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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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    Malcolm Shabazz dead

    Malcolm Latiff Shabazz's funeral arrangements are set for Friday, May 17 at 10 a.m. at the Islamic Cultural Center, 1433 Madison Street, Oakland, Calif.

    Funeral Fund

    This fund was created in conjunction with Qubilah Shabazz (Malcolm's mother); with the guidance of Hashim Alauddeen & Ja'far Muhibullah.

    "And We will most certainly try you with fear and hunger and loss of property and lives and fruits; and give good news to the patient, Who, when a misfortune befalls them, say: Surely we are Allah's and to Him we shall surely return." Holy Quran (2:155-6)

    The tragic news of the sudden killing of our dear brother Hajj Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of El Hajj Malik Shabazz ("Malcom X"), has shaken the hearts of us all. Malcolm was a seeker of truth like his grandfather. He was a beloved son, father, brother and friend. He struggled to promote unity and goodwill for all people and was a lover of Ahl ul-Bayt.

    During the week of May 13th, Hajj Malcolm's body will be transferred back to the United States so he can be remembered and given due respect. His funeral arrangements are being made and he will be laid to rest in Oakland, California, God willing. The money collected in this fund will be used for Hajj Malcolm's funeral services. Any additional money collected will be given to the Shabazz family. If you prefer, you can also donate directly through Paypal to Please keep Hajj Malcolm and his family in your prayers during this difficult time.

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    Not since reading with Sun Ra's Arkestra have I enjoyed working with musicians. Most recently, I read with AfroHorn at the Schomburg Library's tribute to revolutionary painter/sculptor Elizabeth Cattlett Mora. Francisco Mora's AfroHORN is the continuation of Sun Ra's musical vision. Of course Francisco was a member of Sun Ra's Arkestra so he is an extension of Sun Ra's world of infinite sound vibrations. I cannot wait to perform again with this group of avant-garde musicians.
    --Marvin X

    Subject: WED, MAY 22nd - AFRO HORN BACK @ ZINC BAR
    SHOWS @ 9 & 11 / $10
    The ensemble consists of acclaimed musicians in avant-garde and folklore, including the pianist from Santiago de Cuba, Aruán Ortiz, and percussionist from Havana, Roman Diaz

    About Afro Horn....
    Guided by voices that sing of a new music , Afro-Latin drummer/composerFrancisco Mora-Catlett maps the secret paths that connect avant-garde jazz to Cuban folklore, African mysticism, Magic Realism and Mexican Surrealism. All roads lead to Afro Horn, a visionary project that gets its name from the celebrated Harlem writer, Henry Dumas, who described the Afro Horn  as a rare object of power:
    “There are only three Afro-Horns in the world. They were forged from a rare metal found only in Africa and South America. No one knows who forged the horns, but the general opinion among musicologists is that it was the Egyptians. One European museum guards an afro-horn. The other is supposed to be somewhere on the West Coast of Mexico, among a tribe of Indians. Probe grew into his from a black peddler who claimed to have traveled a thousand miles just to give  to his son.” - Henry Dumas, "Will The Circle Be Unbroken"
    For more information, visit
    AFRO HORN MX (2CD set)
    "Like the Art Ensemble of Chicago Francisco Mora Catlett's Septet blends the ancient and modern as well as the African and Latin streams into a most delectable blend. One of this year's best! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery"
    Available at the event and on website.

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    Three daughters of Malcolm X attend funeral of Malcolm Shabazz in Oakland

    Three daughters of Malcolm X

    Oakland Mourners remember Malcolm Shabazz at California funeral

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Hundreds of mourners gathered Friday at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California in Oakland for a traditional Islamic funeral service for 28-year-old Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X, eight days after Shabazz was beaten to death in Mexico over a $1,200 bar tab.

    "Traditional Islamic prayers will be offered over his remains," Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem said before the service, which drew more than 200 people
    A private burial service, led by Abdur-Rashid, is planned by Tuesday at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y., where his grandparents are buried. A memorial service is being planned for sometime next week in New York City.
    "Malcolm Shabazz was very popular among the young people of his generation," Abdur-Rashid told The Journal News.
    The service, which lasted more than two hours, featured plenty of prayer, songs, spoken word and tears. Many among the procession of speakers said while they initially connected with Shabazz because of his famous grandfather, they learned to appreciate a man they called "Young Malcolm" as a leader in his own right.
    "If I could put into one word how I feel about Malcolm, it would be, 'inspiration,'" Hussein Mekki, 32, told fellow mourners. "Hopefully that will continue, and he can inspire us for the rest of our lives."
    Abdel Malik Ali, 55, a community activist from Oakland, said "Young Malcolm" appeared ready to fuse the history of Malcolm X along with his own experiences he described as "Generation Next."
    "He was looking for his own voice, his own place in this world," Ali said. "He had his struggles just like everybody else, but he eventually took on a huge responsibility in embracing his family's legacy that's harder than anybody could ever imagine."
    While Shabazz, a former New York resident, settled in the Bay Area about four years ago on the advice of friends and local political activist Yuri Kochiyama, who knew his grandfather and wrote to Shabazz while he was incarcerated.
    Close friend Hashim Ali Alauddeen said Shabazz planned to attend community college in the area and eventually seek a bachelor's degree in African-American studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
    "His heart was sincere. He strived to do what's right," Alauddeen said tearfully as he stood over Shabazz's casket while delivering his friend's eulogy. "He did his best to purify his soul. His intention and his sincerity was to serve God."
    Mexico City's top prosecutor said two waiters arrested in the May 9 death had served Shabazz at the Palace bar near Plaza Garibaldi. An autopsy found Shabazz died of blows to the head, face and torso.
    Malcolm X, then Malcolm Little, became a follower of the Nation of Islam while in prison during the early 1950s for burglary. After being paroled, he became the well-known national spokesman for the Nation of Islam, which combined Islamic beliefs with a black nationalist ideology.
    He had a falling out with Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad and left in 1964 to form his own Harlem-based group, Muslim Mosque Inc. Malcolm X went on a pilgrimage to Mecca that same year and returned to embrace mainstream Islam.

    Shabazz's body will be brought back to New York, where on Tuesday his family will hold a private service at The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem. He will then be interred at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, where Malcolm X is buried.
    Officials at the Harlem mosque said that the family is in the process of arranging a public memorial.
    On May 9, Shabazz was found badly beaten outside of the Palace bar near Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City by a friend, Miguel Suarez. Shabazz was taken to a hospital where he died, according to Suarez.
    Officials in Mexico City have arrested bar employees David Hernandez Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Perez de Jesus in connection with Shabazz's death. Prosecutors allege that a fight broke out over a bar bill and the two men ended up punching and kicking Shabazz, as well as beating him with a bat. Cruz and Perez de Jesus are facing homicide and aggravated robbery charges.
    Shabazz had been turning his life around in recent years, after several run-ins with the law in the Hudson Valley.
    Shabazz, born in 1984 to Qubilah Shabazz, one of six daughters of Malcolm X and his wife Betty Shabazz, was only 12 when he set fire to his grandmother's Yonkers home. Betty Shabazz died from severe burns, and Malcolm Shabazz ended up serving 4 years in juvenile detention.
    He later expressed regret for his actions, telling The New York Times in 2003 that he would sit on his jail cot and ask for a sign of forgiveness from his dead grandmother.
    "I just wanted her to know I was sorry and I wanted to know she accepted my apology, that I didn't mean it," he said. "But I would get no response, and I really wanted that response."
    Malcolm Shabazz also served time for a 2002 attempted robbery in Middletown. He was released in 2005. In 2006, he pleaded guilty to criminal mischief for smashing the window of a Yonkersdoughnut shop.
    In recent years, Malcolm Shabazz said he was writing a memoir and traveling the country to speak out against youth violence. On his Facebook profile, he said he was attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.
    (Contributing: The Associated Press)

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    Malcolm X’s Grandson Describes Inhumane FBI Arrest

    malcolm shabazz*While the world was watching the halftime show during the Super Bowl, Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of iconic civil rights activist Malcolm X, was getting arrested by the FBI.
    En route to Iran for a Hollywoodism conference, the man was stopped before boarding the plane. And according to reports, he’s unharmed, but he’s not very happy.
    Press TV published a statement he posted on former U.S. representative and activist Cynthia McKinney’s FB page, describing the way he was treated at the time of his arrest.
    Read the full statement below:
    “I sincerely appreciate the care & concern of the People over my well-being after Press TV’s report of the most recent events which have transpired regarding the F.B.I.’s harassment of me.
    Given the storm of lies, and half-truths that come with being associated with being the descendant of El Hajj Malik el Shabazz, also known as Minister Malcolm X, any and everything that I do; great or small, good or not so good, real or imagined is subject to controversy. However, in this missive I will take this opportunity to properly & fully disclose what transpired.
    In the beginning of 2012 I had been informed that I was under investigation by the F.B.I.’s Counter Terrorism Task Force Unit located in Goshen, N.Y.
    The agents of this division-and in collaboration with others-have visited several residences of which I was known by them to frequent. However, they would never come when they knew me to actually be there. They would leave their cards with the residents asking them to tell me to call them, and then would tell surrounding residents to observe the house and to notify them if they saw me.
    These are the homes of long-time friends, and very close supporters. Yet, when federal agents begin knocking on someone’s door on multiple occasions to snoop, and ask questions, whether one is guilty of an offense or not, it’s enough to coerce people into distancing themselves from you. This cheap tactic employed by the F.B.I. is a means of agitation & harassment. They seek to neutralize my networking abilities.
    They have visited locations in California, Chicago, Miami and most aggressively in New York.
    People were advising me that if I had nothing to hide, then I should just contact them as requested and cooperate. Though I must say that in these kind of matters I am of a particular ethic. For one, I have been engaged in no criminal activity of their concern, and they could have located me if they so chose. Secondly, I don’t recognize the authority in them beckoning me.
    It wasn’t even until my mother informed me that they had been contacting her that I truly became agitated. She advised me to see what they had to say, and so I obliged the next time they came around looking for me. My encounter was with 2 federal agents of Goshen, N.Y.’s Counter Terrorism Task Foci Unit. The primary agent identified himself as Special Agent Tom Brozicky.
    They expressed concern over-as they put it-my “international travels”; I have lived & studied in Damascus, Syria for over a year, and now the U.S. is instigating conflict within the very same region; I went on ex-congresswoman/former presidential candidate Cynthia Mckinney’s delegation along with Dr. Randy Short to Libya, and met with Leader Muammar Gadhafi one week prior to N.A.T.O. intervention and I was most recently getting ready to travel to Tehran, Iran to be a participant of the International Fajr Film Festival and give a lecture addressing the issues of Hollywood and violence:
    - Modern Violence & Terrorism,
    - Provoking clashes between religions & populations
    I was picked up by authorities after I filed for a visa to Iran, and 2 days prior to my departure. A detective squad from the City of Middletown Police Department surrounded me in the street about 2 blocks from where I was residing. They asked me my name, and I gave them an alias, but they were already well aware of who I actually was. I didn’t tell them my real name because I didn’t know what was going on. When I was brought before a Judge of City of Middletown court I was surprised to be informed that I was being charged with Grand Larceny, and False Impersonation charge. Then I was sent to jail, and told to appear again 7 days later. Then following court date the bogus charge of Grand Larceny, which they only put to justify stopping me in first place, was dropped. And they left me to face the False Impersonation. I was offered 90 days for the offense of giving the authorities the wrong name which I declined before bailing out after 2 weeks.
    When I was being held within the belly of the beast on trumped up charges, to my rescue came the journalist at Press TV based in Iran. My relationship with powerful & progressive news outfit began in April of 2012, and prior to that I had discussions with their journalist regarding current events internationally. I developed a positive rapport with some of them, and as a result was invited to travel to Iran to discuss the impact of Hollywood in stereotyping Muslims, Iranians and African people. From January 15th through 18th, 2013, I was a featured interviewee for the Press TV documentary “The Façade of the American Dream”. And prior to my date of departure to Iran, Lifetime television released a television bio-picture called “Betty & Coretta” which was a sensationalistic misrepresentation of my grandparents, my mother and me. This film aside from being poorly acted, and shallow in depth also threatened to inflame old controversies, and open unhealed wounds and to remind the public of sad outcomes without ever identifying B.O.S.S.I., the C.I.A., F.B.I. and other forces that set the climate for my grandfather’s assassination, and made my family a long-suffering casualty of COINTELPRO, and other anti-Black repression programs. Naturally, anything done to stir up old hatred of The Shabazz Family will impact me as the name-sake, and first male heir of Malcolm X, and whether I am high or low in fortunes does not exempt me from this reality.
    The formula for a public assassination is: the character assassination before the physical assassination; so one has to be made killable before the eyes of the public in order for their eventual murder to then deemed justifiable. And when the time arrives for these hits to be carried out you’re not going to see a C.I.A. agent with a suit & tie, and a badge that says “C.I.A.” walk up to someone, and pull the trigger. What they will do is to out-source to local police departments in the region of their target, and to employ those that look like the target of interest to infiltrate the workings in order to set up the environment for the eventual assassination (character, physical/incarceration, exile) to take place.
    For several months prior to my arrest in late January, 2013 I faced a pattern of harassment from law enforcement which is usually reserved for important figures. On Thursday, November 1, 2012 @ 11:53pm in the park circle area of Middletown, N.Y. I was stopped by officers of the Middletown Police Department, and given a ticket for “J-Walking” (crossing in the middle of the street), which then escalated into a “Disorderly Conduct” supposedly because of the exchange of words that I had with the officers. I told them that they couldn’t possibly be serious for writing me a “J-Walking ticket”, that I didn’t appreciate how they were treating me and that theyshouldn’t be looking at me as less of a man because they were in police uniform. For this I was arrested, the officers stole the little amount of money that I had on me, they then stripped me and threw me in a freezing precinct cell for the remainder of that early morning. I was finally taken before the “Judge Steven Brockett” around 1:30pm. He gave me an unreasonable bail, and then ordered that I be remanded to the Orange county Jail.
    This penalty may seem a bit extreme or harsh to most of you, but here is where it gets worse: On Tuesday, October 30th, exactly 2 nights prior to this incident, the same officer “J Berman” who wrote me the ticket for “J-Walking” & “Disorderly Conduct” stopped me coming from out of a store in the same area, and questioned me as to what I was doing.
    I told him that I was coming out of the store. He asked to see what I bought which was a pack of sun flower seeds. I had actually just so happened to be eating a few while he was talking to me, and I spit one of the shells on the ground. At this point officer “J Berman” threatened to write me a ticket for littering. Needless to say, I was dumbfounded, but I went home that night.
    Yet, it still doesn’t even begin there. I had an encounter with other officers of the Midletown Police Department one week prior to officer “J Berman’s” threats to write me a ticket for spitting a sun flower seed on the ground: I was coming out of a restaurant with my mother, and her friend. As the 3 of us entered the car to leave 2 police cars converged on our vehicle, and boxed us in. My mother was petrified. With guns drawn I was then ordered to step out of the back seat. I asked them why to which they replied that I had several warrants for my arrest. I told them that they were mistaken, but I still complied with their request. Humiliated in front of all on-lookers I was then thrown on the car while the officers ripped through my pockets. After they were done they said that it was my lucky day because I actually didn’t have any warrants at all, and so I was free to go! One of these officer’s name was “R. Ribeiro”…
    You may wonder if it could possibly get any worse than this. Well, it does! Approximately 3 weeks prior to the public humiliation of my mother, and me by “R Ribeiro” and another officer of the Middletown Police Department I found myself subject to the discrimination & prejudice of Mayor Joseph M. Destefano of Middletown, N.Y. himself. A friend, and I went out to eat at a restaurant in Middletown, N.Y. which is owned by the Mayor, and to our surprise he appeared from nowhere and asked us to leave. When we inquired as to why he stated that officials of the Middletown Police Department told him not to let us patronize his establishment. Mind you that this goes without incident.
    As I stand for the people, God-Willing, I would pray that the same people wouldn’t hesitate to stand for me. If these unjust & heinous actions are tolerated & allowed to be done to me without recourse, then no one is safe. Just as Huewy P Newton of the Black Panther Party stated that police are in the white community to protect & serve, yet occupy ours like a foreign troop… I tell you that we shouldn’t fall victim to the conditioning of feeling inferior or fearful at the presence of law enforcement for no apparent reason.
    With that being said, I was not arrested by federal agents. I was taken in by a squad from the City of Middletown, N.Y.’s Police Department. I was not being held in an “undisclosed location” so to speak. I was actually being held in the Orange County Jail in Goshen, N.Y. However, from the time that I was booked at the precinct, to standing before a Judge the next day who told me to come back in 7 more, to being processed at the Orange County Jail and up until 7 days later I was not permitted to make any calls to notify anyone of my status; as though I had just been kidnapped from of the street.
    Unfortunately, until this day my family hasn’t been fully abreast of my situation as I haven’t had the opportunity to properly consult with any of them. Dr. Randy Short who notified Press TV of my situation is a close comrade of mine who was on our delegation in Libya. Media reports from Press TV about my situation were not intended to create controversy. In reality, I have a few associates that are affiliated with this reputable International media outlet, and they had expected to meet with me in Iran. So when I disappeared, and rumors spread, the inability to get concise information from a credible source prompted them to rouse public attention on my behalf, for which I am grateful. In April of 2012 I had the opportunity to be a guest analyst/contributor on Press TV. This network has a large following all over the world, and millions find it’s news, documentaries and programming to be both an educational, and insightful alternative to the conglomerated, and highly biased mainstream American & British news media. Regarding the Source magazine, nothing that they published was vetted by me, and was made by persons, at best, vaguely familiar with my situation. Further, I have never had an affiliation or relationship with The Source, nor have they ever directly consulted with me about anything.”

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    Initially, I was so devastated by the death of Betty Shabazz, I wanted nothing to do with Malcolm Shabazz. I am one who loved his grandmother, sometimes more than I loved my mother, so I could not fathom the idea of someone setting their grandmother's house on fire. Of course there are those who believe a more sinister force was at play, not the then 12 year old boy who was sent to his grandmother by his mother because she was allegedly out of control, suffering mental challenges and drug abuse, i.e., the dual diagnosed.

    And then I heard he had come to Oakland under the guidance of a snake oil journalist named JR Valrey, sometimes known as a snitch but more often an opportunist and agent provocateur. JR had been a student of mine along with rapper Askari X, Ramal Lamar, Ptah Allah El and a few other young men I treated as my sons, especially since I'd lost one of my sons who took his life at 39 due to mental illness. I treated JR as my son and after he edited my video The Kings and Queens of Black Consciousness, rewarded him with a trip back east to a screening of the video documentary at the New York Independent Film Festival, September 8, 2001. Yes, from our hotel room in Newark, NJ, we saw the twin towers fall. On September 12, we attended the screening of my daughter's (Muhammida El Muhajir) film Hip Hop, The New World Order. And then after filming interviews on 9/11 with people
    we questioned for their view of 9/11, JR got the bright idea to keep the tapes as his personal property.
    After repeated attempts to receive a copy of the tapes was to no avail, I cut off my relationship with JR.
    People suggested I just take him out, but my feeling was that I am here to save youth, not kill them, so I stopped speaking to JR.

    Soon I saw him traveling with Fred Hampton, Jr. I had a feeling the Chairman of POCC (Prisoners of Conscious Committee) was in trouble. JR became the Minister of Information. As Chairman Fred and I had a cordial relationship, I never said one negative word to him about JR, though I prayed he would not suffer the same fate of his father, Fred Hampton, Sr., i.e., set up by a snitch and killed by the Chicago police as part of Cointelpro.

    After some time, a year or more, Fred Hampton called me, saying he needed to talk with me. By this time JR had ingratiated himself with Malcolm Shabazz and they, Fred Hampton, Jr. included, had embarked on a national and international tour. When I met with Fred at the Berkeley Flea Market, he began telling me things about JR--things that I already knew or suspected, i.e., that he was a rat and had been taking advantage of Fred and Malcolm. (See my interview with Fred Hampton, Jr. on this blog.) Fred said JR was no longer a member of POCC but continued calling himself the Minister of Information of POCC. After my interview with Fred, JR stopped calling himself Minister of Information of POCC.

    My ultimate concern with JR was his association with the CEO of Your Black Muslim Bakery, Yusef Bey IV. JR called himself a friend of assassinated Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey. But the night before Bailey was assassinated, the Oakland police recorded three phone conversations between JR and Bey IV while the latter was parked in front of Bailey's house near Lake Merritt. I could not understand why a fellow journalist would not call his colleague to tell him a hit squad was outside his house, rather JR was talking with the killers who were untimely convicted of Bailey's murder.

    And so my concern heightened about JR's association with "Little Malcolm".  I still did not want to meet with him due to my own trauma over his grandparents. When the  Fred Hampton, Jr. interview hit the internet, Malcolm wrote me on Facebook, asking why I said those things about him. I replied that I didn't say anything about him, I only repeated what Fred had said. This was the only time Malcolm and I communicated.

    By the time his young life was ended in Mexico City, only then did I realize how much he was like my own son who had taken his life at 39.  Abdul El Muhajir (Darrel P. Jackmon) graduated in Arabic and Middle Eastern Literature from University of California, Berkeley. (We learned "Little Malcolm" wanted to attend UCB.) My son had studied at the American University in Egypt and attended the University of Damascus, Syria on a Fulbright fellowship. He had traveled to Brazil, Japan, Africa and Europe, and did graduate work at Harvard. "Little Malcolm" had attempted to visit Iran, but the FBI stopped him as he boarded the plane. My son had studied and fallen in love with Persian literature and Farsi.

    After learning that "Little Malcolm" was on journey similar to my son's (RIP), I changed my attitude toward him and realized he was a young man on a mission, trying to overcome many challenges. All this was brought out at his funeral in Oakland. The Imam's question at the funeral was thematic, Why are we here? Indeed, why had Malcolm come to live in Oakland. Of course Oakland is known throughout the world as a radical city. I put Oakland in the tradition of Fallujah, Iraq, a city of resistance that the USA leveled, just as the USA leveled the fighting spirit of Oakland, especially after the birth of the Black Panther Party. So Malcolm had come to join in that tradition, politically and spiritually (he studied under an Imam in Oakland, I think the one who preached his funeral).

    Today he shall be buried in New York, near his grandparents. We still don't know all the facts about his  murder in Mexico City. Was he lured there by a so called friend? Why would a friend take him to a known din of iniquity? During my second exile from America for refusing to fight in her imperialist war in Vietnam, I lived in Mexico City but never attended such low life bars, though I did visit the poor living in their mud floor homes.

    We have yet to hear from the friend, so again, we only know that another young Black man has departed. As Dr. Nathan Hare said on the suicide of my son, "Homicide and suicide are two sides of the same coin." And mental illness, especially manic depression, originates in social oppression. At 29 and 39, "Little Malcolm" and Abdul accomplished a lot, both had done more traveling and study than most young Black men will ever do, so we thank Allah for the time we shared with them. And we pray "Little Malcolm" has found his way to Paradise.
    --Marvin X (El Muhajir)

    Marvin X speaks tonight on "Little Malcolm". Terry Collins (his stepmother was Ella Collins, sister of Malik El Hajj Shabazz) will interview Marvin X on KPOO-FM, 89.5,, 10PM.

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    El Hajj Malcolm Shabazz Funeral Video Presentation

    After learning that "Little Malcolm" was on journey similar to my son's (RIP), I changed my attitude toward him and realized he was a young man on a mission, trying to overcome many challenges. All this was brought out at his funeral in Oakland. The Imam's question at the funeral was thematic, Why are we here? Indeed, why had Malcolm come to live in Oakland. Of course Oakland is known throughout the world as a radical city. I put Oakland in the tradition of Fallujah, Iraq, a city of resistance that the USA leveled, just as the USA leveled the fighting spirit of Oakland, especially after the birth of the Black Panther Party. So Malcolm had come to join in that tradition, politically and spiritually (he studied under an Imam in Oakland, I think the one who preached his funeral).--Marvin X

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    Dr. M, aka Marvin X, Dr. Julia Hare, Dr. Nathan Hare, Attorney Amira Jackmon

    Dr. M.,

    I was just reflecting again on when you saw my master’s thesis and two Ph.D. dissertations (all groundbreakers in their own way – one anticipating the field of sports sociology, another setting forth a new approach to the demographic analysis of social change, and the other constituting the first dissertation on black male/female relationships), you exclaimed that you’d “been looking for the black studies”). Which caused me to wonder if the archivist scouts from the great white centers of higher learning might not be aware of the fact that “black studies” is a misnomer. Not understanding this, the Africana Studies (“Africana,” as you know, is a Latin word constituting the feminine form of africanus”), terminologists seek to escalate it by changing the adjective “black” instead of the noun “studies” and skip over an inherent problem of semantics at the same time.

    By “studies,” most people have empiricism in mind as the highest form of studying and the  Middle French word recherché (“to go about seeking”), rather than searching within, as science was taking preeminence in the acquisition and definition of knowledge, and reflection and introspection were being preempted by the likes of Aristotle and the Grecian scientific method of dominance and nationalism embodied in the “Olympics” to justify the seafaring expansion and colonization of the darker peoples of the earth.

    Meanwhile, black studies (alternately “Afroamerican studies,” circa 1968, was not so much geared to the acquisition of knowledge, except through the passé or primal “historical method,” as to the dissemination of knowledge selected ad hoc.  Black studies was not so much motivated by the quest for knowledge as it was a new approach to pedagogy, to teaching and learning. Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1968) assumed a high place in the minds of black studies advocates, as did its predecessors, Frantz Fanon (The Wretched of the Earth) and other revolutionists such as Mao Tse-Tung. Black studies was a new approach to scholarship and teaching, a scholarship yes but more so a pedagogy, a scholarship of change, indeed a scholarship for change. It constituted a war on “mystification” of knowledge and “miseducation “ of the oppressed. Its aim was to erase the separation of learning from life, of knowledge from community. It was a war on scholarship and pedagogy separated and divorced from the daily lives of the oppressed and the need for change; hence it was above all a search for “relevance” of knowledge to the black community and its needs.

    Hence black studies never developed a research tradition. This fact was complicated further by the emergence of “Afrocentrism”(a semantic triumph of the concept of blackness (“the black perspective”), which claimed no methodology.  After I pointed this out in the 1980s, its adherents did begin to talk briefly about “methodology,” but never came up with any they could call their own.

    See previous publications of mine such as: “The Meaning of Black Studies,” Graduate Journal (circa 1970); ditto “Black Studies,” The Massachusetts Review; “Teaching Black Studies and Culture in Secondary Schools, “Social Education” (1969); the debate with Roy Wilkins of the NAACP in Newsweek, (2-10-1969)  “A conceptual Proposal for a Department of Black Studies” (San Francisco State College, April, 1968). “A Black University Manifesto” (Howard University, February. 1967).

    Archivists who come with a firm determination to get “everything” from a scholar, all of his/her “trash,” will risk letting the scholar’s gems slip through the scavenger’s net, inasmuch as the search for scholarly gems is much like the search for gold, a sifting, a search that relies on perception, luck and pluck. Trash is to be bagged while gems are to be plucked.

    And, as you know, though I might deign to hold something back of presumed worthlessness,  I would never lie to you. I look forward to the next visit from you and your crew. I received an order from Bro. Itibari for the book I had promised on the Black Think Tank web page, “Rebels without a name, whose publication has been stymied by traumatic and time-consuming events, though Maulana Karenga, who has seen most of the typed manuscripts of previously published essays collected for the book, has expressed an interest and commitment to getting the book published.


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    Baba Jitu K. Weusi, founder of the National Black United Front 

    has crossed over to the realm of the Egungun (Ancestors) today. 

    We are thankful for the contributions he has made to the liberation 

    of  Afrikan People. He will forever be missed and loved. May 

    Olodumare,  the Orishas & Egungun be pleased with his work.

    Also see the following:

    Marvin X on Jitu

    We are thankful to have spoken with Baba Jitu on our last visit to 

    New York City.  He was in the hospital but trying to hold on as 

    cancer consumed his body but not his soul. May Allah be pleased 

    with this mighty warrior of Black National Liberation.

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    Black Panthers and other Histories Video and Audio Recordings
    381.44 mb (AVI) Total Runtime: 46mins Language: English Directed by Agnes Varda (1968)

    This riveting documentary, “Black Panthers - Huey!”, directed by French filmmaker Agnes Varda transports you to the pivotal Free Huey rally held on February 17th, 1968 (Newton’s birthday), at Oakland Auditorium in Alameda, California. Newton, the charismatic young college student who, along with Bobby Seale, created the Black Panther Party, had been jailed for allegedly killing a police officer. His arrest–widely believed at the time to be a setup–galvanized Party support throughout the nation and led to a boom in Party membership, bringing a new level of public attention to the Panthers’ cause. Over 5,000 people attended the rally, which featured Party leaders and guest speakers including Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale, James Forman, Bob Avakian, Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown and Ron Dellums. Through stark un-editorialized footage, this documentary chronicles the speakers outlining the Party’s platform goals, their strategies for freeing Newton from jail and more. B&W, 31 minutes.
    The California Newsreel was an underground alternative to the commercial broadcast media of the 1960’s. This unique clip provides a chilling look at the California racial environment of 1968, including demonstration scenes outside the Alameda County Jail. A rare in-jail interview with Huey P. Newton, is featured, with Eldridge Cleaver and Bobby Seale also offering perspectives on the Panthers and what they perceive as police brutality on the black community. Essential viewing for anyone interested in American or Afro-American history, these two pieces provide an entertaining and educational look at a turbulent, incendiary time. France, 1968, B&W, 15 minutes.
    REAL MEDIA (.rm file) John Lewis describes his experience on the Freedom Rides
    REAL MEDIA (.rm file) Julian Bond talks about the formation of SNCC
    REAL MEDIA (.rm file) Bob Moses describes the Greenwood Voter Registration Project
    REAL MEDIA (.rm file) Fannie Lou Hamer talks about registering to vote
    REAL MEDIA (.rm file) Fannie Lou Hamer sings
    REAL MEDIA (.rm file) John Winters talks about sit-ins
    REAL MEDIA (.rm file) The SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) Freedom Singers: Hold On
    REAL MEDIA (.rm file) The SNCC Freedom Singers: We Shall Overcome
    Black Panthers at the California Capitol May 2, 1967 RealVideo (.rm file)
    Free Huey Newton RealVideo (.rm file)
    The Murder of Bobby Hutton RealVideo (.rm file)

    Bobby on the Early Days of the Panthers RealVideo (.rm file)
    Black Panthers and the Free Breakfast for Children Program RealVideo (.rm file)
    Bobby on the Growth of the Black Panthers RealVideo (.rm file)
    Video clip of Huey Newton interview in the Alameda County jail (also includes clip of Eldridge Cleaver) RealVideo (.rm file)

    Video clip of Free Huey rally, Alameda County jail [From the video Black Panther. RealVideo (.rm file)
    January 26, 1968 -- Rally for the Oakland 7. Includes speeches by Bobby Seale, Bettina Apthecker (Free Speech Movement), Robert Scheer (Managing Editor, Ramparts Magazine), Bob Avakian (Peace & Freedom Party), and John Kelly (Professor of Mathematics, UC Berkeley). The Oakland 7 were anti-war protestors (members of the Campus [UC Berkeley] Stop the Draft Week Committee) arrested on October 17, 1967 at the Oakland, California induction center during "Stop the Draft Week" protest activities. The defendants were charged on January 28, 1969 by the Oakland Grand Jury with conspiracy to commit misdemeanors. KPFA Radio, February 20, 1968 (Pacifica Radio Archives BB1783) 50 min. © Pacifica Radio, 1968. All rights reserved. (.rm file)
    February 15, 1968 -- Panel discussion of the alliance between the Black Panther Party and the Peace & Freedom Party. Participants include Bobby Seale (P Chairman), and Bob Avakian and Mike Parker, two organizers of the PFP. KPFA Radio, February 15, 1968 (Pacifica Radio Archives BB1632) 61 min. © Pacifica Radio, 1968. All rights reserved. (.rm file)
    Prisons On Fire
    01 - Introduction.mp302 - Soledad Brothers.mp303 - Black Power And The Global Revolution.mp304 - Marin County Rebellion.mp305 - Slavery, Resistance & Revolution.mp306 - Criminal To Political, Lessons Inside.mp307 - Black Panthers, Cointelpro, & Repression Inside.mp308 - I Could Die Tomorrow.mp309 - August 21, 1971.mp310 - Response, Outrage!.mp311 - Remembering George.mp312 - George's Legacy.mp313 - Rebellion From California To New York.mp314 - Introduction.mp315 - Conditions Of Rebellion.mp316 - In Solidarity With George.mp317 - The Manifesto Is Declared.mp318 - Voices From The Occupied Yard.mp319 - Impending Massacre.mp320 - Massacre On The Yard, Vengeance & Torture.mp321 - Prisoner Indicted.mp322 - Seeking Real Justice, Going After The Government.mp323 - Wake Up!.mp3

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    May 22, 2013 BBC News

    Marvin X reviews the film My Son the Fanatic

    Understanding London--And Boston!


    “If they are going to kill him. I don’t care. My oldest son is killed, so I don’t care. I don’t care if my youngest son is going to be killed today. I want the world to hear this. And, I don’t care if I am going to get killed too. And I will say Allahu Akbar!“--Mother of Boston Bombers

    My Son the Fanatic
    a film review
    Marvin X

    In light of recent events in London (and now Boston), I thought it would be important for a clearer understanding of London's Muslim community (and America's) to resend this review of the film My Son The Fanatic.


    Most western politicians, media spooks and experts refuse to address the root cause of young men and women willing to self destruct as suicide bombers or why they choose to become fundamentalist Muslims. Westerners and the moderate Muslim experts continue in denial that white supremacy is the root cause of their former colonial subjects desire to remove the last vestiges of the disease of cultural imperialism.

    White supremacy has spread hopelessness in young Muslims in Europe and cultural imperialism has spread it to the former colonies, now neo-colonial regimes best described by journalist Ayman Al Amir, who recently said, “Terrorism is the consequence of political ostracism, not religious fanaticism. It is fermented not in the mosques of Egypt or the madrassas of Pakistan but in solitary confinement cells, torture chambers, and the environment of fear wielded by dictatorial regimes.”

    The film reveals that Muslims in Europe, and London in particular, are not only politically disenfranchised but culturally, economically, and spirituality alienated as well.

    This alienation is simply the nature of the beast, the Mother Country, that devours the little people from the colonies who seek comfort in the Mother but are rejected for being less than human, thus in a twist of the Oedipus complex, they seek to destroy the Mother who has all but destroyed them, stunted their personalities and possibilities for human and spiritual development. (President Obama described the Boston bombers as stunted men!

    The Review of the film My Son the Fanatic

    …Essentially, it is about the colonized man, the colonized family and its attempt at de-colonization. Ironically, we are challenged to decide who is the fanatic, the father or the son, for both are battling their supposed demons. For the son, it is western culture—the father fights to escape eastern culture, i.e., his Pakistani roots. The son wants to return to his religious roots, Islamic fundamentalism. The father is fanatically in love with secularism—he is non-religious, in love with jazz, blues, alcohol and whores, one in particular.

    What if Osama Bin Laden and his band of devils came to your house at the invitation of your son? When his son comes under the influence of fundamental Islam, he get his father to allow a Muslim teacher to visit from Lahore, Pakistan, turning the house into an Islamic center, which the father reluctantly allows because of his deep love for his son. Although he arranges for his son to marry a London policeman’s daughter, the son rejects his father’s request, opting for Islam, claiming the girl represents the worst of western culture. Couldn’t he see how the policeman abhorred him, the son asks the father.

    The father is blind: his loveless job as a London taxi driver exposes him to street life and he succumbs, falling seriously in love with a whore, rejecting his homely wife who has failed to inspire him, perhaps because she doesn’t represent the decadent western culture he loves, symbolized and summarized in the whore. For him, the whore has life, love, tenderness, and freedom. Why can’t he get this at home? Is it because the wife represents the old world he rejects so totally?  …After his son and comrades attack the whores for being whores—the son actually attacks his father’s whore, spitting on her, and striking her in a violent anti-prostitution riot, forcing the father to expel the imam, with the son departing in disgust.

    …In the German trick Mr. Schitz, we see the arrogance of western man who derides the father for being the “little man.” What can the little man from the East do with the white whore, the symbol of western civilization? The little man is inferior by nature, with defects, genetic of course, which disqualifies him from being on par with western man.

    Mr. Schitz can pat the “little man” or eastern man on the head, kick him to the ground and apply any number of verbal insults, until eastern man finds a bat in the truck of his car and threatens to use it. Of course, this is the colonized man fighting back, regaining his manhood. The father fights on a personal level, the son on a politico-religious level, but both are fighting colonialism.

    Their misunderstanding each other’s fight is symbolic of the tension between moderate and fundamental Muslims. We know we cannot go back to Islam of the Prophet’s day, but nor can we accept the passivity of the moderates. There is no excuse for one billion Muslims being humiliated by a few million Jews in Israel. This is not a question of hatred, but the result of political backwardness, the non-use of power. With Muslim unity, the Palestinian problem could be resolved tomorrow morning. 
    Until contradictions between moderate and fundamental Muslims are resolved, eastern man will not be able to successfully challenge western man. This, of course, will necessitate revolution because moderate Muslims control most Islamic societies and have no plans to give up power without a struggle—those who struggle against them being described as terrorists to disqualify legitimate freedom fighters who will ultimately challenge the corrupt, undemocratic, secular Muslim nations.

    The final question is what will be the nature of the new Nation of Islam. Can fundamentalism function in the modern era or is it antithetical? Will it be repressive, will it be democratic in any sense, not necessarily in the western democratic sense? Will Iran be an example? Tunisia? Turkey? For sure, the motion in the Muslim world will lead to a synthesis of the best of the old and the new. 

    Let us understand clearly, if the reactionary secular regimes cannot or do not eradicate ignorance, poverty and disease, they will be replaced.

    The father’s love of the whore was real. She represented the poor underclass that even the revolutionary son could not accept because of his moral myopia. If the father had married her (another wife being acceptable in Islam), perhaps the son would have respected him and the tension between the old and new would have eased, allowing the possibility of a better day.

    After the present convolutions, look for a marriage between old Islam and the new, between East and West. We will either come together or go to hell together. For all his attempts to claim allegiance to the Islamic past, Osama Bin Laden is the most modern of men, using modern technology, modern weapons, modern financial systems, and modern media techniques to the best of his ability.

    *   *   *   *   *

    This film review appears in Marvin X's book of essays, In the Crazy House Called America, Black Bird Press, 2002. 
    posted 5 August 2005

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    Marvin X and Sun Ra, his mentor and associate outside Marvin's Black Educational Theatre, San Francisco, 1972. Sun Ra's Arkestra performed the musical version of Flowers for the Trashman, retitled Take Care of Business at the Harding Theatre, a five hour concert without intermission with a cast of fifty, including the Raymond Sawyer dancers and the Ellendar Barnes dancers.

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    Dr. M, aka Marvin X, Dr. Julia Hare, Dr. Nathan Hare, Attorney Amira Jackmon

    Marvin X and his "fish" for the Nation of Islam Brother Nadar Ali, aka Bobby Jones, Educator, International Business Representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Imam Warithdeen Muhammad

    Marvin X, director of the Community Archives Projects, is seeking Middle Eastern Academic institutions with interest in North American African culture for possible acquisition of the archives
    of Dr. Nathan Hare and Dr. Julia Hare, Nadar Ali and Paul Cobb. Dr. Nathan Hare is the father of Black Studies, a sociologist and psychologist. He is the founding publisher of Black Scholar Magazine. His wife Julia Hare is an educator and internationally known speaker. A London newspaper called her the female Malcolm X. Nadar Ali served as director of the Nation of Islam's University of Islam and as director  of Imports, heading the Whiting fish project. Paul Cobb is a civil rights leader and publisher of the Oakland Post News Group. The archives are being offered separately and as a package.

    Paul Cobb, Publisher of the Oakland Post Newspaper Group and Marvin X at Marvin's Academy of da Corner, 14th and Broadway, downtown Oakland. The Community Archive Project is a project of
    Academy of da Corner.

    If you are interested in the archives, please contact Marvin X at 510-200-4164; email

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    As long as America maintains its trillion dollar military budget and remains the number one arms merchant of the world, the blowback shall be slaughter in the hoods and suburbs of America.
    Again, Baldwin, "The murder of my child will not make your child safe." Imagine, your president maintains a list of people to murder around the world and we expect peace in America. Poppycock!
    --Marvin X

    Recalling a Girl, 14, Laughing, Before She Was Shot on a Bus

    Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times
    D’aja Robinson’s mother, Shadia Sands, in sunglasses. The police say D’aja was an unintended victim of a gang shooting; no arrests have been made.

    Standing before hundreds of mourners at a church in Jamaica, Queens, on Friday, Shaquanna Almonds told the family and friends of 14-year-old D’aja Robinson about her last moments.

    Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times
    At D’aja’s funeral in Jamaica, Queens, on Friday, friends wore pictures of her and remembered her as an honor roll student who liked to sing and dance.
    “We had so much fun, laughing, dancing, taking pictures,” she said of the birthday party that the two attended last Saturday night. But just after the party, as D’aja was sitting on a Q6 bus at the corner of Rockaway and Sutphin Boulevards about 8:30 p.m., nine bullets were fired at the bus, and one hit D’aja in the head.
    The police said they believed she was an unintended victim of a gang dispute.
    “Who could have known walking down the block would have been my last time with my best friend?” Shaquanna said. “Who could have known when I was holding her in my arms?”
    “D’aja,” she called out, sobbing as she turned toward the white coffin a few feet away. “I miss you so much.”
    While the police continued their investigation into the killing, mourners at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York remembered D’aja as an honor roll student with a bright smile who liked to sing and dance.
    The police this week questioned a 16-year-old boy in connection with the killing, but released him to the custody of his mother on Friday. No arrests have been made.
    During D’aja’s funeral, a minister urged witnesses to come forward.
    “Someone knows who did this,” he said. “God knows who it is. And my prayer is there will be no sleep until justice is served.”
    In his eulogy, the Rev. Alfonso Wyatt spoke against retaliation, declaring Friday “D’aja Day.” A call to action, a call for change.
    “If you want to fight,” Mr. Wyatt said, addressing the young people among the mourners, “fight the mentality that says you don’t have a destiny. You were created in God’s image, not to die for a piece of concrete, a street that will never know your name. You ain’t Sutphin Boulevard!”
    “D’aja Day means no more business as usual,” he said. “That would dishonor her day.”
    D’aja’s mother, Shadia Sands, dressed in white, sat in the second pew. Sunglasses covered her eyes. A few times she left the room, buckling with grief. D’aja is also survived by her father, Steven Robinson, three siblings and other relatives, including great-grandparents.
    Next to her coffin was a heart of pink and white flowers with a teddy bear. Photos of D’aja, who lived about a mile from the site of the shooting and attended a Campus Magnet High School in Cambria Heights, looped on a giant screen: a toddler posing with giant crayons; a girl grinning on her mother’s lap; then laughing in her father’s arms; a teenager with a big smile and almond-shaped eyes.
    In between the photos, words describing D’aja were displayed: always daddy’s girl; beloved sister; grandma’s baby.
    Before the service, mourners walked by the coffin in a slow procession to pay their respects.
    “Oh my God, she’s gone,” one young woman wailed as she leaned on a friend. “She’s really gone.”

    Joseph Goldstein contributed reporting.

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    Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, was murdered in Mexico recently. Before dying he voiced concerns that he was being targeted by American intelligence groups, and though he is being called a victim of crime, many questions remain about his death. Sean Stone talks to Africa/Middle East cultural consultant and friend of Malcolm's, Rozan Ahmed, and she shares startling information about possible email tampering, his link to Gaddafi, and Malcolm's continued character assassination.

    Rozan Ahmed is the editor and director of bougi. She was recently nominated as one the Middle East's most influential women and has played a pivotal role in merging artistic spheres between 'East and West' across a number of successful projects. Rozan's passion for social development and self-empowerment has also seen her speak, advocate, support and campaign for a number of capacity-building programs internationally. She is currently establishing the MEA organisation, a Middle East/Africa based initiative focused on exposing, bridging and celebrating cultural affinity between the two neighboring regions. Follow @IamRozan on twitter for updates on her works.


    Buzzsaw Full Episdoes Playlist:
    Buzzsaw Shorts Playlist:

    00:01 Welcome to Buzzsaw.
    01:50 Introducing Rozan Ahmed.
    02:50 Reaction to conflicting reports of Malcolm's passing.
    04:20 Sabotage and surveillance by the FBI.
    05:20 The death of his grandmother, Betty Shabazz.
    07:55 Col.Gaddafi as a father figure in Pan-Africanism.
    11:20 Malcolm tries to leave American and his vanished memoirs.
    14:07 Confusion over some of Malcolm's actions and his attempts at travel.
    16:30 Language, rhetoric and media lynching.
    18:35 Nation of Islam, Sunni and Shia distinctions.
    21:20 Final words.

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    Dr. Greg Carr, Chair, Afro American Studies
    Howard University, Washington DC

    Marvin X, Agent, Community Archives Project
    Oakland CA

    Good Morning Brother Marvin:

    Given Brother Hare's centrality in founding the field of Black Studies--and the specific debt that Howard and HBCUs owe the Hares in that and related regards--I can explore the possibility that we can provide a home for the archive. I would like to begin with a space in Afro American Studies, the department that Dr. Hare is most immediately responsible for helping initiate at Howard.  I will begin looking into possibilities immediately.  Let's talk soon.


    Dr. Nathan Hare on Howard University acquiring the Hare papers:

    It’s touching, and would be poetic. Beyond the poetry, they did give Stokely Carmichael a Ph.D., though as I recall it was posthumous, but it was a start. I don’t know what they would have in  terms of financial might, especially, starting with the Department of Afroamerican Studies. I guess they could hook up with the Moreland Room of the University’s library. The Department of Sociology might add a penny.  You’re the poet. I’m a natural born sociologist, a tribe historically accused of worrying too much.


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    In consideration of Dr. Greg Carr's expressed desire to acquire the Dr. Nathan Hare and Dr. Julia Hare archives for Howard University, the Community Archives Project, agent for the acquisition of the Hare archives,   proposes the formation of an Ad Hoc committee of alumni and friends of Howard University to raise the necessary funds for Howard University to obtain the archives at the earliest possible date.

    The asking price of two million dollars reflects not only the value of the archives (approximately 200 cartons) but also the self worth of Dr. Nathan Hare and Dr. Julia Hare who have been denied participating in American academia due to their advanced thinking and profound commitment to the North American African community, despite their centrality in the formation of the discipline known as Black Studies, especially at Howard University and later at San Francisco State University.

    We therefore call upon the following to join the Ad Hoc committee to facilitate the acquisition of the Hare papers by Howard University at the earliest possible date:

    Dr. Greg Carr, Professor and Chair of Afro American Studies, Howard University
    Baba Lumumba, Umoja House, Washington DC
    Malik Zulu Shabazz, New Black Panthers, Black Lawyers, Washington DC
    Amiri Baraka, poet, playwright, activist, Newark, New Jersey
    Paul Cobb, Publisher, Oakland Newspaper Group, Oakland CA
    Attorney John Burris, Oakland CA
    Dr. Khalid Abdullah Tariq Al Mansour, Houston TX
    Muhammida El Muhajir, Sun in Leo Productions, Brooklyn NY
    Eleanor Traynor, Professor Emeritus, Howard University
    Sonia Sanchez, Professor Emeritus, Temple University, Philadelphia PA
    Muhammad Ahmad, Professor, Temple University, Philadelphia PA
    Sean Combs, producer, New York City
    Ras Baraka, City Councilman, Newark NJ
    Dr. Haki Madhubuti, publisher, Third World Press, Chicago ILL
    Dr. Dorothy Tsuruta, Professor of Black Studies, San Francisco State University
    Judge Henry Ramsey, Jr., Oakland CA
    Attorney Kathleen Cleaver, Professor of Law, Emory University, Atlanta GA
    Sam Hamod, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University

    Dr. Nathan Hare suggests that this committee maintain a status independent of Howard University but have a trust account established that will direct all funds to Howard University for the acquisition of the Hare papers.

    Please confirm your participation on this committee and send us any suggestion you feel will facilitate the fundraising effort so Howard can acquire the archives at the earliest possible date. The archives are stored in Oakland CA and are available for viewing by appointment.


    Marvin X, M.A.,
    The Community Archives Project
    339 Lester Ave. #10
    Oakland CA 94606

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    We are so very thankful that videographer Ken Johnson wanted to video Dr. Hare's birthday party as his gift to the Father of Black Studies. We just finished viewing the video, a two DVD set and are overwhelmed with joy at the love that was expressed by those present at Geoffery's Inner Circle in Oakland.

    It is indeed therapeutic to see such expressions of Black Love Lives (Nisa Ra term). We thank all those who were present and those who shared the Open Mike for Dr. Hare. This is a video every North American African should have in their video library of conscious events.

    All the participants will receive a free copy. You can order the two set DVD from Black Bird Press for $19.95.

    Send your donation to Black Bird Press, 339 Lester Ave. #10, Oakland 94606 or call 510-200-4164. We will give you a money back guarantee you will love and treasure the video of this event that was an outpouring of love for one of our greatest scholars, scientists and mental health workers, in short, a revolutionary that has helped us along the road to Black Liberation, he and his dearly beloved wife Dr. Julia Hare.

    Dr. Hare's 80th Birthday


    A photo essay by Gene Hazzard

    Attorney Aubrey LaBrie, one of the founders of the San Francisco State University Black Students Union, a founding editor of Black Dialogue Magazine. Aubrey taught class on Black Nationalism at SFSU. He organized student march protesting the assassination of Malcolm X. Marvin X, SFSU undergrad, was in the march, 1965.

    Tureeda Mikell, Mechelle LaChaux, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, Tarika Lewis
    free styling for Dr. Hare

    Mechelle LaChaux, a living legend singer/actress

     Tureeda Mikell, the preacher lady

     poet/organizer, educator Marvin X

     Earl Davis, trumpet master, performed with Marvin X at Black Arts West Theatre, SF 1966
    Earl and his wife were clients of Dr. Hare. After seeing Dr. Hare, their marriage lasted twenty years.

     Marvin X's assistant, Rahim Ali, MX, Benny Stewart, SFSU BSU founder/strike leader

    Bay Area media living legend, Belva Davis and husband, William V. "Bill" Moore, photo journalist extraordinaire

    Mrs. Dhameera Ahmad, one of the founding SFSU BSU students and strike leaders

    Nzinga Hogan, United Kingdom, studied the writings of Dr. Hare in England
    Man in the back is Dr. Kenneth Monteiro, Chair, Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University. Seated in purple dress is Dr. Ruth Love, former Superintendent of Oakland Public School.

    Far left, Harpist from the Hood, Destiny Muhammad, man on right Dr. J. Vern Cromartie,
    Chair, Social Science Department, Contra Costa College, former client of Dr. Hare. Next to
    him is Will Ussery, leader of the Congress of Racial Equality and Director of SF Poverty Program

    SFSU Professor emeritus, Dr. Oba T'Shaka, former member of C.O.R.E SF


    Benny Stewart, BSU and SFSU strike leader

    Violinist Tarika Lewis, first female member of the Black Panther Party

    Queen Sister

    Saadat Ahmad, photo editor of Black Dialogue Magazine

    Poet Rabbani Sela

    Painter Malik Seneferu

    Muhammad Al Kareem, founder of the SF Bayview Newspaper. A graphic artist, he designed books for Dr. Nathan Hare and Dr. Julia Hare

    UC Berkeley student, writer, Reginald James

     Unidentified African Queen

    Poet Aries Jordan, a student at Marvin X's Academy of da Corner

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    Donald Freeman of Cleveland, Ohio. Another Donald Freeman is now known  as Baba Lumumba in Washington DC. Both men were members of the Revolutionary Action Movement or RAM. Both contributed to the radical magazine SoulBook. Here is the other Donald Freeman in Wash DC with Marvin X:

    Marvin X and Baba Lumumba (Donald Freeman), brother of ancestor Mamadou
    Lumumba (Kenny Freeman). Playthell falsely claims he sent Mamadou to recruit
    Huey Newton and Bobby Seale into the RAM Black Panther Party, which did briefly
    exist before the Newton/Seale version, but Playthell's involvement is highly suspect,
    certainly Baba has no knowledge of him. Marvin X introduced Eldridge Cleaver to
    Bobby Seale and Huey Newton after Cleaver and Marvin X founded the Black House,
    political/cultural center in San Francisco, 1967.

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    Robert Chrisman: A Celebration of the Life
    Father's Day, June 16th, 6-9 p.m.
    San Francisco Jazz Heritage Center

    Join us as we gather to celebrate the life of Robert Chrisman (1937-2013) with nosh, wine, conversation and poetry. Catering provided by Brenda's French Soul Food. Cash Bar with proceeds benefiting The Black Scholar/Black World Foundation.

    Instead of flowers, donations to honor Robert Chrisman can be made to The Black World Foundation.

    Please make checks payable to 'The Black Scholar' and mail to:

    The Black Scholar
    Box #1001
    4739 University Way N.E.
    Seattle, WA 98105-4412
    THE BLACK SCHOLAR is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal providing cogent articles that help the understanding of issues of social concern to black Americans and other peoples of African descent across the world. To provide full range for the development of black thought in a climate where fora are still limited, we emphasize writings by black authors. The journal was launched in 1969 with the premise that black authors, scholars, artists and activists could participate in dialogue within its pages, “uniting the academy and the street.” Its editors have been dedicated to finding and developing new talent and continuing to publish established authors. TBS is now a refereed journal. Nonetheless, it retains its policy of publishing non-academic organic intellectuals from a variety of vocations and avocations.
    TBS (ISSN 0006-4246) is published four times a year by the Black World Foundation, a non-profit educational organization, in association with Paradigm Publishers in Boulder, Colorado.
    Advertising/production/general inquiries:
    telephone: 734-213-2400
    Editorial Mailing Address: The Black Scholar, Box #1001, 4739 University Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98105-4412

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    An inner-city kid goes to college in hopes of becoming a neurosurgeon one day. Award-winning screenwriter and former Laney Student, Elias G. Mael was...

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