Tony comes into contact with the Nation of Islam while on the set of “Gordon’s War”. Security was provided by members of Nation of Islam and Tony was fascinated by the way these brothers managed the turbulent area of Harlem without any problem. He invited some of them to his house in New York. Fascinated by Malcolm X’s speeches since he was a teenager, he began listening to and following Louis Farrakhan.
He was invited to the Saviours’ Day, an important annual convention, it was then that he changed his name from Tony King to Malik Farrakhan, with the approval of Minister Louis Farrakhan. ”I knew that a man like this in the top of his career because of the name Farrakhan they gonna blackball him, that’s what give me more respect for him” said his friend, manager, and producer Reginald Allen.