Hassan “Bossman” Qais As-Sidiq, youth organizer is here to advocate for the voices of tomorrow.
In a time where you are seeing more millennials using tools like social media to create voice and a platform, Qais “Bossman” As-Sidiq is focusing his attention on developing a path for the youth to follow. Being a youth organizer is challenging in an industry thats predominately governed by elders that have been doing traditional style community work for decades. Dedicated to the cause and his purpose, Qais As-Sidiq is serious about the liberation of African-Americans and advocating for those who choose to embark on the journey. We were able to ask Hassan “Bossman” Qais As-Sidiq a few questions in a brief interview below.
Question #1 Who are you and where you from?
“I am Hassan “BossMan” Qais As-Sidiq , I am from the Northside of Minneapolis.” Said by Qais “Bossman” As-Sidiq
Question #2 What do you do? And why?
” I’m a Youth Organizer and Leadership Developer. I am seriously passionate about the liberation and I mean authentic liberation of African-Americans who are the descendants of the chattle slavery that was practiced here in these United States in America.” Said by Qais “Bossman” As-Sidiq
Question #3 What inspired you to get started?
“I first got inspired years back while attending a Spanish immersion grammar school. In that grammar school environment, we would center the Hispanic/Latin experience to influence our projects based work. While simultaneously embracing the culture and customs of the Latin people, I would be constantly reminded of how very different culturally I was than most of my classmates at that time. I was different in the thought that I had no direct connection to the historical figures that was being championed, but more so that most of the conversation around heritage and ancestral greatness that a large number of the students could draw a direct connection to, while for me the formal education system would provide only a small fraction of and more recent study of the experience of my culture and community. (Full disclosure, My elder sister also attended the Spanish immersion school so what I’m about to say was not a new practice for my parents.) Early on I think beginning in 2nd grade, my parents would give us at-home projects and books that was more culturally relevant for us to read that would detail the lives of some of our own Black Leaders, Entertainers, and Athletes.
- Living through as far in age as I have come (22 years), in my total and unhinged opinion.. There has been a slow and concentrated attempt to completely rewrite the Black American narrative on the challenges we have overcome and the importance of our involvement in the historical American movement that literally has made and continues to influence America as we know it today. ” Said by Qais “Bossman” As-Sidiq
Question #4 What are some obstacles you had or have to face during your journey
“I think coming to an understanding of how my identities may insect and oppose each other. Gathering the words to be able to identify feelings as they come and to speak with fluidity about my experience in an unapologetic manner, and articulate the uniqueness of my experience in comparison to other Black Muslim American Men who also may or may not identify with the LGBTQ community. Or any who may have intersectional identities. In my experience I am shunned for and from raising similarities between the 4 identities, and when I identify exclusive distinctions in experience between any of the 4 I am limitedly supported by those of each identity group who share specific ideas and Interests. ” Said by Qais “Bossman” As-Sidiq
Question #5 How do you plan on having an impact in Minneapolis?
“Creating spaces for not only conversations that challenge socially accepted norms but that also serves as a buffer to current systemic intake surveys and structures that have been historically and generationally dangerous to challenge.” Said by Qais “Bossman” As-Sidiq
Question #6 How can people follow or learn more?
“Follow my Social Media Platforms IG, FACEBOOK, & YOUTUBE BossMan Qais to follow my journey, and get involved in your local change-making agencies and organizations that are implementing the changes that affect your neighborhood. Use your individual space and capacity to be an advocate against systemic and institutionalized discriminatory practices and challenges the normalizing white dominate cultural projections.” Said by Qais “Bossman” As-Sidiq