The fun, inspirational and multi-talented Bilal Alaji has written his own memoir to share with the world. With it he hopes to help those struggling to find their path, give guidance and reassurance that any situation can be changed by declaring “This Ain’t My Life”. Bilal’s story keeps the page turning, find out how he manages all of life’s obstacles.
Q. If you could give your book to one celebrity, who would it be and why?
I would give my book to Iyanla Vanzant because she deals with therapeutic methods to heal people who have experienced trauma’s in their lives. My book This Ain’t My Life would be a great compliment to her show “Fix My Life”. It would be amazing for me to work with her helping people by sharing from a males perspective.
Q. Who is your biggest writing inspiration?
I have been moved by many books and authors throughout the years but I think the book that had the biggest impact on me in my impressionable years was the Autobiography of Malcolm X written by Alex Haley. This book was my introduction to a fascinating world of literary exposition. This book melted into the fiber of my being, giving me purpose to define my destiny.
Q. If could give your book to one singer/musician, who would it be and why?
I would give it to Alicia Keys. She has amazing vocal talent and the ability to see beyond the words. With her musical talent she would transform the book into a musical right away allowing me to see and understand my story in a completely different context.
Q. If your book was turned into a film/TV show, who would you tap to play the lead(s)? Why?
I’m not sure there is anyone who could play the lead as good as I can. So, I’m going to have to nominate myself for the lead on this role. Eminem played the lead in his movie debut Eight Mile, centered around his life. My religious and musical background makes me a unique character to play, a challenge I’d rather take on myself.
Q. What’s one secret about you that you’ll share with the world?
My left butt cheek is larger than my right— just kidding. I have a great sense of humor. Those closest to me state that I should have been a stand up comedian. My humor has been my saving grace throughout the years. It has also acted as a buffer when tensions are running high. I now know that the humorous side of me is a skill set that I don’t take for granted.
Q. What is the core message you want to deliver to the world through your writing/books/stories?
I want those who read my book to know that there is something great lying dormant inside of them. Never give up on yourself, never give up on your dreams, and never give up on your ambitions. It is through your darkest moments that you will find victory. Keep believing in YOU.
Q. Give us the scoop on your book.
The book chronicles my life as a Black Muslim who was lead down an arduous path by my father. I had aspirations of being a recording artist that was shattered by life altering events. I remained diligent in my passion to pursue my dreams, however, I became a husband and parent at a young age. This would lead me through a web of drama, betrayal, depression, and confusion. As I try to shake to web to find some sort of normalcy, I was too deep entangled, losing myself, my dreams, and my ambition. I found hope through my faith. I began the process of transformation for the life that I’ve always dreamed of. I continued to remind myself that, This Ain’t My Life. It was because of this mantra that I was able to redefine who I was and find my divine purpose.
Rapid Fire Questions and Answers
Q. Morning person or night owl?
A. Most definitely a night owl. I have no problem burning the midnight oil. During late hours are when I receive the most inspiration
Q. Reading or writing?
A. Both. This is a tie. I love to read just as much as I love writing.
Q. Kittens or puppies?
A. I’m a cat lover. Actually, I’m an animal lover, so tie again.
Q. The beach or the mountains?
A. I love the beach. I do mountains too but beach wins this one.
Q. Road trip or Cruise ship?
A. Cruise ship. I have done several cruises as well as road trips. I think I enjoy being pampered and not having to work at all.
Q. Tea or coffee?
A. I’m a tea man. Tea all the way baby!
Q. Karaoke or bowling?
A. Both. I love being active and I’m also extremely competitive.
Q. The ability to fly or mind reading?
A. Mind reading. This will make for such a powerful weapon— I mean skill set.
Q. Selfie or group photo?
A. Group photo. I guess I have all the time in the world to take pics of myself.
Q. E.L. James or J.K. Rowling?
A. J.K. Rowling. She is an absolute beast with her imagination.