SOTA and MCC’s Saadiq Muhammad; A Rising Artist/Athlete with a Supreme State of Mind

SOTA and MCC’s Saadiq Muhammad; A Rising Artist/Athlete with a Supreme State of Mind

You first met Che in Rochester works for actor Che Holloway, an impromptu interview and amble through the Neighborhood of the Arts.

An aspiring and successful actor, Che is deeply immersed in the Rochester cultural scene. So much so, we’ve named him Che of The Town!

Exclusively for Talker, Che has solicited and is conducting interviews from about 60 Rochestarians working in a diversity of creative fields.

For the full series, see Che of The Town: Interviews

Che is a proud graduate of the School of the Art and has featured many SOTA alums, including Britton Bradford, Kayoz Fortune, Ajani Jeffries, Marguerite Frarey, Willie “El Mongoose” Monroe Jr., Willis Ajamu Brooks , James Kegler, Taye Diggs, Evalyn Gleason, Adrian DiMatteo, Biz LaChance, and Aleigha Spinks.

Che also highlighted four members of the SOTA theater department: Lorrie Dewey, Michelle Accorso Sapere, Ed Myers and Luke Fellows, as well as Arts Center Director Adele Fico.

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Photos courtesy of Saadiq Muhammad

Today, Che turns our attention to Saadiq, another SOTA alum.

Saadiq Muhammad; A Rising Artist/Athlete with a Supreme State of Mind

I was honored to have a chance to interview a rising athlete and artist and prominent figure within the community. Saadiq Muhammad was born a champion and his goal seems to of always been, to uplift everyone around him to feel just the same. That we are Champions. (The famous song is playing in my head right now). This is evident in his work as a Personal Trainer with Mind/Body Fitness, a rising fitness center dedicated to the mental and physical wellness of the community. Saadiq seems to accept and care for everyone he works with in the same way he cares for his own family.

Tell us a little about yourself, where you are from, grew up, what H.S./College you attended etc.

I grew up in Rochester New York in the city on Southwest and northwest side as you know I’m a professional boxer, undefeated with a record of 4-0. I was undefeated in  High School too lol I went to school of the arts, I was home-schooled until 8th grade and went to Siena Catholic Academy in 8th grade and then MCC for Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.


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  1. What inspired you to be an athlete/artist/ entertainer? Early experiences worth sharing?

My family, my wife and children inspired me to turn professional, establishing a Royal legacy and reputation is my goal!boxer 1

Talk about a time where you have faced adversity/conflict and have triumphed.

I can’t think of a single time but I’ll say this, boxing is life, every day brings a new obstacle and I’m always ready for the challenge. Supreme over everything! lol

What do you believe sets you apart from other athletes/artists/entertainers?

What I believe sets me apart is that I’m being myself, nothings GMO over here, everything natural. lol.

Any other interests or hobbies?

I like acting and modeling, I do pursue both but boxing is the main focus.

boxer 4 cropped Are you working on any projects currently?

Working on at least 3 fights before the end of the year hopefully 2 of them will be in Rochester, I love fighting in our city and for our city, the support I receive is great and I appreciate it!

Where would you like to see yourself five years from now?

I’ll be world champion and put on exciting fights in Rochester taking the boxing world by storm!boxer 3

What advice can you give to aspiring athletes/artists/entertainers?

Stay positive, work hard and intelligent and associate with positive people.

What is M/Body Fitness? Can you give us some background?

 M/Body is the best place for Health, wellness and fitness! The Owner Molly is an amazing person and a true boss. I teach boxing fitness classes and do personal training there as well, so everyone come see us at 1048 University avenue for the best fitness experience, we’ll start you off on your journey the right way!boxer cropped

How can we follow along in your journey? Social media?

Please friend me on Facebook at Saadiq Muhammad and Instagram at

@Supreme _Saadiq.


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About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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