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

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     mrs. april hall and mr. chris hall


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  • 07/10/17--20:46: heal thyself book


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  • 07/10/17--20:56: owh studios


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     offers job-training in video production and broadcasting for at-risk youth, veterans, women, other economically undeserved residents of Alameda County, and the general public.
    OWH has now completed upgrading our video studio and equipment to HD, thanks to our generous supporters in the television industry.  We want the members of the Press to join us at the studio, take an actual, as well as a virtual tour and see the resources we are now offering to independent video producers of all sizes. Video production studio and equipment rental are new services we are adding to what we offer to the Alameda County community, 
    Hear our founder, CEO and Jefferson Public Service Award recipient;Bishop J.E. Watkins, Ms. Faye Oliver, our Executive Director and other Industry professionals on our staff share our plans for success: 
    • OWH educational programs promote STEM skills that help our youth compete in today’s technological job market by arming them with computer literacy, coding and other STEM skills.

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  • 07/10/17--21:14: water, the final battle

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     James with dad, Houston, Texas attorney and Texas Southern University Business School Professor, Eric Rhodes.


     James in Paris, France


    James speaks

    Marvin X's oldest daughter, Nefertiti Jackmon, and son James, Dartmouth student

     Dr. West and Marvin X. He told his grandson to learn all he can from his friend, Dr. West. Carry his bags!

    Dr. West with Nefertiti and Amira Jackmon, daughters of Marvin X. Nefertiti is Executive Director of the Austin, Texas Black Cultural District, Six Square; Amira is an attorney. Man on left is the Honorable John Douimbia, RIP, mentor of Marvin X and associate of Malcolm X during his "Big Red" days in Harlem. Photo is from The Kings and Queens of Black Consciousness, San Francisco State University, 2001, a Marvin X production.
    photo Kamau Amen Ra, RIP



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    mrs. and mr. robin and chris hall

    marvin x and oakland mayor libby schaaf
    photo jahahara alkebulan

    left to rt: paul cobb, dr. leslie stratford, rt. col. conway jones, jr.,  marvin x,oakland mayor libby schaaf holding marvin's granddaughter naeema joy, below, grandson jahmeel; laney college president elnora t. webb, dr. nathan hare, lynette mcelhaney, president, oakland city council
    photo ken johnson

    I got Jackmon in my blood


    Marvin X has four living children and one son who preceded him in death.

    There are some things only family can know. 
    The great Marvin "X" Jackmon, one of the Leaders of the Negro, 
    live Strong ,recreate for black Fate. 
    Besides Trying to Understand a man against hate but will not WAIT to use it in a debate 

    a man that 8 plus 1 one is what he comes from 

    wasn't the oldest but defiantly the closest 

    Uncle ollie is whole notha story, He was Quite the OG 
    but back to the man with a plan . 

    Peaceful Muslim at heart but still Christian in art 
    continues to write books that preach but tend to reach. 
    keep faith my brotha 
    denounce hate my brotha 

    you buried a brotha and sista in one year 
    someone I was taught to fear 
    but the reasons were unclear 
    the world should see how I would be  
    I wanna say thanks you see 
    if it wasn't for the x man 
    a father at heart
    witty and sharp 
    holds composure 
    struggles with closure 
    The war on segregation is over

    I have known you my whole life  
    growing up  thinking you didn't like nothin white 

    thought you hated my mother
    thought one half or another 

    was never gonna be good or tough enough 

    it was never quite there
    when push came to shove. 

    Speaking the word of love 
    but my skin makes me only half good enough. 

    House nigga that's what you  call me  But
    yet you my blood n know nothin about me 

     I know how to stay woke 
    but sometimes it feels good to lay down without the fear of early stroke. 

    You know how it goes for black folk

    turn on the blinders pretend 
    the shit I read aint the shit in real life 
    Worry bout my son gettin shot by police
    In flat out malice 

    You probably think that's why I married a girl that could easily be named Alice 

    Life its hard to imagine 
    tunnel vision 
    quickly dismissing my right to be 
    livin 
    you got three daughters all of em queens
    trust I've seen. 
    tho it may seem a half white half black shouldn't be able to dream 
    fearing the world may no longer divide 
    instead unite 
    have you heard your own  words?

    you preach the opposite of a white supremacist 

    but you will lead black men in herds to fight your battle 
    what makes you different than the honky moving cattle   
    what separates you from the man in the klan 
    how come their demise has to be part of the plan 

    battle against America so called land of the free 
    yet when set free we grow to hate.

    ya I said it. it's true 
    hate to say it but think about ray curruth goggle him 
    baller Allstar killed his own kin because his ignorance made him believe that'd help him win 

    just like the negro used to live next door to me got caught up 
    the sight I saw as he begged and pleaded
    covered in blood shot in front  of my door
    find him bleeding by another black man that keeps him from breeding 
    it's apparent to me 
    you and whitey or Abdullah Hussein 
    different parts of the world calls you terrorist 
    does that make them insane 
    we live in a world each culture finds a reason 
    to be the definition of vain 

    Looks and verbiage turbans and capes 
    Not heroes at all 

    now readers and viewers don't take this poem wrong  
    a letter  no no it's  a song 
    of  love to my uncle Marv 

    no one will understand being treated like I should play with the Otha white boys or kick back be black 
    and discover the lack of which I was man of color 
    took awhile but found out 
    so now I'm letting the sound out 
    So hear me shout
    black haters trying to fuck the so called shit outta us niggers
    as the African black man hates his own self  so 
    much 
    all the punishment didn't deter him from raping a white lady who has his baby 
    then feels too much responsibility runs down hills and trees 
    Now that child faces hate from both sides 
    Poor ol half breed 

    Uncle Marv should I starve 
    cause I'm light or called a nigger when I'm out of sight
    1 2 3 4 I could count some more 
    that's the number of fights over words 

    I'm whiteafrican 
    fuck the fact some times I get discriminated cuz someone thinks I'm actually Mexican 

    I'm part German 
    the part that thought gays jews and blacks were the closest thing to Vermin 
    it could be simple  
    you  see why its important to allow me to have my rite of passage 

    my message 
    to you brotha father grandfather uncle 
    man black man  who is kin 
    to me 
    Gotta love the nigger and nazi in me 

    heard your words that sparked thought 

    like what if we put our minds off culture and color 
    and blend one another 

    it's because you fear we are too weak 
    our minds don't show signs of elevating to the next level 

    tell us to stay woke 

    but shoot down any signs of peace and hope 
    it's all right tho 
    had a long night so 
    you showed me love in oak town
    thought I could provide you with som black nazi  poetry 
    whose really not either as he sees him self for himself 
    No I'm not oj or someone with that new playlist from jay z 
     I love you uncle seriously 
    your heart your spirit 
    feels reborn in me 
    But what if I preach unity 
    share my features with the evil white creature 

    you my anti hero hero I want you to win 

    because well you my  kin... 

    you heard it a lot yes yes kin 

    but you'll probably not gonna relate to your nephew 
    cause of the different genetics that created white skin 
    you family by dna 

    never expected my offspring to become lighter then me 
    but his mom had great energy 
    it was meant  to be 
    my god created me 
    Can't you respect me?
    hope you get chance to converse with me 
    black love and god speed 
    your nephew you know that house negro from Sac 
    I'm from the  south to be exact (Georgia)
    just hopes you will join me to bring end of hate and start spreading unity rather than call it diversity 
    a place to call home
    and see no history 
    but aint afraid to speak or hear others' story
    a grace land 
    in which color is celebrated for all man 
    in joy not separated with the intent of destroy destroy destroy
    Tired of the whole
    white versus black 
    black versus white 
    all hate the brown 
    and the yellow 
    So maybe you'll hear these words from this young fellow
    --Your great nephew, Chris 



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    New from PM Press
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    Look for Me in the Whirlwind  
      From the Panther 21 to 21st-Century Revolutions
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    Contributions from Sekou Odinga, Dhoruba Bin Wahad, Jamal Joseph, and the New York Panther 21.

    Edited by déqui kioni-sadiki and Matt Meyer, with a foreword from Imam Jamil Al-Amin (formerly H. Rap Brown) and afterword by Mumia Abu-Jamal.   
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    Amid music festivals and moon landings, the tumultuous year of
    1969 included an infamous case in the annals of criminal justice and Black
    liberation: the New York City Black Panther 21. Though some among the
    group had hardly even met one another, the 21 were rounded up by the
    FBI and New York Police Department in an attempt to disrupt and destroy
    the organization that was attracting young people around the world.
    Involving charges of conspiracy to commit violent acts, the Panther 21
    trial----the longest and most expensive in New York history----revealed the
    illegal government activities which led to exile, imprisonment on false
    charges, and assassination of Black liberation leaders. Solidarity for the 21
    also extended well beyond "movement" circles and included mainstream
    publication of their collective autobiography, Look for Me in the Whirlwind,
    which is reprinted here for the first time.
     
    Look for Me in the Whirlwind: From the Panther 21 to 21st-Century
    Revolutions contains the entire original manuscript, and includes new
    commentary from surviving members of the 21: Sekou Odinga, Dhoruba
    Bin Wahad, Jamal Joseph, and Shaba Om. Still-imprisoned Sundiata Acoli,
    Imam Jamil Al-Amin, and Mumia Abu-Jamal contribute new essays. Never
    or rarely seen poetry and prose from Afeni Shakur, Kuwasi Balagoon, Ali
    Bey Hassan, and Michael "Cetewayo" Tabor is included. Early Panther
    leader and jazz master Bilal Sunni-Ali adds a historical essay and lyrics
    from his composition "Look for Me in the Whirlwind," and coeditors
    kioni-sadiki, Meyer, and Panther rank-and-file member Cyril "Bullwhip"
    Innis Jr. help bring the story up to date.
     
    At a moment when the Movement for Black Lives recites the affirmation
    that "it is our duty to win," penned by Black Liberation Army (BLA) militant
    Assata Shakur, those who made up the BLA and worked alongside of
    Assata are largely unknown. This book----with archival photos from David
    Fenton, Stephen Shames, and the private collections of the authors----provides essential parts of a hidden and missing-in-action history.
    PRAISE
    "Listen to these voices of young men and women
    who poured their insights, courage, and creative energy into New York City's fledgling Black Panther Party.
    This edition allows a new generation to hear these amazing stories, and additionally, to read the authors' reflections and insights for today."
     
    ----Kathleen Cleaver, Black Panther Party communications secretary, 1967-1971; senior lecturer, Emory University School of Law
    "This release of Look for Me in the Whirlwind challenges
    all of us----those who are active, and those who have yet
    to become activated----to step into our sacred duty to fight for our freedom and win."
     
    ----Melina Abdullah, Black Lives Matter leadership team; chair, California State University, Los Angeles, Department of Pan-African Studies
    ABOUT THE AUTHORS
    Dhoruba Bin Wahad was a member of the Panther 21. Arrested in June 1971, he was framed as part of the illegal FBI Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) and subjected to unfair treatment and torture during his nineteen years in prison. During Dhoruba's incarceration, litigation on his behalf produced over 300,000 pages of COINTELPRO documentation, and upon release in 1990 he was able to bring a successful lawsuit against the New York Department of Corrections for their criminal activities. 
    Sekou Odinga was a member of Malcolm X's Organization of Afro-American Unity and was a member of the Panther 21. A citizen of the Republic of New Afrika and combatant of the Black Liberation Army, Sekou was captured in October 1981, mercilessly tortured, and spent the following thirty-three years behind bars. Since his release in November 2014, he has remained a stalwart fighter for justice and for the release of all political prisoners.
    Jamal Joseph was a member of the Panther 21 and the Black Liberation Army. Joseph earned his BA from the University of Kansas while imprisoned at Leavenworth. He is a full professor and former chair of Columbia University's Graduate Film Division and the artistic director of the New Heritage Theatre Group in Harlem. He is the author of a biography on Tupac Shakur, Tupac Shakur Legacy, and his own autobiography, Panther Baby.
    déqui kioni-sadiki is the chair of the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee and was a leader of the Sekou Odinga Defense Committee, which waged a successful campaign for the release of her husband. A tireless organizer, déqui is a radio producer of the weekly show "Where We Live" on WBAI Radio, an educator with the NYC Department of Education, and a member of the Jericho Movement to Free All Political Prisoners.
    Matt Meyer is a New York City-based educator, organizer, and author who serves as War Resisters International Africa Support Network Coordinator, and who represents the International Peace Research Association at the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Meyer's extensive human rights work has included support for all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, solidarity with Puerto Rico and the Black Liberation Movement, and board membership on the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute.

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  • 07/14/17--13:28: millions for prisoners march
  • Announcing Millions for Prisoners March for Human Rights

    February 4, 2017
    by Jailhouse Lawyers Speak
    The 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution reads as follows: “Section 1. Slavery prohibited. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
    Salamu! Greetings of solidarity from behind enemy lines. I am a New Afrikan freedom fighter from the ranks of JLS (Jailhouse Lawyers Speak), a collective of jailhouse lawyers organized to educate and fight for prisoners’ human rights, against a system that is designed to dehumanize its captives. I am also the national secretary for Amend the 13th, an inclusive coalition-based national campaign and community-based organizing effort to address the legal and social basis for dehumanization in Amerika.
    The purpose of this press release is to notify prisoners, community organizers and all those who care of the upcoming Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March in Washington, D.C., scheduled for Aug. 19, 2017. This is a national effort to bring world attention to the 13th Amendment enslavement clause, its ramifications, and to solidify organizing efforts to amend it.
    Millions For Prisoners Human Rights core demands for action:
    A)  We DEMAND the 13th amendment ENSLAVEMENT CLAUSE of the United States Constitution be amended to abolish LEGALIZED slavery in America.
    B)  We DEMAND a Congressional hearing on the 13th Amendment ENSLAVEMENT CLAUSE being recognized as in violation of international law, the general principles of human rights and its direct links to:
    1. Private entities exploiting prison labor
    2. Companies overcharging prisoners for goods and services
    3. Private entities contracted by states/federal government to build and operate prisons. This would also include immigration detentions
    4. Racial disparities in America’s prison population and sentencing
    5. Policing: the disproportionate (unaccountable) killings by police in the black and brown communities
    6. Felony Disenfranchisement laws
    7. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 34,000 detention quotas
    8. Producing the world largest prison population
    In essence this is an abolitionist movement to abolish legalized enslavement, a practice that is not solely limited to prisoners making products, but extends to a prisoner’s mere body in an isolation cell being profitable.
    The U.S. Supreme Court states in its longstanding precedent, Ruffin v. Commonwealth, 62 Va. (21 Gratt.) 790, 796 (1871): “A convicted felon, whom the law in its humanity punishes by confinement in a penitentiary instead of with death, is subject while undergoing that punishment, to all the laws which the Legislature in its wisdom may enact for the government of that institution and control of its inmates. For the time being, during his term of service in the penitentiary, he is in a state of penal servitude to the state. He has, as a consequence of his crime, not only forfeited his liberty, but all of his personal rights except those which the law in its humanity accords him. He is for the time being a slave of the State. … They are slaves of the State undergoing punishment for heinous crimes committed against the laws of the land.”
    In other words, prisoners themselves are the commodity. Which explains why law enforcement’s entire apparatus is geared towards capturing and bottling humans for the highest bidder, dead or alive.

    In essence this is an abolitionist movement to abolish legalized enslavement, a practice that is not solely limited to prisoners making products, but extends to a prisoner’s mere body in an isolation cell being profitable.

    It should not be any surprise that the Black and Brown communities are prime targets for extractions. We cannot overemphasize the connection between slavery and the Prison Industrial Enslavement Complex.
    Prison slavery is a direct outgrowth of the 13th Amendment and the 13th Amendment enslavement exception clause is a direct outgrowth of the pre-1865 chattel enslavement period. You can analyze the different periods of transition from convict leasing, Black Codes, Jim Crow, Nixon’s war on drugs to Bill Clinton’s 1994 crime bill to see the connections and the architectural designs developed to maximize profits through the INjustice system’s criminalization of generations.
    All across Amerika, people are becoming more aware of the 13th Amendment exception clause – particularly prisoners around the nation, who have been strategizing and directly challenging the 13th as witnessed by the Sept. 9, 2016, prison strikes. Jailhouse Lawyers Speak has been planning its challenge to the 13th in collaboration with iamWE Prison Advocacy Network since mid-2015.
    This challenge is the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March, hosted by iamWE Prison Advocacy Network. Presently, coalitions are being formed that we envision will become a recognizable force for change beyond the March. Just as we envision every Aug. 19th afterwards being a day of solidarity and demonstrations in recognition of Prisoners Human Rights and highlighting the violations of such for collective action.
    In the words of Mumia Abu-Jamal, “Black August is a month of divine meaning, of repression and radical resistance, of injustice and divine justice; of repression and righteous rebellion; of individual and collective efforts to free the slaves and break the chains that bind us.”
    Black August was selected by JLS prisoners, due to its significance as being a historical month of commemoration of fallen New Afrikan freedom fighters and resistance. This is a month in which the spirit of liberation is encouraged amongst prisoners and within our communities.
    Black August is a special month to many of us confined. Comrade George L. Jackson is a light to many of us struggling to maintain our sanity and dignity within these concentration camps. It is only fitting that this event be scheduled during this month, in hopes of connecting more people to the prison resistance movement history, challenges and needs.
    Today as I write, confirmation is coming in that prisoners are in collective discussion around the country to be in solidarity with the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March. For those prisoners who would like to participate, it is asked that you:
    • Fast from sunrise to sunset
    • Participate in intense political studies with emphasis on the 13th Amendment.
    • Daily prayer or meditation
    • Daily exercise regimen
    • Refrain from purchasing any and all prison products to that require spending of money during this month
    • Refrain from smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages
    • If possible, wear a black arm band or wrist band (i.e. shoelace) around left wrist.
    Around the nation and across the world, Aug. 19, 2017, will be remembered as a day of collective action, strategizing and execution of the national objective to abolish legalized enslavement in Amerika. People from all walks of life from both sides of the walls have answered the call. Many are organizing their areas to be at the march, others will be hosting local solidarity demonstrations in their state or country, others are distributing info and many others are sharing resources and time.
    To learn more about this event and how you can get involved, visit www.iamweubuntu.com or write iamWE Prison Advocacy Network, P.O. Box 58201, Raleigh NC 27658. Also involved in the organizing is the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), a committee of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), 816-866-3808, iwoc@riseup.net.

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    EMERYVILLE AMONG ‘CALIFORNIA CULTURAL DISTRICTS’ STATE PILOT PROGRAM WINNERS

    Published On July 12, 2017 | By The City of Emeryville | Arts & CultureIn the Neighborhood

    bambd co-founder marvin x suggests city councilwoman lynette mcelhaney take an acting class from dr. ayodele nzinga's lower bottom playaz. clearly her fake performance with the cal arts council was not convincing. cac didn't go for her top down domination of the bambd. she has yet acted on marvin x's long request for banners, specifically, the african red, black and green flag, and black/african vendors in the streets along the bambd corridor, 14th. street. such a cosmetic appearance might have convinced the cac to certify our district. next time around, lynette, improve your acting and stagecraft. see dr. nzinga at the flight theatre asap. --marvin x, bambd co-founder





    Newly launched program celebrates the state’s diverse and abundant cultural treasures

    The “Rotten City-Emeryville” Cultural Arts District has been selected as one of California’s premier state-designated cultural districts, the California Arts Council announced today. The City of Emeryville’s “Rotten City-Emeryville Cultural Arts District” is located in the San Francisco Bay area where it joins 13 other districts that will launch the innovative new program highlighting thriving cultural diversity and unique artistic identities within California, home to the country’s leading creative economy.
    A cultural district, as outlined by the program, is a well-defined geographic area with a high concentration of cultural resources and activities. The 14 districts that comprise the program’s first cohort were selected with variety in mind, intended to help tailor the program to meet the complex needs of a state kaleidoscopic in nature.
    Located across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco, this “big little city” has been a historic center of industry. After the turn-of-the-century, Emeryville also became known for their gambling establishments. This led former California Governor/Federal Chief Justice Earl Warren to name them the Rotten City. The arts colony began in the early 1960’s when guerrilla art known as “Mud Flat Art” started appearing on the Emeryville shoreline. As they transitioned from heavy industry to the modern economy, artists moved into available warehouses, and the City underwent significant redevelopment. They have seen a significant renaissance and are now considered a destination for shopping, business, and art production.
    In addition to the many artists and other community members who contribute to this vibrant city-district of Art and Innovation, the following partners are instrumental in creation of the district and the extensive production-oriented arts programing that occurs within this urban village. Partners who helped form the district include:
    • The City of Emeryville (dedicated to municipal support of the arts)
    • Pixar Animation Studios (bringing their contemporary art form to an international audience)
    • Emeryville Celebration of the Arts (produces annual month-long juried art exhibit)
    • Wareham Development (supportive of STEAM education, which recognizes the nexus between the arts and the creative mindset needed for science/tech industry) and
    • Bullseye Glass (provides artist workspace and serves as an artist incubator).
    Even the city’s mayor is a well-known artist  ̶  sculpture artist Scott Donahue. The Mayor has been quoted as saying about the district:
    “I am proud to be an elected representative of a city that promotes the work of the creative class and celebrates our city’s unique cultural history through the arts. The art we produce here in Emeryville is distinct; it is an authentic representation of who we are as a community and it defines our character as a people.”
    Our outreach efforts to promote our public art program far exceeds anything that you will find in one of our larger neighboring cities. On a per-capita basis, Emeryville is a leading investor in public art production. We also participate in an annual purchase award program that, for artists that live or work in our city, is both competitive and highly sought after by artists all across our city. The Artists-in-Schools program we support extends our leadership on public art for students beyond our borders, touching young people in the adjoining communities of Oakland and Berkeley…the District designation will not only raise the awareness of our city as an art community, but will help provide the additional leverage and support needed to build out the larger vision we have for our community as a haven and incubation hotspot for artists in the Bay Area.
    Emeryville and San Francisco front the San Francisco Bay on its eastern and western shores. It is evident that this beautiful region has inspired these two cities to develop their arts communities and be among the first to obtain the State Cultural District designation. Rotten City-Emeryville Cultural Arts District participants represent a wide cross section of the community and join Emeryville-based artists in making the district a dynamic catalyst for art production. For example, the development community and the district’s multiple colonies of artists work together in efforts to support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education connecting the creative process to innovations in industry. District members were thrilled to hear about the designation as they feel it will help the general public to understand this “other city by the bay” is more than a center of regional retail development, but also a center of art and innovation with an inclusive attitude toward its art community and priority of public investment in art, community livability, social equity and advancement through the arts.
    Emeryville represents a different type of district devoted to art production and including a wide variety of modern art forms such as animation, digital/video mapping compositions, and light as a medium. California is often seen internationally as a progressive innovator; Emeryville is one of the State’s best innovators in support of its artists. The district is the heart of this center of art and innovation where an active artist colony produces art enjoyed locally and internationally. The Rotten City has become fertile ground for art.
    By way of background on this new designation…
    “State-level designation of Cultural Districts, with California’s diverse geography and regional variety, allowed for an entirely new and comprehensive look at our deeply valued cultural assets,” said Donn K. Harris, California Arts Council Chair. “Rotten City-Emeryville Cultural Arts District’s personal and generational commitment to these assets speaks of a state deeply invested in the places and people that celebrate local traditions and creativity. Our goal with the pilot launch of this new program was to support a group of districts that met high but broad standards of coherence, vision, and purpose – ones that could set an example for districts that will follow as the program develops and grows.”
    “These Cultural Districts showcase California’s cultural diversity and vibrant experiences,” said Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California. “The districts are one more way to highlight the one-of-a-kind places throughout our state that inspire residents and visitors alike.”
    Originating with the adoption of Assembly Bill 189 in 2015, authored by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, the California Cultural Districts program aims to leverage the state’s artistic and cultural assets. Aligning with the mission and values of the California Arts Council, the districts will celebrate the diversity of California while unifying under an umbrella of shared values—helping to grow and sustain authentic grassroots arts and cultural opportunities, increasing the visibility of local artists and community participation in local arts and culture, and promoting socioeconomic and ethnic diversity. Districts will also play a conscious role in tackling issues of artist displacement.
    Rotten City-Emeryville Cultural Arts District will receive the designation for a period of five years, per state legislation. Designation, under this pilot launch of the program, includes benefits such as technical assistance, peer-to-peer exchanges, and branding materials and promotional strategy. The California Arts Council has partnered with Visit California and Caltrans for strategic statewide marketing and resource support.

    A video collage of all 14 winners
    Rotten City-Emeryville Cultural Arts District and 13 other pilot districts will offer feedback to the Council to ensure the subsequent launch of the full program will be supportive, accessible and appropriate for all types of cultural centers. The pilot cohort program will run until 2019, after which additional new districts will be eligible to apply for a state designation through the finalized certification process.
    Selection for the California Cultural districts was conducted through a multistep process, including an open call for initial letters of intent, a peer panel review, site visits for semi-finalists, and an invited finalist application. The program was highly competitive and received interest and submissions from dozens of communities across the state.
    Learn more about the program at caculturaldistricts.org/emeryville →.
    View the entire list of winners at caculturaldistricts.org/announcement →
    — The official announcement of the award with representatives on hand will be held on Friday morning at 9 am on the steps of Old Town Hall —

    The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.
    Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Donn K. Harris, Vice Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.

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  • 07/15/17--19:11: no black fight

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    no johnson

    no Ali

    no Lewis
    no Sugar Ray

    No Black fight
    no fists no backbone
    no elbow grease
    no stamina
    no long distance runner
    no champion in the ring
    no nationalist
    no fearless men
    no fearless women
    no ancestor consciousness
    no cry for justice
    no liberty or death
    no justice no peace
    no death do us part
    no nothing
    no housing
    no job
    no medical
    no music
    only smooth
    only fusion
    delusion
    no community
    only multicultural
    diluted polluted
    convoluted
    gentrified
    homogenized
    pasteurized
    are you surprised
    no Fillmore
    no Harlem
    no DC
    no Philly
    no ATL
    where shall you dwell
    in hell
    the empire falls
    no news to you
    the Republic falls
    where shall you be
    what part shall you grab
    shall you stand
    with dick in hand
    heart racing
    Whites take theirs
    Latinos too
    Asians too
    Gays/lesbians too
    what will you do
    stuck on stupid
    walking like ducks
    pigeons
    reverse evolution
    moon walking like Michael
    remember the time
    look at the man in the mirror
    no look
    no memory
    smoke yo blunt
    life up in smoke
    we did the same
    24/7
    Daddy it's too much smoke in yo house!
    No love for woman
    children
    siblings
    neighbors
    friends
    no nothing
    no God
    no devil
    lone stranger
    rides into sunset
    no Tonto
    no tomorrow
    no yesterday
    no now.
    Women cry,
    I hate weak nigguhs!
    Men cry, I hate punk bitches!
    no unity
    no dialogue
    no consensus
    no plan
    no game
    no respect
    no win.
    --Marvin X
    10/30/10

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    Toward the Unity of North American Africans
    Internal and External Sources of Disunity

    Bay Area writers and journalists came together to honor the memory of assassinated Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey, a victim of Oakland politics, although Muslims were blamed. Chauncey was investigating police corruption and corruption in Mayor Jerry Brown's office. Jerry Brown is reported to have said, "I'm gonna get that nigguh from snooping around City Hall and the police department." Brown is now governor-elect of California.

    The broad day light assassination of Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey was but another project in the ongoing attempt to prolong the disunity of our community. The major benefactor
    was not the Black Muslim Bakery brothers, the fall guys charged with his murder, but the political establishment, the police department and white supremacy America. Just as the USA benefited from the murder of Malcolm X, the political establishment in the Bay Area has driven a wedge between Muslims and the North American African community.

    As per the bakery brothers, it is indeed ironic that Dr. Yusef Bey, founder of Your Black Muslim Bakery, and Chauncey Bailey were longtime associates and friends, especially at Soulbeat television where they both contributed to the station's success. Dr. Bey had a show, True Solutions, and Chauncey was the news director, so they had a long working relationship. But after Dr. Bey's transition, we are to believe that Bey's heirs considered Chauncey their mortal enemy because he was writings articles on their bankruptcy proceedings that were public information. This was a ruse instigated by the Oakland Police Department whose officer became the mentor and chief adviser of the bakery boys.

    This officer was not only in charge of the crime scene, who refused to question an eye witness, brother Tony, but the officer led a raid on the bakery less than 24 hours of the assassination at 7:30 in the morning. The OPD raided the bakery and found the murder weapon and got a confession from a handy man. No murder in the history of Oakland has been solved so quickly, if we are dumb enough to believe the hype!

    But are main concern is the divisiveness the police orchestrated murder caused in our community, especially in light of America's war against Islam. Christian blacks wanted nothing to do with Muslims, and blacks in general looked at Muslims with a jaundiced eye. Orthodox Muslims disassociated themselves from the Black Muslim Bakery brothers since they were not considered real Muslims in the first place. They were essentially followers of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad whose brand of Islam is not considered true Islam, just as Sunni Muslims do not consider Shia Muslims as real Muslims, or Ahmediahs. Alas, what is a true Muslim, Christian,Communist?

    Of course some of this bitter division is residue from the assassination of Malcolm X. Many North American Africans are suffering post-traumatic stress syndrome from the 1965 Cointelpro murder of Malcolm. Intellectuals are still traumatized and grieving over the tragic hit on Malcolm and blame the Nation of Islam, even though police agents were his bodyguards and some of the hit men were allowed to escape capture by the New York police.

    The degree of hurt and unresolved grief is so severe that intellectuals and scholars cannot write narratives on our modern history without revisionism, skipping from Marcus Garvey to Malcolm X in their narrative, deleting Elijah Muhammad's contribution and his mentoring of Malcolm, along with Muhammad Ali, Farrakhan, Warith Din Muhammad, and thousands of others who came into black consciousness, including myself, due to Elijah's Message to the Black Man.

    We know the FBI's mission was to stop the rise of a black messiah who could unify North American Africans, thus all black leaders were objects for elimination by the US government: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Kwame Toure (Stokeley), H. Rap Brown (Imam Jamil Alamin), Huey, Eldridge and Bobby of the Black Panthers. Who murdered Fred Hampton, Jr.? Who tracked Mumia Abu Jamal from the age of 14?

    The last thing America wants is a unified community of North American Africans. Have no doubt, our unified vote is the primary reason that so-called Negro is in the White House. Our unity can and ultimately will change the history of the world. This is how powerful we are. One need only recall the powerful effect of the Million Man March. Imagine if those million men had pooled their resources and were able to develop an organization. We would have been a frightening force similar to that million man army in North Korea! We would then be able to call all shots in our community. Nothing would move until the million men gave their approval. No drugs, no prostitution, no wife beating, no rape, no disrespect of elders, no children dropping out of school because they were bright enough not to be duped by a white supremacy curriculum, since the million men would ban such from being taught, in colleges and universities as well.

    We talked with a brother in Philly not long ago who has several Stake and Take restaurants. We asked the brother why is it so difficult for us to unite? He said if we united, all the guns of the white man would turn on us. My friend, elder, comrade and associate, Amiri Baraka puts it thusly, "In the end the Negro will be the terrorist!" Look who's being arrested for terrorism these days, who's being entrapped and conspired upon by the US government?

    In spite of all the above dirty tricks, we are confident there shall be unity, even if as Elijah said, we must force black unity! Yes, just as sometimes we must force a husband and wife to stop fighting and come together, we must be proactive about unity in the community, although I have suggested there must be a program of detoxification and recovery from our trauma and unresolved grief. Otherwise we ain't going around the corner with each other. I don't trust you, Negro! You don't know me like that! I don't even trust myself! Elijah told you don't trust no one.

    This is war, the enemy is pervasive with snitches everywhere, agent provocateurs, undercover agents.
    Somehow, we must process our paranoia, our fears, lack of trust, lack of desire of forgiveness, especially when we have all done wrong and been wronged. He who is without sin cast the first stone, Jesus told you. So ain't no Holy Joe's up in here. We all got some funk on us--yeah, it's funky up in here. Ain't it funky now, JB said.

    Malcolm told you to transcend your petty differences. The hatred we have for each other is a joke since no black person has done to us what the white man has, yet we love the white man and hate the black man. This is sick, insane, and we need to go somewhere to get a healing. Go to Africa, if it will help you, go to Jamaica, anywhere to heal, go to Mecca, Jerusalem, then come home ready to rock and roll like we did last summer!
    --Marvin X
    12/9/10

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    TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011

    Parable of the Parrot by Marvin X


    Parable of the Parrot

    for Ngugi Wa Thiong'o and the Pan African Revolution



    The king wanted parrots around him. He wants all his ministers to wear parrot masks. He said he had to do the same for the previous king. He only said what the king wanted to hear, nothing more, so he advised his ministers to do the same. In fact, they must encourage the people to become parrots.


    Yes, he wanted a nation of parrots. Don't say anything the kings does not want to hear. Everything said should be music to his ears. And don't worry, he will tell you exactly what he wants to hear in his regular meetings and public addresses to the nation. Everyone will be kept informed what parrot song to sing. No one must be allowed to disagree with the king. This would be sacrilegious and punishable by death.


    The king must be allowed to carry out the dreams that come to his head. No one else should dream, only the king. In this manner, according to the king, the people can make real progress. There shall always be ups and downs, but have faith in the king and everything will be all right. Now everyone sing the national anthem, the king told the people.


    There must be a chorus of parrots, a choir, mass choir singing in perfect unity. Let there be parrots on every corner of the kingdom, in every branch and tree. Let all the boys sing like parrots in the beer halls. Let the preacher lead the congregation in parrot songs. Let the teachers train students to sound like parrots. Let the university professors give good grades to those who best imitate parrot sounds. Let the journalists allow no stories over the airwaves and in print if they do not have the parrot sound.


    The king was happy when the entire nation put on their parrot masks. Those who refused suffered greatly until they agreed to join in. The state academics and intellectuals joined loudly in parroting the king's every wish. Thank God the masses do not hear them pontificate or read their books. After all, these intellectual and academic parrots are well paid, tenured and eat much parrot seed.


    Their magic song impresses the bourgeoisie who have a vested interest in keeping the song of the parrot alive. Deep down in the hood, in the bush, the parrot song is seldom heard, only the sound of the hawk gliding through the air in stone silence looking for a parrot to eat.


    --Marvin X 4/5/10

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    Toward Unity of North American Africans --Unity of Planning

    The North American African thinkers and planners must configure our future for the next 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 years, otherwise we shall drift and drift depending on the winds of the ocean and the whim of the American Titanic, with the great possibility we shall go down with the ship, much like the Katrina tragedy in New Orleans, no matter if it was a man made or natural disaster. We must never again have our fate in the hands of this government, not for one moment. We must plan for both the positive and negative possibilities and probabilities. We cannot have 40 million North American Africans at the behest of racists who's mental state is highly questionable and will only be going from bad to worse as we proceed in time.

    Nor can we have faith or confidence is those who have been trained and educated totally with the white supremacy world. We see what a mess Obama is making of our situation, if not totally neglecting the wretched circumstances of the moment.

    But the urgent need is a brain trust of planners grounded in African and spiritual consciousness, men and women of vision to chart our course through the last days of the American empire and republic. This Think Tank must be an inter-generational group so we have the thinking of elders and youth, something we failed to do in those revolutionary 60s. We must include the wisdom of progressive elders who can offer more than war stories but the perception to see where we need to go politically, economically, educationally, and spiritually.

    We can transcend the simple improvisation of the jazz player, and we must clearly avoid the pitfall of doing nothing but drift into the future, when we know if we don't plan a trip we may never arrive at our destination, especially with no road map, no chart, no idea of what we may encounter on the journey.

    Of course we must consider ideas from the global village, especially from our neighbors throughout the Americas who are striving to implement a more social just economic plan as well as constructing a people's democratic society, as opposed to the American political/economic order that is socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor, also known as fascism.

    We must transcend the box of American thought that is clearly exhausted, and align our thinking with nations such as China, India and Brazil. We cannot envision a future without a connection with our Motherland, economic, cultural and political. Why should we not be connected to Africa, white America is connected with Europe, Chinese Americans are connected with China, Arabs are connected with the Arab world, indigenous peoples and/ or Latinos are connected with their peoples throughout the Americas.

    Our Think Tanks must consider what is possible for the years ahead, the decades, the centuries. The possibilities are infinite, but we must chart a course based on the consensus of our very best minds, again, minds that are not addicted to the white supremacy imagination.

    We have every right to consider self-determination and sovereignty on this land that contains our sweat, blood and bones. There may come the realization that we must partition America for those too alienated, traumatized and full of grief for all the wrongs done to us since our sojourn here. We would be a danger to ourselves and others if we remained here in a state of total discontent and recalcitrance. Pakistan's separation from India is an example, our the likely independence of the Southern Sudan from the North is a present model.


    But this is for our thinkers to consider in harmony with the masses, probably in some future plebiscite or vote of the people when matters reach the point of no justice, no peace. It is no different from a wife and husband who reach irreconcilable difference and must separate and divorce.

    Those who wish to remain a part of this Republic, if such exists in the future, have the human right to do so. Again, the world is full of infinite possibilities and we flow with the flow, except we are not a boat without a rudder or an anchor. The future is for those who plan ahead, strategically and tactically.
    --Marvin X
    12/14/10


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    Black Bird Press News & Review: Reverse Psychology: from Toby to Kunta



    the BAMBD Billion Dollar Trust Fund

    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 Oakland

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    Jesse Allen Taylor is trying to improve his fact checking, but we proofread his article and made a few changes, nothing major except the glaring error that Lynette created the BAMBD by herself. Others involved in the concept must include Menuhim Ayele, Paul Cobb, Conway Jones, Jr., Anyka Barber, Joyce Gordon, Aries Jordan, Ayodele Nzinga, Eric Arnold and myself. Lynette also has ghosts she meets with in ghost meeting rooms at City Hall and other ghost locations. I am sure Ayodele Nzinga and Eric Arnold will peruse Jesse's article to correct other errors. --Marvin X


    ----- Forwarded Message -----
    From: J. Douglas Allen-Taylor (Jesse Allen Taylor)
    To: Jesse Douglas Allen-Taylor
    Sent: Sunday, July 16, 2017, 3:48:02 PM PDT
    Subject: OAKLAND'S BLACK ARTS AND BUSINESS DISTRICT LEFT OFF STATE PILOT PROJECT LIST

    A CounterPoints Column by J. Douglas Allen-Taylor

    Marvin X  and Councilmember Lynette McElhaney in happier times


    Oakland’s official downtown and West Oakland-based Black Arts Movement and Business District (BAMBD) received a blow last week when it failed to make the California Arts Council’s list of “14 districts that will serve as California's inaugural state-designated Cultural Districts.” Oakland’s district will not get the chance to apply for state recognition again until the California Arts Council puts its full local cultural district program in place in 2019.

    Among the nearby local cultural districts that were included in the 14 member pilot project were one apiece located in Emeryville and San Rafael and two in San Francisco.

    The BAMBD was the creation of Oakland Third District City Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney and was authorized by the Oakland City Council in January of 2016. On paper, it runs in an eight block corridor with Broadway at the center between Chinatown and Uptown, from the western bank of Lake Merritt to the 880 freeway. It was officially set up to “highlight, celebrate, preserve and support the contributions of Oakland’s Black artists and business owners” in that downtown/West Oakland corridor.

    Besides the prestige of state recognition, making the Arts Council’s pilot project list would have meant access to state funding and the promise that the California Arts Council would assist BAMBD in receiving grants from private sources. McElhaney’s office, which was listed as the lead agency on the Arts Council application, had tentatively budgeted the small amount of money that would have immediately come with state recognition to hire a dedicated staff member to begin putting a program together to implement the BAMBD, which as yet has no ongoing projects.

    But now, with the City of Oakland’s failure to provide any money for the official BAMBD and without the apparent active public support of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, it is difficult to see where funds to hire a staff for the district or to create any programs for it will come from.

    Oakland Black poet/playwright and arts activist Marvin X Jackmon, who McElhaney once credited with helping her develop the BAMBD concept, immediately put the blame for the BAMBD’s failure to get state recognition directly on the Councilmember.

    “[I suggest] City Councilwoman Lynette Mcelhaney take an acting class from Dr. Ayodele Nzinga's Lower Bottom Playaz,” Jackmon wrote in an email message to supporters following the Arts Council announcement. “Clearly her fake performance with the Cal Arts Council was not convincing. CAC didn't go for her top down domination of the BAMBD. She has yet acted on Marvin X's long request for banners, specifically, the African red, black and green flag, and Black/African vendors in the streets along the BAMBD corridor, 14th Street. Such a cosmetic appearance might have convinced the CAC to certify our district. Next time around, Lynette, improve your acting and stagecraft. See Dr. Nzinga at the Flight Theatre asap.”

    Ayedole Nzinga is the founder and director of the Lower Bottom Playaz independent Black theater group. The group was originally based at the Black Dot Café in West Oakland’s Lower Bottom community, but has since relocated to Broadway’s Flight Deck Theater for its most recent productions. The Movement newspaper, which bills itself as the “Voice Of The Black Arts Movement International” and lists “Marvin X” as its Executive Publisher and Nzinga as its senior writer, also lists Nzinga as BAMBD’s lead planner.

    Last summer, Nzinga filed the BAMBD Community Development Corporation of Oakland as a nonprofit corporation with the California Secretary of State’s office. Along with Oakland journalist Eric Arnold, who lists himself as “Co-Director of BAMBD CDC” on his oakculture website, Nzinga has been negotiating for several months under the BAMBD Community Development Corporation name with several developers for community benefits from proposed downtown development projects.

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    Toward the Unity of North American Africans--Unity of Language




    Language unifies a people, when they speak a common language, when there is a consensus on word definitions, an agreement on what terms are sacred and what words are profane and obscene.
    Chaos comes into a culture when these is no longer a consensus on language, or what we call a psycholinguistic crisis, for words define reality. Words are the vehicle we use to express our interpretation of reality. When the words lose a once agreed upon meaning, it is as though the earth shifts beneath our feet, for we are no longer able to communicate with each other. We then suffer a mental paralysis, a breakdown of the psyche because we are talking loud but saying nothing.

    The words thus lose their meaning for there is no agreement. If the culture in its normal state is communal but suddenly the focus shifts to the supremacy of the individual, then we have a problem. We cannot unite for freedom when there is no agreed definition of freedom. For you, freedom is a job. For her, freedom is land and economic independence. For him, freedom is being with same gender loving people, and for her it is the same. Nothing else matters. So what items can we agree upon that defines freedom? And are we going around the corner together or do we have a divisive situation that shall lead us nowhere except to tread water in a pitiful state until we drown, since we refuse to help each other push our agenda items because we don't agree.

    We started out on freedom but got diverted into things not communal but individual. Or the language was polluted by class division. The bourgeoisie culture police attempted to define the terms of reality. We wonder by what right do they assume the gate keeper role. Perhaps by being placed into leadership by the oppressor.

    In the 1960s, we revolted against the language of the colonial elite, the leadership of the liberation movement shifted because a new consensus on language came into vogue, the language of black power that transcended civil rights to human rights, that shifted from integration to liberation and yes, sometimes, separation. The old language was suddenly obsolete. The term Negro was cast into the dustbin of history. The Negro psycholinguistics shifted from passivity and non violence to revolution.

    The Black Arts Movement helped to cause the paradigm shift in terms of language. We revolted from the bourgeoisie socalled proper speech. In our plays, poems, essays, songs, we broke free of the conservative language. We used such terms as motherfucker, yes, bitch, devil, cracker, peckerwoood, and other terms to express our rejection of the American language in favor our our Mother tongue, the raw ghetto language so despised by our culture police, for they were rejected as well. Of course we went to the extreme when we said anyone over thirty should be killed (Bobby Seale). But the expression in grass roots language advanced the freedom mentality in our people. We suddenly realized we can say what we want, we're truly free to do so.

    Of course there was reaction, from the oppressor and the colonial elite. The police attempted to ban our plays, to invade our performances, to arrest us if we showed up to perform. The bourgeoisie refused to support us with their money. All this was actually good because it inspired us to continue doing our thing, realizing we were truly independent, no longer slaves to anyone.

    We were not able to return to our native language as Ngugi wa Thiango has called upon African writers to do, for we have no idea what it is, though we attempted to learn Swahili, Arabic and Yoruba. And the little we learned helped advance our black consciousness and heal our psycholinguistic crisis. Yes, these languages unified some of us. We held classes in the hood with grass roots people who wanted to transcend the English or American language we called the slave master's language, so how can we ever break free speaking this devil language. This is the language of the kidnapper, the rapist, the man and woman who lynched us, who stole our very identity and replace it with his notion of our very being. Thus, it is he and his language that is profane and obscene, and must be rejected, for it is not the language of love, it is the language of violence and madness.

    We thus call for silence as the language of love, since our psycholinguistic crisis is so great it is the cause of physical, emotional and verbal violence with our mates. Almost any word we say is cause for argument. And it is the same when we gather at conferences and gatherings. We must spend an inordinate amount of time debating terms, defining what we mean by freedom, liberation, reparations, gender identity. Yes, what is a woman, what is a man. Today "black brothers" is a gay term. How did "black brother" shift from revolutionary black men to gay men? Of course language is fluid and undergoing constant change. And those with power attempt to define the terms. How else did we come upon this English/American language? It was a violent act, a long process of domination and oppression. Toby was physically abused until he renounced his holy name Kunta Kinte. Muhammad Ali reversed the process, not only by renaming himself but forcing his opponent to call out his name in the ring. Ali chanted, "What's my name, what's my name?" as he beat down his opponent, but he was calling for more than name recognition but for the recognition of his being as a free black man, the member of the Nation of Islam, a transcendence of his American slave identity.

    And yet today we have a reaction by the culture police such as Bill Crosby and others who would have us claim our American identity and stop naming our children African and/or Muslim names. He doesn't tell Jose to call himself Joe. He doesn't tell the Chinese who get rich in the hood selling us their food but speaking no English/American to go learn English/American.
    He don't tell the Arabs who get rich selling us swine and wine in the name of Allah, to stop speaking Arabic in the hood and speak English/America.

    Clearly, Bill Crosby suffers a psycholinguistic crisis of major proportion. And he is not alone. It is again for this reason that I call for the language of silence as the language of love, until we can indeed arrive at a new consensus. The Million Man March brothers took a vow to never use the term bitch. But in the hood bitch is clearly a trans-gender term, for males are called bitches these days, especially when they come incorrect in the dope culture. The dope boys will address an adult male dope fiend as punk bitch. "Punk bitch you better take this dope and get the fuck up otter here wit da quickness 'fore I smoke yo ass."

    It's possible the language shifted when adults began buying dope from children, especially during the Crack era, reversing the natural order of adults serving children, thus children lost all respect for their elders and this aspect of the psycholinguistic crisis resulted. It was being addressed with this language when I was a dope fiend that made me want to recover so that I would no longer be so verbally debased by children who had every right to talk to me in this manner because I was, as a dope fiend, in the persona of a punk bitch!

    There shall be no language of love until we stop behaving like a nigguh or punk bitch. Don't tell me to stop saying motherfucker while you are in bed with your mother, son, daughter. Who is the real motherfucker up in here, me or you? I'm saying it but you doing it!

    Language confusion exists when there are contradictions in behavior, especially adult behavior that the children observe. And so when we hear them on the street, at school, in the clubs, in their raps, we must ask ourselves where they got this language from, and more importantly, what is the meaning of it. They are simply trying to do as we did, give order to reality by way of language. Is it better to be silent, to say nothing since the entire language is vile, polluted and corrupted. Let us not go to an examination of the political language, double speak, evasiveness,
    subterfuge. See George Orwell's Politics and the English Language. Listen to the politicians lie and attempt to deceive the world with words, yes, talking loud but saying nothing. Vote for me, I'll set you free. Change we can believe in. Change is gonna come. A chicken in every pot!

    Yes, silence, there are possibilities for unity if, we just be quiet. To speak is to fail the tone test, for anything we say is suspect, for we don't trust the language, the words, and most of all, we are not truthful in our expressions, in short, we have become liars too, in harmony with the ruling class and the culture police or those colonial elite gate keepers in league with the blood suckers of the poor.

    Some day we shall arrive at the language of love, where we say what we mean and mean what we say, where we understand the tone test and can pass it, with the police, with a brother and with a sister, especially our mate who was going to make love with us until we said the wrong thing, even though we didn't intend to do so, something just slipped out carelessly, but we blew it. Baby's mood changed because we said the wrong word, or she took it the wrong way.

    Let us strive to reach a consensus on this pitiful bastard language we speak, for these words are killing us, literally. Better to speak as little as possible until we can transcend to a language that unifies us and allows us to love each other unconditionally.
    --Marvin X
    12/13/10

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