Malcolm X’s 5 surviving daughters: Inside lives marred by tragedy and turmoil

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Tragedy has once again surrounded the family of Malcolm X, with one of the civil rights activist’s daughters found dead at their home in Brooklyn.

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The body of 56-year-old Malika Shabaz was discovered on Monday afternoon – just days after two men convicted of killing her famous father were convicted in a 1965 murder case.

Investigators do not suspect foul play, but the news has shaken the prominent family of Malcolm X, which has been in the headlines for more than half a century.

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Malika was one of six daughters he had with Betty Shabaz, the late activist’s wife, who died in 1997.

After the assassination of Malcolm X, the American public took a keen interest in Betty’s life and left the little girls behind.

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Malcolm X’s five surviving daughters are believed to have been devastated by Malika’s sudden passing. Sister Ilyas Shabaz told The Post that she was “unable to speak” about the news.

In 2018, all six sisters united to launch Malcolm X Legacy – a clothing line that The New Yorker claimed has “rebranded your father’s message for the pussy-hat era.”

There are five sisters in the family of Malikah Shabaz.
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Civil rights activist Malcolm X is seen speaking in an undated photo.
Civil rights activist Malcolm X in an undated photo.
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Other than that joint venture, the sisters have not worked together professionally and lead remarkably diverse lives.

Here, the stories of sisters who grew up in the shadow of tragedy.

Attallah Shabaz – writer, actress, diplomat

Attallah Shabaz is seen at a 2016 convention in Washington, DC.
Attallah Shabaz is seen at a 2016 convention in Washington, DC.
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Attallah, the oldest of the Shabazz siblings, is probably the most prominent of Malcolm X’s children.

63 years old was just 6 years old when his father was shot inside Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom, later Telling WNBC: “I remember that day and it changed everything.”

Despite the trauma, Atallah attended the elite United Nations International School in Manhattan and studied law at Briarcliff College in upstate New York.

She later returned to the Big Apple, where she formed an unlikely friendship with Yolanda King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.

Although his father was enemies, Attallah and Yolanda quickly became close and co-wrote two plays together in the 1980s: “Stepping Into Tomorrow” and “Off One Mind.”

Their collaboration led to the start of Nucleus – a theater troupe that performed sold-out shows across the country. Attallah became an actress in her own right, acting in several plays.

In 1997, she released her critically acclaimed memoir “From Mine Eyes”, and in 2002 she unexpectedly quit after the Prime Minister of Belize asked her to serve as ambassador-at-large for the Central American country. became a diplomat.

He has also spoken at the funerals of Muhammad Ali and Coretta Scott King – wife of Martin Luther King Jr.

Although he is a prominent public figure, Attallah fiercely protects his privacy and has not revealed details about his dating life.

Qubillah Shabaz – a life of tragedy and turmoil

Qubilah Shabaz speaks at a public memorial service for the late boxer Muhammad Ali in 2016.
Qubilah Shabaz speaks at a public memorial service for the late boxer Muhammad Ali in 2016.
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Unlike his older sister, Qubilah’s personal life has come under the spotlight due to his involvement in a series of tragedies and scandals.

The 60-year-old was accepted into Princeton University before dropping out after just three semesters.

Qubila told the new Yorker In 2018 that she found the Ivy League school difficult because her father’s fanatical reputation preceded her.

“I had to wear a beret and combat boots and dashiki, and it was a little rough when I didn’t reach that way,” she said.

After a trip to Paris, Kubilah took classes at the Sorbonne and in 1984 an Algerian man L.A.

The couple soon separated and Kubilah returned to America with her son, where she did a variety of odd jobs and started drinking heavily,

in 1995 he FBI. was arrested by On an outlandish plot to kill the leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, who had fallen out with Malcolm X before his death. Qubillah reportedly believed that Farrakhan was involved in the murder of his father and wanted revenge.

He was indicted on charges of using the telephone and crossing state lines as part of a conspiracy, but accepted a plea bargain to agree to drug and alcohol abuse treatment.

Her 10-year-old son Malcolm was sent to live with his grandmother – Betty Shabazz. Shockingly, young Malcolm sets fire to Betty’s house, allegedly because he was unhappy being with her.

During the fire, Betty suffered burns over 80% of her body and later died in a hospital due to her injuries.

Kubilah – in treatment at the time – had to deal with the fact that his younger son was responsible for his mother’s death.

Malcolm Shabaz served 18 months in juvenile custody on charges of arson and murder.

However, in 2013, tragedy struck again when Malcolm – then 28 – was murdered during a trip to Mexico. Malcolm was severely beaten with a rod during a dispute over a $1,200 bar tab. Three people have been arrested in connection with the murder.

Qubilah has kept a low profile in the eight years since his son’s murder. It is believed that she is from New York.

Lilsah Shabazz – writer and activist

Lisa Shabaz has built a career as a writer and public speaker.
Lisa Shabaz has built a career as a writer and public speaker.
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Elias, 59, followed in his eldest sister’s footsteps, publishing books and becoming a public speaker.

He graduated from the elite Hackley School, received a bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz and a master’s degree in human resources from Fordham University.

In 2002, he published his memoir “Growing Up X: A Memoir by the Daughter of Malcolm X”. She has also released “Betty Before X”, a children’s book about her mother.

He has also slammed singer Nicki Minaj for using a famous photo of Malcolm X with a rifle in his hands and associating it with a racial slur for the artwork for his 2014 song “Looking A–“.

“This is a family photo that was taken out of context in a completely wrong and tasteless way,” Elias said at the time, according to Hollywood Reporter.

Elias too Have a verified Twitter account, has over 68,000 followers. She often chimes in on current affairs and social justice issues.

just last week he Kyle Rittenhouse’s decision rebuked In a tweet, he said, “Not guilty of all charges? Am I missing something?”

last week, he also shared An old photo of his late mother and her three sisters taken soon after their father’s death.

“Find the good and admire it,” she wrote over the snap.

When contacted by The Post on Tuesday, in the wake of the shocking death of her younger sister, a devastated Ilyasa said she was “unable to speak.”

Gamilah Lumumba Shabazz – Away from the limelight

Gamila Lumumba Shabazi
Gamilah Lumumba Shabazz has a more personal life than her siblings.
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Gamilla, 57, is the most private of Malcolm X’s five surviving daughters.

She does not have a public Twitter or Instagram profile and has not published any memoirs detailing her status as the daughter of one of America’s most famous civil rights activists.

Gamilla likewise stays away from the speaking circuit.

Malaak Shabaz – Inspired by the father she never knew

Malak Shabaz is the twin sister of Malikah Shabaz.
Malak Shabaz is the twin sister of Malikah Shabaz.
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Malak, 56, is Malika’s twin sister. The pair were born seven months after the assassination of Malcolm X.

Despite never knowing his father, Malak is heavily inspired by his legacy and is a self-described “human rights activist”. According to heavy

In 2015, she spoke to the French outlet France 24 On the 50th anniversary of the death of his father.

“My father carried his religion in his back pocket. He didn’t impose this on anyone… He was very much a Muslim, but he was also black.”

“Frankly, I don’t think things would have been so bad if he was alive. He was a lawyer in every country. If he heard about it, he was there. I think today he would be Mandela, Kofi Annan There is no one to actually do it. But it was his passion to make sure that injustice is heard,” she said.

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