Jihad does too much. To say he is a teacher would be to ignore the screenplays. To say he's a filmmaker would be to neglect his youth development group. To say he is an activist without failing to mention his entrepreneurial endeavors would be blasphemy. Jihad is just a guy with a few ideas in his head and some fire in his heart.


What do you wake up thinking about?

I wake up thinking about screenplays. I tend to try and create a story a morning. Some mornings they're not so terrible. Some mornings they are. I also think about going to exercise, but that's usually a fleeting concern. Chill. I'm working on it.


What's your morning ritual?

My morning ritual is usually determined by last night's activities. I've been trying to get my life together lately, so sometimes I get everything ready the night before. I usually wake up, spliff myself to sanity, get dressed, and run out the house at the speed of almost late. I've been trying to fit breakfast in, but 10 more minutes of rest usually trumps a full belly. I know. I'm ridiculous.


How does social media play into your daily life?

I'm pretty boring when it comes to social media. I try to post things that I'd like to look back at years down the line, so most of my pages are full of random pictures of laughter, quotes, mini-rants in which I attempt to awaken my sleeping brothers and sisters to evils of white supremacy (it's a marathon, not a sprint), songs, and viral nonsense.


Are we more connected or disconnected than before?

I can't speak to how things were before. My upbringing was essentially shaped by social media. It's all I've ever known. Or can remember, at least. I do find that you can tell a lot about a person from the content they post. An influx of selfies, motivational quotes, memes, and even viral nonsense are all articulations of the things that people concern themselves with. At the very least, I find our virtual personalities to be interesting, because they expose who we are comfortable with trying to become, even if they do not expose who we truly are.


What is most important to you in life?

Productivity, freedom, and family. Food, music, and debauchery are a close second.