Brother Islam explains the public’s hesitance to support modern-day community figures like himself

“That unity mentality was stronger in the ’60s and a little before because we knew who the enemy was. It was obvious,” he explained on “Big Facts.” “We are now realizing who the enemy is. Again, it happens in every generation, every single time.”

  /  12.15.2021
S1 E49  |  Brother Islam

S1 E49 | Brother Islam


On the latest episode of the “Big Facts” podcast, hosts Big Bank and DJ Scream sat down with a well-known member from the Nation of Islam, Rizza Islam, otherwise known as Brother Islam. The often-considered controversial public speaker stopped by to share his thoughts on several issues including the Black community, COVID-19, and more.

Rizza wasted no time getting into some of his philosophies including the idea that individuals are more likely to be rewarded for doing wrong instead of something positive. The public speaker believes that people tend to have a false conception about the members of the NOI. “It’s a real-world we’re living in, you know, people think we fell from heaven. Bro, we from the hood like everybody else. Again, it’s a big stereotype,” he told Big Bank when asked if there was ever a time he felt like his faith was tested. “This world rewards you for being wrong, bro. They reward that. It’s hard to be, you know, right and straight as much as possible in the world. You get so many benefits for doing everything that’s negative — you get benefits for that.”

He continued, “Again, we’re not judging out people. We’re family. But, it’s like damn. To be right in the world, you get attacked for being right — for doing positive things. You get attacked. I can’t do this, but I’m cool if I do that.”

Obstacles come in all forms, Rizza explained, noting that the U.S. government was the biggest opposer of his group’s efforts. “It’s not easy — the work that we do. You’re talking about going up against a government that benefits from our people being sick, benefits from us being unhealthy, benefits from us being unintelligent, benefits from us being broke, benefits from us not having our own land, our own schools, our own banks, our own anything,” Rizza claimed. “They benefit from that, and you’re talking about some of us out here doing things that inspire us to have all those things. That’s a conflict of interest. You messing up my hustle.”

Rizza suggested that the government be considered a “gangster group.” “You talking about the real gangsters. They [the biggest gangsters] on the planet. So we messing with their money. We messing with the influences. So that is, I would say is [our] biggest haters.”

He also said his motivation to continue doing his work in the community comes from seeing positive images of Black people buying property, investing, and other things that would eventually push them further in society. 

However, support behind community leaders such as Rizza has lessened since the Civil Rights Movement when people would march behind activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. or Kwame Ture. 

Rizza believes that support has died due to several factors including “drugs, mass propaganda and mental manipulation of the people over time, and certain lifestyles that were injected into our community that don’t necessarily come from us originally. The self-hatred.” He added, “All these things that help to break us down, to destroy our power as a collective — that unity mentality was stronger in the ’60s and a little before because we knew who the enemy was, it was obvious.”

However, the outspoken figure believes there is a resurgence in support of community leaders. “We are now realizing who the enemy is. Again, it happens in every generation, every single time,” he continued. “We ain’t the enemy, but I will say our ignorance is one of the biggest.” 

Elsewhere, he shared his thoughts on COVID-19, alleging that the virus was a collaborative effort secretly used a depopulating method and that citizens are being “pimped.”

“For some reason, we get confused now because they got a white coat on, they say ‘MD, I’m this,’ no you a damn liar too. You a pimp with a white coat on. That’s the difference,” he explained. “You playing us the same way the dude on the corner did us. You pimping my mama the same way the church did and some mosques and other places too.”

Last March, McGill Office for Science and Society released a report of the “Disinformation Dozen,” a group of influencers they alleged were responsible for notoriously spreading misinformation about COVID-19. Rizza and Kevin Jenkins were described as “more troubling” than any other candidate on the list. 

It slammed Rizza’s since-deleted “Not Another Tuskegee Experiment” Instagram account, which compared the use of the COVID-19 vaccine in Black people to the unethical study of the syphilis treatment now referred to as the USPHS Syphilis Study at Tuskegee. Between the 1930s and 1970s, roughly 400 Black men were injected with the disease and left untreated although penicillin was widely available by 1943. 

Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) noted that 65% of anti-vaccine content shared on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter were from members of “Disinformation Dozen.”

Rizza called it a “hit list” and highlighted that he was only one of two Black people on the list before calling out some of the changes in the information given to people since the start of the pandemic, including ways to prevent the contraction and spread of the disease as well as benefits of the vaccine he said calls for concern.

The Center for Disease  Control and Prevention states, “High vaccination coverage in a population reduces the spread of the virus and helps prevent new variants from emerging.” It also says that all “vaccines and immunization web content are researched, written and approved by subject matter experts, including physicians, researchers, epidemiologists, and analysts. Content is based on peer-reviewed science.”

If you liked what you heard, be sure to stay tuned every week for new episodes of “Big Facts.” Also, don’t forget to watch the latest show above!



View More



View More


Walmart has the home essentials for everyone on your holiday shopping list

Below, our gift guide highlights some of our favorite Walmart finds for anyone in need of a home refresh.

  /  11.24.2023

The Auditions | 'Shoot Your Shot'

The competition begins at REVOLT WORLD as rising rappers, singers, and musicians line up to audition for their spot on the main stage. Brought to you by McDonald’s.

  /  11.28.2023

Mogul made | 'Moguls In The Making'

REVOLT presents this special look back at the first five years of Ally’s Moguls in the Making program, an entrepreneurial competition celebrating HBCU students and their innovative, community-driven business ideas.

  /  12.05.2023

Meet The Semifinalists | 'Shoot Your Shot'

Get to know our semifinalists a little better. Learn what motivated them to shoot their shot, as well as how they describe their personality, and sound.

  /  12.05.2023

Walmart's Makers Studio at REVOLT WORLD transformed passion into progress

Take a look inside the Makers Studio presented by Walmart at REVOLT WORLD, a space where Black creators could hone in on their brand and see it come to life.

  /  12.04.2023

Dig In & Drink Up | 'Bet on Black'

In this new episode of ‘Bet on Black,’ food and beverage take center stage as aspiring Black entrepreneurs from It’s Seasoned, Black Farmer Box, and Moors Brewing Co. present their business ideas to judges with mentorship from Melissa Butler. Watch here!

  /  11.15.2023

Walmart's Opportunity Center at REVOLT WORLD empowered HBCU students

Fly Guy DC taps in with REVOLT WORLD attendees to learn what the Opportunity Center, presented by Walmart, means to them and their futures.

  /  12.04.2023

5 things you need to know about the 2023 Billboard Music Awards

“REVOLT Black News” correspondent Kennedy Rue counts down the top five moments from the 2023 Billboard Music Awards, including surprising wins, historic firsts, and dope performances. Sponsored by Amazon.

  /  11.20.2023

Fly Guy DC highlighted HBCU students' passion and pride at REVOLT WORLD

Walmart supports HBCU students and encourages them to be Black & Unlimited. Fly Guy DC talked to a few at REVOLT WORLD about how being an HBCU student has changed their lives.

  /  12.05.2023

The $200,000 goes to… | 'Bet on Black'

In the season finale of “Bet on Black,” special guest judge Ray J joins as the finalists take the main stage to show they have what it takes to win the $200,000 grand prize; Melissa Butler and Eunique Jones Gibson mentor. Presented by Target.

  /  12.04.2023

So Phresh, so clean | 'Bet on Black'

There’s only one round left as the last few founders – Terra-Tory, Phreshly, and ConditionHER – pitch to the “Bet on Black” judges for their chance in the finals and winning the grand prize; Eunique Jones Gibson mentors. Watch here!

  /  12.04.2023

Walmart brings in heavy-hitters for Black and Unlimited Tour panel

REVOLT is continuing its impactful partnership with Walmart by teaming up to showcase Black creatives at HBCUs all-across America. The panel consisted of three experienced, accomplished Black HBCU alumni: Actor and media personality Terrence J, entertainment attorney John T. Rose, and actress and “REVOLT Black News” correspondent Kennedy-Rue McCullough.

  /  11.30.2023

Dr. Jaqueline Echols' mission to cure environmental racism

The health of a community can often be traced to the health of the environment that surrounds it. In Atlanta, a woman named Dr. Jaqueline Echols has dedicated her life to helping ensure that people in economically underserved communities have clean rivers – for better health and for the joy of outdoor recreational space.

  /  12.01.2023

Ludacris & Will Packer on celebrating Black Christmas films with 'Dashing Through the Snow'

Join Kennedy Rue on “REVOLT Black News Weekly” as she dives into the world of Black entertainment in 2023. In this episode, we welcome the iconic Ludacris, celebrated producer Will Packer, and renowned director Tim Story. Together, they explore the cultural shifts in Hollywood, emphasizing the importance of Black representation in holiday films. The discussion highlights ‘Dashing Through the Snow,’ a Christmas movie that celebrates Black joy and tackles deeper themes of faith and childhood trauma. Watch!

  /  12.08.2023

Pheelz talks expressing himself through music & his biggest inspirations | 'On In 5'

On this all-new episode of “On In 5,” multitalented Nigerian artist Pheelz opens up about waiting for his opportunity to fully express himself through music, his inspirations and emotions, and the musical icons he grew up admiring. Watch!

  /  07.11.2023

Tiffany Haddish on therapy, wild fan interactions & the upcoming 'Haunted Mansion' movie | 'The Jason Lee Show'

On this all-new episode of “The Jason Lee Show,” the one and only Tiffany Haddish sits for a must-watch conversation about wild interactions with fans, her new movie ‘Haunted Mansion,’ bringing her therapist on dates, and being present. Watch the hilarious interview here.

  /  07.12.2023

Kareem Cook talks growing up in The Bronx, studying at Duke & networking | 'The Blackprint with Detavio Samuels'

On this all-new episode of “The Blackprint with Detavio Samuels,” the host and REVOLT CEO sits down with Kareem Cook. Throughout the introspective episode, Cook talks growing up in The Bronx, studying at Duke and being nervous to be in the South at the time, network vs. education, taking advantage of your opportunities, and connecting with Debbie Allen. Watch!

  /  07.10.2023

BNXN talks leaving IT for music, linking with Wizkid, going viral & new album | 'On In 5'

For this all-new episode of “On In 5,” singer-songwriter BNXN discusses his journey from IT to music, finding his voice and originality, linking up with Wizkid for their hits “Mood” and “Many Ways,” and what fans can expect from him this year — including a new album. Watch the full episode here!

  /  08.08.2023

DDG has his sights set on becoming a fashion hero & talks Halle Bailey being his "best friend"

In this exclusive interview, DDG opens up about his fashion inspiration, what drew him to girlfriend Halle Bailey, dealing with negative opinions about his relationship, and more. Read up!

  /  11.28.2023

17 of Megan Thee Stallion's most motivational lyrics

The artist has remained remarkably consistent in her song lyrics about making money, telling off haters and feeling liberated since her debut.

  /  11.07.2023
View More
Revolt - New Episodes