Fifteen years ago, there were two men in Chicago who would make history. One organized one of the largest gatherings of black men in history for what was dubbed the Million Man March. Another was taking the steps to begin his anointed quest to become the leader of the free world.
TV One’s Cathy Hughes has already talked to President Barack Obama, so now it’s her turn to talk to Min. Louis Farrakhan.
The controversial leader of the Nation Of Islam will be Hughes’ guest on the Mother’s Day edition of “TV One on One With Cathy Hughes,” Sunday, May 9 from 9 to 11 p.m., for an exclusive interview. The topics will be wide-ranging, including Farrakhan’s take on the Obama presidency, his feelings about Thomas Hagan, the man convicted of the murder of Malcolm X who was recently paroled, interracial relationships, HIV and AIDS and more.
“Our television audience hasn’t heard from Minister Farrakhan in a long time,” said Cathy Hughes. “We wanted to touch base with him to discuss his impressions of the world today, the challenges facing our communities, politics, race and progress in the 15 years since the Million Man March.”
Hughes is in a unique position to gauge the temperature of influential individuals in the black community. She owns Radio One, the largest African-American owned and operated broadcast company in the country. Her interviewees have included Dick Gregory, Spike Lee, Will Smith, Terrence Howard, Patti Labelle, Beyonce and other entertainment, sports and political figures.
Farrakhan is certainly among the more polarizing figures that Hughes has interviewed. While he and the Nation of Islam command a great deal of respect in the black community, Farrakhan is viewed with disdain by many outside of it. The Million Man March was one of his greatest accomplishments, and yet has passed into history with little fanfare despite its undeniable impact on a generation of African-American men. Farrakhan will certainly address the march, but some of his most interesting comments are about Obama, who denounced him during the presidential campaign.
“I never endorsed him. I just spoke well of him,” Farrakhan told Hughes. ”When he denounced me, he was forced into that. For me, I saw the bigger picture. I told all those that are with me, ‘Don’t you say one negative thing about what he said or what he did. Just be quiet.’ And do you know when that young man was elected, black people came to me and thanked me, because I never allowed anything to pull me out into that which would hurt that brother. The bigger picture at that moment was Barack Obama, not Louis Farrakhan.”
Farrakhan will also discuss his recovery from major surgery to treat the side effects of prostate cancer treatment, which almost killed him, according to reports.