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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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    For the last few months, I've been working on the Black Arts Movement Business District, but I have yet to hear from those Black artists who claim they are the new generation of artistic freedom fighters. Are they indeed the new generation of artistic freedom fighters, who were passed the baton from their elders? If so, why are they laying in the cut rather than on the front of the line representing themselves as the next generation of warriors? Somebody hep me! My favorite story teller Shirley Ceaser says, "Step to the front of the line. You been in the back of the line too long!"
    Nat Turner Psh...been there, done that. There's no way to win without ...
    Ole' Prophet Nat Turner

    <b>Harriet</b> <b>Tubman</b>" by Samuel AllenProphet Nat Turner plotting his revolt to freedom. Holy Jesus told him it was the right thing to do

    Oakland Black Artists where are you in the liberation struggle, oh, you free in the sea of nothingness, do yo own thang, gender freedom, artistic freedom, yet you are in peril in your freedom suite, the reason why BAM Master Sun Ra said fuck freedom. Oakland's Pointer Sister's sang Free Me From My Freedom! Sun Ra said all those who talked about freedom are dead, Jesus, MLK, Malcolm X, JFK, RFK, dead. He said, Marvin, stop teaching that freedom, justice and equality and teach discipline, that's what I teach my musicians: discipline.--Sun Ra


     BAM icons Marvin X and his associate and Master Teacher Sun Ra
    Sun Ra is the mythological and ritual master of the Black Arts Movement
    not to mention his philosophical and linguistic concerns


    Black Arts Movement Masters Marvin X and Sun Ra, outside Marvin's Black Educational Theatre, on O'farrel between Fillmore and Webster, San Francisco. While both taught in Black Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, they worked off campus at Marvin's theatre in San Francisco, producing a fifty cast musical verson of Marvin's  BAM classic Flowers for the Trashman, retitled Take Care of Business

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    The Living Dead

    I look into my people's eyes
    see the hollowness within
    I wonder where their spirit went
    the hope of yesterday
    the zombie stares
    he walks away
    why have we come to this
    why is that stare so far away?
    for sure the end is near.

    Love has turned to hate these days
    there is no love in those eyes
    no memory of the men and women
    who suffered fought and died

    O, dead too lazy to die
    O dead that hope passed by
    what will come of you
    but did not Lazarus come alive?
    Come alive then, O living dead.
    Come alive
    you blind to tomorrow's light
    come alive
    the spirit of our saints command you, Rise!
    Strike the blindness from your eyes.

    --Marvin X
    from Liberation Poems for North American Africans, Marvin X, Al Kitab Sudan Press (Black Bird Press), 1983.


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    Marvin X at University of Chicago Conference for Black Arts Movement Master Musician Sun Ra's 101st Earthday


    Marvin X and Master Musician Sun Ra at Marvin's Black Educational Theatre, San Francisco, CA 1972. Sun Ra arranged the musical version of Marvin's Flowers for the Trashman, retitled Take Care of Business. Both also lectured at the University of California, Berkeley in Black Studies, 1971-72.

     
    The Black Arts Movement Poet's Choir and Arkestra at the University of California, Merced
    50th Anniversary celebration of the Black Arts Movement, 2014, produced by Kim McMillan
    and Marvin X.

     BAM poet Marvin X with his Poet's Choir and Arkestra, featuring David Murray and Earle Davis, all three were associated with San Ra. This performance is from Oakland's Malcolm X Jazz/Art Festival, 2014
    photo Adam Turner

    Adam Turner photography and collage, special to the Oakland Post News ...
     
    BAM Poet's Choir and Arkestra at Malcolm X Jazz Festival, 2014
    Adam Turner photo collage

    Marvin X and Tarika Lewis, violinist and first female member of the ...

    Marvin X reading, accompanied by his favorite musician, violinist Tarika Lewis

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    Members of the Black Arts Movement Business District planning committee and media team.
    Left to right: Amir C. Clark, Aries Jordan and son Legend, Robert Arnold, Marvin X, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, Eric Arnold, Ken Johnson, Maiya, Adam Turner.
    photo Amir Aziz Clark

    The group discussed organizational structure, community relations, the land trust to solidify
    space in the 14th Street Corridor, the BAMBD/City of Oakland relationship with the goal of independence and sovereignty;established a 12 month time-line of activities, grant funding, self sufficiency, etc.

    The media team inventoried their resources, contacts, planned publications, digital and print; including a newsletter, newspaper, magazine in partnership with the Post News Group; securing advertisement from businesses in the BAMBD. The BAMBD planners will meet again on Monday, February 8, 10A.M., at the Post News Group office, 405 14th Street, Suite 1215, Oakland.

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  • 02/04/16--19:09: When we were Negroes

  •  photo Harrison Chastang

    When we were Negroes
    life was beautiful
    in the hood
    we was family then
    we all was kin
    looked out for each other
    loved yo brother sista
    when we were Negroes
    had hotels restaurants
    night clubs cafes
    own drinkin water
    swimming pools
    mountain retreats
    no white man rights
    til civil rights
    Sun Ra said civil rites
    Sonny said you get them
    at the cemetery
    freedom and rites
    when you dead
    total freedom forever
    and rites
    Church rites
    Masonic rites
    Legionnaire rites
    gang rites
    when we were Negroes
    now we black
    ain't got shit
    Black president
    ain't shit
    let two Negroes out prison
    left 2.4 million down in the dungeon
    Black President
    most powerful man in the world
    can't stop killing in his hometown
    if he can't stop it can't nobody
    cept maybe the Negro
    call him forth
    the Mighty Negro
    Go back Black
    to Negroland
    Not Africa
    where everybody lived together
    in the projects
    family
    we all kin
    neighbors whupped you ass and mama too
    when you got home
    cause you was wrong
    no adults scared of youth
    whup Dante's ass
    disrespectful impudent
    now you Black
    scared of yo kids
    scared to go to store at night
    yo kids run the hood
    terrify the hood
    no Elders speak
    scared to death
    But we Black now
    post Black even
    multicultural
    yeah
    on the bottom of the ladder
    don't bring nothing to the table
    yeah Paradise say they love everything about you
    but you!
    Nigguh is a billion dollar word
    now the Nigguh don't want to say Nigguh
    Asians Nigguhs whites Nigguhs Mexicans Nigguhs
    Gay/Lesbian Nigguhs
    but Nigguhs say don't say Nigguh
    say the N word
    the N word ain't no billion dollar word
    Nigguh is the word
    Nigguh scared to say Nigguh
    he so Black he so African
    Nigguh ain't shit
    Ask the African is the Nigguh shit
    Ask the Jamaican
    Ask the Arab
    they pimp the hood
    dress like Nigguhs talk like Nigguhs walk like Nigguhs
    fuck like Nigguhs
    they love everything bout Nigguhs cept Nigguhs!
    So let's be Negroes when we were family kin
    What's up family?
    What's up kinfolks?
    What's up Bloods?
    Can't speak to these Blacks, these African Americans
    you say high hey what's up, dog
    silence
    Nigguh on cell phone talkin bout where you at where you at
    he ain't nowhere and she ain't nowhere
    lost and turned out on the way to grandmother's house!
    Call me Negro from Negroland
    Nigguh for life even
    from the Nigguh tribe
    But I like when the Blacks say, when the North American Africans say
    I appreciate you
    I appreciate you
    I appreciate you
    now this is Black is Beautiful
    three little words
    I appreciate you
    sounds so nice
    so much love
    I can be Black with that line
    I'll give up Negro with that line
    I'll be Black, African even
    with that line
    I appreciate you, Brother
    I appreciate you, Sister
    I appreciate you, Mama
    I appreciate you, Daddy
    I appreciate you, Queen and King
    Whatchusay?



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    Leaders Strive to Make Black Arts Business District a Reality 

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    Members of the Black Arts Movement Business District planning committee and media team.
    Left to right: Amir C. Clark, Aries Jordan and son Legend, Robert Arnold, Marvin X, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, Eric Arnold, Ken Johnson, Maiya Newsome-Edgerly, Adam Turner.
    photo Amir Aziz Clark
    postnewsgroup.com 

    By Marvin X Jackmon 
    Co-founder of BAMBD


    Leaders of the Black Arts Movement Business District (BAMBD) along the 14th Street corridor want:
    1) Land placed in a trust not subject to gentrification and developers; 

    2) The city’s Race and Equity Department to help stop displacement and ongoing evictions, including the Oakland Post News Group and the Betti Ono Gallery;

    3) Displaying the BAMBD flag throughout the corridor;
     
    4) An immediate moratorium on rent hikes and evictions in the BAMBD corridor; 

    5) The city to immediately permit members of the BAMBD to vend along the corridor as a sign of entrepreneurship; 

    6) The BAMBD must have housing, not only for artists but workers, elderly and the marginalized. Those SRO hotels in the downtown area should be acquired with BAMBD residents awarded Life Estate titles--this would end homelessness overnight; and 
     
    7) A $1 billion dollar trust fund so we can acquire and secure the necessary land and properties for the BAMBD and provide loans to business persons in the district.

    Former San Francisco Mayor Joe Alioto publicly apologized for destroying the economic and cultural vitality of the Fillmore District. No one has apologized for dismantling West Oakland. But we need more than anapology.We are in a space emergency not only in the BAMBD but throughout Oakland. In Oakland’s “hot” property market, the BAMBD needs equity, or the district will exist in name only.

    Like piranhas, the high tech firms and globalists are devouring potential BAMBD land and

    properties. Perhaps we need to re-gentrify the BAMBD corridor.Presently, there are few Black owned businesses in the district although at this week’s Oakland Downtown Plan meeting at the Malonga Casquelourd Center, people were directed to the Small Business Department for loans. 

    The BAMBD planners will meet again on Monday, February 8, 10A.M., at the Post News Group office, 405 14th Street, Suite 1215, Oakland. For information call 510-200-4154.

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    Black Arts Movement Business District planner and BAM co-founder Marvin X and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf at the opening of NFL player Marshawn Lynch's Beast Mode store in the Old Oakland District--well, Marvin says Marshawn's store will be listed as part of the BAMBD.
    photo Troy Williams

    Marshawn Lynch to open ‘Beast Mode’ retail store in Oakland

    NFL running back Marshawn Lynch graduated from Oakland Tech High School. Mayor Libby Schaaf thanked him for giving back to Oakland with his Beast Mode store. Marshawn and his partners, Tom Henderson and Samuel Taylor, are in the development stage of launching its collaborative brand of performance athletic footwear and apparel. The Beast Mode is located in Old Oakland at 811 Broadway, between 8th and 9th Street.
    NFL running back  Marshawn Lynch and BAMBD Master poet/organizer Marvin X
    photo Troy Williams

    Marvin and the BAMBD planners intend to meet with the Mayor on the BAMBD plans, outlined in the Feb. 3-9, issue of the Oakland Post Newspaper:

    1) Land placed in a trust not subject to gentrification and developers; 

    2) The city’s Race and Equity Department to help stop displacement and ongoing evictions, including the Oakland Post News Group and the Betti Ono Gallery;

    3) Displaying the BAMBD flag throughout the corridor;


     
    4) An immediate moratorium on rent hikes and evictions in the BAMBD corridor; 

    5) The city to immediately permit members of the BAMBD to vend along the corridor as a sign of entrepreneurship; 

    6) The BAMBD must have housing, not only for artists but workers, elderly and the marginalized. Those SRO hotels in the downtown area should be acquired with BAMBD residents awarded Life Estate titles--this would end homelessness overnight; and 
     
    7) A $1 billion dollar trust fund so we can acquire and secure the necessary land and properties for the BAMBD and provide loans to business persons in the district. 

    BAMBD planners will invite the Mayor on a Black History walking tour of the BAMBD with City of Oakland Tour Coordinator Annalee Allen. The tour will be held from 10a.m. to 11:30a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. If you would like to join the tour, please call 510-238-3234 or email Annalee Allen at aallen@oaklandnet.com.

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    Members of the Black Arts Movement Business District planning committee and media team.
    Left to right: Amir C. Clark, Aries Jordan and son Legend, Robert Arnold, Marvin X, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, Eric Arnold, Ken Johnson, Maiya Newsome-Edgerly, Adam Turner.
    photo Amir Aziz Clark 

     Businessman Geoffery Pete, Post News Group journalist Troy Williams and BAMBD planner Marvin X


    Son of Herman Pete and Dorothy Reid Pete; Grandson of Thomas Reid Sr ...
    Geoffery Pete, owner of Geoffery's Inner Circle at 14th and Franklin, a key venue in the BAMBD
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    After meeting the Mayor at Marshawn's, later in the afternoon, Marvin and Paul Cobb informed Geoffery Pete, owner of Geoffery's Inner Circle, that his venue will be an essential part of facilities BAMBD will utilize for meetings and performance space. Paul reminded Mr. Pete that the City of Oakland spent millions renovating the Fox Theatre, so with his venue a key spot in the BAMBD, we will discuss with Mayor Schaaf how to get his building renovated so it can be a critical venue in the District, along with the African American Library/Museum, where BAMBD plans to have office space. They will meet with the head of the Oakland Public Library next week, Mr. Gerry Garzon.

    On Saturday, the peripatetic, indefatigable  Marvin X will participate in a visioning session at the Flight Deck, one of the theatre venues in the BAMBD, presently home of the Lower Bottom Playaz, founded by Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, Marvin X's star student when he taught in the theatre department, Laney College, 1981. Dr. Nzinga recently completed the ten play cycle of plays by August Wilson. She is the only director and producer of the ten play cycle in chronological order.

     
    The Future of the Arts in Downtown Oakland: ACreative Visioning Session
    Oakland is changing. We all know it. Buildings are going up, businesses are opening,
    new people are moving in, and some folks who have been here for a long time are getting
    pushed out. There’s a sense of opportunity and a sense of fear. Who will get a share of
    the new prosperity? In Oakland, like in so many urban areas, artists have been central in
    making the place desirable - so often, people mention diversity and arts & culture when
    they say what they love Oakland. But as new money comes in and rents rise, artists and
    arts organizations are often some of the first to be displaced. At this moment when so
    much is changing for Oakland, and when the city is creating a new Downtown Specific
    Plan, how can we make sure that the arts remain at the center of public life in Oakland,
    and that they continue to grow and thrive in ways that are equitable and rooted in
    Oakland’s rich culture and history?
    As the opener to The Flight Deck’s annual Accelerator event on February 6th, we are
    inviting our guests to join in a visioning session on the future of the arts in Downtown
    Oakland. Experts in various fields will provide context and give their perspective on
    these issues, and then participants will work in groups to creatively develop a vision for
    placing the arts at the center of public life in Downtown Oakland’s changing landscape.
    The process will marry elements of ensemble theater techniques and urban planning
    design charettes. This session will serve as a pilot - an experiment in process that could
    be duplicated in other contexts if it is effective.
    Time: 5-6pm
    Saturday, February 6, 2016
    Panelist Arrival time: 4:30 pm
    Facilitator: Anna Shneiderman, Executive Director, Ragged Wing Ensemble & The Flight
    Deck
    Host: Lina Buffington, Interim ED of Missey, Board Vice President, Ragged Wing
    Ensemble & The Flight Deck
    Panelists:
    Council President Lynette McElhaney
    Alicia Parker, Planning Department
    Robert Ogilvie, Executive Director, SPUR Oakland
    Lindsay Krumbein, Executive Artistic Director, Gritty City Repertory Youth
    Theatre
    Marvin X, Organizer of the Black Arts Movement and Business District

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    Former Negro Slave Dies on Madera Ranch
     Fresno Bee, Tuesday, December 16, 1941

    Cover art 
     
    Ephraim Murrill, 99, who lived the first twenty years of his life as a Negro slave in North Carolina, died yesterday in his home on a Madera district ranch. Murrill, who was highly respected by both whites and Negroes in the community, recalled having seen Abraham Lincoln when the great emancipator was campaigning for his first term as president.

    Surviving him are one daughter, Mrs. J. H. Hall, Madera; a son, John Murrill (Marvin's grandfather),  nine grand children and three great grandchildren. He would be 100 years old had he lived until next February 13. One of his brothers lived to the age of 116.

    Funeral services will be hold tomorrow afternoon in the Jay Parlors and burial will be in Arbor Vitae Cemetary.
    ------------ --------- --------

    Epharaim Murrill is the maternal great grandfather of poet Marvin X. His mother, Marian Murrill Jackmon, was born in Fowler, about thirty miles south of Madera. Marvin X was born there as well, May 29, 1944.

    Marvin's parents, Owendell Jackmon and Marian Murrill Jackmon published the first black newspaper in the central valley, the Fresno Voice. They were also real estate brokers who sold many blacks their first home after WWII. Marvin's earliest memories are selling his parents newspaper on F and Fresno Street, a block or two from his parent's newspaper and real estate office.


    The Jackmons later moved to Oakland and became florists on 7th Street. Mr. Jackmon was prominent in West Oakland's political and social life. He was a member of the Men of Tomorrow, the Elks Lodge and the American Legion. He was a member of Downs Memorial Methodist Church, where Rev. Cecil Williams of San Francisco's Glide Church did his internship.

    Mrs. Jackmon became a Christian Scientist, follower of Mary Baker Eddy. Marvin grew up with no medicine cabinet in the house of his mother because Christian Scientists don't believe in medicine, one must simply know "the truth" and truth will set you free of all dis-ease. Growing up "knowing the truth", Marvin was mystified when he taught white students on the university level and discovered they had no concept of truth and were thus consumed with lies!

    The Jackmons separated and Mrs. Jackmon returned to Fresno with her six children and opened a real estate business. Marvin attended Lowell Jr. High in West Oakland, but graduated from high school in Fresno. He returned to Oakland to attend Merritt College and was on the basketball team. At Merritt he also met Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, fellow students who came into revolutionary consciousness during independent study sessions. There was no Black Studies, although Merritt established one of  the first Black Studies programs after student protests, led by the Black Students Union, aka, Soul Students Advisory Council, headed by Virtual Murrell, now a lobbyist. Virtual and Bobby Seale recall when Marvin X performed his first play Flowers for the Trashman at Merritt, the student movement exploded.

    In 1969, Marvin X became the most controversial black in Fresno history when he defied Governor Ronald Reagan by continuing to teach at Fresno State University, even though the Gov. ordered the college/now university to remove him by any means necessary, especially since he had refused to fight in Vietnam.


    ... & Review: The parents of Marvin X, Marian M. and Owendell Jackmon, I

    Parents of Marvin X, Marian M. Jackmon and Owendell Jackmon, I at the World Peace Conference in San Francisco, 1945, which led to the United Nations. His mother was a Race woman, his father a Race man, meaning they were Black nationalists, down for their people in the Marcus Garvey manner. Marvin X learned to do for self long before he joined the Nation of Islam, 1967.

    Now organizing the Black Arts Movement Business District, Marvin grew up on Oakland's Black cultural and business district, 7th Street, similar to San Francisco's Fillmore and New York's Harlem.

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    Black Bird Press News & Review: Film Screening: Black Panthers, Vanguard of the Revolution

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    BBC's  "Islamic History of Europe" and "Science and Islam"
    by Heather Gray

    In addition to the excellent documentary "When the Moors (Muslims) Ruled in Europe" I  recently shared (see note below from reader), there are other exemplary contemporary productions about Islam by the BBC and they are the following: the "Islamic History of Europe" that offers an intellectual history of Islamic contributions in Europe; and the three part series "Science and Islam". They are well worth watching and are posted below:

    Islamic History of Europe

    BBC Science and Islam 1 - The Language of Science


    BBC Science and Islam 2 - The Empire of Reason


    BBC Science and Islam 3 -
    Discovering The Great Works of Islamic Astronomers




    Note from a reader that is much appreciated

    A reader kindly sent an email and I thank him for the correction and additional information about "Bettany" Hughes who produced the video "When the Moors Ruled in Europe". He makes reference to a message he found when going to this link on YouTube:  "video contains content from Channel 4 (in Britain), who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds". I, however, received no such note on YouTube and found that 753,043 have watched the video. Nevertheless, I do find this notification about copyright on many other videos on YouTube and of necessity I am, of course, attentive to the issue. If any others of you did find such a note about the Bettany Hughes video please let me know. Also, this film can be found in other places such as, for one, Top Documentary Films.

    He also kindly sent further explanation about  copyright issues and that "there has always been incompatibility between the UK and the USA, for as long as I can remember, back to the mid-1960s." Regarding Bettany Hughes, he offers the following additional information:
    Hello, Heather
    "Brittany Hughes" is in fact BETTANY. Her own Page is: http://www.bettanyhughes.co.uk/ There is good information at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bettany_Hughes from which you will see that she is a prolific and highly regarded writer and broadcaster.
    Another note from a reader:
    I am somewhat familiar with the history of the Muslim presence in Europe and also somewhat astonished by how it has been ignored by the American and perhaps also the Europeans. Their access to the Muslim libraries was the basis of the Renaissance and also the "discovery of the New World".  Thanks for sharing!

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  • 02/07/16--20:40: THE AFRICAN MOORS IN SPAIN

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    In solidarity with artists from the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Community Rejuvenation Project, the Chinatown Coalition, local residents and businesses — have launched a petition to Maria Poncel of Bay Development to demand mitigation and community givebacks from the 16-story market-rate housing development of the parking lot at 250 14th Street.

    On February 3rd, the Planning Commission gave away millions of dollars in value to Bay Development, without ensuring the community's needs were met and mitigating negative impacts on the Malonga Center and the covering up of the community mural above uplifting Oakland's artists and history.

    A rally will be held on Thursday, February 11, beginning at 11:30 AM at the parking lot at 14th and Alice and marching to City Hall (you can meet us there at 12pm for a brief rally) to file the appeal, and to demand that Mayor Libby Schaaf and City Council overturn the decision until the community's demands are met:

    1) Finance or fundraise 100% of replacement mural costs.

    2) Dedicate the ground floor of the parking garage to Malonga Arts Center staff and patrons, to support the continued flourishing of this city treasure at the heart of the newly designated Black Arts Movement Cultural and Business District.

    3) Make at least 15-28% of the units affordable to families earning less than $64,000, as the Lake Merritt Specific Plan calls for. That means setting rent at $1,600 or below for at least 18 of the 126 units.

    In addition, the community has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise the funds to appeal the Oakland Planning Commission’s approval of the development: https://www.gofundme.com/xyn67r9t

    Sign & share the petition: https://www.change.org/p/bay-development-build-real-community-benefits

    We are also demanding that Mayor Schaaf and City Administrator Sabrina Landreth fire the Planning Director Rachel Flynn (who denies there is a housing crisis in Oakland & is fast-tracking gentrification) and reform the Planning Department by replacing planning staff and Planning Commissioners with people who care more about residents than developers.

    Please join us and invite your friends.
    The bigger the signs the better, and bring your instruments to make some noise!

    #KeepOaklandCreative#HousingJustice
     
     

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  • 02/09/16--06:38: BAMBD calls for volunteers



  • Dear Community:


    If you have time to volunteer with the Black Arts Movement Business District, please connect with BAMBD organizer Marvin X: 510-200-4164; email: jmarvinx@yahoo.com. If you need more information, check out the archives of the Oakland Post News Group.org and/or www.blackbirdpressnews.blogspot.com.


    We need people with skills in high tech, marketing, communication, advertising, promotion, producing, editing, sales, fund raising, strategic planning, grant writing, finance, vending, archiving, etc. We're also looking for poets, actors, spoken word artists, musicians, visual artists, architects, builders, etc.


    If you have any of the above skills and wish to volunteer your time, please send your resume to: jmarvinx@yahoo.com. We will connect with you ASAP.

    FYI, the BAMBD is a do for self project. We want to be economically independent at the earliest possible date, not reliant upon government and/or corporate funding. Due to bureaucratic delays and unreliable budgets, we can’t expect government agencies to deliver all our needs. We must organize ourselves and help ourselves. We realize time is of the essence as land and properties in the BAMBD area are rapidly becoming in short supply and yet with every passing minute vital resources such as jobs, housing, performance space, business space is fading into the sunset, not only in the BAMBD but throughout the City.



     Marvin X and Mayor Libby Schaaf. We appreciate the Mayor, but we must do for self! photo 
    Troy Williams, Post News Group
    City officials seem caught up in the bureaucratic process and will be hard pressed to deliver the people's needs, although they are responding with abundant resources for developers and those entering the City to gentrify neighborhoods, which means that we should work closely with the newly formed Department of Race and Equity. 

    Those who want to see the BAMBD as a thriving cultural and business district must give generously of their talent, time and resources. The time is now!

    Left to right: Poet Aries Jordan, Gerry Garzon, Director, Oakland Public Library, BAMBD Planner, Marvin X; Mr. Garzon's assistant, Post News Group Publisher, Paul Cobb, BAMBD Media Specialist, Adam Turner


    On the positive, today the BAMBD planners met with Gerry Garzon, Director of the Oakland Public Library. We established a partnership that will allow us to make use of library facilities, establish permanent exhibits, digitize BAMBD archives,discuss acquisition of said archives by the OPL and make the African American Museum/Library more accessible to the public.  

    Sincerely,
    Marvin X,
    BAMBD Planner 
    2/8/16


    Council President Lynette McElhaney, Marvin X, Duane Deterville; Middle row: Gerry Garzon (Oakland Public Library), Tureeda Mikell, Jaenal Peterson, Aries Jordan, David McKelvey, Eric Murphy (Joyce Gordon Gallery); Back row: Eric Arnold, Kwesi Wilkerson, Charles Johnson, Alicia Parker (Oakland Planning Department), Shomari Carter (Supervisor Keith Carson's Office). Far right: Elder Paul Cobb, Publisher, Oakland Post News Group. 


    Black artists gather at Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza in front of Oakland City Hall, prior to full City Council vote that established the Black Arts Movement Business District, January 19, 2016. Front: Khalid Waajid; Amir Aziz, Duane Deterville, Judy Juanita, Eric Arnold, Tureada Mikell, Marvin X, Tarika Lewis, DeMar-con Gipson, Blystk Kmba, Crsna Cox, Jaenal Peterson, Jahaninh Omi Bahari, Janeah Taylor, Yancie Taylor, Tracy Mitchell, Ron Linzie, Dennis X, Wanda Ravernell
    photo Adam Turner


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