Tonight, Leah Remini examines her own role in the bizarre Scientology - Nation of Islam dance - 2018-12-11
In 2010, Louis Farrakhan formally made the call for his followers in the Nation of Islam to embrace Dianetics. A year later, at the Village Voice, we remarked for the first time on what a bizarre idea it was — that two small but such different groups would be getting into bed with each other.
Farrakhan himself had been interacting with Scientology for far longer than that — as far back as the early 1990s, according to some sources. But definitely by the mid-2000s he was seen attending events at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre, and in tonight's episode of Scientology and the Aftermath Leah Remini tells us that things started when Isaac Hayes bugged David Miscavige about how white Scientology was and what was he going to do about it.
Leah herself played a role in the coming together of these two odd groups, which we wrote about earlier and which makes up a good portion of tonight's episode. She admits to not really knowing what she was doing when she helped fund Scientology courses for people like the Nation of Islam's Tony Muhammad, who has become such a part of Scientology he was given the church's highest honor last year, the Freedom Medal.