mandarin, and can read Samoan.

In addition to writing and research many Nation19 / APDTA products display foreign characters.[28]

Exhibitions and events[edit]

Invisible Mexico: Encuentro Phoenix[edit]

Arizona's first anthropological augmented reality multimedia exhibit showcasing the isolated descendants of the African-Diaspora in Mexico through a collection of augmented photographs shot in Costa Chica, Veracruz, Palenque, Mexico City, Yanga, Huehuetán, revealing a side of Mexico most people are unaware of-depicting the people who reside on the country's rural Pacific & Gulf Coasts referred to as Afro-Mexicanos.

Artist: Award-winning husband & wife multimedia filmmaker / photographer team, Hakeem Khaaliq & Queen Muhammad Ali (Nation19). Opening night was hosted by Mayor Greg Stanton and curated by Mark Freedman of monOrchid Gallery Phoenix.

The project is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, 100 Black Men of Phoenix and YoSoy™

Open to the public March 2017[29][30][31][32]

Invisible Mexico photo exhibit (private)[edit]

From May 2 through June 14, 2014, @Univision Television Gallery Phoenix curated a private photo exhibit about the Afro Mexican township people of Costa Chica and Veracruz, displaying 10 27 1/2 x 39 1/4 framed prints from Nation19 magazine.[33]


On Friday, August 1, 2014, men's boutique and art gallery Division West in Denver's Cherry Creek North area held Nation19's UFO hip hop exhibit, which was free to the public.[34][35]


Nation19 magazine presented Exhibit 19 with Dr. Runoko Rashidi: "Black and Indigenous contributions to the world." The presentation marked the first time Dr. Rashidi presented in Arizona.[36]


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  25. ^ "Gobekli Tepe: Nation19 Exclusive Discovery". Issuu. Nation19 Magazine. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
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  29. ^ Gonzales, Tara. "INVISIBLE MEXICO AT MONORCHID". The Arts Beacon. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
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  31. ^ "Artists uncover 'Invisible Mexico' through augmented reality | Cronkite News". Cronkite News - Arizona PBS. 2017-03-10. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  32. ^ "New exhibit showcases indigenous Afro-Mexicanos through photos". Paradise Valley Independent. 2017-03-02. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
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  34. ^ "#Turnupdenver". Eventbrite.
  35. ^ Chonz, DJ. "Division West @nation19 @tonyvizzle @radiobums UFO's x Hip Hop Exhibit! Dvsn-West Cherry Creek Now Come Through!". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-26. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  36. ^ Grimes, Rodney. "African Diaspora Authority Dr. [Runoko Rashidi] Lectures In Arizona For First Time". The Arizona Informant. Roland W. Campbell, Jr. news. Retrieved 4 March 2015.

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