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A journal dedicated to truth, freedom of speech and radical spiritual consciousness. Our mission is the liberation of men and women from oppression, violence and abuse of any kind, interpersonal, political, religious, economic, psychosexual. We believe as Fidel Castro said, "The weapon of today is not guns but consciousness."

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    Time to Buy Black, live Black, Love Black, Die Black!

     Stop being a victim of white supremacy capitalism and mythology
    You say you Black
    but you shop 100% White!
    You say you Black
    but the white man's ice is colder!
    You say you Black
    but you won't swipe your credit card 
    with a Black business person
    you feel "safe" going to the ATM
    What about
    oh, no!
    You say you Black
    don't call you Negro
    but remember the time
    Negroes had their own 
    colleges  universities
    night clubs
    doctors lawyers
    Now you Black
    ain't got shit!
    You so Black
    you sold B.E.T.
    sold Essence
    sold Ebony
    sold yo soul
    like my friend Eldridge
    Soul on Ice
    Soul on Fire
    Soul Out!
    You so Black
    yo children go to white supremacy schools
    then you wonder why your son says
    little miss lily is his friend
    black girl at school is ugly
    your daughter says she wanna
    be white so tattos will show on her black skin
    so Black so Black so  Black
    you white white white!
    Get a healing
    come outta de Nile
    get to Hapi!
    --Marvin X

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    Black Bird Press News & Review: It's Marvin X time and the Black Arts ... 
     Lynette McElhaney, President of  the Oakland City Council and BAM Poet-Planner Marvin X
    photo Rt. Col. Conway Jones, Jr.

    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 ---

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    Governor Ronald Reagan said, "Get Marvin X off campus of Fresno State University by any means necessary," as he entered the State College Board of Trustees meeting as President." At the same time he removed Angela Davis from teaching at the University of California, Los Angeles, 1969.

    Fans of the Marvin X Club

    Syrian poet Mohjah Khaf, invited Marvin X to speak and read at the University of Arkansas, Fayettelle, AK

    Marvin X participated in the Sun Ra Conference at the University of Chicago. Marvin performed in concert with the surviving members of Sun Ra's Arkestra, Marshall Allen and Danny Thompston. Additionally, the Chicago musicians invited Marvin X to a recording session.

    Probably the last picture with AB and MX, at the home of AB. They enjoyed a 47 year friend and artistic relationship. Their relationship was elder to student, comrade to comrade, uncle to nephew. For sure, MX learned from AB and AB learned from MX. Marvin X, "AB was my uncle and brother, my teacher and fellow student. And I enjoyed every moment of our 47 year relationship, including my friendship and love with Amina Baraka, AB's wife. Recently she told Marvin, "Do you realize I was pregnant with my oldest son, Obaliji, when I met you, Marvin X?"Mrs. Amina Baraka, Marvin X, Muhammida El Muhajir, Kenny Gamble
    Mrs. Amina Baraka, Marvin X, MX's daughter Muhammida El Muhajir and Kenny Gamble, Master producer of the Philly Sound.

    Marvin X in Harlem, NY at the reception given him by Rashidah Ishamali. Marvin X and Nuyorican poet Nancy Mercado. "Oh, Nancy, we love you and your poetry. Por favor, come to the West Coast ASAP!"

    Marvin X and his muse Fahizah Alim. Her words inspire the poet. 

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     Lynette McElhaney, President of the Oakland City Council, Empress Diamond and Master Teacher Marvin X

    Dear Marvin,

    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

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    On May 22, 2015, the University of Chicago held the Sun Ra Conference in honor of Black Arts Movement co-founder Sun Ra, who established the Black Arts Theatre/School in Harlem NYC in particular and the BAM in general, along with Amiri Baraka, aka LeRoi Jones, Askia Toure, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Barbara Ann Teer, Last Poets, Marvin X, Milford Graves, The Ayler brothers, Woody King, Larry Neal, Ted Wilson, Haki Maddhubuti, et al.

    Marvin X participated in the symposium on Afro-futurisim joined with a group of young Afro-futurist scholars, see Youtub video. He performed in the concert with Sun Ra's surviving band members, Marshall Allen and Danny Thompson, along with local musicians, including David Boykin, producer of the Sun Ra Conference at the University of Chicago. David Boykin invited Marvin X to a Chicago recording session which he accepted and performed a one-take reading of his writings, plus his reading of Amiri Baraka's DOPE poem; Chicago poet Kasembe read as well. He opened the session with a libation poem. Marvin X opened with What If, his beyond religion, toward spirituality poem, based on his book by the same name Beyond Religion, toward Spirituality, essays on consciousness, Marvin X.

    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: 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.

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    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."


    Marvin X just released his book of essays on consciousness, Beyond Religion, Toward Spirituality


    Available from Black Bird Press, 339 Lester Ave, #10, Oakland CA 94606.  280 pages, $19.95.
    *   *   *   *   *

    Marvin X has done extraordinary mind and soul work in bringing our attention to the importance of spirituality, as opposed to religion, in our daily living. Someone—maybe Kierkegaard or maybe it was George Fox who—said that there was no such thing as "Christianity." There can only be Christians. It is not institutions but rather individuals who make the meaningful differences in our world. It is not Islam but Muslims. Not Buddhism but Buddhists. Marvin X has made a courageous difference. In this book he shares the wondrous vision of his spiritual explorations. His eloquent language and rhetoric are varied—sophisticated but also earthy, sometimes both at once. His moods are both reverent and irreverent: at times he consoles, other times cajoles with biting mockery. At times amusing but always deadly serious.

    Highly informed he speaks to many societal levels and to both genders—to the intellectual as well as to the man/woman on the street or the unfortunate in prison—to the mind as well as the heart. His topics range from global politics and economics to those between men and women in their household. Common sense dominates his thought. He shuns political correctness for the truth of life. He is a Master Teacher in many fields of thought—religion and psychology, sociology and anthropology, history and politics, literature and the humanities. He is a needed Counselor, for he knows himself, on the deepest of personal levels and he reveals that self to us, that we might be his beneficiaries.

    All of which are represented in his Radical Spirituality—a balm for those who anguish in these troubling times of disinformation. As a shaman himself, he calls too for a Radical Mythology to override the traditional mythologies of racial supremacy that foster war and injustice. It's a dangerous book, for it reveals the inner workings of capitalist and imperialist governments around the world. It's a book that stands with 

    and on behalf of the poor, the dispossessed, the despised, and downtrodden.

    Marvin X has found a way out of our spiritual morass, our material quagmire. We are blessed to still have him among us. If you want to reshape (clean up, raise) your consciousness, this is a book to savor, to read again, and again—to pass onto a friend or lover.

    Rudolph Lewis, Editor, ChickenBones: A Journal

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    BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

    A new documentary
    by Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon

    Available from California Newsreel
    Running time: 90 min
    For 80-year-old Sonia Sanchez, writing is both a personal and political act. She emerged as a seminal figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement, raising her voice in the name of black culture, civil rights, women's liberation, and peace as a poet, playwright, teacher, activist and early champion of the spoken word. She is among the earliest poets to have incorporated urban black English into her poetry; she was one of the first activists to secure the inclusion of African American studies in university curricula. Deemed "a lion in literature's forest" by poet Maya Angelou and winner of major literary awards including the American Book Award, Sonia Sanchez is best known for 17 books of poetry that explore a wide range of global and humanist themes, particularly the struggles and triumphs of women and people of color.
    In BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, Sanchez's life unfolds in a documentary rich with readings and jazz-accompanied performances of her work. With appearances by Questlove, Talib Kweli, Ursula Rucker, Amiri Baraka, Haki Madhubuti, Jessica Care Moore, Ruby Dee, Yasiin Bey, Ayana Mathis, Imani Uzuri and Bryonn Bain, the documentary examines Sanchez's contribution to the world of poetry, her singular place in the Black Arts Movement and her leadership role in African American culture over the last half century.

    BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez was featured at IFP's Spotlight on Documentaries at Independent Film Week
    Generous support

    Special thanks to Netflix, financial sponsor of the Women In Film Foundation
    Film Finishing Fund 2012
    Valentine Foundation
    The Philadelphia Foundation
    Lomax Family Foundation
    The Leeway Foundation
    American Composers Society
    Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund
    The Lida Foundation: Linda and David Glickstein

    The Philadelphia Cultural Fund

    Supported by The Wyncote Foundation and PCF
    Thanks to our Kickstarter supporters: Check out the list of amazing
    individuals who kicked in to help us finish the documentary.

    Fiscal sponsors: Women Make Movies and PIFVA

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    Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History

    Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates 

    This is the little-known story of how a newly independent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America’s third president decided to stand up to intimidation.
    When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America faced a crisis. The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa’s Barbary coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new country could afford.
    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.

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  • 11/02/15--21:21: Black Middle Class Shrinking

  • 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.”

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    Black Bird Press News & Review: President of Oakland City Council replies to Marvin X--Calling all BAM artists, vendors, business persons! Be there or be square!

    Left to right: Elaine Brown, Chairwoman, Black Panther Party;Dr. Halifu Osumare,  founder of the Malonga Arts Center; Professor, authorJudy Juanita, Black Panther Party, Black Arts Movement;Portia Anderson, author; Kujichagulia, author; Aries Jordan, poet. Laney College celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Black Arts Movement, panel on BAM women, Feb. 7, 2015 A Marvin X Production. photo Southpark Kenny Johnson

    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

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    New Webisode Premeire 11/11/15 6PM Those Who Walk Among Us
    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.


    Fifteen Reasons Why You Don't Want to Miss the Harlem Fine Arts Show

    By: Black Art In America News
    Since its inception The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) has had over 60,000 visitors, traveled to more than 10 cities and has showcased hundreds of artists and galleries. This weekend the HFAS returns…

    Added by BLACK ART IN AMERICA NEWS on October 30, 2015 at 4:30pm

    Art and Social Activism panel during #BAIAFINEARTSHOWHARLEM

    Black Art In America -- Art and Social Activism, A Panel Discussion Hosted by the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC)
    Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 9:30am
    With the HMAAC panel discussion on Art and Social Activism, moderated by HMAAC CEO John Guess, Jr. and…
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    Six Tips for Artists on Selling Artwork That's Collecting Dust in your Closet.

    By Faron Manuel
    As artist develop in their journey they tend to amass an abundance of their own works, created in various stages of their careers; in moments of trial, experimentation, and refinement.

    Due to the relatively crude nature of some artist's earlier works, and lack of some aesthetic qualities and substance found in their latter works some followers and patrons could be slower to appreciate or enjoy an…
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    Harlem Fine Arts Show "Discussions by the Lake" with Ben Chavis, Maudlyne Ihejirika and Arlene Coleman

    We're having a thought provoking open forum about real issues facing the African American community, “Discussions by the Lake” on Saturday, October 31st from 4-6PM at Chicago's Merchandise Mart.
    This discussion is quickly becoming a staple of Harlem and will feature The Chicago Sun-Times Urban Affairs…
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    Harlem Fine Arts Show returns to Merchandise Mart October 29 – Nov. 1

    The beautiful sculptures of master artist Woodrow Nash one of the artist who has participated i the HFAS
    The beautiful sculptures of master artist Woodrow Nash one of the artist who has participated i the HFAS

    Harlem Fine Arts Show returns to Merchandise Mart October 29 – Nov. 1 

    2nd Annual event recognizes Chicago art, civic and business…

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    Reisha Williams - Granny use to say featured at the Harlem Fine Art Show Chicago

    Reisha is a Chicago based contemporary fine art photographer and painter, creating images holistically by combining conception, styling, photography, collage and found objects.  Coming from a photography background has provided her with an excellent eye for the images she uses in her collage based pieces.
    For several years, Reisha has sustained both an artistic and erotic investigation…
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    REMEMBERING JOHN BIGGERS an Art exhibit presented by Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts, Inc.

    an Art exhibit presented by Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts,…
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    Beautiful Art

    Come out and support Black Art in America. Several world renowned Artist displaying work for sight or sale! Wonderful entertainment and fun for all.
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    Were You There for Justice or Else?

    By Faron Manuel…
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    We Speak: Black Artists in Philadelphia, 1920s-1970s at Woodmere Art Museum

    We Speak: Black Artists in Philadelphia, 1920s-1970s

    September 26, 2015 - January 24, 2016…
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    Let's get it started

    Sooooo, I'm going to try this blog thing one time and see what happens ...I really don't use the internet for much more than sharing information, whether it's photos of me or my work, art projects I'm currently working on, Shows I'm participating in, artists I'm interested in or sharing their work, or just information I find to be interesting or relative to the necessary knowledge we as a people find vital in order to progress and elevate to a higher level of consciousness .... With that…
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    BLACK ART IN AMERICA™ (BAIA) WORKSHOP at the Faison Firehouse Theater (Sun., 10/25/15, 11:00 AM)

    BLACK ART IN AMERICA™ (BAIA) WORKSHOP at the Faison Firehouse Theater  (Sun., 10/25/15, 11:00 AM) Six Hancock Place, Harlem, NYC 10027 (124th Street between St. Nicholas and Morningside Avenues) (90…
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    PERKULATOR™ Interview with Jamel Gaines of Creative Outlet Dance Theater in Brooklyn

    Interview with Jamel Gaines, Artistic Director, Choreographer, …
    Added by bai americana on October 12, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

    Reginald Gammon artist talk at Stella Jones Gallery March 11, 2000.

    Black Art In America™ (BAIA) will feature works by Reginald Gammon at the Faison Firehouse Theater in Harlem which span 50 years -- drawing attention to his contribution to the visual arts. PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE --…
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    PERKULATOR™ Discussions with Ted Ellis on upcoming Harlem Fine Arts Show Chicago

    PERKULATOR™ Discussions : Where we like our conversations as HOT as our coffee. Najee Dorsey in conversation with Ted Ellis. Ted shares his thoughts on his career, the arts industry and…
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    PERKULATOR™ Discussions with Lillian Blades parts 1 and 2

    PERKULATOR™ Discussions : Where we like our conversations as HOT as our coffee. Faron Manuel in conversation with Lillian Blades in part 1 and Najee Dorsey interviews Lillian in…
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    PERKULATOR Discussion: When an Art Scholar, Museum Director and Creatives meet up during Art Basel Miami 2014 part 1

    PERKULATOR™ Discussions : Where we like our conversations as HOT as our coffee. When an Art Scholar, Museum Director and Creatives meet up during Art Basel Miami 2014 part…
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    The Whitney Plantation: An Emotional Journey ...

    A Step Back In Time at Louisiana's Whitney Plantation
    “Imagine what it would feel like to be someone else’s property. Imagine you are a field slave. You wake up before sunrise. You work until dark, which is 8 or 9 in hot humid summers. Your life depends on the whims of your master or…

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    Universal Zulu Nation of
    November 12th - 15th, 2015
    Come Celebrate the 42nd Anniversary of the World's First & Largest Hip Hop Organization @ The Universal Zulu Nation's 42nd Anniversary + the 41st Anniversary of Hip Hop Culture

    UZN42 FUN PASS: Just $75 gets you in to every official UZN42 event from Nov. 13th - 15th plus NO Waiting in Line! Please send $75 via paypal to
    Fun Passes & advance tickets can also be purchased in person on Oct. 28th & Nov. 4th at the Universal Zulu Nation meetings at the National Black Theater 2031 5th Ave betw. 125th & 126th Harlem NY between 6-9pm. Like us on Facebook

    VENDORS: $75 per night or $200 all four nights. Very limited space! 
    Please contact

    5:30pm-1am. All Ages. $10 at the door.
    DJ Kevie Kev Rockwell
    DJ HekTek
    DJ Power
    DJ Eveready 
    Swiss Chris
    Host: GrandMaster TC Izlam 
    Host: TyBoggieNYC
    + the best of unsigned artists 
    Casita Maria 928 Simpson St. Bronx 10459
    2 or 5 to Simpson or 6 to Hunts Point. 
    Email or call 
    347-223-0046 to sign up to perform!
    Like us on Facebook
    Nov. 13: NIGHT OF POWER Like us on Facebook
    10pm-4am. 18+. 
    Afrika Bambaataa
    Grand Puba
    Mr. Cheeks
    Paula Perry
    Psycho Les
    Miranda Writes
    DJ Mell Starr
    DJ Boogie Blind 
    National Black Theater 2031 5th Ave @ 125th St. Harlem 10035. 2 3 4 5 6 A C E to 125th 
    $30 adv. $40 day or UZN42 Funpass 
    Email to purchase a $30 adv. ticket or to purchase a UZN42 FunPass for $75

    Saturday, November 14, 2015: 


    10:00am - 2:00pm. FREE! 

    The National Black Theater
    Room: 2-R 
    2031 Fifth Avenue (bet. 125th & 126th St.)
    Harlem, New York 10035 

    * Featuring Information, Reports, & Film Presentations From Universal Zulu Nation Chapters - World Wide
    "Streamed Live, Free & Open To The Public"  

    12pm-7pm. FREE! All Ages. SCAN Johnson Community Center 1833 Lexington Ave betwen E 112th & E 115th East Harlem NYC 10029.  6 train to 116th St. More tba. Like us on Facebook

    Nov. 14: CLASSIC NIGHT of R&B 
    10pm-4am. 18+ 
    Jeff Redd
    Big Bub
    Lovebug Starski
    DJ Brucie B
    Host: Bugsy (WBLS)  
    National Black Theater 2031 5th Ave 
    @ 125th St. Harlem 10035
    2 3 4 5 6 A C E to 125th
    $30 adv. $40 day or UZN42 Funpass.
    Purchase adv tickets at eventbrite
    Email to purchase a UZN42 FunPass for $75
    dress code: classy 
    Like us on Facebook

    Sunday, Nov. 15: MEETING OF THE MINDS - BRONX
    3pm-9pm. Free! All Ages @ Bronx Museum of the Arts 1040 Grand Concourse Bronx NY 10456. D or B to 167th St. Host: Dr Shaka Zulu. More tba.  Like us on Facebook

    10pm-4am. 18+. 
    DJ Jazzy Jay, Kool DJ Red Alert, Spoonie Gee, Marley Marl, GrandWizzard Theodore, 
    T-Ski Valley, DJ Breakout, DJ Baron, The Crash Crew, DJ Mean Gene, DJ Rockin Rob, DJ Chuck City, Truck Turner, MC Serch, Dres, Waterbed Kev & The Legion
    Host: GrandMaster Caz
    National Black Theater 2031 5th Ave 
    @ 125th St. Harlem 10035
    2 3 4 5 6 A C E to 125th
    $30 adv. $40 day or UZN42 Funpass 

    Email to purchase a $30 adv. ticket or to purchase a UZN42 FunPass for $75
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    Cocoa Fly: Black HERstory: Sherley Anne Williams A Literary Rose

    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.

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    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.
    Cocoa Fly: Black HERstory: Sherley Anne Williams A Literary Rose

    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.

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