We had the good fortune of connecting with Malik Muhammad and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Malik, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Malik Books is a black owned independent bookstore located in a undeserved area of Los Angeles. Malik Books uses books to elevate a positive image of self in the community. Self esteem, self awareness, and self respect have a direct relationship to success. Communities are only a reflection of the people who live in the community. Books are an essential resource in the age of social justice reform and social equality. Malik Books is the total African American expression of pride and cultural where we give voice to the voiceless. When the community walks into Malik Books they feel like they are walking into themselves. Malik Books now ship nationwide malikbooks.com
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Malik Books is a black-owned independent bookstore that specializes in African American books, calendars, and gifts full of cultural diversity. The total African American expression of pride, cultural, and self-esteem where we give voice to the voiceless. Malik Books offers a large selection of diverse children books because children are 100 percent of our future. We also specialize in conscious, hard to find, hot and best sellers of today. Malik Books website malikbooks.com ship nationwide.
Since 1990 Malik Books has served the greater Los Angeles community. Malik Books one of the many Afrocentric bookstore in American that was part of the, “Black Book Revolution” that swipe across American during the early 1980’s. The Black Book Revolution spark a new frontier of self-identity and creativity in the Black community. This movement gave birth to the next generation of authors, artist, inventors, dreamers, visionaries, truth seekers, Afrocentric product creators, and grassroots leaders.
Our doors at Malik Books has always given voice to the independent and self-published authors. Malik Books has hosted over the years hundreds of book signings and discussion. As well as organized public debates and cultural events that speak to the upliftment of the black community. Malik books is dedicated to serving the interest of our customers and community.
The success of Malik books did not come over night. Over the years we have worked hard to overcome the hundreds of mistakes to find the right formula of success. Being determined and having the stick-to-itiveness to overcoming the many obstacles over the years. I credit our success to having a strong passion for the desire to see a positive change in the people and our community as well as being able to support my family. You must have a strong mind because fear and low sales will play tricks on your mind. You must have a strong belief in what you do and a purpose for why you are doing what you do. I truly believe if you change your thoughts you can change your life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In the age of covid 19 and Los Angeles being lock down there is must to do in Los Angeles. But lets assume Los Angeles is open and back to normal. This is sunny California so we are going to visit the world famous Venice Beach. Next on the list Hollywood Blvd the Ave of the Stars. While in Hollywood maybe take the TMZ bus tour and see how the stars live and the hot spots like Beverly Hills. For breakfast lets visit the world famous Roscoe Chicken and Waffles in Los Angeles. We have some amazing restaurants in the community so for amazing sit down dinner lets visit Post and Beams Restaurant. Foe some good healthy eating next stop Stuff I Eat in Inglewood. I do not club must any more these days but maybe we will visit the Savoy Club in Inglewood on Friday night to listen to some Afro beats and R and B music. Finally for the grand tour we must visit Malik Books two locations in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall and Westfield Culver City ( aka Fox Hills Mall)
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
No man lives on an island alone. We all stand on the shoulders of others who helped us along the way. I have had many people in my life who has help elevate my growth and success in all areas of my life. First let me acknowledge God the creator of all things. Second my parents. Third my father like mentor David Henderson. Fourth the guiding light that awaken my true calling to serve the people and provide knowledge of self in the form of books, The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and all his disciples like Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Dr Sedi, and the Hon Louis Farrakhan. Last but not least I would like to acknowledge my wife Aprilia Muhammad, the most supportive help meet and partner. She is the secret weapon to our success at Malik Books. I am very appreciative and grateful especially to all the people and customers who have supported Malik Books since 1990. Without their support Malik Books would not exist.