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Apology to My Higher Self
Oh, Higher Self
I apologize to you
I seek to harm no one
but to glorify You always and forever
Have mercy on me
have mercy on myself
Oh, Higher Self
pleae forgive me for allowing my lower self to rule
Please have mercy on me Higher Self, Divine Self
If I will only flow in the flow of You
pick me up Higher Self
when my lower self comes to call
the whispering devil whispers into the hearts of men
and women and children
to take us all down under
to the thrashing floor
the road where wise men fear to tread
down in the dungeon
I become the rat
associating with the rats
dwelling in the dungeon
of my mind
Lift me up Highter Power
let me dwell with You forever
in the Upper Room
surely I know truth from lies
surely I know fire from water
yet I walk into the fire
I am burned again again again
easy to lead in the wrong direction
hard to lead in the right direction,
the Elijah lesson teach us
And why do we love the devil
because he gives us nothing!
Take me Higher Power
into your loving hands
save me from the fire
whose fuel is men and stones,
let not the weakness of my lower self
let me cast away illusions
a donkey is not a stalion
Oh Higher Power
catch me if I fall
take me forward faster
time after time
time after time.
from Sweet Tea/Dirty Rice, New and Selected Poems, 2016, Marvin X, Black Bird Press, Berkeley CA, unpublished.
|photo Pendarvis Harshaw|
Mott couldn't resist falling in behind them, and now he is at the front of the line as the Black Panther Party cranks up to mark its 50th anniversary celebration, beginning with an all-day symposium Saturday at Laney College. "
The Black Panthers were the single greatest effort by blacks in the United States for freedom and self-determination," he said, as keynote speaker for a news conference Friday at the Oakland Museum of California. The museum will be the site of a three-day conference on the Panthers that will take over the entire 7.5-acre museum compound for three days, Oct. 20-23. The symposium will coincide with the museum exhibit "All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50," which will include original Panther berets and rarely seen photographs of day-to-day life among the Panthers, taken by party members. The marquee item, borrowed from Stanford, will be the original draft of the Panther "10 Point Platform and Program" written by hand by party co-founder Bobby Seale. Seale noticeably absent
Seale, who has written a screenplay about his life in the Panthers, was noticeably absent from Friday's event. That's because he is putting on his own 50th anniversary events on behalf of the National Alumni Association of the Black Panther Party, which he says will draw more than 200 Panthers to the Bay Area in October. Also absent was David Hilliard, founding member and chief of staff of the Panthers. He was on the schedule but called in sick. This left it to several later members, led by Mott, who now goes by the name Saturu Ned, 67, and Elaine Brown, 73-year-old former chairwoman of the Black Panther Party. Brown, an activist and one-time presidential candidate, arrived with her right arm in a sling, the result of a much-publicized dustup with Oakland City Councilwoman Desley Brooks, in an Oakland soul food joint. Brown has filed suit against the city and Brooks for $7 million, claiming injuries that required surgery.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was on hand for the news conference to claim her own link to the Panthers. This is based on the fact that Schaaf is also 50 and is the 50th mayor of Oakland. "Growing up in Oakland with the Black Panther Party gave me a skeptical eye," Schaaf began her remarks, later concluding them by declaring October to be Black Panther History Month in the city of Oakland.
There was no specific event that launched the Black Panther Party, but the generally agreed-upon date is Oct. 15, 1966. The one person who does not agree on that date is Seale, who was reached by phone Friday, as his plane landed after a speech at the University of Oregon. Seale said the founding date was Oct. 22, 1966, which was his 30th birthday and the day he and the late Huey Newton finished the "10 Point Platform and Program" for the Black Panther Party for Self Defense (as it was originally called).
A theater and an arts class at UC Merced have teamed to put on the Voices of the Revolutionary Theatre Collective, which will offer two free shows this week.
The first performance is at 11 a.m. at UC Merced’s Lakireddy Hall, COB Room 102 at the 5200 N. Lake Road campus. The second show is set at 6 p.m. at Merced Multicultural Center, 645 W. Main St.
The play features 18 actors performing in 10 scenes snipped from larger works of black writers and those inspired by black writers, including Marvin X, Amiri Baraka and Sonia Gutierrez, to name a few. A summer art class pitched in to design the sets.
“The whole theme is, what are we doing to better the planet?” said Kim McMillon, a local writer and the show’s director.
The stories are told from the points of view of people of color and feature people of color as the main characters, performers said, but speak to the human condition to which all people can relate.
The show starts with a call and response featuring the whole cast, in which Nathalie Ortega, 21, a psychology major at UC Merced, puts a call out to “black people.”
“We’re following up with calling all humanity, because we want to be inclusive as well,” the Bay Area native said.
Ortega is also featured in Baraka’s “Dutchman,” which explores the main character’s insecurities about his race, social status and masculine prowess.
Another performer, 22-year-old Rodolfo Rojo of Los Angeles, said many of the segments deal with racism and terror that whites carried out upon people of color in the 1960s, but echoes to recent tragedies. “We did not actually deal with this,” the management major said. “We’re seeing it all over again.”
He pointed, as an example, to the killings of nine people on June 19 at a historically black church by the hands of a white man in Charleston, S.C. “It’s like history is repeating itself,” Rojo said.
He is set to perform “Ballad of Birmingham,” a poem by Dudley Randall that tells the story of the 1963 bombing of a black church that killed four girls in Alabama.
The works range in tone and even include satire and comedy. “Git on Board” by George C. Wolfe satirizes the trans-Atlantic slave trade and American culture by calling it “Celebrity Slaveship.”
Rhonda Randle, 20, a psychology major from Oakland, said she wanted a role in “Git on Board” because it’s a satire about such heavy subject matter. “It’s a lighthearted way of letting people know what happened,” she said.
The show culminates in the entire cast singing Marvin Gaye’s classic “What’s Going On?”
The performance is aimed at adults and features adult language, so it may not be suitable for children.
For more on the show, email McMillon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sweet Tea/Dirty Rice
New and Selected Poems
Sweet Tea/Dirty Rice is raw, beautiful, painful, low-down and funky, uplifting like hearing Nat Turner has risen.--from the introduction, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, BAM Oakland, founder, Lower Bottom Playaz
He has always been in the forefront of Pan African writing. Indeed, he is one of the founders and innovators of the revolutionary school of African writing.
Marvin X is the USA’s Rumi...X’s poems vibrate, whip, love in the most meta- and physical ways imaginable and un-. He’s got the humor of Pietri, the politics of Baraka, and the spiritual Muslim grounding that is totally new in English –- the ecstasy of Hafiz, the wisdom of Saadi.
--Bob Holman, Bowery Poetry Club, New York City
His love poems will resound as long and as deeply as any love poems ever written by anyone: Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonia Sanchez, Maya Angelou.
...This is more than poetry--it is singing/song, it is meditation, it is spirit/flowing/flying, it is blackness celebrated, it is prophecy, it is life, it is all of these things and more, beyond articulation....
--Johari Amini (Jewel C. Lattimore)
With respect to Marvin X, I wonder why I am just now hearing about him-I read Malcolm when I was 12, I read Amiri Baraka and Sonia Sanchez and others from the BAM in college and graduate school-why is attention not given to his work in the same places I encountered these other authors? Declaring Muslim American literature as a field of study is valuable because recontextualizing it will add another layer of attention to his incredibly rich body of work.He deserves to be WAY better known than he is among Muslim Americans and generally, in the world of writing and the world at large. By we who are younger Muslim American poets, in particular, Marvin should be honored as our elder, one who is still kickin, still true to the word!
--Dr. Mohja Kahf, Professor of English and Islamic Literature, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
When you listen to Tupac Shakur, E-40, Too Short, Master P or any other rappers out of the Bay Area of Cali, think of Marvin X. He laid the foundation and gave us the language to express Black male urban experiences in a lyrical way.--James G. Spady, Philadelphia New Observer Newspaper
Oh, Mighty Kora
Again the Kora
Don't ask, don't take
Something is Goin on up in here
Post Black Negro
And We Wonder
And then there are Angels
Dream Time 2
I Am John Coltrane
If I Were A Muslim In Good Standing
In the Temple of X
There Was an Island
A Street Named Rashidah Muhammad (Dessie X)
Poem for Clara Muhammad
Bank the Bankers
Don't dream bout ma man
Ah, air so fresh
I Am a Revolutionary
Do you want to see me tomorrow
Can you feel the spirit
My people were never slaves
Poem #3 for R
Poem #2 for R
O, Malcolm X
Fathers sing blues too
To Egypt with Love
Letter to my grandson, Jahmeel
Don't Say Pussy
Too Funky in Here
Same Lover/Different Name
Apology to my higher self
Let a Million Men March
Two Poets in the Park
Rain in the Valley
Testimony, A Love Song
Moment in Paradise
How to love a thinking woman
How to love a thinking man or Never Love A Poet
Remember Shani Baraka
When Parents Bury Children
In the Name of Love
Unitarian Church on Tuesday, May 17 –
New York, April 25, 2016 - In these troubled times of mass incarceration, police brutality and
blatant racism, how can we understand our own racism, examine entitlement, and take a larger
role in creating a truly just society?
There will be reports by some who have been affected by systemic racism. Lurie Daniel Favors,
Esq., General Counsel, Center for Law & Social Justice, Medgar Evers College, will moderate
This extraordinary event is presented by Big Apple Coffee Party, a group of New York City
grass roots activists, and All Souls Peace & Justice Task Force. It is co-sponsored by New
York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC), and Occu-Evolve
For more information, email bigapplecoffeeparty.org
Refreshments will be served. Donations appreciated.
Black Dialogue Magazine editors/contributors, Left to Right: Aubrey LaBrie,
Marvin X, Abdul Sabry (Gerald LaBrie), Al Young, Arthur Sheridan, Duke Williams
We received word today that Abdul Sabry (Gerald LaBrie) has joined the ancestors. Surely we are from Allah and to Him we return!
When we graduated from Oakland's Merritt College and transferred to San Francisco State College/University, 1964, Abdul was a member of the Negro Students Association that soon became the Black Student Union. The founding editor of Black Dialogue Magazine was Arthur Sheridan but he was eventually replaced by Abdul Sabry when Black Nationalism became the magazine ideology.
Eldridge Cleaver and Alprintice Bunchy Carter, former
Soledad Prison inmates, co-chairs of the Black Culture
Club at the prison, upon release joined the Black Panther
Abdul was part of the Black Dialogue staff that visited Soledad Prison's Black Culture Club, chaired by Eldridge Cleaver and Bunchy Carter. According to prison movement historian or griot Kumasi, the club was the beginning of the American Prison Movement.
Abdul was an early follower of Imam Warith Din Muhammad when he turned from the teachings of his father, Elijah Muhammad, and became a Sunni Muslim.