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The Muslim Journal Newswire

Muslim Journal Issue Vol 46, No 5, October 16, 2020

BALTIMORE, MD. – On Wed., Oct. 7, 2020, Baltimore native and Muslim poet Tariq Touré officially released his first-ever children’s book, David’s Dollar, illustrated by Anika Sabree of New Africa Designs

This book educates children about group economics through a young Muslim boy who watches how his dollar exchanges hands in his community. 

Tariq talks about the Book…

I want you to meet our main character, David Kareem, a Muslim kid who’s just earned a dollar for his allowance and wants to spend his money on some tasty candy like any other normal child, especially my own. But after he spends it, David is curious to know exactly where it went.

David asks his father a simple question, “Daddy, where did my dollar go?” David’s father Brother Amir takes him on a journey throughout the community to see how the dollar he just spent makes its way to other businesses.

Beth Kobliner, author of the New York Times bestseller Get a Financial Life, and a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability spearheaded the creation of Money as You Grow, which offers age-appropriate money lessons for children. 

Kobliner says children as young as 3 years old can grasp financial concepts like saving and spending. And a report by researchers at the University of Cambridge commissioned by the United Kingdom’s Money Advice Service revealed that kids’ money habits are formed by age 7.

About the Author:

Regarded by Hip Hop artist Black Thought as the “Amiri Baraka of our time,” Tariq Touré is the soul-stirring Baltimore born Muslim griot, whose poetry and prose carries ages wisdom in each letter. 

Touré’s debut collection of poems, Black Seeds, blitzed through the core of inequality and proxy war on Black communities in America, winning Best Poetry book of Baltimore in 2016. 

His poems graced the pages of the NAACP image award-nominated book A Beautiful Ghetto by heralded photojournalist Devin Allen. 

In 2017, Touré summoned one of the most powerful oral depictions of the contradictions and conflicts surrounding NFL players and their right to free speech with his Al Jazeera produced poem, For the Love of The Game. The viral poem garnered the praise of civil rights icons such as Omar Suleiman. 

Touré is the 2020 Short Film Award Winner for the Center for Global Muslim Life.

Wednesday’s replay can be found on Touré’s Facebook and Instagram pages at @TariqToureTariq Touré can be contacted at TariqToure@gmail,, or 410-258-2130.

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