1. Where are you from Moor?
Brooklyn, New York… Antiguan background
2. How did you come in contact with the Moorish Science Temple of America?
I have a 5% background although I never took the next level God-Earth thing. I knew we were the original man. Everyone had cool names…Big Daddy Kane, Brand Nubian, Grand Puba, etc. I met my wife in 2000. We discussed the religion of our coming child. We explored Sufi temples and Buddhism. We attended a Civics class taught by Bro. Sharif Bey and I told the wife this is it. We formed Moorish Science Temple of America Study Group #9 at our house. My wife was Cadi and we held meetings at our penthouse in Williamsburg Brooklyn. My name is not Mark Jenkins. My passport says Malik Bey.
3. How did Islamism as taught by Prophet Noble Drew Ali affect your sense of self?
I’m very grateful for our Divine Creed and Principles. I kept living the life on my own…the principles. As you continue your studies and meditation you realize all that information is in such a small work. Cross reference will reveal volumes of wisdom. Muslims recognize you as that if you know who you are. You have a code of conduct, method of raising your children, how to treat your wife. You can bring your home in order 100%. It makes sense. Moors should be more concerned with power moves than interpretations. They should stop beating up on the “Negroes”. This strategy is elitist. It’s about strategic alliances…not a license to be disrespectful.
4. You spoke about Moorish branding at the first East Coast Moorish Brotherhood Summit. Would you gauge for us the potential of the MST of A as a brand?
The potential is limitless. Statistically 2 out of 13 efforts gain steam. Business is volume. You got to keep taking shots. I see it as an international brand. You must know how to make the connections and executing. Separate the religious from the business. I’m not qualified as a spiritual leader but a business person. We limit it. Set up an international corporation. Say there’s 100,000 people who consider themselves Moors. Multi-level marketing should be implemented. Moors should be making millions. Harness the 100,000. A good leader can utilize anybody. I wasn’t properly being utilized.
5. Did you aspire to be a professional trainer?
It kinda happened. My father died when I was 2. My mother put us in tap, jazz, modern, and ballet. I eventually stopped dancing after about 8 years because coming of age in Brooklyn it was considered soft. I later developed a 45 inch waist. One day I was walking past the military recruiter’s office and there the recruiter told me the Navy had a McDonald’s on the air craft carriers. True story…I joined because I thought they had a McDonalds’s! I was last on every run and PT test but I never quit. I later began training with a Navy Seal. I was empowered and the results were life changing to my self confidence. I started training with an overweight guy who was facing being sent home. They were impressed with my success with him and I was charged with training all the fat guys. I like the feeling of helping people and impacting lives.
6. Do you have any training products available to the public?
I have a fitness DVD. I’m working on a clothing line embedded with smart fitness technology. I’m recording a fitness video and a celebrity driven soundtrack. I’m online at MarkJenkinsFitness.com. I’m an author and wrote “The Marathon” that Diddy picked up for MTV. It raised 2 million dollars for the New York City school system. I’m also Tourism Ambassador of Antigua. I do fitness vacations to Antigua. You can’t be scared, never get down and keep firing.
7. How did you become the go to guy for celebrity clients?
I was located across the street from MoTown. I trained a 300-pound lady who was Brandi’s publicist…helped her lose 100 pounds. By her referral I started training Brandi. I saw then that I could make a living training celebrities. I asked to train well-dressed people for free in exchange for business advice. Multi-millionaires shared business principles with me. Free services sent me to the Projects though and I waited tables at night. D’Angelo’s people asked me to train him for his upcoming album at the time. One of my business mentors suggested I charge them $30,000 for the month with the agreement that if I didn’t get the results I would return the money. I quit my job and incorporated Mark Jenkins. I followed D’Angelo everywhere to ensure our success. The “Untitled” video was my commercial. Mary J. Blige took me on tour in 2000. I met my wife and married her after 2 weeks! She aided me in getting a book and supplement deal. I owe it all to Mary. Empowerment and confidence inspire others. Hone your instruments so that you transmit and receive blessings.