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Time to Buy Black, live Black, Love Black, Die Black!
Dear Lynette McElhaney, President of the Oakland City Council:
Thank you for your kind letter regarding Plan Oakland downtown. As per the Black Arts Movement Cultural and Business District, or whatever name the people decide, you know I've been awaiting your proclamation of the Black Arts Movement Culture and Economic District along the 14th Street corridor. I am not going to dwell on the actions of the past months but the now. Many years ago I was trained as a planner, so I know it is a slow process full of details, details, details. I've been ready to meet with your for several months. I don't need to produce your letters to me promising such a meeting would take place, so let's move on into the now or where do we go from here.
But you need to know while I am a planner and organizer who knows no part of no, only to go forward from the planning process to the product, I'm ready to do my part to make Oakland's North American Africans part of Plan Oakland, even though many of us have totally lost faith in elected politicians since their pronouncements often mean absolutely nothing and they are too often at the whim of lobbyists who represent developers and financial interests who care nothing about the needs of the middle class, lower class and ethnic minorities.
Today, these interests are global rather than local or national, so their concerns are only with profits, thus they care nothing about community residents or citizens of the United States of America or any other nation. They have no emotional attachments to people or property, except for the profit motive, thus we see them grabbing land, real estate and the poor people themselves, casting them out of their neighborhoods to the winds of eternity. Surely, the day shall come when we shall flee like the Syrians, Iraqis and the valiant brothers and sisters of Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen. People ask me every day, "What shall we do, where shall we go?" I can only say, maybe rubber boats to Cuba, Belize, Mexico, Columbia, Barazil is the order of the coming day. In truth, I don't have all the answers the people seek. As a sister said in a August Wilson play, "Sometimes I don't even know the questions!"
While I'm prepared to fight the good fight, even in my old age (71), many of our people are ready to throw in the white towel. After discussing the proposed Black Arts Movement District with a conscious brother, he begged me not to join the chorus of those ready to throw in the white towel. In fact, he gave me a small red, black and green flag to wave after I told him I was ready to join the chorus of those waving the white flag of surrender, even though I am not one to surrender. After all, I've suffered exile, prison and being blacklisted from jobs, especially in academia, to fight the good fight.
I am so blessed to know I stand on the shoulders of ancestors Nat Turner, David Walker, Henry Highland Garnett, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Booker T., Master Fard, Noble Drew Ali, Elijah, Malcolm, Martin, et al.
President McElhaney, I know you know many of those persons in your district who are ready to surrender waving the white flag. Surely you know they are no only some of the most oppressed of us, but even those we would consider the progressive bourgeoisie, the conscious bourgeoisie.
In your letter to me, you begged that we not self-exclude ourselves from the table of progress. As much as I abhor meetings (for sure, I suffer a life-long attention deficient disorder), I forced myself to attend as many of the Plan Oakland downtown meetings as I could, and stayed as long as I could, although I may have defied the community organizer's matra, "Don't leave a meeting before it's over."
Yet, I cannot understand why so many folks from our community were absent from the Plan Oakland meetings, e.g., artists, business persons, vendors, et al. But several persons said they were totally disillusioned with their situation in the morass of Oakland. Yes, they have indeed thrown in the white flag of surrender. As you suggested, I will try to revive their constitutions to get them at the next meeting when you announce it.
No one can imagine that our people are brokenhearted to the extreme, so your call to come to the table can fall on deaf ears and broken spirits. I will summon the ineluctable energy to take a stand, even if it's the last stand, to secure our space in Plan Oakland downtown.
Finally, I grew in West Oakland on 7th and Campbell, where my parents operated a florist shop. I grew up with Paul Cobb, Leon Teasley, Maxine Ussery, Ruth Beckford, C.L. Dellums, the Scott Brothers Key Shop, Percy Shoe Shine Stand, Ester's Orbit Room, John Singers, Slim Jenkins Restaurant, Lincoln Theatre, et al.
I know the importance of a North American African cultural and business district. As Paul Cobb, Publisher of the Post News Group, said, "If we move from 7th Street to 14th Street, at least we will have "doubled up" (a term from Oakland Crack culture--give me a double-up!).
So, Prez, spread my letter to your folks on your lists and I will do the same. The 14th street corridor is not written in stone. Alas, a lady from West Oakland's high rise (there is only one) begged me to set up Academy of da Corner outside the high rise where she lives. Whether we get 14th Street or another street, it is important that the valiant people of Oakland have parity and equity: cultural, political, educational, economic and spiritual.
|LET us go then, you and I,|
|When the evening is spread out against the sky|
|Like a patient etherized upon a table;|
|Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,|
|The muttering retreats||5|
|Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels|
|And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:|
|Streets that follow like a tedious argument|
|Of insidious intent|
|To lead you to an overwhelming question….||10|
|Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”|
|Let us go and make our visit.|
|In the room the women come and go|
|Talking of Michelangelo.|
|The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes,||15|
|The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes|
|Licked its tongue into the corners of the evening,|
|Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains,|
|Let fall upon its back the soot that falls from chimneys,|
|Slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap,||20|
|And seeing that it was a soft October night,|
|Curled once about the house, and fell asleep.|
|And indeed there will be time|
|For the yellow smoke that slides along the street,|
|Rubbing its back upon the window panes;||25|
|There will be time, there will be time|
|To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet;|
|There will be time to murder and create,|
|And time for all the works and days of hands|
|That lift and drop a question on your plate;||30|
|Time for you and time for me,|
|And time yet for a hundred indecisions,|
|And for a hundred visions and revisions,|
|Before the taking of a toast and tea.|
|In the room the women come and go||35|
|Talking of Michelangelo....||--T.S. Elliot||---|
Mrs. Amina Baraka, Marvin X, MX's daughter Muhammida El Muhajir and Kenny Gamble, Master producer of the Philly Sound.
Lynette McElhaney, President of the Oakland City Council, Empress Diamond and Master Teacher Marvin X
Thank you for your note. We are going to meet with a group of artists and advocates on 11/16 to discuss the establishment of the Arts Commission. Erika will reach out to you to set up a meeting to discuss next steps on the Black Arts District. I intend to introduce legislation no later than Feb 2016 and will bring forth the Rules request next month. Looking forward to introducing you to my new policy analyst Alex. Kind regards, Lynette
Black Bird Press News & Review: President of the Oakland City Council, Lynette McElhaney, replies to Marvin X on BAM District
Marvin X is now available for lectures, readings, performances of the Black Arts Movement Poet's Choir and Arkestra. Send letter of invitation to: email@example.com. call 510 200 4164 Fees negotiable with a freedom of speech clause in contract: FYI: Marvin X is not politically correct. In fact, he is politically incorrect. Somebody said, "Donald Trump is Marvin X in white face and rich, but he cannot out do Marvin X in arrogance and politically incorrectness.
I never imagined I would live long enough to have grand children. I never imagined grandchildren, period! I imagined nothing as a revolutionary, except victory. This was the worst imagining of all because it called in the powers of the State: they crushed us totally, a military defeat in Oakland. We succumbed to military defeat by the USA in Oakland.
Oakland is thus a city of resistance, like Felugha in Iraq. Oakland had to be destroyed like Felugha, a city of resistance. Look at Oakland, look at the people, broken, mentally. physically, spiritually. On a visit from the East Coast, my daughter said, "Dad, all these people look like derelicts."
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Over the previous fifteen years, as a diplomat and then as secretary of state, Jefferson had tried to work with the Barbary states (Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco). Unfortunately, he found it impossible to negotiate with people who believed their religion justified the plunder and enslavement of non-Muslims. These rogue states would show no mercy—at least not while easy money could be made by extorting America, France, England, and other powers. So President Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy’s new warships and a detachment of marines to blockade Tripoli—launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America’s journey toward future superpower status.
As they did in their previous bestseller, George Washington’s Secret Six, Kilmeade and Yaeger have transformed a nearly forgotten slice of history into a dramatic story that will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Among the many suspenseful episodes:
* Lieutenant Andrew Sterett’s ferocious cannon-battle on the high seas against the treacherous pirate ship Tripoli.
* Lieutenant Stephen Decatur’s daring night raid of an enemy harbor, aiming to destroy an American ship that had fallen into the pirates’ hands.
* General William Eaton’s unprecedented five-hundred-mile land march from Egypt to the port of Derna, where the marines launched a surprise attack and an American flag was raised in victory on foreign soil for the first time.
Few today remember these men and other heroes who inspired the Marine Corps hymn: “From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli, we fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea.”Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates recaptures this forgotten war that changed American history, with a real-life drama of intrigue, bravery, and battle on the high seas.
The Black Middle Class Is Shrinking Even as The Economy Improves
By Victor Ochieng
For years, there has been a wide cry about how minority groups in the U.S. are disadvantaged in a number of ways. Black people, in particular, have been victims of racial bigotry right from the days of slavery, something that has emaciated them both socially and economically. With the civil rights movement and the eventual expansion of the black middle-class, there was some array of hope.But was that just a mirage?
As the country went into the recession, there was a general negative impact on the middle-class, and Obama made it a key point in his campaign for the 2008 presidential elections. Since Obama took office, a lot of progress has been made, and many Americans believe that the country has significantly improved economically. In fact, there are many analysts who’ve stated that the country has fully recovered and is surging healthily forward.
For the black population, however, it seems like they’re still stuck in the mud. The Black middle-class, instead of regaining its pre-recession vigor, is fast dwindling.
In Las Vegas, for example, construction and housing prices are moving upward, showing a general growth in the middle-class. While this is true, the black middle-class in the resort town is still troubled.
A Washington Post article recently gave a picture of what’s happening in Prince George, D.C., where there was a growing majority affluent black population. Sadly, when the recession came knocking, this population suffered its pangs and ended up in homes that were worth way below their mortgages.
“There was never a period in American history where the wealth gap was not enormous, but after this most recent recession, the wealth gap went from dismal to even worse,” says Darrick Hamilton, professor of economics and urban policy at the New School in Manhattan.
For black families in America, the story of economic imbalance has always been there. Blacks are the descendants of slaves, who, through the civil rights movements, were able to earn some level of freedom, but whose freedom came with nothing in material possession to start them off. Their struggle to move up the economic ladder is, therefore, a big challenge.
The very wealthy in America are whites; and they’ve got homes and own some of the biggest companies in the world. When an economy suffers, this lot suffers too, but not to the extent of those who’ve got no homes; those still struggling to clear their mortgages. And when the economy bounces back, the big companies will pick up immediately, but the effects of a bad economy on someone with nothing at all takes longer to recover from.
In terms of property, the average African-American family possesses $41,581, compared to $233,793 for an average white family. Similar disproportionate gaps are also evident in retirement assets and total assets.
What this has turned into is debt, where black families have to always be in debt for sustenance. As a result, every new black generation either finds loans to clear or has to start from zero.
This all boils down to what standup comedian Chris Rock delivered in his “Kill The Messenger” piece. He said that he lives in a posh neighborhood with big black names like Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, among others. Surprisingly, his immediate white neighbor was a dentist, with no noteworthy achievement in the field.
To wrap it up, the comedian says, “See the black man gotta fly to get somewhere a white man can walk to. I had to make miracles happen to get that house. I had to host the Oscars to get that house.”
I was a part of building the black cultural community in Oakland from 1977-1994. These plans to recognize the unique black cultural contributions of Oakland has been around for a
long time. It is high time it finally happens. Oakland is unique in the nation, and the city and the state should finally recognize that in a major way by supporting this Black Art Movemet Cultural and Business District.
--Dr. Halifu Osumare, Chair, African American Studies, University of California, Davis
As terrorism threatens our way of life, So does the people who find themselves drawn under the influence.Those who may be lost feel that there is only one way to reclaim a peace of mind...and so this is our story.
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Fresno professor, poet, playwright, Sherley Ann Williams, school mate of Marvin X and sometimes
partner. Sherley is a literary critic of the Black Arts Movement in particular and American literature in general. Sherley joined the ancestors.
Marvin X, Fresno native, gives us his history or mythology of the Black Liberation Movement, the Black Arts Movement, Black Studies and Black Culture Movement.
Ancestor Fresno professor, poet, playwright, Sherley Ann Williams, school mate of Marvin X and sometimes partner. Sherley was a literary critic of the Black Arts Movement in particular and American literature in general. She was a tenured professor at the University of California, San Diego. She brother Marvin X to UCSD as a Visiting Professor, 1975.