Skip To Content

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

Louis Farrakhan Made A Movie About How Great He Is. Will Netflix Air It?

Updated 7:30 p.m.

Louis Farrakhan is best-known for his decades-long leadership of the Nation of Islam and for the anti-Semitic invective and conspiracy theories he has frequently preached. He is less well-known for his surprisingly distinguished music career. He perhaps hoped to change his perception with the help of Netflix — but the streaming giant isn’t having it.

Farrakhan announced on Twitter on Monday and Tuesday that a documentary, “My Life’s Journey Through Music,” will be available on the streaming giant on August 1. But a Netflix spokesperson told the Forward that it isn’t happening.

“This film will not be released on Netflix,” the spokesperson said. “Due to an internal miscommunication, it appeared to be scheduled for release on Netflix, but it is not. We apologize for any confusion this has caused.”

The Independent, a British newspaper, had included a documentary titled “The Honourable Minister Louis Farrakhan: My Life’s Journey Through Music” in its list of Netflix’s upcoming August releases in the United Kingdom.

The documentary is likely adapted from Farrakhan’s seven-album box set “Let’s Change the World,” which was released in March. The album features collaborations with several prominent artists, including Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Common, Chaka Khan, Rick Ross and Damian Marley.

The box set also includes a DVD, which includes both behind-the-scenes footage documenting the creation of the album, as well as archival material of Farrakhan’s numerous public musical performances. Farrakhan is a former professional calypso singer and a classically trained violinist; one 1993 performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor was begrudgingly praised by renowned New York Times music critic Bernard Holland.

The Nation of Islam and its newspaper, The Final Call, have often used Farrakhan’s relationships with famous musicians to ward off accusations of anti-Semitism leveled against him.

“Surely these individuals would not associate with a hater,” The Final Call wrote in March.

Farrakhan was unverified on Twitter last month after tweeting a video clip of his sermon along with the caption “thoroughly and completely unmasking the Satanic Jew and the Synagogue of Satan.” The tweet also included a link to the full sermon, in which he claimed that Judaism is a “system of tricks and lies” that Jews control Hollywood and force actors to have anal sex to get parts, and that former president Barack Obama was under “under Jewish influence” when he advocated for same-sex marriage.

Contact Aiden Pink at [email protected] or on Twitter, @aidenpink





    Hybrid: Online and at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

    Oct 2, 2022

    6:30 pm ET · 

    A Sukkah, IMKHA, created by artist Tobi Kahn, for the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan is an installation consisting of 13 interrelated sculpted painted wooden panels, constituting a single work of art. Join for a panel discussion with Rabbi Joanna Samuels, Chief Executive Director of the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan, Talya Zax, Innovation Editor of the Forward, and Tobi Kahn, Artist. Moderated by Mattie Kahn.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.