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    A powerful father and son scene, Fences. Father's and sons need to view this film together!
    This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Jovan Adepo, left, and Denzel Washington in a scene from “Fences.” (David Lee/Paramount Pictures via AP)

    Let's begin with the story itself, Fences, part of the ten play cycle August Wilson created based on life in the ghetto of Pittsburgh, PA, where he grew up. I like to compare Wilson with playwright Ed Bullins who hailed from Philadelphia PA. There is no lack of depth in the story telling of both playwrights but Ed Bullins' North Philly dramatic narratives has more sordid stories and  wretched language than Wilson, perhaps this is why Wilson was an On Broadway success while Ed entertained the Off Broadway crowds and the Black Arts Movement Theatre audiences.

    But as per linguistics, Denzil's film utilized the word Nigguh more than any other term from the Black Arts Movement linguistic catalogue. But he was so skilled with the term due to his consummate acting that in the deep structure of his articulation we can hear motherfucker, bitch and host of other choice words from the basic vocabulary of North American Africans.

    We congratulate Denzil Washington for bringing August Wilson's play Fences to the giant screen. Since we'd seen the play, we were somewhat familiar with the material. No one can touch Denzil's acting and his lead role in the film may garner him an Oscar or maybe an award from the Black Arts Movement. It was wonderful watching his acting, noticing every twitch of his lips, glance of his eyes, stares and the many silences he expressed to emphasize a point or emotion.

    We are certain having that powerful August Wilson script made Denzil's work as actor and director much easier, and that of the other actors as well.

    Fences is an absolutely riveting story of Black life in Pittsburgh in particular and America in general. We all know the pervasive racism and discrimination we've endured over the last half century, in particular, and the four centuries in general. Fences tackles the dreams deferred (Loraine Hansberry) and I Too, Sing America (Langston Hughhes). There is discussion of why a black man can't drive a garbage truck, why must black men only pick up the garbage? The main character is bold enough to complain to the boss but for his complaint he is rewarded with the driver's job, suggesting we must be assertive and transcend fear and passivity. Fedrick Douglas told us power concedes nothing without a demand, it never has and never will!

    In the August Wilson story telling tradition, the film faithfully weaves its way through generational family trauma, mental illness, alcoholism, abandonment and abuse. It attempts to teach about parental responsibility but contradictions kill the moral pronouncements of the lead character in the eyes of his friend, wife and sons.

    The son feels terrified because he feels the father is misplacing aggression upon him because of the father's failure to realize his dreams, so he tries to advise the son to lower his vision, not end up with shattered dreams.

    The climax is when the husband informs the wife he has a woman pregnant. And then proceeds to tell her what a wonderful time he shared with the other woman. We heard women in the audience gasp! As men often do, he continued his confession about how the other woman made him laugh. Of course his wife of 18 years wanted to know why he didn't think she might want to have a good laugh with another man! Here the patriarchal mythology went wild. The husband did not dare challenge his wife's assertion of her human desires similar to the husbands. Those addicted to the Mythology of Pussy and Dick (Marvin X) can't imagine what is good for the goose is good for the gander! Ironically the baby mama dies in the hospital and the father brings the other woman's baby home to his wife who accepts the child but utters the most poignant line in the film, "Well, I got a baby but you ain't got no woman!"

    We appreciated all the actors, especially the actress who portrayed the wife, and the young son was excellent and the child raised by the mother came across in flying colors especially in her interaction with the young son who come home to attend his father's funeral but had to be convinced by the child in a sing-song rap the two performed together.

    This is a most beautiful film about family relationships and responsibility, especially for men and young men. It is about the need for men to recognize women are full human beings as they are, with dreams, aspirations and goals. Men need to wake up and smell the coffee!

    Being true to the August Wilson script, the film contained its mystical moments throughout. The mentally ill brother of the husband was excellent as the guide who prepared the family for the pearly gates, even as he suffered with brain injury from serving in America's imperialist wars. The film was an excellent depiction of how a family accepts a mentally ill relative. Since I know no Black family who does not suffer such a personality, it will do well for all families to see this film. Thank you so much, Denzil and the entire cast. Thank you ancestor August Wilson for your wonderful play about Black Lives Matter! Black Love Matters!
    --Marvin X
    12/31/16

    Denzel Washington treats August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ with dignity

    by Jake Coyle, Associated Press |
    The blue music of “Fences” sings with a ferocious beauty in Denzel Washington‘s long-in-coming adaptation of August Wilson’s masterpiece of African-American survival and sorrow.Transfers from stage to screen often serve up only a pale reflection of the electric, live-wire theater experience. But Washington, in his good sense, has neither strained to make August’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play particularly cinematic nor to “open it up” much from the confines of the staged setting. What we have, instead, is a meat-and-potatoes drama, delivered with full-bodied, powerhouse performances and an attuned ear to the bebop rhythms of Wilson’s dense, musical dialogue. The 1957-set “Fences” surely doesn’t call for anything like a Stanley Kubrick treatment. Just give us the words and the people, with passion.
    Fences Denzel Washington
    This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Jovan Adepo, left, and Denzel Washington in a scene from “Fences.” (David Lee/Paramount Pictures via AP)

    “Death ain’t nothing but a fastball on the outside corner,” says Troy Maxson (Washington), a 53-year-old garbage man in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Primarily from the hemmed-in backyard of his brick house he pours forth a torrent of rage, bitterness, pride and anguish.
    “Fences,” part of August’s celebrated 10-part, decade-by-decade Century cycle, ought to have been made decades ago. It nearly was once, but Wilson’s insistence that a black director make it was deemed impractical by a backward Hollywood.

    So Washington’s “Fences,” the first big-screen adaption of any of Wilson’s plays, is righting a wrong. The upside to the timing is that it would be difficult imagining better performers than Washington and Viola Davis, who starred together in a 2010 Broadway revival.

    Wilson claimed to have never seen or read Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” before writing “Fences,” but the two works are undeniably linked in their grand, wrenching portraits of bone-tired mid-century American men coming to the realization of how little their lifetime of work has gotten them.

    Maxson, an illiterate former Negro League baseball star who spent 15 years in prison, is a nine-to-five, blue-collar patriarch in loud revolt against a life that’s ground him down. With almost unrelenting bombast, he’s at war with the racism that’s boxed him in his whole life, with the changing world around him and with his own mortality. Feeling the devil near, Maxson is building a fence to keep him out — though there are other reasons he’s closing himself off. “I ain’t goin’ easy,” he swears while clutching a bottle to an imagined but palpably present devil. No one would doubt his resolve.

    The other characters operate in reaction to the verbal force that is Maxson. First and foremost is his wife, the demure but formidable Rose (Viola Davis), who gradually moves from the kitchen toward the center of the film. She’s a figure of devotion whose own pains and regrets don’t spill out until her climactic speech: “I planted myself inside you and waited to bloom,” she tells Maxson. It’s a knockout moment, delivered by a blistering Davis with tears and snot smeared across her face.

    The heart of the drama, though, is its father-son story. Jovan Adepo plays Cory, whose college hopes rest on his football skills. Maxson lectures him again and again: “The white man ain’t gonna let you get nowhere with that football noway,” he tells him.

    Washington’s performance is titanic, surely one of the best of his career. Maxson’s deluge of dialogue — all its tale tales, braggadocio and pain — just flows out of him.

    Washington keeps almost entirely to the play’s settings, but the most notable exception is its first scene where Maxson and his friend Jim Bono (a soulful Stephen McKinley Henderson) ride on the back of a garbage truck, up and down Pittsburgh’s hills, while Maxson rails against the lack of black drivers.
    It’s an indelible image, and perhaps “Fences” could have used a few more such flourishes. The other obvious visual attempt — a handful of wordless montages — is a misstep, out of sync with the rest of the film. “Fences” may never lose the look and sound of a play, but Washington’s close-up focus on the characters only heightens the dignity Wilson bestowed on them.

    “Fences,” a Paramount Pictures release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for “thematic elements, language and some suggestive references.” Running time: 139 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four.


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    Your review is very favorable, but there are other points to make as well.

    1.  Recognition of the beat down can lead to no hope for a better future
    and Troy seems to fall into that camp, just can't escape the beat down
    cause the odds are too great against you

    2.  Troy ends up estranged from his best friend who tried to pull his coat

    2.  The one escape was represented by the son who joins the marines,
    although the other son continues to play hiss music while in prison

    3.  The sister who finds her 18 year marriage and her sacrifice has not
    satisfied her man who felt he had to father a child outside of his
    family because the other woman made him laugh ends up seeking relief
    from the sisters in the church - can that be her solution?

    I guess these and more points lead me to question the role of art in its
    representation of the Black experience.  Making our pain beautiful just
    doesn't do it for me.  We need catharsis, we need a glimpse of what we
    can be not held back by only what we have been.

    We need to judge art by the criteria of a freedom aesthetic, and I know
    you agree with me on that!

    abdul

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    Do Blacks have gun factories, bullet factories, drug companies where "Mollies" are manufactured to inspire homicide? Do Blacks have jobs that transcend the income of the gang related drug economy? Is Black beautiful or ugly these days? Are we still in the hate that hate produced syndrome? 


    On the eve of New Year's Day 2017, a young man asked me what's going to happen, referring to the next president, Donald Trump? What is our condition today? I could only tell him what several of my elders have told me, i.e., conditions are worse than slavery. I concurred with my elders by referring to socalled Black on Black homicide. For sure, I told the brother with a most serious demeanor, there was no epidemic of Africans killing Africans in the American slave system (Ed Howard term). Putting on my dramatist hat, I said, "Nigguh, you did what, you killed ma nigguh, nigguh, you destroyed ma property? What da hell wrong wit you, nigguh, I don't care what dat nigguh did to you, some shit about you, him and some slave woman, so you go kill ma property over some wretched wench? Overseer, come get this nigguh outta here, whip'm til he bleed to the point of death, beat dis nigguh til he scream fa Jesus to help his black ass!"

    In Chicago, the year ended with nearly 800 dead North American Africans. Black lives matter? Hell no, Black lives don't matter. Three thousand wounded and Black lives matter? If Chicago is not in a state of war, what is war? Is not Chicago on the level with Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, maybe worse? If white people were being killed in similar numbers, don't you think America would declare a national state of emergency? And sadly, this slaughter occurred in the home town of our out-going Black President. Was he totally helpless to stem the bloodshed of his brothers, sisters and children? No, Black lives don't matter, no even to many North American Africans. Many of us have failed as parents, adults and elders to inform our children we are indeed in a war, rooted in and driven by external forces but implemented by internal forces who have convinced themselves their lives don't matter. Deaf, dumb and blind, many of our youth are ignorant of who we are as divine beings in human form. We have been duped into the belief that we are worthless and can kill each other at will without consequence. "Yeah, I killed dat nigguh. Fuck prison, I can do 25 to life standing up!"

    Perhaps the violence will stop if the white man will again claim us as his property. But why should he stop the violence, it's a matter of population control; it's a matter of economics, stupid! Imagine the benefit to the gun makers, mortuary industry, police departments, hospitals, jails, prisons, welfare departments. At the jail, the correctional officer told a departing inmate, "Keep coming back, keep coming back. I got me a yacht but keep coming back so I can get my son a yacht!" Yes, when the killers are apprehended they become a valuable commodity on the stock exchange: three million inmates @ $100,000 per inmate per year. Do the math. Most importantly, we are now constitutional slaves since involuntary servitude is legal for the incarcerated or the New Jim Crows! (Michelle Alexander )Yes, Black lives matter to the prison industry. And with the brothers incarcerated, the sisters go to college but in the words of Dr. Wade Nobles, "While the brothers are in jail and prison, the sisters go to academic prison where with every advance degree they obtain makes it less likely they shall find a husband their equal." Advance degrees don't matter, alas, last time I checked the girls outnumbered the boys at Howard University 14 to 1! A few years ago while I was speaking at Howard U,The Washington Post published a story that said many Black women shall never be married and have given up on the very idea!

    So perhaps Black lives do matter to the American economy and mythology. After all, the supreme irony is that the most dangerous place for our babies is not on the street but in the womb! Ask Planned Parenthood how many Black babies were aborted last year? Ask them why the majority of their clinics are in our neighborhoods? Ask them about their racist founder, Margaret Sanger! Ask them what Hitler learned from her and her comrades that he applied to the final solution of the Jews.

    Black lives matter, Black lives don't matter! For sure, if Black lives don't matter to us, they will not matter to anyone else. Please don't tell me that stupid racist poppycock about all lives matter. Let me see 800 white boys dead in an American city and nothing is done, no state of emergency is declared, it's business as usual.
    --Marvin X
    1/2/17


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     Dr. Julia Hare, esteemed  wife of Dr. Nathan Hare
    Left to right: Gay Plair Cobb, Marvin X, Mayor Libby Schaaf, Dr. T. Webb, Dr. Nathan Hare and Paul Cobb, publisher of the Post News Group.

    Dr. Nathan Hare on Slavery to Knavery

    Marvin,
    Thanks for kicking off the new year with your assessment that the Emancipation Proclamation against Slavery has not been sufficient, implying we now need an emancipation proclamation against knavery (etymology, knave, servant boy; slave =captive servant). The knave thinks he is free but needs emancipation from his condition of knavery. Indeed  it might better have occurred before the emancipation against slavery. But late, as over against never, will be soon enough.
    Back to work.
    Nathan Hare
    Phone: 415-474-1707
     

     

    On the eve of New Year's Day 2017, a young man asked me what's going to happen, referring to the next president, Donald Trump? What is our condition today? I could only tell him what several of my elders have told me, i.e., conditions are worse than slavery. I concurred with my elders by referring to socalled Black on Black homicide. For sure, I told the brother with a most serious demeanor, there was no epidemic of Africans killing Africans in the American slave system (Ed Howard term). Putting on my dramatist hat, I said, "Nigguh, you did what, you killed ma nigguh, nigguh, you destroyed ma property? What da hell wrong wit you, nigguh, I don't care what dat nigguh did to you, some shit about you, him and some slave woman, so you go kill ma property over some wretched wench? Overseer, come get this nigguh outta here, whip'm til he bleed to the point of death, beat dis nigguh til he scream fa Jesus to help his black ass!"
     

    Post: Chicago: Why Black Lives Don't Matter
    Link: http://blackbirdpressnews.blogspot.com/2017/01/chicago-why-black-lives-dont-matter.html



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    Friday, December 9, 2016


    BAMBD and Community meet on benefits package with developers Carmel

    Marvin X asked if Carmel would consider BAMBD as an investment partner for a low income housing component to their project, the developers said absolutely they would consider such a proposal, along with other adjustments to their design plans. 

     


     photo Standing Rock, The Movement News
     

    The Black Arts Movement Business District held the first round of negotiations with the Carmel Group, developers of the parking  garage at 14th and Franklin in the BAMBD, downtown Oakland. The conversation included representatives of non-profit groups and business persons in the  BAMBD: the Lower Bottom Playaz, Betti Ono Gallery, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Academy of da Corner, BAOBAB, Regina's Corner, Malonga Cultrural Center, Oakland International Film Festival, Eastside Arts and the Ghost Ship.


     photo Standing Rock, The Movement News

    BAMBD lead planners, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, Eric Arnold and Marvin X represented the views and concerns of  BAMBD which included low income housing and retail space, parking, jobs and job training, impact on rents and other issues.
     
     photo Standing Rock, The Movement News

    It was a very amicable meeting without the hostility that usually exists between developers and the community. When BAMBD planner Marvin X asked if Carmel would consider BAMBD as an investment partner for a low income housing component to their project, the developers said absolutely they would consider such a proposal, along with other adjustments to their design plans. BAMBD's architectural consultant, Fred Smith was present and will meet with BAMBD at the earliest to draft BAMBD's design changes. for submission to Carmel. 
    As per funds for low-income housing, Conway Jones, Jr., BAMBD Vice Chair,  recently met with Dr. Ben Carson, incoming Secretary of Housing and Urban Affairs.


    Left to right: Conway Jones, Jr., BAMBD Community Development Corporation Vice Chair,  and Dr. Ben Carson, incoming Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

     Below is BAMBD Vice Chair's letter of invitation to incoming Secretary Carson to visit Oakland

    December 19, 2016
    Dr. Ben Carson
    Nominee for Secretary
    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    451 7th Street S.W.
    Washington, DC 20410                   
    Dear Dr. Carson:
    Congratulations on your nomination by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as our next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. We are excited about your passion that you bring to this office. Your insight will help increase the nation’s housing supply and rebuild and strengthen our urban communities.
    Let me introduce you to Oakland, California. We are a vibrant city, rich in culture, which celebrates diversity. We have 30,000 new homes in our pipeline, with 3,000 homes currently under construction.
    I am writing to extend to you an invitation to visit Oakland, California in February 24-26, 2017. You will see first-hand how our housing and urban development plans can serve as a model for our nation.
    Respectfully,
    Conway B. Jones, Jr.
    Vice Chairman
    Black Arts Movement Business District
    Oakland CA 

    East Oakland's Africa Town Development

    Bishop Bob Jackson is Making Affordable Housing happen

    Bishop Bob Jackson and Post Publisher Paul Cobb display the Acts Full Gospel Community Development Corporation’s $30 Million Plan for Affordable Rental Apartments at 94th Avenue at International Boulevard. The project’s plan calls for 3,500 sq.ft. of retail commercial space, 3,000 sq.ft. of recreation/community space providing for financial literacy classes, job placement, tutoring and adult education classes. Photo by Lawrence Bryant.

    Bishop Bob Jackson and Post Publisher and BAMBD Co-founder Paul Cobb display the Acts Full Gospel Community Development Corporation’s $30 Million Plan for Affordable Rental Apartments at 94th Avenue at International Boulevard. The project’s plan calls for 3,500 sq.ft. of retail commercial space, 3,000 sq.ft. of recreation/community space providing for financial literacy classes, job placement, tutoring and adult education classes. Photo by Lawrence Bryant.
    Bishop Bob Jackson, pastor of Acts Full Gospel Church of God in Christ, has not given up hope on the Black community’s ability to come together with its own finances and resources to create affordable housing, businesses and jobs.

    Bishop Jackson’s vision calls for an all-out effort by churches, community groups and businesses to initiate inspired self-help efforts which will attract additional funding to build on available land especially in the “Africa Town” section from 73rd Ave to the San Leandro border and from International Boulevard to MacArthur Boulevard.

    He said Oakland is in the midst of a major gentrification tidal wave of high rents by greedy landlords that is “driving many Black families out of town.”

    Citing the prophetic words of fellow pastor J.A. Smith Jr., of Allen Temple Baptist Church, “Within the next decade the Black population could dwindle down to 5 percent.”

    “The Acts Full Gospel Development Corporation will step into the breach and provide affordable housing for those who are stuck,” said Bishop Jackson. “We are not trying to make excessive profits. We want to make sure our people have an opportunity to stay in the city.”

    He drew on the historic successes of some of the city’s other Black churches, including Allen Temple Baptist, Evergreen Baptist, Beth Eden Baptist, Taylor Memorial Methodist and Hayward’s Glad Tidings C.O.G.I.C, which have built housing through the years, saying we need to revive those solutions today.

    “We must come together economically as Blacks to lead the way in helping to solve our own problems by acquiring the land to build mixed use housing for our seniors, low-income, veterans, formerly incarcerated and our church members,” he said.

    “Let’s pool our monies, pledge our land and move out on faith.”

    With the help of Councilmemeber Larry Reid and staff, Acts Full Gospel pledged its land valued at $1.3 million, which attracted a city match of $7.7 million, a Housing Authority commitment of $2.6 million, conventional financing of $1.9 million and Tax Credit Equity of $16.6 million.

    “We can replicate this approach throughout Oakland on vacant city and county-owned parcels as well as on land owned by churches and other non-profits,” he said. “Let’s step out on faith and work together. Let’s pool our resources and make affordable housing happen.”

    Bishop Jackson is already moving on all fronts through dozens of community-outreach programs. He mentioned how his “Men of Valor Program” helps the formerly incarcerated population with housing and employment skills.

    “We are removing the stigma of the low-income label, which for some has long meant ‘drug-addicted and/or violence-prone,’” he said

    “Some of these men are now accepting the responsibility of fatherhood by marrying the mother of their children.”

    He said they are no longer deadbeats. His church’s ministry and chaplaincy at Alameda County Juvenile Hall are also having positive impacts on the youth.

    Through his successful street ministry and evangelistic broadcasts, he says he feels the pressures to set a positive example for his congregation of more than 3,000.

    “I welcome the pressure that’s on me to do my best to provide some housing and employment solutions for my members and the low-income residents of my community” said Bishop Jackson, the church’s pastor for the past 32 years.

    The recent successful county A-1 Housing Bond and the city’s bond Measure KK for infrastructure improvements mean that additional sources of money for non-profit and faith-based HDC to build could be available.

    “If other landlords and housing developers won’t accept Section 8 vouchers, then we must provide for our people,” he said.

    Jackson plans to address the City Hall Jan. 4 public forum at 5 p.m., co-sponsored by the Post Salon and hosted by Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan.

    He said he will encourage housing advocates and community activists to “carefully watch the money from those bond measures to make sure it doesn’t get redirected to other uses.”

    “The low-income residents need a voice just like the downtown developers have. Let’s remove the stigma of being low-income,” he said.

    Jackson, who founded the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce, now headed by Rev. Charley Hames Jr. is inviting groups, churches and individuals to encourage and patronize Black entrepreneurship.

    “Let them come and relocate in Africa Town,” he said.

    There are already several churches with plans from four units and above that are looking to mobilize the community and their congregants and the community to build.

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    The Reactionary Negro
    By Marvin X

    "I'm about action, not reaction, construction, not destruction! I do not fear the devil: I fear no one and nothing except Allah!"--Marvin X

    Why does the so-called Negro react to everything in the world? Why cannot he/she learn how to be proactive, to originate an agenda and stay on focus no matter what else goes on around him? Remember that old civil rites song, "I Shall Not Be Moved." And the other tune, "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round." These are songs of the warrior, not the supplicant, and until we don the persona of the warrior we shall continue chasing fires, from coast to coast, like chickens with our heads cut off. What about a general action plan for the next one hundred years—our enemy has one for us, to keep us oppressed for eternity, but what is our plan, for then it doesn't matter what is his plan. 

    But if we have no plan, then we shall surely follow his, whether it is expending our energy on a white woman for president or a white Negro—this has nothing to do with the ultimate national aspirations of forty million people. It is about submission to the national agenda of white supremacists and their collaborators. The Democrats and Republicans are both white supremacists who will ultimately attempt to maintain white privilege and power around the world, utilizing the power of North American Africans when it suits the agenda of white supremacy—forget about the dream of democracy for it only has relevance when it can be used as a subterfuge for maintaining and extending white supremacy at home and around the world. One need only take a photo of the US Congress and Supreme Court to understand this is a white man’s land, no matter what the demographics say or suggest for the future.

    We are caught in a class war where color makes no difference. There shall be blacks as dangerous to our national health as whites, yet they shall be presented as our saviors and we shall go for the sham liberators just as we would go for fried ice cream or be duped into purchasing the Brooklyn Bridge. 

    Wake up, North American Africans and get a healing. Your slothful thinking has you going backward into neo-slavery. You are being attacked by white supremacy from Jena, LA to West Virginia to Yuba City, CA, mainly because you have been lulled to sleep with nursery rhymes of rappers and pseudo prosperity sermons from preachers with more dramatic techniques than Shakespeare. 

    You claim to be mature adults and elders with wisdom, yet you appear to suffer arrested development, for your pants sag on your behinds just like your children, adult women have tattoos above the crack of their behinds just as their daughters. Adult men drive cars and SUVs with wheels spinning backwards as do their children and the cars of adults play rap songs unfit for adults with mature minds we would expect to be listening to Miles, Coltrane and Charlie Parker. Thus, you are part of the problem rather than the solution.
    So we wonder from who might a solution derive since naturally and traditionally adults are expected to rule their communities. But adults and elders in the North American African communities are terrified of their children, refuse to speak with them or intervene while they practice mayhem and behavior fit for animals. We refuse to hug a thug even when the thug is our own sons and daughters, nephews, nieces and neighbors.

    Even when they go to jail, the sons of most men are left to the tender love of their mothers, for the men abandon their sons to the criminal justice system or are themselves victims as well.

    And again, reaction is the order of the day, for thinking is confined to the box of Americana, thus the adults in the hood rarely consider taking total and absolute authority over their community, excluding the police, politicians and religious leaders who are mainly agents of pharaoh, Masonic neophytes duty bound to let the blind stay blind.  

    But no matter how long it takes, no matter how long the adults linger in passivity and Hamletic indecision, the ultimate solution is for elders to step to the front of the line and represent, take total control over the social life of their community. They must form elder councils of radical men and women who are proactive with ideas fit for the new millennium, integrated with the new technology and wisdom from progressive elements of the global community. 

    Ideas such as entrepreneurship and micro credit must be presented to our youth so they can envision solutions to their economic woes other than drugs, pimping, prostitution and murder.

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    Response
    Ours is a sad household. My cousin arrested summer 2006 for the death of his stepson received 35 years this week, no parole. They used his whole life against him. His white wife along with her girls testified against him and she got off rather scot-free. For evidence against him, there were only photos of the dead boy’s body that were of any consequence. No direct evidence of his guilt, that is, there was no real evidence as far as the boy’s death that could be levied against my cousin. In jail without bail for over a year, he was railroaded.

    His family hired a $10,000 black lawyer, who we know now did less than the court-appointed lawyer. Worse, the black lawyer talked my cousin into a "plea bargain" that was not a plea (8 years rather than 50 years), but the "plea" was just a court pressured admission of guilt, 2nd-degree murder, without jury trial, urged on by the $10,000 black lawyer. . . . One wonders how often the poor are railroaded into such plea-verdict trials and end up spending the rest of their lives in jail for crimes never committed.
    Here indeed was a "reactionary Negro" in the guise of a hustling black lawyer taking advantage of the ignorance of a defendant and his Christ miracle-believing family. There’s a predatory spirit afoot in this country and you can't tell'em by the color of the skin.

    I am afraid, Marvin, we are already a defeated generation. We are hemmed in from all sides. We can scream. But few will respond. Injustice in the land is so deeply manifold. One knows not which way to turn. As far as I know there are no "radical elders" ready to speak to or do anything about the insidious criminalization of our children, which has been going on for decades and may indeed be the main issue before us. As far as I know, there are no "radical" leaders willing to go beyond the status quo, whether in urban, suburban, or rural centers. 

    As far as I can see the present agenda is getting a Democrat in the White House, whatever stripe, with no demands on them for relief. 

    According to Bill Fletcher (recent Black Commentatorissue) the Congress, including Hillary (Obama didn't vote on the issue) has declared the Iranian government (Revolutionary Guards) a terrorist organization. So though we have an American people who want a withdrawal from Iraq, leading Congressmen/women have signed up for a territorial extension of the war. Security (police) forces are now being used to stymie all protest. With a state of perpetual war, we all became captives of war-making sentiment in Washington and military like forces across the globe.

    But none of the facts before us will cause the 10,000 black elected officials in the USA to do anything more than urge the black voting masses to go to the polls and pull the lever for a Hillary, an Obama, or an Edwards. We have been out-maneuvered; beat down by a post-civil rights generation of corporate bought elected leaders.

    The only radical action I can see now available is a boycott of the polls, a no-confidence vote. But "radical elders" will find that thought unthinkable. So as far as I can see nothing will stop the great boulder of repression from continuing to roll down hill. 

    Calling the 10,000 elected reactionaries at this stage may let off some steam but it will not get us much beyond crying into the more horrid whirlwind yet to come—Rudy, www.nathanielturner.com

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    Perhaps the children will step to the front of the line and lead us to freedom. Although presently in a wretched state, we know they are the answer since we are on the way out, but if we can break into their brains with truth then there is hope for the race of the Race.

    At my outdoor classroom an older youth cornered younger youth and brought them to my table. He made them ask me questions. A few weeks ago a 16 year old came to my table, saw the book Beyond Religion Toward Spirituality  and said he knew everything about the topicand he did. He had been mentored and was very well read on Afro-centric topics. Yes, he was one in a million, but there are others like him and like the young man did, we must corner them and hold their attention for their heads are like sponges, dry ones at that, ready to absorb the water of truth. peace and love, Marvin

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     Cat Brookas as Mam, Pierre Scott as Pappy
    photo Standing Rock

    Cat Brooks as Mama
    photo Standing Rock



    Ayodele Nzinga's play Mama at Twilight, Death by Love is a powerful family drama dealing with love, faith, belief, dreams and death. She has a cast of seasoned actors in our beloved social activist Cat Brooks as Mama, and seasoned actors Pierre Scott (Dad) and Stanley Hunt as Son. We also had excellent supporting actors in Tanya as Daughter and Chris as oldest son. We must note the music of Sade as a liet motif or recurring musical comment on the theme. Sade's Soldier of a Love became a character and/or choral comment on the main action, constantly reinforcing the central theme of love. Nzinga grapples with love that approaches blindness and denial when the wife contracts HIV but never will admit she may have contracted it from her dope dealing, womanizing, convict husband. Her faith in him is so solid that she won't allow him to be tested. It is the daughter Tanya who finally confronts her dad with the possibility he may have contracted HIV from his frequent visits to prison. In this most poignant scene, son Chris acknowledges his gay identity and departs the household only to return after the transition of his mother. His return ends the play on a note of family unity, as in Shakespeare's All's Well that Ends Well! Or shall we go to Cheikh Anta Diop's theory of African tragi-comedy as the primary theme of African drama as opposed to tragedy as the major theme of Northern Cradle or European dramatic tradition. In the end, family love and unity puts Mama at Tw theilight, Death by Love in the African dramatic tradition.

    As we know from her real life role as social activist against police terror, actress Cat Brooks has a powerful voice and her role as Mama revealed she can be sensitive and soft as the daughter Tanya described the feminine gender in her metaphoric delineation of male and female fruits, such as mangoes, pears, oranges, etc.

    We have watched Pierre Scott perfect his acting skills in the ten-cycle plays of August Wilson that Dr. Ayodele Nzinga's Lower Bottom Playaz produced in chronological order. Alas, the Lower Bottom  Playaz is the only theatre group in the world to do Wilson's plays in chronological order. He is a seasoned actor whose every move is measured and timed to reveal character.

    Now actor Stanley Hunt was born into the theatre of his Mother, Dr. Nzinga, thus he has been in theatre since childhood and knows how to measure his language, verbal and body language to reveal character.

    We find it most interesting that the three children are artists: Chris, writer, Son, photographer, and Tanya, dancer. Thus, this play deals with artistic love as well. Tanya gives up her dancing to aid her mother. Chris reveals his writing and sexual identity transcends his family love until he returns home after the transition of his mother.

    The set was dominated by Christian symbolism in sync with the Mama's Christian dominated religiosity that did indeed reach the pathological in her denial of her husband's possible infidelity that was challenged by Tanya as we noted above.
    Tanya
    photo Standing Rocki

    Ayodele has written a powerful drama of North American African family life. I don't know how anyone in the Bay Area can avoid attending this drama at the Flight Deck Theatre, 1540 Broadway, downtown Oakland. The play runs from January 12 through 29, 2017.
    www.lowerbottomplayaz.com
    510-332-1319











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    Sunday, January 15, 2017

    Now Available for Black History Month: Marvin X, Living History in Your Midst

    A live dog is better than a dead lion!

    Poet, playwright, educator, planner Marvin X, Emory Douglas, Black Panther Party Minister of Culture; comedian, playwright Donald Lacy; Civil Rights attorney, John Burris
    photo Standing Rock

    Marvin X reading from his play Salaam, Huey Newton, Salaam.
     He opened for Donald Lacy's play Color Struck
    photo Alicia Mason
    Tureada Miken, Judy Juanita, former editor of the Black  Panther Newspaper, Marvin X. Judy reminded Marvin and told the audience, she remembers Marvin X at Merritt College as skinny as a toothpick. Eldridge Cleaver described him as a skinny Black Buddha.

     Marvin X in Laney College Theatre dressing room, October 1, 2016, getting read to go on stage. He taught drama at Laney College, 1981, produced his play In the Name of Love.
    photo Standing Rock

     Nurjehan, friend and assistant to Marvin X


     Marvin X at Oscar Grant Plaza
    photo Pendarvis Harshaw

    Dr. Wade Nobles, former BPP  Chairwoman, Elaine Brown, and Marvin X


    Black Arts Movement Business District artists at Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland

    Left to right: Elaine Brown, Dr. Halifu Osumare, Judy Juanita, Portia Anderson,Kujigulia, Aries Jordan, standing Marvin X, producer of the Black Arts Movement 50th Anniversary Celebration at Laney College, Oakland

    Marvin at New York University memorial for Amiri Baraka and Jayne Cortez

    Harlem, New York reception for Marvin X at home of Rashidah Ismaili, 2014

    Marvin X and Nuyorican poet Nancy Mercado

    Marvin X, grandson Jameel, Stanley Nelson, director of film Black Panthers, Vanguard of the Revolution, Marvin's daughter Amira Jackmon, Esq. and her daughter Naeema Joy


    Marvin X, David Murray, Earl Davis, Val Serrant, Michelle LaChaux at Malcolm X Jazz/Art Festival, Oakland

    Saturday, January 14, 2017

    Marvin X notes on Ayodele Nzinga's play Mama at Twilight, Death by Love

    Pierre Scott as Pappy, Stanley Hunt III as Son
    photo Standing Rock

     Pappy and sons Kriss and Son

     Cat Brookas as Mama, Pierre Scott as Pappy
    photo Standing Rock

    Cat Brooks as Mama
    photo Standing Rock


    Ayodele Nzinga's play Mama at Twilight, Death by Love is a powerful family drama dealing with love, faith, belief, dreams and death. She has a cast of seasoned actors in our beloved social activist Cat Brooks as Mama, and seasoned actors Pierre Scott (Dad) and Stanley Hunt as Son. We also had excellent supporting actors in Noelle Guess as Tonya as and Julian Green as Kris.


     Cat Brooks as Mama and Julian Green as son Kris
    photo Standing Rock

    We must note the music of Sade as a liet motif or recurring musical comment on the theme. Sade's Soldier of a Love became a character and/or choral comment on the main action, constantly reinforcing the central theme of love. Nzinga grapples with love that approaches blindness and denial when the wife contracts HIV but never will admit she may have contracted it from her dope dealing, womanizing, convict husband. Her faith in him is so solid that she won't allow him to be tested. It is the daughter Tanya who finally confronts her dad with the possibility he may have contracted HIV from his frequent visits to prison. In this most poignant scene, son Chris acknowledges his gay identity and departs the household only to return after the transition of his mother. His return ends the play on a note of family unity, as in Shakespeare's All's Well that Ends Well! Or shall we go to Cheikh Anta Diop's theory of African tragi-comedy as the primary theme of African drama as opposed to tragedy as the major theme of Northern Cradle or European dramatic tradition. In the end, family love and unity puts Mama at Tw theilight, Death by Love in the African dramatic tradition.

    As we know from her real life role as social activist against police terror, actress Cat Brooks has a powerful voice and her role as Mama revealed she can be sensitive and soft as the daughter Tanya described the feminine gender in her metaphoric delineation of male and female fruits, such as mangoes, pears, oranges, etc.

    We have watched Pierre Scott perfect his acting skills in the ten-cycle plays of August Wilson that Dr. Ayodele Nzinga's Lower Bottom Playaz produced in chronological order. Alas, the Lower Bottom  Playaz is the only theatre group in the world to do Wilson's plays in chronological order. He is a seasoned actor whose every move is measured and timed to reveal character.

    Now actor Stanley Hunt was born into the theatre of his Mother, Dr. Nzinga, thus he has been in theatre since childhood and knows how to measure his language, verbal and body language to reveal character.

    We find it most interesting that the three children are artists: Chris, writer, Son, photographer, and Tonya,dancer. Thus, this play deals with artistic love as well. Son wins a photography grant, though his sister Tonya scolds him for focusing his camera on the breasts and behinds of her fellow dancers.  Tanya gives up her dancing to aid her mother. Kris reveals his writing and sexual identity transcends his family love until he returns home after the transition of his mother.

    The set was dominated by Christian symbolism in sync with the Mama's Christian dominated religiosity that did indeed reach the pathological in her denial of her husband's possible infidelity that was challenged by Tonya as we noted above.


    Noelle Guess as Tonya
    photo Standing Rocki

    Ayodele has written a powerful drama of North American African family life. I don't know how anyone in the Bay Area can avoid attending this drama at the Flight Deck Theatre, 1540 Broadway, downtown Oakland. The play runs from January 12 through 29, 2017.
    www.lowerbottomplayaz.com
    510-332-1319

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    Sunday, January 15, 2017


    Now Available for Black History Month: Marvin X, Living History in Your Midst

    A live dog is better than a dead lion!

    Poet, playwright, educator, planner Marvin X, Emory Douglas, Black Panther Party Minister of Culture; comedian, playwright Donald Lacy; Civil Rights attorney, John Burris
    photo Standing Rock

    Marvin X reading from his play Salaam, Huey Newton, Salaam.
     He opened for Donald Lacy's play Color Struck
    photo Alicia Mason
    Tureada Miken, Judy Juanita, former editor of the Black  Panther Newspaper, Marvin X. Judy reminded Marvin and told the audience, she remembers Marvin X at Merritt College as skinny as a toothpick. Eldridge Cleaver described him as a skinny Black Buddha.

     Marvin X in Laney College Theatre dressing room, October 1, 2016, getting ready to go on stage. He taught drama at Laney College, 1981, produced his play In the Name of Love.
    photo Standing Rock

     Nurjehan, friend and assistant to Marvin X


    Marvin X at Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland
    photo Pendarvis Harshaw

    Dr. Wade Nobles, former BPP  Chairwoman, Elaine Brown, and Marvin X


    Black Arts Movement Business District artists at Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland

    Left to right: Elaine Brown, Dr. Halifu Osumare, Judy Juanita, Portia Anderson,Kujigulia, Aries Jordan, standing Marvin X, producer of the Black Arts Movement 50th Anniversary Celebration at Laney College, Oakland

    Marvin at New York University memorial for Amiri Baraka and Jayne Cortez

    Harlem, New York reception for Marvin X at home of Rashidah Ismaili, 2014

    Marvin X and Nuyorican poet Nancy Mercado

    Marvin X, grandson Jameel, Stanley Nelson, director of film Black Panthers, Vanguard of the Revolution, Marvin's daughter Amira Jackmon, Esq. and her daughter Naeema Joy


    Marvin X, David Murray, Earl Davis, Val Serrant, Michelle LaChaux at Malcolm X Jazz/Art Festival, Oakland
    Marvin X and Amiri Baraka (rip) in conversation at the Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2009

     

     January 14,2017

    Marvin X notes on Ayodele Nzinga's play Mama at Twilight, Death by Love

    Pierre Scott as Pappy, Stanley Hunt III as Son
    photo Standing Rock

     Pappy and sons Kriss and Son

     Cat Brookas as Mama, Pierre Scott as Pappy
    photo Standing Rock

    Cat Brooks as Mama
    photo Standing Rock


    Ayodele Nzinga's play Mama at Twilight, Death by Love is a powerful family drama dealing with love, faith, belief, dreams and death. She has a cast of seasoned actors in our beloved social activist Cat Brooks as Mama, and seasoned actors Pierre Scott (Dad) and Stanley Hunt as Son. We also had excellent supporting actors in Noelle Guess as Tonya as and Julian Green as Kris.


     Cat Brooks as Mama and Julian Green as son Kris
    photo Standing Rock

    We must note the music of Sade as a liet motif or recurring musical comment on the theme. Sade's Soldier of a Love became a character and/or choral comment on the main action, constantly reinforcing the central theme of love. Nzinga grapples with love that approaches blindness and denial when the wife contracts HIV but never will admit she may have contracted it from her dope dealing, womanizing, convict husband. Her faith in him is so solid that she won't allow him to be tested. It is the daughter Tanya who finally confronts her dad with the possibility he may have contracted HIV from his frequent visits to prison. In this most poignant scene, son Chris acknowledges his gay identity and departs the household only to return after the transition of his mother. His return ends the play on a note of family unity, as in Shakespeare's All's Well that Ends Well! Or shall we go to Cheikh Anta Diop's theory of African tragi-comedy as the primary theme of African drama as opposed to tragedy as the major theme of Northern Cradle or European dramatic tradition. In the end, family love and unity puts Mama at Tw theilight, Death by Love in the African dramatic tradition.

    As we know from her real life role as social activist against police terror, actress Cat Brooks has a powerful voice and her role as Mama revealed she can be sensitive and soft as the daughter Tanya described the feminine gender in her metaphoric delineation of male and female fruits, such as mangoes, pears, oranges, etc.

    We have watched Pierre Scott perfect his acting skills in the ten-cycle plays of August Wilson that Dr. Ayodele Nzinga's Lower Bottom Playaz produced in chronological order. Alas, the Lower Bottom  Playaz is the only theatre group in the world to do Wilson's plays in chronological order. He is a seasoned actor whose every move is measured and timed to reveal character.

    Now actor Stanley Hunt was born into the theatre of his Mother, Dr. Nzinga, thus he has been in theatre since childhood and knows how to measure his language, verbal and body language to reveal character.

    We find it most interesting that the three children are artists: Chris, writer, Son, photographer, and Tonya,dancer. Thus, this play deals with artistic love as well. Son wins a photography grant, though his sister Tonya scolds him for focusing his camera on the breasts and behinds of her fellow dancers.  Tanya gives up her dancing to aid her mother. Kris reveals his writing and sexual identity transcends his family love until he returns home after the transition of his mother.

    The set was dominated by Christian symbolism in sync with the Mama's Christian dominated religiosity that did indeed reach the pathological in her denial of her husband's possible infidelity that was challenged by Tonya as we noted above.


    Noelle Guess as Tonya
    photo Standing Rocki

    Ayodele has written a powerful drama of North American African family life. I don't know how anyone in the Bay Area can avoid attending this drama at the Flight Deck Theatre, 1540 Broadway, downtown Oakland. The play runs from January 12 through 29, 2017.
    www.lowerbottomplayaz.com
    510-332-1319

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    IMAGINE A SPECIAL DISTRICT IN DOWNTOWN OAKLAND HIGHLIGHTING BLACK ARTS, BUSINESS, AND ENTERTAINMENT

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    Marvin X, the Black Arts Movement Business District co-founder and planner, suggests the BAMBD Billion Dollar Trust Fund would be allocated as follows:

    $100 million for General Fund
    $100 million for Five Year Plan
    $200 million for mixed use rental housing (seniors, artists, workers, mentally disabled, recently incarcerated, single parents)
    $100 million for mortgage loans, especially for purchase of modified SRO hotel rooms with life estate titles for the chronically homeless, thus ending homelessness overnight
    $100 million for job training
    $ 100 million for micro and macro loans to entrepreneurs
    $100 million to establish the David Blackwell STEM Institute (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
    $100 for land and real estate acquisition
    $100 for reentry assistance to displaced former residents of Oakla

    Notes on the Marvin X Tour of San Francisco on MLK, Jr. Holiday, 2017

    After attending San Francisco's MLK, Jr. celebration at the Yebra Buena Arts Center, Marvin X gave a group of people a tour of San Francisco, beginning at Fisherman's Wharf. He noted that tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry in San Francisco, the most beautiful city in the world! Yet the only Black representation at Fisherman'se Wharf are brothers performing as robots covered in silver spray paint! "When I used to hustle here as a dope fiend in the 80s and 90s (true I used to make $400.00 per day selling the homeless paper at $20.00 per donation, and true the young brothers used to make $200.00 to $300.00 per day) but this doesn't compare to the billions other ethnic groups (Italian, Asian, Latino, et al.) make.

    His tour then went to North Beach with its plethora of Italian restaurants. He recalled how he grew up in West Oakland with its plethora of Black owned businesses. He noted the history of the North Beach literary tradition with the Beatniks. He dropped his tour persons at City Lights Bookstore, after telling them it was the most important bookstore in the world. As per Black people, Marcus Books has that honor despite their Negrocities (Amiri Baraka term). 

    He informed his tourists they would be leaving North Beach to enter China town, noting Stockton Street is the main street. As he drove down Stockton Street, he told her passengers to look at the bustling economic activity with stores packed with customers even unto the street. One passenger noted a Walgreen's but Marvin told her, "Yes, it's a Walgreen's but it's a Chinese Walgreen's! Another passenger noted the banks such as Wells Fargo. Again, Marvin X said, yes, but it's a Chinese Wells Fargo.

    He departed Chinatown through the Stockton Street tunnel to arrive at the apex of SF's commercial shopping center, Union Square. He informed the passengers he used to control street vendors in Union Square like Malcolm X used to control Harlem. "At one point I had fifty mostly white vendors working under my non-profit papers in Union Square, making thousands of dollars per day. When the SFPD would demand their papers and the officers saw they were my papers, the SFPD officers would turn beet red in disgust that a "Nigger" had this much power in Union Square, as they said about Malcolm controlling Harlem, "That's too much power for a Nigguh." So the SFPD busted me on a daily basis at my own stand at Market and Powell, at the Cable Car turnaround. They came daily to harass me under the color of law but no lawyer would take on the SFPD. Their attorney, Laeewrence Wilson, told us in the recess of a court hearing, "If you beat us in court, we will go to the Board of Supervisors and change the rules," which he did, then later was busted for selling drugs out of his house, yes, the chief attorney of the SFPD, then died of AIDES after doing time in Vacaville State Prison!

    I told my riders as we made a one block departure from North Beach to Chinatown, we were now making a one block move from Union Square to the infamous Tenderloin, San Francisco's multi-cultural ghetto of workers, dope fiends, sexual deviants and mentally ill, along with dealers, prostitutes, pimps and ho's from throughout the Bay Area.

    I drove them by my beloved Glide Church and showed them the 16 Story building Cecil Williams got in a benefits package for the adjacent construction of the Hilton Hotel.

    In spite of the TL's derogation, it has been the most successful district in resisting gentrification. Why, because the TL's non-profit organizations are unified, unlike the Fillmore, Hunters Point and Lakeview!

    As it was approaching darkness and my vision was failing, I told my tourists we would resume the tour at a later date.


    Do you really want Marvin X to speak at your Black History celebration? I don't think so! Sun Ra told Marvin X, "The people don't want the truth, they want the low down dirty truth!" All you want is some Miller Lite PC bullshit, so give your Miller Lite PC MF $25,000 check to some MF Miller Lite ass nigguh  to rock yo ass into the world of make believe!""I don't need yo money or your honey, just don't come to me funny!"


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    For the Women by Marvin X

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3JtFZfJBI8U/VNl4HHwPNeI/AAAAAAAANF8/vVkwxwoZz44/s1600/FullSizeRender(1).jpgWomen Writers Panel at Black Arts Movement 50th Anniversary Celebration, Laney College, Oakland, Feb. 7, 2015. L to R: Elaine Brown, Halifu Osumare, Judy Juanita, Portia Anderson, Kujichagulia, Aries Jordan. Standing: Marvin X, BAM producer
    photo South Park Kenny Johnson

                                              For the Women




    For the women who bear children
    and nurture them with truth
    for the women who cook and clean
    behind thankless men


     
    for the women who love so hard so true so pure
    for the women with faith in God and men
    for the women alone with beer and rum
    for the women searching for a man at the club, college, church, party
    for the women independent of men
    for the women searching their souls
    for the women who do drugs and freak
    for the women who love only women
    for the women who play and run and never show
    for the women who rise in revolt in hand with men
    who say never, never, never again
    for the women who suffer abuse and cry for justice
    for the women happy and free of maternal madness
    for the women who study and write


     
    for the women who sell their love to starving men
    for the women who love to make love and be loved by men
    for the women of Africa who work so hard
    for the women of America who suffer the master
    for the women who turn to God in prayer and patience


     
    for the women who are mothers of children and mothers of men
    for the women who suffer inflation, recession, abortion, rejection
    for the women who understand the rituals of men and women
    for the women who share
    for the women who are greedy
    for the women with power


     
    for the women with nothing
    for the women locked down
    for the women down town
    for the women who break horses
    for the women in the fields
    for the women who rob banks
    for the women who kill
    for the women of history
    for the women of now
    I salute you
    A Man.
    --Marvin X

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    Invitation to be listed as a speaker and/or artist with the BAM Speakers and Artists Bureau

    Dear friends, fellow scholars, artists, activists
    I have tentatively listed you as a speaker/artist
    with our newly formed, 2017, BAM Booking Agency. We hope you will agree to a non-exclusive contract for speaking and/or performance engagements. Our commission is 30%. If you agree, you can let us know your requested fee. If you decline to be listed with us, let us know immediately and we will remove your name. If you are not listed and would like to be, please let us know at the earliest.
    Sincerely,
    Marvin X, planner
    Black Arts Movement
    Black Arts Movement Business District,
    Oakland CA

    Black Arts Movement 
    Dynamic Speakers and Artists



    Askia Toure, poet/activist
    BAM co-founder
      
    Dr. Nathan Hare, father of Black and Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University, Clinical Psychologist



    Sonia Sanchez, poet, playwright, professor emeritus, Temple University, BAM co-founder

    Alfie Politt, musician, arranger 


     
     Nikki Giovanni, poet, professor, BAM co-founder

    Prosperity Carter, poet, motivational speaker
    King Theo and the Samba Funk Band

     Eliott Bey, BAM master musician

    Dr.Tony Montiero, former lecturer in Africana Studies at Temple University


    Kathleen Cleaver, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, Professor of Law, Emory University




     Aries Jordan, poet, educator, BAMBD planner


     Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, poet, playwright, director,
    producer, BAMBD planner

    Have play will travel!
    --Dr. Ayodele Nzinga

     
    Have play will travel 
    --don lacy

    Umar Bin Hasan and Abiodun
    The Last Poets

    The Honorable Ras Baraka, Mayor of Newark NJ, son of BAM Chief Architect, Ancestor Amiri Baraka

    The Black Arts Movement Poet's Choir and Arkestra


     Adam Turner, digital scientist, graphic designer, photographer

    Janeael Peterson, model

    Maestro Marvin X, David Murray, Earle Davis,

    members of the Black Arts Movement Poet's Choir and Arkestra

    Marvin X, BAM/BAMBD co-founder, poet, playwright,planner, activist, thinker
     "When you listen to Tupac Shakur, , E-40, Too Short, Master P or any other rappers out of the Bay, think of Marvin X. He laid the foundation and gave us the language to Black express Black male urban experience in a lyrical way!"--James G. Spady, Philadelphia New Observer

     THE BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT 
    SPEAKERS BUREAU
                              510-200-4164








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    Open less than 24 hours, The Black Arts Movement Booking Agency has signed on notable clients, including Def Poetry Jam co-producer, Bruce George, Comedian/actor/director Donald Lacy, Felipe Luciano of the Last Poets, Sista Q of Harambee Radio and Gregory Walker of the Brother's Network.  Nikki Giovanni declined. We suspect she has an exclusive contract with Jodi Solomon Agency, but she wished us well. Nikki was the only BAM poet to send a donation for the BAM 50th anniversary celebration at Oakland's Laney College, 2015. Thank you, Sista Nikki!

    HBO Def Poetry Jam's co-founder, Bruce George

    Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party. Before joining the BPP, Bobby performed in Marvin X's BAM play Come Next Summer, 1965.

    Black Arts Movement founders, poet/playwright Marvin X and Felipe Luciano of the Last Poets



    Nefertiti Jackmon, recently assumed leadership of the Austin, Texas Black Arts and Culture District.She is seated next to her dad, Marvin X. She participated in the inter-generational discussion on BAM Babies  at
    the Black Arts Movement 50th Anniversary Celebration, Laney College, Oakland, 2015. She told her father to pass the baton!

     Kujichagulia, multi-talented poet, musician, dancer, scholar. She is a member of the BAM Poet's Choir and Arkestra.



    Nathan Hare, Ph.D., Ph.D., Sociologist, Clinical Psychologist, father of Black and Ethnic Studies. He was the first chairman of Black Studies on a major college campus, San Francisco State University.



    TO: BAM Speakers and Artists Bureau
    Attn: Marvin X
    Planner, Black Arts Movement Business District
     
    Thank you for your invitation to be listed as a speaker with the BAM Speakers and Artists Bureau.
    It would be an honor -- and I should be delighted to do so. I look forward to complete any and all necessary or appropriate details and agreements to our mutual benefit and satisfaction.
      
    Thank you,
     
    Nathan Hare, Ph.D., Ph.D.



    Gregory Walker, Creative Director of the Brother's Network

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    Reverse Psychology: How to get Toby back to Kunta Kinti





    In my essay The Psycho-linguistic Crisis of the North American African, we discussed language usage as a primary component in the destruction of the African mind brainwashed with European language and mythology. But this psycho-linguistic transformation was carried out with the black bullwhip on the Black African's ass. It was "shock therapy" that forced Kunta Kinti to renounce his name or African identity and become the so-called Negro Toby! So how do we reverse the process to resurrect the African personality buried in the deep structure of the socalled Negro mentality, yes. that mind steeped in passivity, sloth and ignorance? Must not the whip be employed as it was in the original experiment? Well, what did Elijah Muhammad mean when he said, "We must force Black unity!"? What type of force must be employed? If it is physical force, then he meant the whip! If we sense a sado-masochism here, what was life in the American slave system?


    Perhaps the era of Donald Trump will be a violent awakening on the Negro psyche and behind! Thus we should be happy the devil has arrived, especially if he forces Black unity!



    Black Unity 

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     For February Print Edition of The Movement. See Link.

    The Movement - February - Print Edition


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    BAM Speakers and Artists Bureau


    Bruce George, co-producer
    of HBO's Def Poetry Jam and founder of the Genius Project
    Donald Lacy, actor, playwright, director, comedian, DJ on
    KPOO Radio, San Francisco
    Kujichagulia, poet, musician, dancer, ethno-musicologist
    Sonia Sanchez, BAM co-founder, poet, playwright, professor
    emeritus Temple University
    Marvin X, BAM co-founder, poet, playwright, essayist, director, producer,
    planner, educator, publisher
    Prosperity Carter, poet, motivational speaker, author of the forthcoming
    collection of essays How to Get Off The Shelf Collecting Dust
    Theo Williams, leader, Samba Funk Band
    Askia Toure, poet, scholar, BAM co-founder
    Felipe Luciano, Original Last Poets, educator, activist
    Dr. Nathan Hare, sociologist, clinical psychologist, father of
    Black and Ethnic Studies, founder of Black Scholar Magazine,
    first chair of Black Studies at  San Francisco State University
    The Last Poets, co-founders of BAM, father's of rap poetry
    Aries Jordan, poet, educator, BAM baby,associate editor of The Movement
    Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, poet, playwright, director, producer, actress, BAMBD planner
    founder of Lower Bottom Playaz, Oakland
    Ras Baraka, poet, educator,  Mayorof Newark, New Jersey
    Elaine Brown, former chair of the Black Panther Party, activist
    Walter Riley, Civil Rights lawyer
    Amina Baraka, poet, activist
    Davey D, DJ, KPFA Radio, lecturer, San Francisco State University
    Tarika Lewis, violinist, first female member of the Black Panther Party
    Destiny Muhammad, harpist of the hood
    Cornel West, author, professor, public intellectual, activist
    George Walker, Creative Director, The Brothers' Network
    David Murray, musician
    Danny Glover, BAM co-founder, film actor, activist
    Angela Davis, professor, author, activist

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  • 02/09/17--10:49: Mythology of Pussy and Dick
  • by
    Marvin X 
     

    Warning: Contains explicit language
    And youth who otherwise don't read, do read this book and even squabble over ownership, as if it were black gold!—Paradise
    We are fortunate to witness such openness and honesty, though it makes the smug uncomfortable in their fake comforts…—Lil Joe
    Mythology of Pussy and Dick is a compilation of everything Marvin X has written over the past 40 years on psychosocial sexuality in America and the world. There are those who will miss this opportunity to receive wisdom from our brother because of the language he uses to describe the male and female anatomy, his perceived objectification of women and men….—Delores Nochi
     
    Preface
     
    By Marvin X

    After a life of failed relationships, I am now an authority on how to fuck shit up. But I also learned how to keep peace in the house by speaking the language of love and receiving it from my beloved. Call it the tone test, if you will, but the language of love will go a long way toward healthy male/female relations or any human relations. 

    My mother told me I didn’t need a wife but a maid, secretary, and mistress. In the fourth quarter of my life, I must admit and confess I think Mom was right. After someone read my essay "Creativity and Sexuality," they said we must keep a balance.

    And this is true except for those like myself who manifest the addictive personality that consistently borders on the extreme, somehow missing that balance that provides the stability we need to survive and thrive in this turbulent world, now racing toward The End!

    I am much like James Baldwin who said, “I had to live recklessly in order to live at all.” And it seems I am also like the Barakas who live with high drama. It is doubtful I would be able to live a life without drama, being the dramatist I am, although these days I try to stay in the no stress zone, yet drama finds me at every turn. I am fascinated with lesbians because interacting with them is so dramatic.

    There is a natural dramatic tension when one desires what he can’t have! It’s a challenge, even greater than seeking a heterosexual woman, although she is fine with me, especially if she has mastered the language of love and doesn’t talk in a provocative language, i.e., don’t tell me to do shit. I don’t have to do a motherfucking thang!

    As the Maid, the Ho, the Cook (see story inside) taught me, if you ask me right, in the right tone, I will do anything and everything, but if you come at me in a dictatorial manner that expresses domination, you can’t get nothing here! Matter of fact, I’ll do the opposite, as in kiss my ass.

    Today, relationships are fragile at best because people are under great stress generally: will we have a job tomorrow, a house, a mate, sanity? So we can only take things one day at a time. There is great insecurity among the people, thus relationships are enduring major stress.
    Yet, we cannot get out of these human relationships because love is all there is, even living in the imagination will not suffice, ultimately, we must leave our dream state to encounter reality, and the reality is that we often connect with people with whom we know and don’t know, whom we love and don’t love, yet must love. It takes the same energy to love as to hate, same energy. My favorite song says, “The greatest thing you will ever learn is to love and be loved in return.”
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    Foreword

    Sexuality is determined by biology and social psychology. In the socialization of humans, mythology plays a critical role in manhood and womanhood training rites. Mythology lies in the deep structure of the mental process, yet mythical notions, stories, tales, ideas, values are clearly present in the surface structure of human behavior. Ritual behavior is simply the enactment of mythology, the stories of the tribe, the values, mores, manners, morals. Myths prescribe the acceptable and the forbidden, the sacred and the profane.

    Of course the Shaman often transcends tribal mythology to extend the narrative, take it to a higher level, much like a Coltrane solo, or a Miles Davis tune, connected to the past but very much into the present and future, the unknown, into the space of fear and dread, and yet it is beautiful, if we go there with Trane, Miles, Dolphy. So mythology must be fluid, dynamic. There comes a time when old myths must be discarded, thrown into the dustbin of history. And so it is with the patriarchy or myth of male domination.

    In the patriarchal or male dominated society, men are taught they own women, that women are their personal property or chattel real, as opposed to real estate, i.e., land, buildings. Isn't it ironic that a people who are descendants of chattel slaves would continue in the tradition upon liberation, that they would perpetuate relationship slavery, i.e., marriage, girlfriend, boyfriend?

    I don't want to own nobody and surely don't want anyone to own me. Imagine, the other day a brother said, "My pussy is at home!" We tried to tell him, first of all, he doesn't have a pussy, his woman has a pussy, so his pussy ain't at home. And imagine when he arrives home and "his pussy" is gone. When he locates "his pussy" will he be happy, sad, angry, violent, for why wasn't his pussy at home, why did it leave, or does it have the right to leave? Maybe the sister was with her friends, telling them, "Damn, ya'll, I got to go home to give that nigguh some pussy." They reply, "Girl, you ain't gotta do that, that's yo pussy, girl!"

    In this atmosphere, women can be verbally, emotionally, and physically abused. They can be beaten and killed for violating the man's so-called ownership of their bodies, minds, and souls.

    Clearly, there is absolutely no difference in a woman stoned to death in a Muslim society and shot to death in a Christian society because of her supposed adultery and/or infidelity. Of course, these days women are shooting the men to death for their freedom of expression or so-called sexual transgressions.

    The man is more often than not afforded hero status in Muslim and Christian society for executing "honor killings" because he was disrespected by "his" woman. These days women are exercising their right to retaliate on the man for his indiscretions since marriage myths and rites suggest ownership by both parties, though man has the ultimate authority in the patriarchal society.

    Women are now attending court mandated anger management classes and receiving convictions for assault and or homicide in the killing of their mates, all in the name of love. Tina asked what does love have to do with it? I ask, what kind of love is thisand if this is love I don't want it!

    If we are to move toward healthy psychosocial sexuality, we must examine the myths we live by. We may discover these myths are toxic, reactionary, and detrimental to our psychosocial health. We may need to transform and radicalize these myths/rituals in the light of modernity and post modernity or the new millennium.

    In the present era of spiritual consciousness, we cannot behave as cave men and women. We cannot continue rearing little cave children whose behavior befits the Stone Age, bereft of compassion, willing to kill at the drop of a hat because someone dissed them, especially their girlfriend who gave up "her pussy" to a friend or stranger.

    We must jump out of the box of ignorance, jealousy, envy, religiosity, narrow mindedness, insecurity and the world of make believe. We do not own other human beings. This is called slavery by any word. Partners, boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives, must dispel and discard mythical notions of ownership and domination.

    Our bodies are the temple of God, not the property of another. No attachments but to God! We are slaves or servants of God, Abdullah (we are all Abdullah, the servant of God). This is the attitude of radical spiritual consciousness. No one owns us but God. Our life and death are for God. We are thus free to do as we will since we exist in God and God exists in us. We are indivisible from God, thus we are God, we are Divine. Man is divine, woman is divine. We are equal beings in the temple of God and the temple of God is the universe, and all in creation is of God, by God and for God.

    If you desire to surrender yourself to your beloved, this is your rite/right. In love, it is indeed all for the beloved, love is the annihilation of self for the beloved. Yes, we lose our "self" in the beloved. In my play One Day in the Life, Karima says, "I sacrificed everything for you, but you blew it buddy, I'm through with you!"

    We pray you shall do the will of God in your relationships. If you don't, no one can judge you but God, especially the God in you or the self accusing spirit! Certainly, no one has the right to beat or kill you, stone you to death, shoot you in the head. Nor does anyone have the right to verbally or emotionally abuse you because of your behavior that may, from time to time, cross the line of propriety. And as per sexual transgressions, pussy and dick ain't nothing but a muscle, so why are you tripping over flesh, a muscle?

    Your pussy belongs to you, your dick belongs to you and you alone. It is attached to you, not your boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, husband, wife, lover, trick! Human beings are subject to do anything during the course of a day, and you are free to do so. Vows of fidelity must be thrown into the dustbin of history, along with Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, and the return of a dead man after two thousand years.

    If you persist in your wretchedness, ignorance and world of make believe that you own someone's pussy and dick, your mental health shall suffer along with the general condition of society that is rapidly heading to the precipice as we write. The mental hospitals, prisons and jails shall remain full of those partner abusers guilty of assault and/or homicide.

    We urge you to free yourself from the prison of your mind based on primitive mythological notions of ownership and domination. Indeed, love the one ya wit, but you don't own them. You can't force them to do anything.

    Why can't we just get along, Rodney King asked? Why can we love and be loved in return? Why must we be ugly to each other, especially in the name of love? Why can't we love without the negativity? Why must we hurt the one we love, and yet, as Dr. Nathan Hare says, there can be no master without one willing to be the slave. Just as I cannot love you unless you allow me to love you, I cannot hurt you unless you allow me to hurt you.

    Love begins with self love. If and when you don't love yourself, you cannot love someone else. You can fake the funk for a time. But if you don't know yourself, you cannot know your partner and mate. You can be with them twenty, thirty and forty years, but you don't know them. This is why couples break up after ten, twenty, thirty years together. They never knew each other, they were faking the funk, but the funk caught up with them. Yes, there was abuse because in their ignorance they first abused themselves, then abused their mate or partner simply because they never followed their own bliss or purpose as Joseph Campbell taught us. Nancy Wilson said, "I Never Been To Me!"

    Indeed, life is about getting to the real you, your mission and purpose. When you cannot achieve this, in your frustration, you are bound to oppress and dominate your mate and those you love. Sadly, you have been programmed by the American or Western mythology of Christianity and Capitalism. You are thus the man and woman in the box. You may deny you are in the box, yet your very existence , and clearly your behavior with your mate is evidence you are inside the box of Christianity and Capitalism. In short, you are a slave, albeit a free slave, but a slave none the less. In turn, you desire to enslave your mate and children—Capitalism has programmed you to desire cheap trinkets, things and more things, conspicuous consumption, materialism, the world of make believe.

    Yet with all your materialism, you have not followed your bliss, you are totally devoid of spiritual consciousness. You may be religious, yet your practice of religion is a desire for prosperity that would be alien to Mary's baby! You do not desire to liberate the captives, help the poor, the broken hearted, the hungry, the homeless. You are arrogant and wicked wearing your rocks, animal skins and plastic clothes. Yet you are not happy, nor is your mate. Even your children are little assholes, ungrateful bastards!

    You hide the pain by medicating yourself with drugs, sex, video and internet games, religiosity and other escapism from your life of nothingness and dread.

    We pray one day you shall awaken and throw off the chains on your brain, throw off the oppressive mythology of Christianity and Capitalism, or any other oppressive religion, including Islam, or any ideology that promotes pie in the sky or other worldism, escapism from facing reality with a radical agenda that is about seizing power from the blood suckers of the poor, the global bandits who promote the world of make believe.

    How can you be at peace with yourself and your mate while you enjoy the benefits of a society that spends a trillion dollars per year to commit mass murder around the world to perpetuate a world of make believe, to keep people deaf, dumb and blind, consuming trinkets that send them directly to Yacoub's workers: the doctor, nurse and undertaker.

    It is this mythological psychosocial order that has you drunk with thinking you must own and oppress somebody, especially those you supposedly love and cherish. Jump out of the box—free yourself, your mate and your children. Strive toward a radical spirituality that oppresses no one, but frees everyone. Love should not be slavery. Free your mind, free your mate, free humanity.
    9 September 2010
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    Introduction
    By Delores Nochi Cooper

    Mythology of Pussy and Dick is a compilation of everything Marvin X has written on  sexuality in America and the world. There are those who will miss this opportunity to receive wisdom from our brother because of the language he uses to describe the male and female anatomy, and his perceived objectification of women and men, and this is a tragedy because this information is crucial for men and women who are suffering from a psycho-linguistic crisis and inflicting actual violence upon lovers  in their male/female and partner relations including, same gender loving person relationships, and these dysfunctional interactions are witnessed by children who are the next generation of couples. They will emulate what they see elders enact. 

    The same people who dare judge his choice of words, his linguistic dexterity, are guilty of lingering in the comfort of their bedrooms watching shows on big screen TVs that depict graphic details of violence perpetrated against others, especially women, yet they call it entertainment. If children learn more from what they see than what we tell them, how will they process and act upon the continued sexual chaos that is manifested in our families and society? 

    The author has proven himself to be a leader and a teacher who has the best interest of the community at heart. He speaks truth with language that can be understood by the least of us and the best of us. His credentials includes brief tenure at the finest institutions in America : Fresno State University , 1969, University of California , Berkeley , 1972, Mills College , 1972, San Francisco State University , 1974, University of California , San Diego , 1975, University of Nevada , Reno , 1979.

    He embraced the system and defied the system! Oriented in the Muslim tradition of polygamy or plural marriage (see his play In the Name of Love, Laney College Theater production 1981); he has conquered his own demons and  held his own with  associated intellectuals and psychopaths. In the words of James Sweeney “…Courageous and outrageous, he walked through the muck and mire of hell and came out clean as white fish and black as coal.”

    We all have war stories about relationships gone bad. The difference between Marvin X and the rest of us is that Marvin X has lived what he is writing  about, survived it and is willing to talk about it, and holds nothing back, narrated in language that will grab your attention and cause you an epileptic  seizure!. 

    Each story is rich with commentary which speaks to society’s attitudes about male and female relationships: rape, athletes, toxic love, crack house sex, women without men, language of love, religious persecution of women (a woman stoned); gay and lesbian youth, same sex marriage, and much more…

    His parables are commentary about events in real time is ingenious. If you are a follower of his blog, then you know with each daily entry he not only provides us with happenings locally and nationally, but walks us through events from a historical and global perspective.

    Marvin X has chosen to sensitize our society by using words like pussy and dick. Language is fluid and if its primary use is communication, and if through words one fails to hit the target, then what is the point? It may be that the author is before his time, and in future generations, pussy and dick will become words of endearment, not relegated to the present negative connotations. Perhaps it will become a mantra chanted over and over as a pre-sex ritual. Why not? Lord knows we could use some more effective ways to get beyond reckless abandonment.

    In his essay,  "The Maid, the Ho, the Cook," Marvin X demonstrates his tender side. Lil Joe describes this story as “One of the most beautiful pieces about real love I’ve ever read. The image of "crack-heads" as scandalous and without human dignity is destroyed by Marvin’s recollection of this sister with whom he fell in love. Because the object of MX’s affection is for  a whore, but there are those, and you know who you are, who will lose the essence of this story which addresses real feelings and real interactions between a man and a woman. Perhaps, you have only loved when it was safe to do so. But all of us who have loved surely know that passion and feelings can at times be both spontaneous and unsolicited.
    Is Marvin X the only courageous one among us who dares to “tell the truth and shame the devil”?
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