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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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    Oakland Youth at Academy of da Corner, 14th and Broadway

    Marvin X as Plato
    By Marvin X

    After stopping by  Marvin X's outdoor classroom at 14th and Broadway, downtown Oakland, Ishmael Reed told the students gathered around Marvin X, "He's the modern day Plato, teaching his students on the street." Marvin told the people gathered in front on DeLauer's bookstore, "Ishmael Reed is my elder. He's always been supportive of my projects and I deeply appreciate him for this."
    Ishmael had come to the bookstore /24/7 new stand to get a copy of the Sunday Los Angeles Times which carried a review of his latest book. He said the review cut him up as usual. He said people cut him up for his views on Alice Walker and other feminists, but according to Ishmael the most critical review of Walker's Color Purple was by Toni Morrison.
    The people who stop at the open air classroom include a cross section of Oakland's humanity, including whites, blacks, youth and elders. David Glover, director of OCCUR, stopped through to advise Marvin to be a part of the cultural committee for the Ron Dellums administration soon to take the reins of Oakland.
    A young sister stopped to say she was in pain because her friends are being killed on the streets for no reason. She has vowed not to be a victim but she is traumatized at the loss of some many friends. She is 19.
    The police officer who works the beat that includes 14th and Broadway, comes through picking up litter. Seems a waste of time for the officer to pick up litter when there are so many unsolved homicides. The officer is known to post up at 12 o'clock to listen to Plato talk with his variety of students.
    A brother came by to challenge Plato, telling him he didn't know anything, especially since he wasn't from the south, New Orleans in particular. Plato told him New Orleans was as much a killing floor as Oakland, look at the recent deployment of National Guard to stop the murders.
    Another brother came through and invited Marvin to speak with youth at a West Oakland school. He agreed, telling the brother, "I recently spoke with children at the Black Repertory Group's summer camp. I was deeply impressed with their intelligence. They asked serious questions, as serious as any I've received from college and university students across the country."
    On Sunday, July 30, Plato was given a book party in Richmond, another Bay Area killing floor. But the party, hosted by Sister Shukuru, was probably the most powerful gathering of black consciousness people in Richmond history. The party was attended by movement elders and organizers, including Alona Cliffton, Phil Hutchins of SNCC,
    Margo Dashiel, Dr. James Garrett, Dr. J. Vern Cromartie, Jim Lacey, Ann Lynch, Suzzette Celeste, Richmond poet President Davis representing conscious hip hop.
    Poet Opal Palmer Adisa gave a reading of her work that was as spicy and hot as a two dollar pistol in South Philly.
    The audience was enraptured by the musical accompaniment of Elliott Bey Savoy, who backed Marvin's reading and the audience discussion. A brother showed a video of himself reading Marvin X's poem The Origin of Blackness in Venezuela. He read in Spanish, then English. The poem was originally written in English/Arabic. Marvin then read an updated version on the theme of the poem, Black History is World History. Much thanks to Sister Shukuru, a great organizer, formerly with Brooklyn's East.
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    Plato's Students
    Plato stood at the subway entrance on Broadway in front of DeLauer's news store that serves as his outdoor classroom. Three young girls come out of the SUB sandwich shop. Seeing Plato's books on display, they ask if he wrote them.

    You live in Oakland?"


    You grow up in Oakland?"



    "Seventh and Campbell."

    The girls laugh and giggle with shame, "He grew up in Campbell Village," they say to each other.

    He from the bottom."

    I don't know what ya talkin bout the bottom. I don't use that term. I grew up on Seventh and 


    Campbell. That ain't Campbell Village."

    "Yes it is," they insisted, "He from the projects. You wrote them books, huh?""


    And what if I am from the projects, so damn what?"

    Don't get mad," one said.

    "I ain't mad."


    Why don't you write a book for young people?"What do you want me to write about young 


    "Write about how bad boys treat us.

    "I might do that." 

    "What's your grandson's name?


    "Your grandson, what's his name?"

    He don't live in West Oakland."

    Oh, well, we go tell our mamas to come buy yo books." They ran down Broadway toward 

    home. Plato stood thinking about what they'd said. So what if he grew up in the projects?

    Maybe he should write something for young people. And how did they know he had grandsons? Plato scratched his beard.
    posted 3 August 2006 /

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    Ep. 1: Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth — ‘The Hero’s Adventure’

    Bill Moyers and mythologist Joseph Campbell begin their groundbreaking and timeless conversation with an exploration of the classic hero cycle, including consistent and enduring hero patterns in literature, real life and even the Star Wars films. Campbell also encourages the audience to view parts of their own lives as heroic journeys. In a clip from the first episode, Campbell encourages the audience to discover what excites them, and make that the basis for their personal journeys.

    Released in 1988, The Power of Myth was one of the most popular TV series in the history of public television, and continues to inspire new audiences.

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  • 10/31/13--23:32: Hazrat Inayat Khan Quotes

  • Hazrat Inayat Khan > Quotes

    Hazrat Inayat Khan quotes (

    “We grown-up people think that we appreciate music, but if we realized the sense that an infant has brought with it of appreciating sound and rhythm, we would never boast of knowing music. The infant is music itself.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
    tags: metaphysicsmusic
    “I have loved in life and I have been loved.
    I have drunk the bowl of poison from the hands of love as nectar,
    and have been raised above life's joy and sorrow.
    My heart, aflame in love, set afire every heart that came in touch with it.
    My heart has been rent and joined again;
    My heart has been broken and again made whole;
    My heart has been wounded and healed again;
    A thousand deaths my heart has died, and thanks be to love, it lives yet.
    I went through hell and saw there love's raging fire,
    and I entered heaven illumined with the light of love.
    I wept in love and made all weep with me;
    I mourned in love and pierced the hearts of men;
    And when my fiery glance fell on the rocks, the rocks burst forth as volcanoes.
    The whole world sank in the flood caused by my one tear;
    With my deep sigh the earth trembled, and when I cried aloud the name of my beloved,
    I shook the throne of God in heaven.
    I bowed my head low in humility, and on my knees I begged of love,
    "Disclose to me, I pray thee, O love, thy secret."
    She took me gently by my arms and lifted me above the earth, and spoke softly in my ear,
    "My dear one, thou thyself art love, art lover,
    and thyself art the beloved whom thou hast adored.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat KhanThe Dance of the Soul
    tags: lovesufism
    “There can be no rebirth without a dark night of the soul, a total annihilation of all that you believed in and thought that you were.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat KhanThinking Like The Universe: The Sufi Path Of Awakening
    “One is never so strong as when one is broken.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat KhanThinking Like The Universe: The Sufi Path Of Awakening
    “Very often in everyday life one sees that by losing one's temper with someone who has already lost his, one does not gain anything but only sets out upon the path of stupidity. He who has enough self-control to stand firm at the moment when the other person is in a temper, wins in the end. It is not he who has spoken a hundred words aloud who has won; it is he who has perhaps spoken only one word.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat KhanMastery Through Accomplishment
    “There are two aspects of individual harmony: the harmony between body and soul, and the harmony between individuals. All the tragedy in the world, in the individual and in the multitude, comes from lack of harmony. And harmony is the best given by producing harmony in one's own life. ”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
    tags: sufism
    “If people but knew their own religion, how tolerant they would become, and how free from any grudge against the religion of others.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat KhanThe Bowl of Saki: Thoughts for Daily Contemplation from the Sayings and Teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan
    “The first lesson to learn is to resign oneself to the little difficulties in life, not to hit out at everything one comes up against. If one were able to manage this one would not need to cultivate great power; even one's presence would be healing.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
    “When we pay attention to nature's music, we find that everything on the Earth contributes to its harmony.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
    “The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
    “I first believed without any hesitation in the existence of the soul, and then I wondered about the secret of its nature. I persevered and strove in search of the soul, and found at last that I myself was the cover over my own soul. I realized that that in me which believed and that in me that wondered, that which was found at last, was no other than my soul. I thanked the darkness that brought me to the light, and I valued this veil that prepared for me the vision in which I saw myself reflected, the vision produced in the mirror of my soul. Since then, I have seen all souls as my soul, and realized my soul as the soul of all. And what bewilderment it was when I realized that I alone was, if there were anyone, that I am whatever and whoever exists, and that I shall be whoever there will be in the future.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
    “Reason is the illusion of reality”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
    “The solution to the problem of the day is the awakening of the consciousness of humanity to the divinity within.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan

    “Moth: I gave you my life.

    Flame: I allowed you to kiss me.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
    “Divine sound is the cause of all manifestation. The knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
    tags: divinesoundsuniverse
    “Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
    “‎"Intellect is the knowledge obtained by experience of names and forms; wisdom is the knowledge which manifests only from the inner being; to acquire intellect one must delve into studies, but to obtain wisdom, nothing but the flow of divine mercy is needed; it is as natural as the instinct of swimming to the fish, or of flying to the bird. Intellect is the sight which enables one to see through the external world, but the light of wisdom enables one to see through the external into the internal world.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
    tags: sufi-wisdom
    “All that produces longing in the heart
    deprives the heart of freedom.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat KhanThe Gayan: Notes from the Unstruck Music
    “Everything in life is speaking in spite of its apparent silence.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
    tags: truth
    “To bring the sublime into the mundane is the greatest challenge there is.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
    “Don't be concerned about being disloyal to your pain by being joyous.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
    “Whatever your life's pursuit -- art, poetry, sculpture, music, whatever your occupation may be -- you can be as spiritual as clergy, always living a life of praise.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
    “The souls of all are from one and the same source but a soul which is unveiled shines out. Love and light come continually from such souls. We need no proof of it for it is living all else is dead in comparison.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
    “By our trust in the divine beauty in every person we develop that beauty in ourselves.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
    “Be contented with what you possess in life; be thankful for what does not belong to you, for it is so much care the less; but try to obtain what you need in life, and make the best of every moment of your life.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
    “ For the value of everything exists for man only so long as he does not understand it. When he has fully understood, the value is lost, be it the lowest thing or the highest thing. ”
    ― Hazrat Inayat KhanThe Bowl of Saki: Thoughts for Daily Contemplation from the Sayings and Teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan
    “Love is the divine Mother's arms; when those arms are spread, every soul falls into them.

    The Sufis of all ages have been known for their beautiful personality. It does not mean that among them there have not been people with great powers, wonderful powers and wisdom. But beyond all that, what is most known of the Sufis is the human side of their nature: that tact which attuned them to wise and foolish, to poor and rich, to strong and weak -- to all. They met everyone on his own plane, they spoke to everyone in his own language. What did Jesus teach when he said to the fishermen, 'Come hither, I will make you fishers of men?' It did not mean, 'I will teach you ways by which you get the best of man.' It only meant: your tact, your sympathy will spread its arms before every soul who comes, as mother's arms are spread out for her little ones.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
    tags: wisdom
    “Instead of lamenting your fate, create your world.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
    “The gardener uses both roses in the flowerbed and thorns in making fences.”
    ― Hazrat Inayat Khan

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    حمزة علاء الدين

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    Imagine, the child comes from the womb in harmony with the 

    universe, already knowing things the parents do not know. At 

    two years old my grandson said to me, "Grandpa you can't save 

    the world but I can!"

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    Marcus Book Store has been a fixture in the Fillmore district of San Francisco since 1960, and it's the oldest black bookstore in America. - MIKE KOOZMIN/S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO

    • Marcus Book Store has been a fixture in the Fillmore district of San Francisco since 1960, and it's the oldest black bookstore in America.

    The Bay Area community is coming together to support designation for Marcus Books on November 6th, as a musical and literary landmark. At City Hall on Sept. 18th, the San Francisco Historic Landmark Commission supported starting the process for Marcus Books. Raise your voice, too! This was an event where the Bay Area community, NAACP, SFSU faculty, ACCE and students voiced their support for Marcus Books as a beacon for Fillmore. They let City Hall know that Marcus Books represented continents of ideas, community, education and history. We look forward to seeing you at this event on November 6th, as the San Francisco Historic Landmark Commission will continue the process. This is a bookstore that has hosted authors from around the world including Rosa Parks, Toni Morrison, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Amiri Baraka, Marvin X, Iyanla Vanzant, Danny Glover, Barbara Lee, Bill Cosby and Nathan McCall. At this commission meeting you'll hear in depth history from Marcus Books and be part of the effort to support literary contributions of the Fillmore.

    As a part of the campaign to save our community and Marcus Books, we need to preserve the building that has housed Jimbo's Bop City, the history of the African American Community in San Francisco, and the legacy of the Fillmore.
    Marcus Books opened in 1960, growing from a business for printing established in 1947. Marcus Books supported emerging Civil Rights authors during the 60's and launched many events for women authors during the 70's. Previously the Marcus Books building was Bop City, a well known Jazz center that hosted some of the greatest musicians : Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Ben Webster, Billy Eckstine, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington and John Coltrane among many. Marcus Books has been at the forefront of assisting residents in the area with economic and neighborhood initiatives.

    Support a bookstore that's been in the community for over 53 years! Join us and speak out about why this property and Marcus Books is important to our community.

    The Bay Area community is coming together to support designation for Marcus Books on November 6th, as a musical and literary landmark. At City Hall on Sept. 18th, the San Francisco Historic Landmark Commission supported starting the process for Marcus Books. Raise your voice, too! This was an event where the Bay Area community, NAACP, SFSU faculty, ACCE and students voiced their support for Marcus Books as a beacon for Fillmore. They let City Hall know that Marcus Books represented continents of ideas, community, education and history. We look forward to seeing you at this event on November 6th, as the San Francisco Historic Landmark Commission will continue the process. This is a bookstore that has hosted authors from around the world including Rosa Parks, Toni Morrison, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Amiri Baraka, Marvin X, Iyanla Vanzant, Danny Glover, Barbara Lee, Bill Cosby and Nathan McCall. At this commission meeting you'll hear in depth history from Marcus Books and be part of the effort to support literary contributions of the Fillmore.

    Marcus Books seeks landmark status to help avoid closure 

    The effort to save a black bookstore in the historically black Fillmore district has entered a new chapter, as the Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday considered designating the site of the Marcus Book Store a landmark.
    Part of the fabric of the neighborhood since 1960 and the nation's oldest black bookstore, Marcus Books moved to 1712 Fillmore St. in 1980 after activists saved it from bulldozing during the Fillmore's redevelopment period. Many black-owned businesses were lost during that time.
    But the question now is more than just about recognizing the store's historical importance — will it even be able to stay in its current location?
    An alleged predatory loan drove part-owner Blanche Richardson into bankruptcy in 2006, forcing husband and wife Gregory and Karen Johnson to try to raise enough money to recover that share. They managed to find an investor, Westside Community Services, but not in time.
    "They were a day late but not a dollar short," said the couple's attorney, Julian Davis.
    The property was bought by real estate investors Nishan and Suhaila Sweis, and they don't want Marcus Books to stay.
    Historical designation could give the bookstore "some leverage" in negotiations with the new owners, Davis said.
    "I know that a lot of property owners don't like to have landmark status because it limits what they can do with it," he said.
    Those limits include that certain architectural features, the facade and other visual elements of the old Victorian would have restrictions on changes.
    Though it would create leverage, the landmark status doesn't guarantee that Marcus Books would stay, Davis said.
    Any help would be useful though, he said, as negotiations with the Sweis family are "at a standstill."
    Calls to the Sweises' attorney were not returned.
    The preservation commission ultimately decided to table the decision on Marcus Books until Aug. 21.
    Notably, the commission has been tinkering with the decision since June 2011, according to its agenda documentation.
    Commission Vice President Andrew Wolfram explained at Wednesday's meeting that the public may get confused as to why the commission makes certain decisions at certain times, and that it's good to group certain building types, such as Victorians, together for consideration.
    Owner Karen Johnson said that giving Marcus Books landmark status is ultimately a choice between two beliefs.
    "If we value black contributions to civilization, it makes sense," she said. "If we don't value them, it doesn't.

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    In conversation with several North American African elders between eighty and ninety years old, the consensus is that the present situation of our people is worse than slavery, referring to our physical and  mental condition. We know America's legal code derived from the slave system and was mainly designed for the containment of African victims of the American slave system. The Black Codes said any African who resisted being captured could be shot and killed, but his master had to be compensated, so we know there was no epidemic of African on African homicide, and maybe this was a good thing about the slave system. We know three or more Africans couldn't congregate on the corner for fear they were conspiring to escape or cause rebellion. A congregation of African Christians could not meet without a white person present who could report on the proceedings.

    And even after so called emancipation, slavery reappeared in the US constitution as involuntary servitude for imprisonment, thus the New Jim Crow is in fact the glorification of slavery under the Constitution. The prison system is now part of the economy with the growth of private prisons with the commodity traded on the stock exchange along with oil, hogs, cotton and wheat. The enslaved prisoners are worth between $40-60 thousand dollars per inmate per year. The North American African and other poor persons cannot find jobs with a fifty thousand dollar per year salary but their value while incarcerated is indisputable.

    Ironically, the US has promised insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan jobs, housing and education if they stop their violence and pledge allegiance to the constitutions of their countries, yet no such offer has been made to the young men and women in our communities who are terrorizing children, adults and senior citizens in the hood.

    So the issue for North African Africans is the same as always, i.e. how to escape containment in the neo-slave system, how to walk, drive, shop, and essentially live while black or African, how we can get through the day without using our AK, to quote Ice Cube. This can be a daunting task since we must no only outmaneuver representatives of the neo-slave system in the form of police but other hostile North American Africans who can now kill without fear of paying compensation other than a few years of incarceration. Their self hatred is so pervasive they do not hesitate to kill another brother yet they are so ideologically ignut they seldom strike the white supremacy oppressors. Psychology 101 calls this misplaced aggression. Such misplaced aggression is directed toward another black male and/or female, especially a partner, this Dr. Hare calls our condition Addiction to White Supremacy Type II (See How to Recover from White Supremacy by Dr. M, aka Marvin X).

    Suffering from the addiction to white supremacy type II, North American Africans will shop where they are not wanted, even allow themselves to be followed around the store, thinking because they have the wherewithal to buy anything (Oprah, et al), they have transcended the pain of racial discrimination, i.e., nigger rich but yet a nigger, certainly in treatment by the white oppressor.

    Segregation forced us to support black businesses, integration tricked us into the illusion of freedom, so today we are simply overjoyed to spend money with the white man rather than with each other. We are happy to dine in restaurants beside whites even when we are seated near the rest room or kitchen, yes, even when we sit for some time without being waited upon because we simply were not "seen" by the waiter.

    We know the elders are correct in assessing our present situation as worse than slavery, yes, even with a Black or half-black President, hell, we had black overseers who helped maintain slavery. As Prison Movement griot Kumasi has noted, the most dangerous Negro during slavery was that negro on the horse with a gun. Alas, the slave was not allowed neither horse nor gun! Throughout Africa and Caribbean we have a plethora of neocolonial African rulers often more treacherous than the former masters, after all, they learned how to torture and bleed the people and their resources from the master who continues to rule (Kwame Nkrumah said neocolonialism is simply colonialism playing possum) from the distance. Have our lives changed substantially under our first Black President, or have things gotten worse?

    --Marvin X, Editor

    The Black Codes

    The Black codes in the United States were any of numerous laws enacted in the states of the former Confederacy after the American Civil War, in 1865 and 1866; the laws were designed to replace the social controls of slavery that had been removed by the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, and were thus intended to assure continuance of white supremacy.

    The black codes had their roots in the slave codes that had formerly been in effect. The general philosophy supporting the institution of chattel slavery in America was based on the concept that slaves were property, not persons, and that the law must protect not only the property but also the property owner from the danger of violence. Slave rebellions were not unknown, and the possibility of uprisings was a constant source of anxiety in colonies and then states with large slave populations. (In Virginia during 1780-1864, 1,418 slaves were convicted of crimes; 91 of these convictions were for insurrection and 346 for murder.) Slaves also ran away. In the British possessions in the New World, the settlers were free to promulgate any regulations they saw fit to govern their labor supply. As early as the 17th century, a set of rules was in effect in Virginia and elsewhere; but the codes were constantly being altered to adapt to new needs, and they varied from one colony, and later one state, to another.

    All the slave codes, however, had certain provisions in common. In all of them the color line was firmly drawn, and any amount of Negro blood established the race of a person, whether slave or free, as Negro. The status of the offspring followed that of the mother, so that the child of a free father and a slave mother was a slave. Slaves had few legal rights: in court their testimony was inadmissible in any litigation involving whites; they could make no contract, nor could they own property; even if attacked, they could not strike a white person. There were numerous restrictions to enforce social control: slaves could not be away from their owner's premises without permission; they could not assemble unless a white person was present; they could not own firearms; they could not be taught to read or write, or transmit or possess "inflammatory" literature; they were not permitted to marry.

    Obedience to the slave codes was exacted in a variety of ways. Such punishments as whipping, branding, and imprisonment were commonly used, but death (which meant destruction of property) was rarely called for except in such extreme cases as the rape or murder of a white person. White patrols kept the slaves under surveillance, especially at night. Slave codes were not always strictly enforced, but whenever any signs of unrest were detected the appropriate machinery of the state would be alerted and the laws more strictly enforced.

    The black codes enacted immediately after the American Civil War, though varying from state to state, were all intended to secure a steady supply of cheap labor, and all continued to assume the inferiority of the freed slaves. There were vagrancy laws that declared a black to be vagrant if unemployed and without permanent residence; a person so defined could be arrested, fined, and bound out for a term of labor if unable to pay the fine. Apprentice laws provided for the "hiring out" of orphans and other young dependents to whites, which often turned out to be their former owners. Some states limited the type of property blacks could own, and in others blacks were excluded from certain businesses or from the skilled trades. Former slaves were forbidden to carry firearms or to testify in court, except in cases concerning other blacks. 

    Legal marriage between blacks was provided for, but interracial marriage was prohibited.

    It was Northern reaction to the black codes (as well as to the bloody antiblack riots in Memphis and New Orleans in 1866; see New Orleans Race Riot) that helped produce Radical Reconstruction (see Reconstruction) and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth amendments. The Freedmen's Bureau was created in 1865 to help the former slaves. Reconstruction did away with the black codes, but, after Reconstruction was over, many of their provisions were reenacted in the Jim Crow laws, which were not finally done away with until passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    On the Lynching of North American African Women
    The Lynching of Laura Nelson

    Black women who were Lynched in America

    (Note: this post  is just a partial list of Black Women 
    who were lynched in America.  More research has revealed there are over 150 documented cases of African American women lynched in America.  Four of them were known to have been pregnant. You can see the full list at the post Recorded Cases of Black Female Lynching Victims 1886-1957: More on Black Women Who Were Lynched.)

    Unidentified Man and Two Women Lynched.

    Unidentified Man and two women lynched.

    Printed as a community service by Dr. Daniel Meaders, Professor of History at William Patterson University, and author of several books and articles, including Dead or Alive, Fugitive Slaves and White Indentured Servants Before 1800 (Garland Press, 1993)
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    Jennie Steers
    On July 25, 1903 a mob lynched Jennie Steers on the Beard Plantation in Louisiana for supposedly giving a white teenager, 16 year-old Elizabeth Dolan, a glass of poisoned lemonade. Before they killed her, the mob tried to force her to confess but she refused and was hanged. (100 Years at Lynching. Ralph Ginzburg)
    Laura Nelson
    Laura Nelson was lynched on May 23, 1911 In Okemah, Okluskee, Oklahoma. Her fifteen year old son was also lynched at the same time but I could not find a photo of her son. The photograph of Nelson was drawn from a postcard. Authorities accused her of killing a deputy sheriff who supposedly stumbled on some stolen goods in her house. Why they lynched her child is a mystery. The mob raped and dragged Nelson six miles to the Canadian River and hanged her from a bridge.(NAACP: One Hundred Years of Lynching in the US 1889-1918 )
    Ann Barksdale or Ann Bostwick
    The lynchers maintained that Ann Barksdale or Ann Bostwlck killed her female employer in Pinehurst, Georgia on June 24, 1912. Nobody knows if or why Barksdale or Bostick killed her employer because there was no trial and no one thought to take a statement from this Black woman who authorities claimed had ”violent fits of insanity” and should have been placed in a hospital. Nobody was arrested and the crowd was In a festive mood. Placed in a car with a rope around her neck, and the other end tied to a tree limb, the lynchers drove at high speed and she was strangled to death. For good measure the mob shot her eyes out and shot enough bullets Into her body that she was “cut in two.”
    Marie Scott
    March 31, 1914, a white mob of at least a dozen males, yanked seventeen year-old Marie Scott from jail, threw a rope over her head as she screamed and hanged her from a telephone pole in Wagoner County, Oklahoma. What happened? Two drunken white men barged Into her house as she was dressing. They locked themselves in her room and criminally “assaulted” her. Her brother apparently heard her screams for help, kicked down the door, killed one assailant and fled. Some accounts state that the assailant was stabbed. Frustrated by their inability to lynch Marie Scott’s brother the mob lynched Marie Scott. (Crisis 1914 and 100 Years of Lynching)
    Mary Turner 1918 Eight Months Pregnant
    Mobs lynched Mary Turner on May 17, 1918 in Lowndes County. Georgia because she vowed to have those responsible for killing her husband arrested. Her husband was arrested in connection with the shooting and killing Hampton Smith, a white farmer for whom the couple had worked, and wounding his wife. Sidney Johnson. a Black, apparently killed Smith because he was tired of the farmer’s abuse. Unable to find Johnson. the killers lynched eight other Blacks Including Hayes Turner and his wife Mary. The mob hanged Mary by her feet, poured gasoline and oil on her and set fire to her body. One white man sliced her open and Mrs. Turner’s baby tumbled to the ground with a “little cry” and the mob stomped the baby to death and sprayed bullets into Mary Turner. (NAACP: Thirty Years of Lynching in the U.S. 1889-1918  )
    Maggie Howze and Alma Howze -Both Pregnant
    Accused of the murder of Dr. E.L. Johnston in December 1918. Whites lynched Andrew Clark, age 15, Major Clark, age 20, Maggie Howze, age 20, and Alma Howze, age 16 from a bridge near Shutaba, a town in Mississippi. The local press described Johnston as being a wealthy dentist, but he did not have an established business in the true sense of the word. He sought patients by riding his buggy throughout the community offering his services to the public at large in Alabama. Unable to make money “peddling” dentistry, the dentist returned to Mississippi to work on his father’s land near Shabuta. During his travels he had developed an intimate relationship with Maggie Howze. a Black woman who he had asked to move and lived with him. He also asked that she bring her sister Alma Howze along. While using the Black young women as sexual objects Johnson impregnated both of them though he was married and had a child. Three Black laborers worked on Johnston’s plantation, two of whom were brothers, Major and Andrew Clark. Major tried to court Maggie, but Johnson was violently opposed to her trying to create a world of her own that did not include him. To block a threat to his sexual fiefdom, Johnston threaten Clark’s life. Shortly after Johnston turned up dead and the finger was pointed at Major Clark and the Howze sisters. The whites picked up Major, his brother, Maggie and her sister and threw them in jail. To extract a confession from Major Clark, the authorities placed his testicles between the “jaws of a vise” and slowly closed it until Clark admitted that he killed Johnston. White community members took the four Blacks out of jail, placed them in an automobile, turned the head lights out and headed to the lynching site. Eighteen other cars, carrying members of the mob, followed close behind. Someone shut the power plant down and the town fell into darkness. Ropes were placed around the necks of the four Blacks and the other ends tied to the girder of the bridge. Maggie Howze cried, “I ain’t guilty of killing the doctor and you oughtn’t to kill me.” Someone took a monkey wrench and “struck her In the mouth with It, knocking her teeth out. She was also hit across the head with the same instrument, cutting a long gash In which the side of a person’s hand could be placed.” While the three other Blacks were killed instantly, Maggie Howze, four months pregnant, managed to grab the side of the bridge to break her fall. She did this twice before she died and the mob joked about how difficult it was to kill that “big Jersey woman.” No one stepped forward to claim the bodies. No one held funeral services for the victims. The Black community demanded that the whites cut them down and bury them because they ‘lynched them.” The whites placed them in unmarked graves.
    Alma Howze was on the verge of giving birth when the whites killed her. One witness claimed that at her “burial on the second day following, the movements of her unborn child could be detected.” Keep in mind, Johnston’s parents felt that the Blacks had nothing to do with their son’s death and that some irate white man killed him, knowing that the blame would fall on the Black’s shoulders. The indefatigable Walter White, NAACP secretary, visited the scene of the execution and crafted the report. He pressed Governor Bilbo of Mississippi to look into the lynching and Bilbo told the NAACP to go to hell. (NAACP: Thirty Years of Lynching in the U.S.. 1889-1918 ) (Papers of the NAACP)
    Holbert Burnt at the Stake
    Luther Holbert, a Black, supposedly killed James Eastland, a wealthy planter and John Carr, a negro, who lived near Doddsville Mississippi. After a hundred mile chase over four days, the mob of more than 1,000 persons caught Luther and his wife and tied them both to trees. They were forced to hold out their hands while one finger at a time was chopped off and their ears were cut off. Pieces of raw quivering flesh was pulled out of their arms, legs and body with a bore screw and kept for souvenirs. Holbert was beaten and his skull fractured. An eye was knocked out with a stick and hung from the socket. (100 Years of Lynching by Ralph Ginzburg)
    American mobs lynched some 5.000 Blacks since 1859, scores of whom were women, several of them pregnant. Rarely did the killers spend time in jail because the white mobs and the government officials who protected them believed justice meant (just us) white folks. Lynching denied Blacks the right to a trial or the right to due process. No need for a lawyer and a jury of your peers: the white community decided what happened and what ought to be done. After the whites accused Laura Nelson of killing a white deputy In Oklahoma, they raped this Black woman, tied her to a bridge trestle and for good measure, They lynched her son from a telephone pole. Had the white community reacted in horror after viewing the dangling corpses of Laura Nelson and her son? No, they came by the hundreds, making their way by cars, horse driven wagons, and by foot to view the lynching. Dressed in their Sunday best, holding their children’s hands and hugging their babies the white on-lookers looked forward to witnessing the spectacle of a modern day crucifixion. They snapped pictures of Laura Nelson, placed them on postcards and mailed them to their friends boasting about the execution. They chopped of f the fingers, sliced off the ears of Ms. Holbert, placed the parts In jars of alcohol and displayed them in their windows.
    White America today know little or nothing about lynching because it contradicts every value America purports to stand for. Blacks, too, know far too little about the lynchings because the subject is rarely taught in school. Had they known more about these lynchings, I am almost certain that Blacks would have taken anyone to task, including gangster rappers, for calling themselves niggers or calling Black women “hoes” and “bitches.” How could anybody in their right mind call these Black women who were sexually abused, mutilated, tortured and mocked the same degrading Please do not throw this away. Give it to a friend or a names that the psychopathic lynchers called them? relative. Peace.
    What Black woman in her right state of mind would snap her fingers or tap her feet toihe beat of a song that contained the same degrading remarks that the whites uttered when they raped and lynched them The lynchers and the thousands of gleeful spectators called these Black women niggers when they captured them, niggers when they placed the rope around their necks and niggers when their necks snapped. Whites viewed Black women as hated black things, for, how else can one explain the treatment of Mary Turner? The lynch mob ignored her cries for mercy, ripped off her clothes, tied her ankles together, turned her upside down, doused her naked body with gas and oil, set her naked body on fire, ripped her baby out of her, stomped the child to death and laughed about it. Blacks purchased Winchesters to protect themselves, staged demonstrations, created anti-lynching organizations, pushed for anti-lynching legislation and published articles and books attacking the extralegal violence. Many pocked up. left the community never to return again. Others went through bouts of sadness, despair, and grief. Some broke down, a few went insane. Others probably fell on their knees, put their hands together, closed their eyes and begged Jesus for help. Jesus help us. Do not forsake us. But Jesus. the same white man the lyncher’s ancestors taught us to love, never flew out of the bush in a flame of fire armed with frogs and files and locusts to save Mary Turner. No thunder, no rain, no hail and no fire blocked the lynchers from hanging Laura Nelson. He did not see the “affliction” of the Holberts; he did not hear the screams of Marie Scott or the cry of Jennifer Steers.
    So who are our real heroes?. Little Kim Is not a hero. Oprah is not a hero.. Whoople Goldberg is not a hero. Michael Jordan is not a hero. Dennis Rodman Is not a hero. They are entertainers, sport figures. creations of the media, media icons and they are about making huge sums of money and we wish these enterprising stars well. . Mary Turner, Laura Nelson, Marie Scott and Jennie Steers are your true historical heroes. Niggers they were not. Bitches they were not. Hoes they were not. They will not go down in history for plastering their bodies with tattoos, inventing exotic diets, endorsing Gator Ade, embracing studIo gangsterism, They were strong beautiful Black women who suffered excruciating pain, died horrible deaths. Their legacy of -strength lives on. These are my heroes. Make them yours as well.
    Addendum===Below are women who were lynched in addition to the initial findings of Dr. Daniel Meaders. They can be found in the pages of the book 100 Years of Lynching by Ralph Ginzburg.
    Mae Murray Dorsey and Dorothy Malcolm
    On July 25, 1946, four young African Americans—George & Mae Murray Dorsey and Roger & Dorothy Malcom—were shot hundreds of times by 12 to 15 unmasked white men in broad daylight at the Moore’s Ford bridge spanning the Apalachee River, 60 miles east of Atlanta, Georgia. These killings, for which no one was ever prosecuted, enraged President Harry Truman and led to historic changes, but were quickly forgotten in Oconee and Walton Counties where they occurred. No one was ever brought to justice for the crime.
    Ballie Crutchfield
    Around midnight on March 15, 1901 Ballie Crutchfield was taken from her home in Rome to a bridge over Round Lick Creek by a mob. There her hands were tied behind her, and she was shot through the head and then thrown in the creek. Her body was recovered the next day and an inquest found that she met her death at the hands of persons unknown (euphemism for lynching).
    After Walter Sampson lost a pocketbook containing $120, it was found by a little boy. As he went to return it to its owner, William Crutchfield, Ballie’s brother, met the boy. Apparently, the boy gave him the pocketbook after being convinced it had no value. Sampson had Crutchfield arrested and taken to the house of one Squire Bains.
    A mob came to take Crutchfield for execution. On the way he broke lose and escaped in the dark. The mob was so blind with rage they lay blame on Ballie as a co-conspirator in her brother’s alleged crime and proceeded to enact upon their beliefs culminating in the aforementioned orgy of inhumanity.
    Belle Hathaway
    At 9 o’clock the night of January 23, 1912 100 men congregated in front of the Hamilton, Georgia courthouse. They then broke into the Harris County Jail. After overpowering Jailor E.M. Robinson they took three men and a woman one mile from town.
    Belle Hathaway, John Moore, Eugene Hamming, and “Dusty” Cruthfield were in jail after being charged with the shooting death a farmer named Norman Hadley.
    Writhing bodies silhouetted against the sky as revolvers and rifles blazed forth a cacophony of 300 shots at the victims before the mob dispersed.
    Sullivan Couple Hung as Deputy Sheriff and Posse Watch
    Fred Sullivan and his wife were hanged after being accused of burning a barn on a plantation near Byhalia, Mississippi November 25, 1914. The deputy sheriff and his posse were forced to watch the proceedings.
    Cordella Stevenson Raped and Lynched
    Wednesday, December 8, 1915 Cordella Stevenson was hung from the limb of a tree without any clothing about fifty yards north of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad outside Columbus, Mississippi. The gruesomely horrific scene was witnessed by thousands and thousands of passengers who traveled in and out of the city the next morning.
    She was hung there by a bloodthirsty mob who had taken her from slumber, husband and home to the spot where she was raped and lynched. All this was done after she had been brought to the police station for questioning in connection with the arson of Gabe Frank’s barn. Her son had been suspected of the fire. The police released her after she convinced them her son had left home several months prior and she did not know his whereabouts.
    After going to bed early, a knock was heard at the door. Her husband, Arch Stevenson went to answer, but the door was broken down first and his wife was seized. He was threatened with rifle barrels to his head should he move.
    The body was left hanging until Friday morning. An inquest returned a verdict of “death at the hands of persons unknown.”
    5 Hanged on One Oak Tree
    Three men and two women were taken from the jail in Newberry, Florida on August 19, 1916 and hanged by a mob. Another man was shot by deputy sheriffs near Jonesville, Florida. All this was the result of the killing the day prior of Constable S.G. Wynne and the shooting of Dr. L.G. Harris by Boisey Long. Those who were lynched had been accused of aiding Long in his escape.
    Mary Conley
    After Sam Conley had been reprimanded by E.M. Melvin near Arlington, Georgia, his mother Mary intervened to express her resentment. After Melvin slapped and grappled with her, Sam Conley struck Melvin on the head with an iron scale weight, resulting in his death shortly afterward.
    Although Sam escaped, his mother was captured and jailed. She was taken from the jail at Leary and her body was riddled with bullets. Her remains were found along the roadside by parties entering into Arlington the next morning.
    Bertha Lowman
    Demon Lowman, Bertha Lowman, and their cousin Clarence Lowman were in the Aiken, South Carolina jail when it was raided by a mob early on October 8, 1926. The three had been in jail for a year and a half while they were tried for the murder of Sheriff and Klansman Henry H.H. Howard. Howard was shot in the back while raiding the house of Sam Lowman, father to Bertha and Demon. Klansmen filed by Howard’s body two-by-two when it laid in state. A year after his funeral a cross was burned in the cemetery at his grave.
    Although the Lowman’s were tried and sentenced to death, a State Supreme Court reversed the findings and ordered a new trial. Demon had just been found not guilty when the raid on the jail occurred. Taken to a pine thicket just beyond the city limits their bodies were riddled with bullets.
    The events which resulted in this lynching are surreal to say the least. Samuel Lowman was away from home at a mill having meal ground on April 25, 1925. Sheriff Howard and three deputies appeared at the Lowman Cabin three miles from Aiken. Annie Lowman, Samuel’s wife and their daughter Bertha were out back of the house working. Their family had never been in any kind of trouble. They did not know the sheriff and he did not know them. Furthermore, they were not wearing any uniform or regalia depicting them as law enforcers. Hence the alarming state of mind they had when four white men entered their yard unannounced, even if it was on a routine whiskey check. It was even more distressing because a group of white men had come to the house a few weeks earlier and whipped Demon for no reason at all. After speaking softly to each other the women decided to go in the house.
    When the men saw the women move towards the house they drew their revolvers and rushed forward. Sheriff Howard reached the back step at the same time as Bertha. He struck her in the mouth with his pistol butt. Mrs. Lowman picked up an axe and rushed to her daughter’s aid. A deputy emptied his revolver into the old woman killing her.
    Demon and Clarence were working in a nearby field when they heard Bertha’s scream. Demon retrieved a pistol from a shed while Clarence armed himself with a shotgun. The deputies shot at Demon, who returned fire. Clarence’s actions are not clear. When it was all over a few seconds later the Sheriff was dead. Bertha had received two gunshots to the chest just above her heart. Clarence and Demon were wounded also. In total five members of the Lowman family were in put jail.
    Samuel Lowman returned to find in his absence he had become a widower with four of his children in jail along with his nephew. In three days he would be charged with harboring illegal liquor when a quarter of a bottle of the substance is found in his backyard. For that the elderly farmer was sentenced to two years on the chain gang.
    18 year old Bertha, 22 year old Demon and 15 year old Clarence were tried for the Sheriff’s murder and swiftly found guilty. The men were sentenced to death with Bertha given a life sentence.
    Demon’s acquittal made it appear that Clarence and Bertha would been freed as well. The day they were murdered they were taken from the jail, driven to a tourist a few miles from town and set loose. As they ran they were shot down.
    Mr. Lowman contended one of the deputies who coveted the Sheriff’s job was his real killer. The same man later led the mob which slew Lowman’s children and nephew. Apparently, he knew they could identify him as the culprit.

    Court blocks ruling that altered NYPD's

     stop-and-frisk policy

    By Chris Boyette and Michael Martinez, CNN
    updated 11:18 AM EDT, Fri November 1, 2013
    • A three-judge appeal panel finds a lower court judge "ran afoul of the Code of Conduct"
    • A new lower court judge is to be assigned to the case
    • NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy continues during appeals
    New York (CNN) -- A federal appeals court Thursday blocked a ruling that deemed the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy unconstitutional, while removing the judge from the case as other appeals are heard.
    The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said the lower court judge "ran afoul" of requirements that judges avoid even the appearance of impropriety.
    Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, the appeals court said, jeopardized "the appearance of partiality ... by a series of media interviews and public statements purporting to respond publicly to criticism of the District Court."
    Scheindlin, in a related 2007 proceeding, said, "If you got proof of inappropriate racial profiling in a good constitutional case, why don't you bring a lawsuit? You can certainly mark it as related," adding, "I am sure I am going to get in trouble for saying it, for $65 you can bring that lawsuit," the ruling said.
    The ruling also points to interviews with the New York Law Journal, The Associated Press and The New Yorker in which the judge spoke about her personal beliefs on the issue and defended her decision.
    The stop-and-frisk policy -- in which police stop, question and frisk people they deem suspicious, even if they've committed no crime -- has been one of the most controversial policing techniques in recent time, fueled by clashes between civil rights and civil liberties groups challenging the practice as racist and illegal. Law enforcement and other proponents say the practice works to reduce crime.
    In August, Scheindlin ordered that the stop-and-frisk policy be altered, finding that it is unconstitutional in part because it unlawfully targets blacks and Latinos.
    City officials had bristled at the contention that police racially profile suspects and appealed the ruling.
    Scheindlin, ruled that the policy violated plaintiffs' Fourth Amendment rights barring unreasonable searches, finding that police made at least 200,000 stops from 2004 to June 2012 without reasonable suspicion. She also found evidence of racial profiling, violating plaintiffs' 14th Amendment rights guaranteeing equal protection.
    The panel did not rule on Scheindlin's decision in the case.
    Michael A. Cardozo, counsel for the New York City Law Office, applauded the appeals court's ruling.
    "We could not be more pleased with the court's findings," he said, because the ruling puts off a decision on the constitutionality of the policy until another judge can weigh in.
    The nonprofit organization representing the plaintiffs in the case criticized the ruling.
    "We are dismayed that the Court of Appeals saw fit to delay the long-overdue process to remedy the NYPD's unconstitutional stop-and-frisk practices, and we are shocked that they cast aspersions on the professional conduct of one of the most respected members of the federal judiciary and reassigned the case," the Center for Constitutional Rights said in a statement.
    Thursday's ruling effectively stalls changes mandated by Scheindlin, who said stops should be based on reasonable suspicion and made in a racially neutral manner.
    Her ruling called for the appointment of a former Manhattan prosecutor to develop reforms of the NYPD's policies and a pilot project in which NYPD patrol officers in five precincts -- one in each borough with the most stops in 2012 -- must wear video cameras.
    Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg is an outspoken proponent of the policy, saying it saves lives and lowers crime.
    NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly was forced to cancel a speech at Brown University on Tuesday after protesters shouted at him on stage about stop-and-frisk policies.
    On Thursday, Kelly said he has been "concerned about the partiality of Judge Scheindlin, and we look forward to the examination of this case."
    The controversy about the policy extended into the mayoral race.
    Democratic nominee Bill de Blasio, who is heavily favored to win Tuesday, has made his opposition to stop-and-frisk a major campaign issue.
    "I'm extremely disappointed in today's decision. We shouldn't have to wait for reforms that both keep our communities safe and obey the Constitution," he said in a statement.
    Republican nominee Joe Lhota said, "Bravo! As I have said all along, Judge Scheindlin's biased conduct corrupted the case, and her decision was not based on the facts."

    19-Year-Old Detained For ‘Shopping While Black’ At Barneys

    BY ADAM PECK ON OCTOBER 23, 2013 AT 4:58 PM
    Barneys, the high-end fashion mecca in one of Manhattan’s most expensive retail blocks, is facing lots of questions and a civil lawsuit after the store’s loss prevention officers detained 19-year-old Trayon Christian, a black student at the NYC College of Technology. His crime? Shopping while black.
    The Queens native had walked into the luxury shop last April in search of a new Salvatore Ferragamo belt retailing for $350. He had been setting aside part of his paychecks from his part time job for months, and finally had enough to make the purchase. But as he exited the store with the belt (and his receipt) in tow, undercover officers stopped Christian and began questioning his purchase, according to a report in the New York Post:
    As soon as he exited the luxury department store, undercover officers grabbed Christian and asked “how a young black man such as himself could afford to purchase such an expensive belt,” according to the suit, filed Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court.
    A Barneys clerk, who had asked Christian for identification when he bought the belt, called police claiming the purchase was a fraud, the suit says.
    The responding officers hauled Christian to a local police station for more questioning. Even after producing his receipt, the debit card he used to make the purchase, and his identification, officers continued to insist that the purchase with fraudulent. Only after an officer called Chase bank, which verified that Christian was the account holder for the card in question, did the police let him go.
    The incident is the subject of a lawsuit brought by Christian against Barneys and the NYPD, which has faced repeated charges of racial profiling of young black men in particular. The department’s controversial stop and frisk policy has also been in the news for both its reliance on racial profiling and its failure to actually curb any crime.
    Barneys has thus far refused to offer an apology to Christian, though it did take the time to defend itself from the allegations. “Barneys New York typically does not comment on pending litigation. In this instance, we feel compelled to note that after carefully reviewing the incident of last April, it is clear that no employee of Barneys New York was involved in the pursuit of any action with the individual other than the sale. Barneys New York has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination and we stand by our long history in support of all human rights,” they said in a statement to the local ABC affiliate.
    As it turns out, Trayon Christian isn’t the only person to face discrimination by the New York retailer. A day after his story spread across the internet, another young black shopper, 21-year-old Kayla Phillips, told the New York Post that she too was a victim of Barneys apparent policy of racial profiling.
    She had purchased a $2,500 handbag back in February when undercover officers stopped her after she had left the store, supposedly after a clerk from Barneys had phoned in her “suspicious” purchase.
    Via the Post:
    “As I was walking into the train station, four undercover police officers attacked me,” Phillips said.
    “They asked me why I used a debit card and why it didn’t have my name on it,” she said of her temporary Bank of America card.
    A frightened Phillips called her mom, who told The Post cops had asked, “What are you doing here in Manhattan? Where’d you get the money to buy that expensive bag?”
    The luxury department store is facing a wave of criticism on social media, but has thus far failed to offer an apology to Christian or respond to the new allegations by Phillips.

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    Sista Bain, Aries Jordan and Marvin X performed at Dorsey's Locker Tuesday evening at their open mike. The trio performed from Mythology of Pussy and Dick. Sista Bain is the newest addition to the Academy of da Corner Readers Theatre. Sista Bain testified MPD changed her life so she pledged allegiance to Marvin X and is President of the Marvin X Fan Club!
    photo Joy Elan

    Pussy is a many splendid thing. Pussy power has been known to help construct civilizations and destroy them. Wars have been fought over pussy. And the most powerful men in the world have been brought low behind pussy. What a powerful thing it is, totally confounding men time after time, season after season, century after century. The more men learn about pussy, the more they forget—or shall we say, they got it (theory) but didn’t get it (the practice).

    It would probably be proper to first discuss the mythology of dick before discussing the mythology of pussy, but for dramatic effect we will continue our discussion of pussy, for it is common sense that what is good for the goose is good for the gander. And furthermore, there is more oppression in the world caused by men’s attitude toward pussy than toward their dick, although the patriarchal society gives dominance to the dick, but in the male’s headlong rush to enter the pussy, he becomes blind to his own sexuality and consumed by the need to plunge his organ inside the vagina. In his blindness and his resulting sexual pathology, he becomes numb to the reality that the female is more than pussy, that pussy has a mind, a brain, a cornucopia of emotions based on phases of the moon. “If you think I am just a physical thing, wait til you see the spiritual power I bring”, says a poem by Phavia Kujichagulia....

    --from Mythology of Pussy and Dick by Marvin X

    Marvin X with his Muse, Fahizah 

    Selected Poems from the Dramatic version of Mythology.....

    Thursday, September 16, 2010

    These poems will resound for as long and as deeply as any love poem that has ever been written by anyone: ShakespeareElizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonja Sanchez, Maya Angelou, et al. 
    --Fahizah Alim

    Testimony, a Love Song

    I remember when I met you, woman
    The feeling has never left me
    What is the magic of you, what is the mystery
    Every day, you are there,
    In my hair
    In my skin
    I hear you blowing in the wind
    I remember when I first met you, man
    You were strong then
    Your hair was neat
    Your fingernails were clean and cut
    Your skin was glowing
    Your ears were clean
    You were confident, secure
    Your voice was strong and commanding
    I was proud to meet you
    Had heard of you, heard your name
    Knew you were a man of truth
    You know I did everything to please you
    Spoiled you, worshipped you above God
    That was my sin
    If the years have taught me anything
    You are very much human
    Sometimes less than human
    When you beat me
    Sometimes more than human
    When you made love to me.
    I have learned to listen to you, woman
    You been right many times
    When I was wrong
    You knew what to do from the beginning
    I didn’t but pretended I did
    You begged me for years
    Do right, nigguh, do right
    What did I say
    Shut up, bitch!
    And kicked your ass
    Only a fool would hurt a flower
    Only a fool would destroy a rose.
    If you love me so much
    Why you treat me like you do
    If you love me so much
    Why you treat me like you do?
    I make no excuses
    Word is bond
    If you cannot believe my words
    We have no bond
    I will keep trying til my words are truth
    I went blind
    No longer saw God
    No longer cared for Him
    Lost faith in myself, most of all
    But look
    The Spirit of God is upon me!
    You act like the same nigguh to me
    You don’t respect me as a woman
    You don’t respect me as a human
    It’s your way or no way
    True, you haven’t beat me lately
    But you act like you will
    If I oppose you
    Who can live like this?
    I refuse to live in fear
    I refuse
    If you can’t make me feel secure
    I will find someone else who can
    If you cannot make me feel at peace
    I will find someone else who can
    If you cannot treat me with respect
    I will find someone else who can!
    I understand
    And I submit
    To truth
    I submit
    To God.
    I’m going to see, man
    You’ve told me millions of words
    I will see
    I want to believe you, but it’s hard
    I want to trust you
    But it’s hard
    You’ve lied so much
    You’ve done such terrible things to me
    You’re the worse person I know
    What else is wrong with you?
    You’re too aggressive
    You’re too extreme
    You drink too much
    You fuck too much
    You cuss too much
    You shout too much!
    Why you let me love you again and again
    If I’m so terrible
    King Kong
    I want to take you serious
    But sometimes
    You are full of hot air and gibberish!
    You’re right
    There is some good in you
    We have good times together
    You’re really a good person
    But you always negate the good
    With some terrible stuff
    Sometimes you make me nervous
    Sometimes I can’t relax with you
    Sometimes I don’t’ feel safe and secure with you
    Get yourself together
    Don’t blow up every minute
    I’m trying to control myself
    I’m not perfect either
    I have my faults
    You know them better than anyone
    I’m working on myself
    Work on yourself
    Take care of your business
    And come at me right!
    Where is your faith in Allah
    You profess to the world
    Keep your word, demonstrate your word
    By your actions
    And I’ll be your friend forever
    I’ll be your very best friend.
    --Marvin X
    from Selected Poems, 1979, also In the Name of Love, Laney College Theatre production, 1981.
    Moment in Paradise
    Now that we are in heaven
    Will the scars of hell ever heal?
    Let’s take a midnight swim
    Don’t be afraid, my beloved
    The tide will return soon
    Let us talk until then
    We have not talked in so long
    We have not been our true selves
    In so long
    I don’t even know who you are
    Isn’t that strange
    To be with a person
    To love a person
    Yet you do not know their worth
    That is why we came to this land
    We left the wilderness
    To see who we really are
    My beloved, look, the tide is in
    Come, let’s take that midnight swim.
    When the sun comes up, we are up
    She is making mind tea with lemon and honey
    Raul’s yellow boat still parked in the water
    Maybe his nets have caught another shark
    If so he will ask me to drive him to town
    So he can sell it for 50 pesos
    My beloved washing dishes on the shore
    A gayle on her head
    Just think, I have never told her how beautiful she is to me
    Hell put chains on our hearts
    Nothing is more painful
    Than loving someone
    Yet ignorance separates you
    My beloved
    One day I shall know who you are
    And love you a thousand times more
    For now, let us enjoy this moment in paradise
    Come, massage me
    Here in the shade
    Rub around my neck and shoulders
    Around my waist
    Then I’ll massage you.
    --Marvin X
    from Selected Poems, 1979.
    I Will Go into the City
    I will go into the city
    I will find work
    I will find work
    I will remember you, country woman
    I will not forget you
    Your laugh, your arguments
    In order to learn
    It is your way, let it be
    How can I forget your lips
    Your enchanting smile
    I will not forget
    The night we walked in the rain
    Because it was free and we were free
    For once we agree
    The best of life is free
    I will go into the city
    I will find work
    But you will be with me, country woman
    When those city women come to devour me
    With their sweet perfume
    You will be there
    Your spirit will protect me
    I will never forget
    How we sipped $1.00 margaritas
    In the Mexican café in Chinatown
    Our ride to the lake
    Our picnic on the hill
    The ranger spotted us with his binoculars
    We did not care
    We were filled
    With the holy spirit of love
    How can I forget
    Hours in bed
    We became children
    Of the love spirit
    Days, nights, mornings
    Became one moment
    Man and woman became one
    Discovered their missing self
    Eternal self
    Self of love
    Self of joy
    Self of happiness realized
    I will go into the city
    I will find work
    I will not forget you, country woman
    I will return to claim you
    In the name of love
    I will claim you
    Because you are woman
    I will claim you
    Because you are feeling and spirit
    I will claim you
    Because you are mind and beauty
    I will claim you
    Because you have given yourself to me so totally
    I will claim you
    In the name of Allah
    I will claim you
    For the glory of Allah
    I will claim you.
    --Marvin X
    From Selected Poems, 1979.

    The above poems are included in the forthcoming Mythology of Pussy and Dick, toward Healthy Psychosocial Sexuality, Black Bird Press, 1222 Dwight Way, Berkeley CA 94702, approximately 400 pages, suggested donation $49.95. Donations support Academy of Da Corner, 14th and Broadway, downtown Oakland. 
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    Who will the first
    To slap the shit
    Outta Kanye West
     make him take off
    his confederate outfit?
    He thinks he is “too big
    To fail”, he need to be knocked
    On his tail. His next big hit
    Need to be up side his

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    Court Overturns 20-Year Sentence for Woman Who Fired 'Warning Shots' at Husband

    A Florida woman who claimed to be a victim of abuse yet was sentenced to 20 years behind bars for allegedly firing a warning shot during a dispute with her husband was granted a new trial Thursday.
    The appellate court ruling erased a decision by a jury that took just 12 minutes to convict Marissa Alexander, a mother of three, of aggravated assault.
    The conviction of Alexander, who is black, sparked outrage and cries of a racial double standard in light of the exoneration of George Zimmerman, a white Hispanic, for the death of Trayvon Martin, who was black. In particular, outrage aired on social media and among some lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
    Alexander unsuccessfully tried to invoke Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law as the same prosecutors who unsuccessfully worked to put Zimmerman behind bars told the court that she did not act in self-defense.
    In granting the new trial, Judge James H. Daniel also seemed unmoved by the Stand Your Ground defense.
    "We reject her contention that the trial court erred in declining to grant her immunity from prosecution under Florida's Stand Your Ground law, but we remand for a new trial because the jury instructions on self-defense were erroneous," wrote Daniel.
    Alexander testified that, on Aug. 1, 2010, her then-husband, Rico Gray Sr., questioned her fidelity and the paternity of her 1-week-old child.
    She claimed that he broke through a bathroom door that she had locked and grabbed her by the neck. She said she tried to push past him but he shoved her into the door, sparking a struggle that felt like an "eternity."
    Afterwards, she claimed that she ran to the garage and tried to leave but was unable to open the garage door, so she retrieved a gun, which she legally owned.
    Once inside, she claimed, her husband saw the gun and charged at her "in a rage" saying, "Bitch, I'll kill you." She said she raised the gun and fired a warning shot into the air because it was the "lesser of two evils."
    The jury rejected the self-defense claim and Alexander was sentenced under the state's 10-20-life law, sparking outrage over how self-defense laws are applied in the state.
    A Florida appellate court ruled today that jury instructions, which unfairly made Alexander prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" that she was acting in self-defense, were wrong -- and that there were other incorrect instructions that self-defense only applied if the victim suffered an injury, which Gray had not.
    Today, U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., lashed out at Florida State Attorney Angela Corey, who oversaw the failed prosecution of George Zimmerman and the prosecution in this case, saying, "Arresting and prosecuting her when no one was hurt does not make any sense. ... What was certainly absent from the courtroom during Marissa's trial was mercy and justice. Indeed, the three-year plea deal from State Attorney Angela Corey is not mercy, and a mandatory 20-year sentence is not justice."
    Corey's office argued that Alexander, who had not been living in the home for two months leading up to the shooting, provoked the incident, and that there was no proof the garage door was broken, Alexander's rationale for not leaving the altercation. Her office offered her a three-year plea deal in the case that was rejected.
    Alexander testified about three other alleged incidents of physical abuse by her husband, including one that led to his arrest. Several witnesses claimed to have seen the injuries she allegedly suffered and the final defense witness in the case testified that she met the criteria for "battered person's syndrome."
    In a statement, prosecutors wrote, "The defendant's conviction was reversed on a legal technicality. ... We are gratified that the court affirmed the defendant's Stand Your Ground ruling. This means the defendant will not have another Stand Your Ground hearing. The case will be back in the Circuit Court in the Fourth Judicial Circuit at the appropriate time."

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    Russia: Syria opposition refuses to participate in Moscow talks

    November 8, 20132:19PM ET
    Initiative would have been aimed at bolstering prospects for a proposed peace conference in Geneva
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the opportunities for a Geneva peace conference are fading, mostly because the opposition will not "take part without preconditions."
    Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images
    Syria's main Western-backed opposition group has refused to participate in talks in Moscow with Syrian government officials on resolving the country's humanitarian crisis, the Russian Foreign Ministry and opposition figures said Friday.
    Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said the opposition Syrian National Coalition is "blocking and refusing to participate" in the talks. Russian officials had hoped the talks would bolster prospects for a proposed peace conference the United States and Russia are trying to convene in Geneva.
    The coalition has demanded guarantees, including that President Bashar al-Assad step down in any transitional Syrian government, as a condition for going to Geneva.
    Damascus has said Assad will stay in his post at least until his term ends in 2014, and that he may run for re-election.
    Friday's rejection came a day after Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that the opposition had "responded positively" to a proposal for such talks.
    Kamal Labwani, a member of the coalition, told The Associated Press on Friday that the group refused to go to Moscow because "Russia is not a fair mediator and is part of the conflict." He was referring to Moscow's support for the Syrian government, including military aid, since the crisis began in March 2011.
    "Russia can become a fair mediator when it orders Assad to leave Syria," Labwani said by telephone from Paris. "When (Russia) wants to support the criminal, it will lose."
    The coalition has long called on the international community to help secure aid to civilians, particularly in rebel-held areas blockaded by government forces.
    The Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said the Moscow initiative had "received an active and positive response among a number of opposition group leaders."
    However, he said some opposition figures "consider it a counterproductive ploy" and are refusing to participate.
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that the opportunities for a peace conference in Geneva are fading "primarily because representatives of the opposition aren't ready to take part without preconditions."
    "This intransigence and these demands are being asserted by the National Coalition, which claims to be the only representative of the Syrian people, but which doesn't represent even a majority of the opposition groups that are opposing Assad's regime," Lavrov told reporters.
    Despite focusing only on the Syrian humanitarian crisis, the proposed Moscow talks would have represented a diplomatic breakthrough, with opposition groups and representatives of the government sitting down at the same table.

    Major offensive launched

    Meanwhile, the government of Denmark said Friday that Copenhagen is willing to help take chemical weapons out of Syria by sea and provide bodyguards for a key U.N. official there.
    The United Nations had unofficially asked whether Denmark could contribute ships to transport the weapons from Syria for destruction, Defense Minister Nicolai Wammen said. He said it is too early to put a number on how many Danish ships and personnel would be involved.
    Foreign Aid Minister Christian Friis Bach said there are no plans for the weapons to be destroyed in Denmark.
    In Syria, activists said government troops launched a major offensive Friday to recapture the international airport in Aleppo, Syria's second-largest city.
    The Aleppo Media Center and the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said troops attacked a base protecting the airport, which has been closed for almost a year. Rebels had captured the base in February.
    The government advance comes a week after government troops captured the strategic town of Safira, southeast of the Aleppo airport, after weeks of fighting.
    The state-run news agency SANA reported that gunmen killed eight people and wounded several others harvesting olives in Khnaifes village in the central province of Hama. SANA said that some 40 "terrorists" attacked the harvesters and kidnapped two women. State media often refer to the rebels as "terrorists."
    Syria's civil war has touched off a humanitarian catastrophe across the region. More than 2 million Syrians have sought refuge abroad.
    The U.N. said this week that more than 9 million Syrians — out of the country's prewar population of 23 million — are in need of humanitarian assistance. More than 120,000 people have been killed, according to the observatory, which closely monitors the fighting there. The U.N. said in July that 100,000 Syrians had been killed in the fighting; it has not updated that figure since.
    The Associated

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    Chronology of Marvin X (El Muhajir )
    1944 Born May 29, Fowler, CA to Owendell and Marian M. Jackmon, second child. Sits atop desk as father and mother publishes Fresno Voice, the Central Valley’s first black newspaper. Father was a Race man who served in WWI. He introduced Christian Science to wife who becomes a lifelong follower of Mary Baker Eddy. Mr. Jackmon remained a Methodist. Marvin attended Lincoln and Columbia elementary schools in Fresno. In Oakland where the family moved, he attended Prescott, McFeely and St. Patrick elementary schools, also Lowell Jr. High. Wrote in the children’s section of the Oakland Tribune.
    1962 Graduated with honors from Edison High School in Fresno. Classmate and girlfriend was poet/critic/professor Sherely A. Williams (now deceased). Marries Pat Smith, Catholic school girl, first son born, Marvin K. Attends Merritt College in Oakland where he meets Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Ken Freeman and Ernie Allen. Introduced to Black Nationalism. Wins short story contest in college magazine, story published in SoulBook, revolutionary nationalist publication.
    1964 Second son born, Darrel, now deceased. Graduates with AA in sociology. Attends San Francisco State College.
    1965 At the request of novelist John Gardner, San Francisco State College drama department produced first play, Flowers for the Trashman. Called the best playwright to hit SF State by Kenneth Rexroth. Worked as TA for novelist Leo Litwak.
    1966 Writings begin to appear in Soulbook, Black Dialogue, Negro Digest (Black World), Black Scholar, Journal of Black Poetry, Black Theatre, and Muhammad Speaks.
    Black Dialogue staff visits Eldridge Cleaver and Bunchy Carter in Soledad prison Black Culture Club. According to prison griot Kumasi, this club was the beginning of the American Prison Movement..  Black Dialogue publishes Cleaver’s essay, “My Queen, I Greet You,” later it appears in Soul On Ice. Co-founds Black Arts West Theatre with Ed Bullins, Ethna Wyatt, Duncan Barber, Hillery Broadus and Carl Boissiere.
    1967 Co-founds Black House political/cultural center in San Francisco with Eldridge Cleaver, Ed Bullins and Ethna Wyatt.  Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Askia Toure, Sarah Webster Fabio, Chicago Art Ensemble, Avotja, Reginald Lockett, Emory Douglass, Samuel Napier, Lil Bobby Hutton, Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, attend Black House. Black Panthers plan invasion of state capital at Black House. Marvin joins Nation of Islam, flees to Toronto, Canada to protest draft and resist Vietnam War.
    1968 Goes underground to Chicago shortly before assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lived on Southside during riots. Meets Don L. Lee, Gwen Brooks, Hoyt Fuller, Phil Choran, Carolyn Rogers, Johari Amini and others of Chicago BAM (Black Arts Movement. Travels to Harlem,  joins Ed Bullins at the New Lafayette Theatre. Works as associate editor of Black Theatre magazine. Associates with Amiri Baraka, Askia Toure, Sun Ra, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Last Poets, Barbara Ann Teer, Mae Jackson, Milford Graves. Publishes Fly to Allah, poems that later establish him as the father of  Muslim American literature, according to Dr. Mojah Kahf of the University of Arkansas department of English and Islamic Studies.
    1969 Apprehended returned from Montreal, Canada, charged with draft evasion. Defended by Conrad Lynn. Returns to California to stand trial and teach at Fresno State University until removed at the insistence of Governor Ronald Reagan, “by any means necessary.” Angela Davis is also removed from teaching at UCLA. Student protesters burn computer center at Fresno State. Students from throughout California attend draft trial in San Francisco.
    1970 Convicted, flees into exile a second time, this time to Mexico City and Belize. Marries Barbara Hall, a student from Fresno State College, in Mexico City. Revolutionary artists Elizabeth Catlett Mora and Poncho Mora witness civil ceremony. Deported from Belize because his presence was not beneficial to the welfare of the colony of British Honduras. While in custody, police ask him to teach them about black power. Sentenced to five months in Federal prison, Terminal Islam. Serves as Nation of Islam minister.
    1971 First daughter born, Nefertiti. Founds Black Educational Theatre in Fresno. Performs musical version of Flowers as Take Care of Business. Reactionary negroes kill choir director in theatre, put hit out on poet. He flees to San Francisco, opens Black Educational Theatre in Fillmore District, joined by Sun Ra’s Arkestra. Produced five hour musical version of Take Care of Business, with cast of fifty at Harding Theatre on Divisadero, choreography by Raymond Sawyer and Ellendar Barnes.
    1972 Produced Resurrection of the Dead, a myth/ritual dance drama with Plunky, Babatunde Lea, Victor Willis as lead singer (Village People), dancers included Raymond Sawyer, Jamilah Hunter, Nisa Ra, Thomas Duckett. Lectures at University of California, Berkeley in Black Studies. Marries UCB student, Nisa (Greta Pope), second daughter born, Muhammida El Muhajir. Awarded National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. Travels to southern Mexico, Oxaca, Trinidad and Guyana. Interviews prime minister Forbes Burnham. Interview appeared in Black Scholar. Published Woman—Man’s Best Friend, poems, proverbs, lyrics, parables, Al Kitab Sudan Press.
    1973 Third daughter, Amira Sauda, born to Barbara (Hasani). Returns to San Francisco State University, awarded BA. Earns MA in one semester, English/Creative writing. Teaches at SF State, black literature, journalism, radio and television writing.
    1975 Visiting professor at UC San Diego. Lectures at Mills College, Oakland. Produced musical version of Woman—Man’s Best Friend. Upward Bound program pressured director Connie Wye to halt production. She refused, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and expired.
    1976 Organizes Eldridge Cleaver Crusades. Hires staff of Black Muslims for Cleaver’s ministry. Meets Donald Rumsfeld, Charles Colson, Jim and Tammy Baker, Rev. Robert Schuller. Deals with the Born Again Christian community: Rev. Billy Graham, Rev. Falwell, Pat Roberson, Cal Thomas, Pat Boone, Hal Linsey, Art DeMoss.
    1978 Returns to Fresno. Falls in love with Sharon Johnson, childhood friend. See autobiography Somethin Proper.
    1979 Lectures at University of Nevada, Reno. Awarded two National Endowment for the Humanities planning grants. Produced Excellence in Education Conference. Participants included Eldridge Cleaver, Dr. Harry Edwards, Dr. Wade Nobles, Fahizah Alim, Sherley A. Williams, Ntizi Cayou, Dr. Ahimsa Sumchi. Publishes Selected Poems. Returns to Oakland to organize Melvin Black Human Rights Conference at Oakland Auditorium to stop police killing of black men. Participants included Minister Farakhan, Angela Davis, Paul Cobb, Eldridge Cleaver, Khalid Abdullah Tariq Al Mansour, Dr. Yusef Bey, Dezzie Woods-Jones. Police killings stop but drive by shootings begin along with introduction of Crack.
    1980 Produced National Conference of Black Men at Oakland auditorium. Participants included Dr. Yusef Bey, Dr. Nathan Hare, Dr. Wade Nobles, Dr. Oba T’shaka, Dr. Lige Dailey, John Douimbia (founder), Betty King, Dezzie Woods-Jones.
    1981 Taught drama at Laney College. Did production of In the Name of Love. Taught manhood training at Merritt College.
    1982 Taught English at Kings River Community College, Reedly CA. Retires from Teaching with 97% student retention rate. Meets Marsha Satterfiend.
    1983 Vends on streets of San Francisco, organizers vendors (mostly white) under his non-profit corporation. Harassed under color of law, “too much power for a nigguh” in downtown San Francisco, especially in the Union Square shopping area.
    1984 Vends political buttons at Democratic and Republican conventions. San Francisco Chronicle called him the “Button King.” In Dallas, the Republicans observed his salesmanship and said, “If he makes one more dollar, he’ll be a Republican.” Descends into the muck and mire of hell: Crack drives him into the mental hospital several times.
    1989 Writes article on Huey Newton, based on last meeting in Oakland Crack house. Article becomes source of Ed Bullins’ play, Salaam, Huey, Salaam. Article is beginning of autobiography, Somethin’ Proper.
    1990 Begins recovery at San Francisco’s Glide Church with Rev. Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani. Transcribes testimonies of Crack addicts. Writes docudrama of his addiction and recovery One Day In The Life.
    1995 Transition of Marsha Satterfield at 41 years old, cancer. Poet flees to Seattle, WA. Works on autobiography. Publishes Love and War, poems.
    1996 Produces One Day In The Life with Majeeda Rahman’s Healthy Babies Project, a recovery program for woman and children. Play performed at Alice Arts Theatre.
    1997One Day In the Life opens at Sista’s Place in Brooklyn, New York, also Brecht Forum in Manhattan and Kimako’s Blues in Newark, New Jersey, home of the Barakas.
    1997 Attends National Black Theatre festival, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Meets Carolyn Turner. She provides him with time and space to finish autobiography, plenty of sweet tea and dirty rice, in the tradition of the film Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
    1998 Transition of Eldridge Cleaver. Kathleen Cleaver approves poem “Soul Gone Home” to be read at funeral in Los Angeles. Marvin and Majeeda Rahman organize memorial service in Oakland. Participants included Emory Douglas, Tarika Lewis, Richard Aoki, Dr. Nathan Hare, Reginald Major, Dr. Yusef Bey, Minister Keith Muhammad, Imam Al Amin, Kathleen and Joju Cleaver. Publication of autobiography Somethin Proper.
    1999 Establishes Recovery Theatre. Begins run of One Day in the Life. Gets support from Mayor Willie Brown of San Francisco after Uhuru House performance. One Day becomes longest running black play in the Bay. Ishmael Reed says, “It’s the best drama I ever saw.”
    2000 Meets Suzzette Celeste, MSW, MPA.
    2001 Produces Kings and Queens of Black Consciousness at San Francisco State University. Participants included: Nathan and Julia Hare, Rev. Cecil Williams,
    Dr. Cornell West, Amiri and Amina Baraka, Ishamel Reed, Askia Toure, Avotja, Eddie Gale, Rudi Wongozi, Rev. Andriette Earl, Dr. Theophile Obenga, Elliott Bey, Destiny, Tarika Lewis, Phavia Kujichagulia, Suzzette Celeste, Tureeda, Geoffrey Grier, Rev. Otis Lloyd, Kalamu ya Salaam, Ptah Allah-El, Ayodele Nzinga.. Funded by Glide Church and Vanguard foundation.
    Video of Kings and Queens screened at New York International Independent film festival. In Newark on 9/11, stopped at airport by police. Daughter Muhammida’s documentary Hip Hop the New World Order, screened on 9/12.
    2002 Transition of son Darrel at 38, suffered manic oppression. In grief, poet went to mountain retreat, spent five years in solitude, wrote five books, including  In the Crazy House Called America, essays, Land of My Daughters, poems, Wish I Could Tell You the Truth, Beyond Religion, toward Spirituality.
    2004 Produced San Francisco Black Radical Book Fair. Participants included Amiri and Amina Baraka, Nathan and Julia Hare, Al Young, Askia Toure, Kalamu ya Salaam, Ishamel Reed, Sonia Sanchez, Reginald Lockett, Charlie Walker, Jamie Walker, Davey D, Ayodele Nzinga, Ptah Allah El,Opal Palmer Adisa, devorah major, Fillmore Slim, Rosebud Bitterdose, Sam Hamod,
    Tarika Lewis. Published Land of My Daughters, poems, and Wish I Could Tell You The Truth, essays. Published issue of Black Bird Press Review newspaper.
    2006 Writes Sweet Tea, Dirty Rice, poems; Up From Ignorance, essays; Beyond Religion, Toward Spirituality, essays; Mama Said Use The Mind God Gave You, autobiographical novel. Archives acquired by Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. Transition of friends: Dr. Salat Townsend, Paul Shular, Alonzo Batin, Dewey Redman and Rufus Harley.

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  • 11/09/13--14:29: Ayodele Nzinga's poem CROWS

    Tureeda Mikell, Michelle LaChaux, Ayodele Nzinga, Tarika Lewis celebrating the 80th b day of Dr. Nathan Hare at Geoffrey's Inner Circle, Oakland

    photo Gene Hazzard




    by anzinga
    In conversation with Crows
    ancient obsidian
    sentries of the gate between worlds
    they remind me to stand
    in my integrity to know
    what I know and stay the path
    WolfHawkJaguar told me
    "Don't give up
    before the miracle
    I have left the door open
    expecting Olokun to fill my plate
    I am empty
    all paid for sacrifice
    I am open for
    Crow wisdom
    the knowledge carried by trees
    the treasure found in
    with the dirt
    water both running & still
    & the dead
    I am open
    to the transformation
    Oya whispers in
    the wind blowing me
    closer to home
    than I have ever been
    I am open
    to dancing the dance
    my ancestors
    visioned me bringing to
    the world before
    I was born
    crowswhen I was without
    name or form
    only purpose
    I am open
    to the wisdom
    of those who
    came before
    those sent to guide me
    & messages from
    the universe
    waiting for the dance
    I stay the path
    rocks and all
    I remember
    I am open
    to calls from
    the blue to
    offer  third-eye
    from beyond
    the pale
    that remind me
    I know what I know
    I am who I say I am

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    Mighty, Muslim and Leaping Off the Page

    Marvel Comics Introducing a Muslim Girl Superhero

    With most superheroes, when you take away the colorful costume, mask and cape, what you find underneath is a white man. But not always. In February, as part of a continuing effort to diversify its offerings, Marvel Comics will begin a series whose lead character, Kamala Khan, is a teenage Muslim girl living in Jersey City.

    Kamala Khan is a teenage Muslim girl living in Jersey City.

    No exploding planet, death of a relative or irradiated spider led to Kamala’s creation. Her genesis began more mundanely, in a conversation between Sana Amanat and Steve Wacker, two editors at Marvel. “I was telling him some crazy anecdote about my childhood, growing up as a Muslim-American,” Ms. Amanat said. “He found it hilarious.” Ms. Amanat and Mr. Wacker noted the dearth of female superhero series and, even more so, of comics with cultural specificity.
    When they told G. Willow Wilson, an author, comic book writer and convert to Islam, about their idea, she was eager to come on board as the series’ writer. “Any time you do something like this, it is a bit of a risk,” Ms. Wilson said. “You’re trying to bring the audience on board and they are used to seeing something else in the pages of a comic book.”
    Kamala, whose family is from Pakistan, has devotedly followed the career of the blond, blue-eyed Carol Danvers, who now goes by Captain Marvel, a name she inherited from a male hero. When Kamala discovers her powers, including the ability to change shape, she takes on the code name Ms. Marvel — what Carol called herself when she began her superhero career.
    “Captain Marvel represents an ideal that Kamala pines for,” Ms. Wilson said. “She’s strong, beautiful and doesn’t have any of the baggage of being Pakistani and ‘different.’ ”
    Ms. Amanat said, “It’s also sort of like when I was a little girl and wanted to be Tiffani-Amber Thiessen,” from “Saved by the Bell.”
    Kamala will face struggles outside her own head, including conflicts close to home. “Her brother is extremely conservative,” Ms. Amanat said. “Her mom is paranoid that she’s going to touch a boy and get pregnant. Her father wants her to concentrate on her studies and become a doctor.” Next to those challenges, fighting supervillains may be a respite.
    The creative team is braced for all possible reactions. “I do expect some negativity,” Ms. Amanat said, “not only from people who are anti-Muslim, but people who are Muslim and might want the character portrayed in a particular light.”
    But “this is not evangelism,” Ms. Wilson said. “It was really important for me to portray Kamala as someone who is struggling with her faith.” The series, Ms. Wilson said, would deal with how familial and religious edicts mesh with super-heroics, which can require rules to be broken.
    Marvel’s slate of titles with female or minority leads includes an X-Men series spotlighting its women and “Mighty Avengers,” whose roster includes many nonwhite heroes. Next year two more female characters will get series: She-Hulk and Elektra.
    But the quest for cultural diversity in comics is not always successful. The market can be unwelcoming to new characters and attempts at inclusion can seem like tokenism when not handled well. Then there are the firestorms: In September at DC Comics, the writers of Batwoman, announced that they were leaving the series because of editorial interference, including an edict that would prohibit the lesbian title character from marrying. Dan DiDio, the co-publisher of DC Comics, said the decision was about keeping true to the mission of the Batman characters, who have sacrificed their self-interests for the greater good. They “shouldn’t have happy personal lives,” Mr. DiDio told fans at the Baltimore Comic-Con.
    In 2011, when Marvel announced that Miles Morales, a black Hispanic teenager, would take on the alter ego of Spider-Man as part of an alternative take on the character, there was an uproar by those who thought that Peter Parker, white and angst-ridden, had been replaced. (He wasn’t. Miles is part of a separate series that offers fresh takes on Marvel characters.)
    The most important fan assessment, though, comes later and is easier to quantify. “Fans respond with their dollars,” said Axel Alonso, the editor in chief of Marvel Entertainment, who thinks Miles has helped bring new readers to comics. “When you see Spider-Man strip down his mask and he looks like you, you are more inspired to pick up that book.” The September issue of Miles’s series sold around 32,000 copies. The more traditional version sold around 80,000 copies, though Peter Parker is seemingly dead and Doctor Octopus is acting as Spider-Man.
    As for Kamala, Ms. Wilson said the series was “about the universal experience of all American teenagers, feeling kind of isolated and finding what they are.” Though here, she adds, that happens “through the lens of being a Muslim-American” with superpowers.

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