The Rise & Grind Morning Show


Weekdays from 7am – 11am (cst) 

All Real Radio’s answer to the communities need for a Morning Show that speaks Life into Us! News, Traffic, Discussions, Quotations, Interviews with Local & International Artists + Activists, and More!

About the Hosts:

Malik Muhammad

IMG_1038Malik Muhammad is a real freedom fighter, activist & organizer who has always been on the front lines since 1997.  Recently elected as the National Vice-chair of Organizing & Training of the National Black United Front, he supports the youth by doing community & prison outreach & has started a community patrol in 2016 called The People’s Patrol.  He was raised in Missouri City, TX & is an awesome father & dynamic husband & provider. Malik is also Co-owner & Chief Foreman of family-owned landscaping company, M. Legacy Landscape & Design Co., with his wife, Jinaki Muhammad.

Swatara Olushola 


 Swatara Olushola was born in the Central Region of the PAOCC to Chinyelu and Furaha Taha who both became members of the church as teens. Her parents, and the early influence of the church, planted within her the seed of service, which began to sprout
as early as her days at Sanders Elementary School where she remained at the top of her class and spent her free time tutoring children grade levels ahead of her, participating in Girl Scouts, singing in the Glee Club, and playing clarinet. It was then she learned to use her gifts and talents in service to others, and it carried over into Middle School where, in the absence of a music program,  Swatara started a school choir and an all- girls singing group, called DSS, who competed citywide in talent shows. She became an active member of her grandmother’s church, The Church of the New Covenant and sang with the Cherub Choir, competing locally and nationally on behalf of the church.
At Renaissance College Preparatory High School, Swatara not only began her journey in classical music, but saw those leadership qualities that surfaced in Middle School really begin to blossom. Leadership and Service, engrained at birth in the PAOCC, coupled with her gift and love of music, became her life’s journey. As student leader, she served as no less than President and Vice President of several organizations, and it was through these activities that her mind, her perception of her people, her community, and the world were broadened as she toured  nationally, singing at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, and internationally, in places like Germany, Italy, and Paris. Due to her many accomplishments during her High School tenure, Swatara was the recipient of several scholarships, including the JAA scholarship and a full vocal music scholarship to Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. At Morgan she majored in Vocal Music Performance and continued to tour Nationally aand Internationally. She has been blessed to perform with Icons such as, James Earl Jones, Kathleen Battle, Denyce Graves, and Bobbie McFerrin.
Each year, Swatara spearheads efforts to get school supplies in the hands of children returning to school, and orchestrates fellowships to bring members together in unity and harmony. She offers graphic design services, not only to the church, but to community organizations as long as events are purposed for the betterment of the community.
As co-owner of Furaha Sahani Catering Co., she also offers the community healthy and delicious alternatives to the foods they love to eat, and much needed information about healthy eating.  For the past year and a half, the FSCC has utilized its Monthly Buffet to assist local artists and organizations with fundraising, such as The Black Poets of Houston, Sehah Youth and Fitness Center’s trip to Egypt, and the Shape Community Center Freedom Tour. A natural hair technician by trade (graduate of Texas Barber College), Swatara shares those talents and skills with young people interested in the Beauty industry as well as her musical gifts through vocal lessons and mentoring.
A member of Houston’s Conscious Community of Local/Underground Artists, Swatara has released the CD, S.W.A.T. (Spiritual Words and Tones), a culturally reaffirming and spiritually uplifting musical fare inspired by the nostalgic Nation songs of the Shrines of the Black Madonna.  With husband of three and a half years, she has 4 children. She enjoys home-schooling them, watching them excel, and nurturing their budding interest in music.

Deric Muhammad

deric_FotorDeric Muhammad believes that man is given power for one reason; and that is to serve others. Muhammad is an accomplished Houston-based Activist/Organizer who addresses issues on Social Justice, Black Male Development, Police Brutality, Racial Inequality and other critical topics. Muhammad prides himself in being an “on the ground watchman” of Freedom, Justice and Equality for the Black community and other poor, underserved, disenfranchised communities, as well.

A native Houstonian, Deric grew up on the rough and tumble streets of Northeast Houston. At the age of 11 his father died and his mother struggled with an addiction to drugs that she, later in life, overcame. Deric was raised in an environment where drugs, gang violence, prostitution, police brutality and other “social cancers” were prominent. This is important to know, because it verifies that Muhammad addresses these issues based on vast knowledge and personal experience. Like countless Black men who came before him, he changed his life around through his studies as a member of the Nation of Islam. Muhammad hosts an annual “Smart’n Up” Black Male Summit that deals with the unique issues that Black men and boys face in society.

In 2009 he independently produced and starred in a critically acclaimed documentary called “Raising Boys: Tips for Single Moms” that addressed the plight of Black women raising sons in the absence of a father. He recently launched a Houston-based Black Male Initiative called Project FORWARD that focuses on Stopping Inner-City Violence and creating Economic Development. His writings have been published in many newspapers and he is currently working on his first self-published book. Muhammad has been, for years, seen on local and national television stations addressing the tough issues faced by Black people in America. He says that he is unashamed of his love for Black people and thanks God every day for giving him the honor of serving his community.