Rahman was born and raised in Jacksonville and graduated from Jean Ribault High School. He earned his degrees from Edward Waters College and Seton Hall University. Regarding his experience at Edward Waters College, he says, “Edward Waters College is an experience that has been unparalleled in my life.” Rahman has a strong belief in the value of education. “In my family and specifically in my household education was valued. It was the way that my family was able to find a better place for the family as a whole post slavery. I find that in many ways when one is educated it allows them to have a better appreciation for the opportunities that life provides.”
Rahman has had generations of family members who have graduated from the College dating back to his grandmother in the early 1920’s. Throughout his career, Rahman has worked as a radio and television personality for stations across the country. With more than 20 years in media, he has been a TV News Anchor, host, radio on-air personality, newspaper columnist and reporter. Currently, he serves as Professor of Journalism and Communications at Edward Waters College. Rahman says, “Edward Waters College has been and continues to be a very impactful part of my life. The connections I made as a student at EWC continue to play a major part in my life. Even if I was not a professor, I would still be involved with the people who poured into my life everyday by simply being.”
Rahman has a long list of accolades which include EBONY Magazine’s outstanding young leader, one in the top 10 to watch during the decade by The Florida Times-Union Newspaper, a Telly® Award, a Reginald K. Brack Award and many more. He stays an active member to the Society of Professional Journalists, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., SAG/AFTRA, The Urban League, the National Association of Black Journalists and The United Nations Association of the United States. Rahman also served as a Stakeholder for the Jacksonville Insight Process and as an organizer of the Community Council Forum for the Future.
Most recently, Rahman published his poetry collection: Living, Loving, Letting Go. He concludes, “I am impacted socially, intellectually, spiritually, culturally and continue to be impacted in ways that I cannot define. That’s the beauty of the historically black college or University experience. It allows us to open our minds and hearts to new different and unique experiences. Education is the single largest factor that contributes to the upward mobility of people of color in this country. I’m excited to be a part of creating a new generation of learners who will pass their knowledge and thirst for education on to subsequent generations.”