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- 06/01/14--18:10: _PAINTER JAMES GAYLE...
- 06/01/14--23:26: _CAMPAIGN to Bring M...
- 06/02/14--21:20: _The Case for Repara...
- 05/20/14--09:47: Marvin X's love letter to gay and lesbian youth
- 05/21/14--15:59: Stokely, aka Kwame Ture, a keynote address by Dr. Peniel Joseph
- 05/22/14--10:58: Hapi earth day Sun Ra, Space is the Place
- 05/23/14--14:57: SUNSET SERVICE FOR REVOLUTIONARY ELOMBE BRATH
- 05/24/14--07:39: More on Dr. Molefi Asante as Afro-Centric Nigguh
- 05/25/14--15:24: Memorial Day, a poem by Marvin X
- 05/25/14--20:40: Iran: Jihad til America is no more!
- 05/25/14--21:08: Obama slips into Afghanistan to extend the permanent war
- 05/26/14--23:05: Miles Davis - Time After Time (Live 1985)
- 05/27/14--10:26: Pianist Alfie Politt at the Henry Box Brown Festival, Philadelphia
- 05/28/14--22:18: Maya Moves On to Higher Ground, dancing with Amiri Baraka, et al.
- 06/01/14--18:10: PAINTER JAMES GAYLES BOOK ON ART AND LITERATURE
- 06/01/14--23:26: CAMPAIGN to Bring Mumia Abu Jamal Home
- 06/02/14--21:20: The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates
By Marvin X
He is available for speaking and performing engagements. Write to him at 1222 Dwight Way, Berkeley CA 94702. Call 510-200-4164. email@example.com. www.blackbirdpressnews.blogspot.com. Also see and www.aalbc.com.
From: Maintaining Our Temples
Visit our website: http://www.whattheproblemis.com
Part Two: 30 Years of Teaching and Writing: The Public Career of Marvin X
copyright (c) 1997 by James G. Spady
....Craft is essential to Marvin X's poetry and drama. He knows the possibilities and constraints of the form. And he also knows how to expand. He credits Sun Ra with having helped him to realize the full possibilities of theatre. Marvin read his poetry in San Ra's grand musical energy field and he closely observed Sonny's skillful exploration of our Omniverse and all of its real possibilities. Was int not Sun Ra who told Marvin X that he would be teaching at U.C. Berkeley before it happened?
Marvin X and Sun Ra, both Gemini. Sun Ra was Marvin's mentor and artistic associate.
WE KNOW THE SOUL OF REVOLUTIONARY ELOMBE BRATH JOINED HIS COMRADES FROM AROUND THE WORLD WHO ENGAGED IN REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE, WHO SACRIFICED MIND, BODY AND SOUL TO THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM.LONG LIVE THE SPIRIT OF MY COMRADE ELOMBE BRATH!
SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014 IN HARLEM, NEW YORK @ 10:00 AM
132 ODELL CLARK PLACE
(138 St. between Malcolm X Blvd. and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.)
"Beloved Revolutionary Elombe Brath Joins The Ancestors" By Herb Boyd
By Herb Boyd
In a recent conversation with Dr. Tony Monteiro, he informed me Dr. Asante was not from Philadelphia but came from Georgia. I then quoted an ancestor known in Cali as Billy from Philly, "That nigguh is dumber than the dumbest mule ever let out of Georgia."--Marvin X
Dr. Anthony Monteiro
The Call for Dr. Monteiro was publicized after carefully vetting it for accuracy with those who know the situation at Temple University, from both student and faculty perspectives. When drafting the Call, there were others who spoke with us only on condition that they remain anonymous, fearing retaliatory action from the Department Chair or other administrators.
photo Johnnie Burrell
I am a veteran
Not of foreign battlefields
Like my father in world war one
My uncles in world war two
Or my friends from Vietnam
And even the Congo “police action”
But veteran none the less
Exiled and jailed because I refused
To visit Vietnam as a running dog for imperialism
So I visited Canada, Mexico and Belize
Then Federal prison for a minute
But veteran I am of the war in the hood
The war of domestic colonialism and neo-colonialism
White supremacy in black face war
Fighting for black power that turned white
Or was always white as in the other white people
So war it was and is
Every day without end no RR no respite just war
For colors like kindergarten children war
For turf warriors don’t own and run when popo comes
War for drugs and guns and women
War for hatred jealousy
Dante got a scholarship but couldn’t get on the plane
The boyz in the hood met him on the block and jacked him
Relieved him of his gear shot him in the head because he could read
Play basketball had all the pretty girls a square
The boyz wanted him dead like themselves
Wanted him to have a shrine with liquor bottles and teddy bears
Wanted his mama and daddy to weep and mourn at the funeral
Like all the other moms and dads and uncle aunts cousins
Why should he make it out the war zone
The blood and broken bones of war in the hood
No veterans day no benefits no mental health sessions
No conversation who cares who wants to know about the dead
In the hood
the warriors gone down in the ghetto night
We heard the Uzi at 3am and saw the body on the steps until 3 pm
When the coroner finally arrived as children passed from school
I am the veteran of ghetto wars of liberation that were aborted
And morphed into wars of self destruction
With drugs supplied from police vans
Guns diverted from the army base and sold 24/7 behind the Arab store.
Junior is 14 but the main arms merchant in the hood
He sells guns from his backpack
His daddy wants to know how he get all them guns
But Junior don’t tell cause he warrior
He’s lost more friends than I the elder
What can I tell him about death and blood and bones
He says he will get rich or die trying
But life is for love not money
And if he lives he will learn.
If he makes it out the war zone to another world
Where they murder in suits and suites
And golf courses and yachts
if he makes it even beyond this world
He will learn that love is better than money
For he was once on the auction block and sold as a thing
For money, yes, for the love of money but not for love
And so his memory is short and absent of truth
The war in the hood has tricked him into the slave past
Like a programmed monkey he acts out the slave auction
The sale of himself on the corner with his homeys
Trying to pose cool in the war zone
I will tell him the truth and maybe one day it will hit him like a bullet
In the head
It will hit him multiple times in the brain until he awakens to the real battle
In the turf of his mind.
And he will stand tall and deliver himself to the altar of truth to be a witness
Along with his homeys
They will take charge of their posts
They will indeed claim their turf and it will be theirs forever
Not for a moment in the night
But in the day and in the tomorrows
And the war will be over
No more sorrow no more blood and bones
No more shrines on the corner with liquor bottles teddy bears and candles.
25 May 2007
This poem appears in the anthology Stand Our Ground, edited by Euwarde Asayande, dedicated to Trayvon Martin and Merissa Axleander.
I will hunger strike for three days for Syria and the world. This world needs help. JB said hep! Imagine the young man committing mass murder because he couldn't find a girlfriend, but alas, he wasn't in tune with himself, how could he connect with a girl/woman?
The power hungry fight for the cause of continued oppression, not freedom. There are multiple fighters in Syria for multiple causes, few of them give a damn about the Syrian people, they are obsessed with their cause, for this or that ideology or sectarian theology. In three days I will be 70 years old. The world was at war when I was born, May 29, 1944, and there has been war ever since. I suspect there shall be wars and rumors of war after I am long gone, for some war is money, good for the economy of the globalists, who have no loyalty to anything or anyone except greed, who seem to enjoy the crushing of bones and spilling of blood. And then they wonder why their children are going stark raving mad. Baldwin said the murder of my child will not make your child safe.
If you fall I will catch you
time after time....--Cyndi Lauper
If you are by yourself and fall, who will lift you up, so two are better than one.--Ecclesiastes
Marvin X speaks tonight on KPOO radio at 10pm. kpoo.com. Accompanied by his star student Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, Marvin will discuss The World According to Marvin X at 70 (May 29, 1944). Marvin and Dr. Nzinga will read from their original writings.
Dr. Nzinga was a student of X's when he taught theatre at Laney College, 1981. She directed and performed in his play In the Name of Love, 1991, and his docudrama One Day in the Life, 1996-2002 (Recovery Theatre), the longest running Black play in the Bay. Ishmael Reed said, "One Day in the Life is the most powerful drama I've seen."
Dr. Nzinga has established her own theatre in West Oakland and is producing the entire cycle of plays by August Wilson with her Lower Bottom Playaz.
My first book "Reflections" will be out in July. It will be a collaboration between my artwork and 25 local, national and international poets and writers.