The Wake-Up Everybody Foundation

Jihad was a smart child growing up in a single-family home in Indianapolis, Indiana and Atlanta, Georgia. But, by the age of 16, he was selling drugs and embarking on a criminal career that six years later would lead him to prison, but not before his lifestyle would cause him to be stabbed, shot, and left paralyzed from a car accident. Although over time he miraculously regained the use of his legs he still served over seven years in six different federal prisons up and down the east coast. While serving time, Jihad looked up to a group of older socio-political self-taught prisoners who raised his awareness about himself and his past. He discovered books, mostly by black authors and historians, which was something that never spurred his interest while in school. Jihad started researching and writing about subjects that he was sure many misunderstood, like History, religion, hood-psyche, and society in general. His focus and discipline prepared him to write his first book, an autobiographical novel entitled Street Life. Since penning his first title back in August of 2000, Jihad has gone onto write four other thought provoking, enthralling, novels, Baby Girl, Riding Rhythm, MVP, and his latest Preacherman Blues

He calls his genre of literature conscious hip-hop fiction. His goal is to be the voice of the thousands of self taught positive prison inmates that will never be heard. As Kanye West, Common Sense, Jada Kiss, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, NAS, and other conscious hip hop artists are setting the music industry on fire with their lyrics of hope and change Jihad is doing through his writing.

Jihad is a single father who lives in a suburb outside of Atlanta. Jihad is a bestselling author, motivational speaker, real estate investor and CEO of Envisions Publishing LLC. He is also the founder and CEO of the NON-profit, Jihad Uhuru Wake Up Everybody Foundation which is dedicated to positively, and pro-actively re-awakening the African-American psyche through self-realization and re-education. The voices and hands of the Wake Up Everybody Foundation show why it is imperative to READ to re-establish the identity of the urban nation, and how doing this will create positive, productive, pro-active, self-reliant people.


Historical/Inspirational/ Motivational Speaker

Medgar Evans College (African American Studies Department)

Meadowood High school Atlanta, GA

University OF Texas San Antonio Campus

Alamo College San Antonio, TX

Acts of Faith Baptist church Lithonia Georgia

The Fortune Foundation Manhattan, NY

Northside Women’s Shelter Atlanta, GA

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