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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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    Noam Chomsky: Obama's Drone Program 'The Most Extreme Terrorist Campaign of Modern Times'

    Famed linguist takes aim at western hypocrisy on terrorism.
    Noam Chomsky speaking in May, 2014.  (Photo:  Chatham House/fickr/cc)
    World-renowned linguist and scholar Noam Chomsky has criticized what he sees as Western hypocrisy following the recent terror attacks in Paris and the idea that there are two kinds of terrorism: "theirs versus ours."
    In an op-ed published Monday at, Chomsky notes how the deadly attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a supermarket last week sparked millions to demonstrate under the banner "I am Charlie" and prompted inquiries "into the roots of these shocking assaults in Islamic culture and exploring ways to counter the murderous wave of Islamic terrorism without sacrificing our values."

    No such inquiry into western culture and Christianity came from Anders Breivik's 2011 attack in Norway that killed scores of people.

    Nor did NATO's 1999 missile strike on Serbian state television headquarters that killed 16 journalists spark "Je Suis Charlie"-like demonstrations. In fact, Chomsky writes, that attack was lauded by U.S. officials.

    That civil rights lawyer Floyd Abrams described the Charlie Hebdo attack as "the most threatening assault on journalism in living memory," is not surprising, Chomsky writes, when one understands "'living memory,' a category carefully constructed to include Their crimes against us while scrupulously excluding Our crimes against them—the latter not crimes but noble defense of the highest values, sometimes inadvertently flawed."

    Other omissions of attacks on journalists noted by Chomsky: Israel's assault on Gaza this summer whose casualties included many journalists, and the dozens of journalists in Honduras that have been killed since the coup in 2009.

    Offering further proof of what he describes as western hypocrisy towards terrorism, Chomsky takes at aim at Obama's drone program, which he describes as "the most extreme terrorist campaign of modern times."

    It "target[s] people suspected of perhaps intending to harm us some day, and any unfortunates who happen to be nearby," he writes.

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    Marvin X will speak on the Origins of the Black Arts Movement at the BCCCC Conference, February 13-15, 2015, Merritt College, Oakland. 
    BAM bandleader/poet Marvin X performing with David Murray, Earl Davis and the BAM Poet's Choir and Arkestra at the Malcolm X Jazz/Art Festival, May 17, 2014. On February 6, Marvin X will read at San Francisco City Hall's Black History Event. Feb. 7, BAM will celebrate its 50th Anniversary at Laney College. Call 510-200-4164 for more information.

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    The Black Bird—A Fable By 
    Marvin X

    The cage door was always open, but the little bird wouldn't come out. He loved the cage, he had been in it so long. Other birds would fly into the white house and beg the little bird to come out, but he wouldn't. Sad, the other birds would fly away home to paradise, their hearts white with anger and sorrow for their lost brother who loved the cage. "He is so hard-headed, "the other birds said on their way home, "but we will get him out, we will get him out...." He was a smart bird. Nobody could tell him anything—except his master.

    He could sing too. When the master sang, the little bird sang. He knew all of the master's songs by heart. He didn't like to sing bird songs. From all around, people came to see him do tricks. The little bird knew a lot of tricks the master had trained him to do when visitors came to the white house. He was a good house pet. The little bird was so good his master always left his cage door open; he knew the little bird had forgotten what freedom was. "Come, fly away to freedom with us," the other birds would say. But the little bird didn't want to go for self!  "I like being in a cage," he said. "You birds are the crazy ones—get away from me!!!"

    For days and days, the black bird would sit in the cage looking at himself in the mirror. "He is such a beautiful black bird," all the visitors said. "Yes," the master said, "I have a good bird." To himself, the master said, "This little black fool has made me rich doing tricks and he's too dumb to fly away to freedom—what a stupid bird!"

    The master would feed the bird crumbs from his table. The little bird loved the crumbs so much he wouldn't eat anything else, not even when the other birds sneaked into the master's house and offered the little bird some righteous soulfood.

    One day the master's house caught on fire. Nobody knew how the fire started, not even the little black bird. The master fought hard to put the fire out, but there were too many flames, so he ran outside, leaving the little black bird behind. The flames grew bigger and bigger, but the little black bird just sat in his cage. Maybe he was waiting for his master to return....

    Then, suddenly, a friendly bird flew into the burning white house, "Black bird!" he yelled, "don't you know the house is on fire??? Hurry—come fly away with me!""But I love my cage," the black bird cried, "I want to stay!"

    "You want to burn," said the friendly bird. The friendly bird went into the cage, grabbed the black bird and flew away from the burning house. "Bye, master," the black bird yelled as he passed his master who was crying in the yard. "Bye, master," the little bird called out again—he was on his way home.

    from The Wisdom of Plato Negro, parables/fables, by Marvin X, Black Bird Press, Berkeley.
    (c)1968, 2007 
    The Black Bird is Marvin X's classic fable written in 1968. Many children were taught this story by conscious parents, including the parents of  journalist Wanda Sabir of the San Francisco Bayview newspaper.

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  • 01/20/15--20:21: GAME by Augusta Lee Collins
  • Augusta Lee Collins will perform at the Black Arts Movement 50th Anniversary Celebration at Laney College, Feb. 7, 2015, 10am thru 8pm Free Admission/donations accepted

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    Cornel West supports Marvin X and the Black Arts Movement 27 City Tour. Save the date: Black Arts Movement 50th Anniversary Celebration, Saturday, Feb. 7, 10AM thru 8pm, Laney College.

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    Left to Right: Carol Newborg of the William James Prison Art Project, Black Arts Movement co-founder, poet/playwright Marvin X and Dr. Leslee Stradford, Laney College Professor of Art and curator of the exhibit produced by the BAM/Post News Group Isaiah 61 Art and Literature Project.
    photo Nicole

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    Men need to stay out of women's pussy
    unless invited
    but you still can't own it boss it control it
    in that sick patriarchal mentality
    makes you want to beat it kill it then say you love it so much
    just shut up unless invited
    don't say nothing bout her bizness
    you don't bleed five days a month motherfucker 
    you can't bleed for five minutes sucker
    control yo shit and shut up
    get out the women's rest room pervert
    the men's room is over there see the sign
    why you put yo penis in her pussy if you know how she is
    now you coming after the fact with some man shit
    just shut the fuck up
    all you want to do is raise the baby so he/she can be a killer in your eternal wars for white supremacy
    don't kill the baby now, let it grow up so it can die in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia for the 1% Club who supply guns to both sides just to make a dollar, ain't no ideology except money, greed lust lechery
    white day is done dude get over it
    don't you see all your guns ain't shit
    yo drones planes bombs missles
    ain't won shit since Viet Nam
    Korean War still goin on I hear
    so drink yo beer Billy Bob
    stay out of other people's bizness
    unless invited.
    --Marvin X

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    Marvin X interviewed by Chris Stroffolino, reads his poetry, some of Baraka's, talks about the founding of the Black Arts Movement, introducing Eldridge Cleaver to Bobby Seale, and the forthcoming Oakland Black Arts District on 14th St.…/1/22/yakety-yak-with-marvin-x
     Marvin X sporting Borsalino Fedora
    photo Kamau Amen Ra

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    first edition

    1973]·[San Francisco

    by EL MUHAJIR [pseud. Marvin X]
    [San Francisco: Al Kitab Sudan Publications, 1973]. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm.); original orange pictorial wrappers printed in brown; [6],iv,[2],88pp.; text printed in brown on tan stock. Fine. Collected short poetical pieces by Marvin X, written between 1969 and 1972. He assures the reader in his introduction that he is not pushing for the women's liberation movement ("Women will be liberated when men are liberated" (p. i)). (Inventory #: 24996) $100.00 ABAA

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    El Muhajir produced Black Power Babies in Philadelphia, featuring Mrs.
    Amina Baraka, Amiri Baraka, Jr., Marvin X, et al. Black Arts Movement/Black Powers Babies panel discussion will take place at the Laney College BAM celebration on February 7, 2015.

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    A brother now living in the Bay Area told Marvin X, "Marvin, I heard more about you in Philly than here in the Bay. You are well known and well loved in Philadelphia."

     Keyboard genius Elliot Savoy Bey works with Marvin X coast to coast.

    After listening to Marvin X interviewed on Laney College Radio,…/1/22/yakety-yak-with-marvin-x his Philly musician friend, keyboard genius Elliot Savoy Bey said "Marvin X must be read and listened to like one is at a buffet--don't take too much at one time, just a little, then go back for more. Don't pile the plate--too much will make you sick, you will have a nervous breakdown." After listening to the interview, another Philly brother said, Marvin X is the Clifford Brown of spoken word. He put on a Clifford Brown album for Elliot Bey to

     Pam Africa

    Philly's Harriet Tubman, i.e., Pam Africa, told Marvin that he needs to come set up shop in Philly, especially if he wants to do the Philly leg of his Black Arts Movement 27 City Tour.  Philly poets told Marvin don't bring all them West coast poets to Philly, we can handle this! 

    Marvin X and Philly's legendary musician/philosopher Sun Ra. Marvin worked with Sun Ra coast to coast. Marvin's mythological extravaganzas reveal Sun Ra's influence as well as Amiri Baraka's. Sun Ra and Marvin taught in Black Studies at UC Berkeley until the entire faculty was removed for being too radical. More pliant Negroes were hired.

    Sarah Lomax Reese, owner of WURD Radio, Marvin X, Muhammida El Muhajir and Mrs. Amina Baraka. WURD sponsored Muhammida's production of Black Power Babies on Philly's Theatre row.

    Marvin X reading at Black Love Lives, accompanied by Philly pianist Alfie Pollitt. Event was produced at the University of Penn by Nisa Ra.

    Michael Shoatz, Jr., son of imprisoned Black Panther, Michael Shoatz, Sr., and Marvin X

    Philadelphia's Queen of Poetry, Sonia Sanchez, co-founder of the Black Arts Movement
    "Marvin, just the idea of a 27 city tour makes me tired."

    Greg Corbin, founder of the Philly Youth Poetry Movement

     Philly Professor/poet/editor Ewuare Osayande

    Philly native, Muhammad Ahmad, aka Max Stanford, during the 60s, he was  one of the most dangerous men in America as leader of RAM, the Revolutionary Action Movement. RAM was headed by exiled revolutionary Robert F. Williams, author Negroes With Guns.

    Dr. Tony Montiero, ousted Temple University professor. Dr. Muhammad Ahmad was ousted as well in a conspiracy with the administration and the Afro-centric Negro Dr. Molefe Asante.

     Marvin with the Philadelphia Poets Award Ceremony produced by Maurice Henderson. Marvin was given a special award as an honorary Philly Poet.

    Marvin X and Sarah Lomax Reese, owner of WURD Radio. She was in Oakland for A Conversation with Angela Davis and Sonia Sanchez, which she produced. She told Marvin X, "Don't think about coming to Philly with your BAM 27 City Tour and not have WURD as a sponsor."

    Philly comes to Oakland: L to R: Sarah Lomax Reese, Angela Davis and Sonia Sanchez

     Marvin X, accompanied by David Murray and Earl Davis at the Malcolm X Jazz/Art Festival, Oakland, May 17, 2014

     The Black Arts Movement Poet's Choir and Arkestra, University of California, Merced, Feb/Mar, 2014. A Kim McMillan/Marvin X production

     Laney College President, Dr. Elnora T. Webb and Marvin X, aka The Chancellor

    The BAM Poet's Choir and Arkestra Divas: Tureada Mikel, Mechelle LaChaux, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga and Tarika Lewis on violin. They performed at the 80th Birthday Party for Dr. Nathan Hare, father of Black and Ethnic Studies, founding publisher of the Black Scholar Magazine. He will be at the Laney BAM celebration, facilitating a mental health peer group: How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy.
     Dr. Nathan Hare, PhD sociology, PhD clinical psychology
    Fired from Howard University--too Black; fired from San Francisco State University--too Black!
     Hare was a professional boxer while teaching at Howard. They didn't like that either. As Paradise Jah Love says in his classic poem (which he will read at the BAM celebration at Laney College), "They like everything about you but you."

     President of the Oakland City Council, Lynette McElhaney

     Marvin X with BAM co-founder Danny Glover. Danny may show.
    photo South Park Kenny Johnson
     Former Black Panther Party Chairwoman Elaine Brown, MX and Mama Ayanna of the Malcolm X Grass Roots Organization

     Phavia Kujichagulia will be in da house. "If you think I'm just a physical thing, wait til you see the spiritual power I bring."
     Empress Diamond, assistant to Marvin X, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and the Chancellor
     President of the Oakland City Council, Lynette McElhaney, Empress Diamond, the Chancellor
     Empress Diamond, City Councilwoman Desley Brooks, Chancellor
     "Oh, how I miss my drinking buddy.""Marvin, you get drunk and say the damnest things."
     Carol Newborg of the William James Prison Art Project, Chancellor, Dr. Leslee Stradford, curator of the San Quentin Prison art exhibit at the Laney BAM 50th Anniversay Celebration

     Muhammida El Muhajir, creator of the Black Arts/Black Power Babies Conversation, now living in Ghana, West Africa. Right: Samantha Akwei, Special Assistant to Marvin X. She visited Ghana during the holidays, connected with Muhammida, Marvin and Nisa Ra's daughter.

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    Marvin X and Nuyorican Poet Nancy Mercado appear in the anthology Black Gold. Longtime friends, Nancy attended the reception for Marvin X at the Harlem home of poet, novelist Rashidah Ismaili. Nancy says, "Happy and grateful to have my work included in this powerful and beautiful anthology with such greats as Sonia Sanchez, Gil Scott-Heron, Marvin X, Eugene Redmond, SE Anderson and many others."

    Black Gold is an Anthology of the Best Black Poetry in the Africa and African American world. Edited by Ja A. Jahannes

    New York poets and artists welcome Marvin X to Harlem, hosted by Rashidah Ismaili, who has just published a novel. She is seeking readings on the West Coast. Rashidah hosted the memorial for poets Jayne Cortez and Amiri Baraka at New York University last year.

    Black Gold 1 edition

    Cover of: Black Gold by Ja A. Jahannes (Editor)


    About the Book
    Black Gold is a highly original anthology of poems featuring works by a collective of nearly 100 authors who span multiple generations and represent voices from throughout communities of the African and Latino Diaspora. The contributors include noted veteran authors of the historical Black Arts Movement as Sonia Sanchez, Marvin X, and the late Gil Scott-Heron to such celebrated contemporary voices as those of Evie Shockley, Opal Palmer Adisa, and Aberjhani. Unlike the Norton Anthology Series 2013 offering of Angles of Ascent, the Black Gold anthology dares to step outside the canon of officially-recognized academic black poets to spotlight individuals who are as unflinching in their bold literary gaze as they are fierce in their passionate dance with language.

    There is only 1 edition record, so we'll show it here...  •  Add edition?

    Black Gold
    An Anthology of Black Poetry

    Published 2014 by Turner Mayfield Publishing in USA.
    Written in English.


    • Contributor
      Opal Palmer Adisa
    • Contributor
      Ali Jimale Ahmed
    • Contributor
      S.E. Anderson
    • Contributor
    • Contributor
      Malaika Favorite
    • Contributor
      E.J. Antonio
    • Contributor
      Everett Hoagland
    • Contributor
      Zain Beyond Words Jacobs
    • Contributor
      Marvin X
    • Contributor
      C. Leigh McInnis
    • Contributor
      Tony Medina
    • Contributor
      Nancy Mercado
    • Contributor
      E. Ethelbert Miller
    • Contributor
      Kevin Powell
    • Contributor
      Eugene B. Redmond
    • Contributor
      Kalamu Ya Salaam
    • Contributor
      Mona Lisa Saloy
    • Contributor
      Sonia Sanchez
    • Contributor
      Gil Scott-Heron
    • Contributor
      Evie Shockley
    • Contributor
      Crystal Simone Smith
    • Contributor
      Lucy Thornton Berry
    • Contributor
      Valjeanne Jeffers
    • Contributor
      Diane Judge

    ID Numbers

    Open Library
    ISBN 10
    ISBN 13

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    Terry Collins, KPOO Radio's GM. Terry has interviewed Marvin X enough to make a book. If you heard Marvin X on Laney College Radio last week, you know what to do: fasten your seat belt and prepare your airbag. Eat early so you don't upset your stomach once the Human Earthquake shakes the Bay with the low down dirty truth as Sun Ra taught him. "Marvin," Sun Ra said, "The people don't want the truth, they want the low down dirty truth."

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    'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution'

    The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
    Courtesy of Sundance International Film Festival

    The Bottom Line

    A fine primer that admires the movement more than its leaders.


    Sundance Film Festival, Doc Premieres


    Stanley Nelson

    Stanley Nelson chronicles the short life of an iconic organization.

    A strong if only occasionally transporting biography of a movement that terrified the establishment in its day, Stanley Nelson's The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution speaks to many former members of the Black Panther Party about what its breed of revolutionary activism felt like at the time. Joining some other recent histories about black Americans fighting powers that are too rarely held accountable to them, the film continues a discussion whose present-day relevance is painfully, increasingly obvious. Straighter in its attitude than The Black Power Mixtape and covering much more ground than Free Angela & All Political Prisoners, it does so in a way that will be an easy sell on public TV, where it's likely to find most of its initial audience before a long and useful life on video.
    Beginning in the group's birthplace of Oakland, California, the doc points out how the persecution of the civil rights era had a different flavor in coastal cities than in the South. Here, we're told, thuggish police "might not have called you n—r, but they treated you the same." We're introduced to the young Huey P. Newton, who realized that it was legal to carry loaded guns in public and understood that doing so in the vicinity of police interacting with Oakland's black population would draw more attention to racial justice issues than a million printed fliers. He and Bobby Seale organized the party, which began with a focus on militancy but soon launched major charitable programs, including a famous free-breakfast effort that fed children 20,000 meals a week.

    Drama was never in short supply with the Panthers, and Newton's arrest early in their existence provided a rallying cry that was (like their fondness for calling police "pigs") taken up by white college students and other left-leaning groups. While he shows the power of the "Free Huey" slogan, Nelson isn't eager to investigate it; he tells us almost nothing about the incident that led to Newton's imprisonment (he was accused of killing a policeman), nor does he give us any way of guessing whether it was just or unjust.

    The omission of such significant details is puzzling given that Nelson soon enough proves willing to show the group's leaders in an unfavorable light. We watch in some detail as their intellectual star, Eldridge Cleaver, goes off the deep end following an armed standoff, fleeing to Algeria and eventually fracturing the party. And near the end, we briefly hear of Newton's descent into drugs and erratic, criminal behavior. It's tempting to conclude that the film is willing to be frank about the problems party figures caused themselves and each other, but the doc wants few shades of gray when it comes to antagonism between Panthers and the police.

    The film's most involving bit of storytelling comes when the villainy of law enforcement is in no doubt. After detailing J. Edgar Hoover's fervor to destroy the group with COINTELPRO and dirty tricks, it introduces the tremendously charismatic Fred Hampton, who in 1969 seemed poised to emerge as the kind of "black messiah" Hoover feared. Just as he was starting to build inspiring alliances between Panthers and activists in Latino and poor white communities, Hampton was killed in an FBI-engineered police raid that begs to be called a political assassination.

    Straight history is not the whole point here, as Nelson enthusiastically conjures a sense of what it felt like to be a Panther and to be a young black person inspired by them. Alongside historians, we hear from many surviving party members, including Jamal Joseph, Kathleen Cleaver, and William Calhoun. (The absence of Seale, the most famous surviving Panther, is not explained.) Adding a bounty of excellent archival photographs and some good political soul on the soundtrack, the movie makes unnecessary one member's happy recollection that "we had a swagger."
    Production company: Firelight Media
    Director: Stanley Nelson
    Producer: Laurens Grant
    Directors of photography: Antonio Rossi, Rick Butler
    Editor: Aljernon Tunsil
    Music: Tom Phillips
    No rating, 114 minutes


    Marvin X concluded his Revolution on the Rocks Book Tour 2012 with a lunch interview with producer Laurens Grant who is working on a documentary on the Black Panther Party, directed by Stanley Nelson. Marvin X has urged her to include how the Black Panther Party in particular and the liberation movement in general was influenced by the Black Arts Movement. According to Marvin X, there was cross fertilization between the Nation of Islam, Black Panthers, Black Arts Movement and the Black Student Movement that led to Black Studies.

    Bobby Seale and Marvin X at the Joyce
    Gordon Gallery Black History Celebration, 2012

    No aspect of the Black Consciousness Movement sprang up in isolation. We cannot discuss the Black Panthers without discussing the African American Association, led by Donald Warden, aka Khalid Abdullah Tariq Al Mansour. From the AAA's influence came the Panthers and the establishment of Black Studies at Oakland's Merritt College, even before the violent strike for Black Studies at San Francisco State College, now university.

    And would the students at Merritt and San Francisco State have been motivated without the West Coast Black Arts Movement, e.g., Bobby Seale performed in Marvin X's second play Come Next Summer before joining the BPP. Bobby played the role of a young black man in search of revolutionary consciousness.

    At San Francisco State College, LeRoi Jones, aka Amiri Baraka's Communications Project enrolled student actors and playwrights such as Jimmy Garrett, Benny Stewart, George Murray, Jo Ann Mitchell, Elleadar Barnes, et al., who went on to participate in the Black Panther Party after BAM consciousness.

    At San Francisco State College, now University, Marvin X's first play, Flowers for the Trashman, produced by the Drama Department, 1965, ushered in Black Arts West Theatre, 1966, with X and playwright Ed Bullins. Danny Glover performed in BAW. BAW came under the influence of the Nation of Islam will key players joining the NOI, i.e., Marvin X, Duncan X, Hillary X and Ethna X.

    Upon his release from prison, 1967, Eldridge Cleaver hooked up with Marvin X and they established the Black House, a political/cultural center, along with Ethna X, Ed Bullins and Willie Dale. Again the Muslim influence: Marvin X an d BAW guru and former inmate with Eldridge, Alonzo Batin, forced Eldridge Cleaver out of his white woman's house (Beverly Axelrod, the attorney who took his manuscript Soul on Ice out of Soledad Prison and whom Eldridge promised to marry, who also contracted a portion of royalties from Soul on Ice and won by default while Eldridge was exiled in Algeria). Eldridge died poor while his book is still an international bestseller as we write! You Marvin X eventually introduced Eldridge Cleaver to Bobby Seale and Huey Newton, Marvin's companions from Merritt College.

    But just as the Nation of Islam recruited members of the Black Arts West Theatre, Marvin X would later recruit for the NOI. His biggest fish was no doubt Nadar Ali or Bobby Jones who Elijah Muhammad put over the fish import business.

    Islam had a significant role on the East Coast Black Panther Party and the genre Muslim American literature begins with Marvin X and the BAM writers, e.g., Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, Askia Muhammad Toure, et al.

    Marvin X and his mentor and associate, Master Sun Ra,outside Marvin's Black Educational Theatre on O'farrel Street, between Fillmore and Webster, 1972. Sun Ra and Marvin X were both teaching Black Studies at UC Berkeley. They produced a five hour concert without intermission and a cast of fifty at San Francisco's Harding theatre on Divisadero St.
     Eldridge and Alprentice Bunchy Carter, his prison buddy and later leader of the Los Angeles Black Panther Party, murdered on the campus of UCLA, along with John Huggins by members of the US organization, headed by Ron Karenga.

     Huey P. Newton in wicker chair, rug, shield, spear; these items came from Eldridge Cleaver's room at Beverly Axelrod's house. Marvin X and Alonzo Batin (BAM guru) moved Eldridge from Axelrod's  White House to the Black House on Broderick St., San Francisco.
     Marvin X at Fresno State College/now University. He was removed as lecturer on orders of
    Governor Ronald Reagan who also removed Angela Davis from UCLA the same year, 1969.

     My Friend the Devil, Marvin's memoir of Eldridge Cleaver.

     Eldridge Cleaver and Marvin X outside the house where the Panthers had a shoot out with the OPD. Little Bobby Hutton was murdered by OPD, Cleaver wounded and later fled to exile. When he returned as a Born Again Christian, Marvin X organized his ministry. photo Muhammad Al Kareem
    See My Friend the Devil, a memoir of Eldridge Cleaver by Marvin X, Black Bird Press, Berkeley, 2009. Also, Somethin' Proper, the autobiography of a North American African Poet, Marvin X, Black Bird Press, 1998. Somethin' Proper came off the press the day Eldridge Cleaver made his transition to the ancestors, May 1, 1998. Marvin X performed the memorial rites in Oakland. Kathleen and daughter Joju attended the memorial. Kathleen said, "Marvin, the memorial was great, but there were just too many Muslims!" Alas, their son is Ahmed Maceo Eldridge Cleaver, a Sunni Muslim!

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    We thank the Peralta Colleges for their help in promoting the 50th Anniversary of the Black Arts Movement Celebration at Laney College; also, the Post News Group, KBLX, KPOO, KPFA, laniecejones associates, and all the artists who are contributing their time and energy to make this event a success. Also, Peralta Board of Trustee William Riley, Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Lynette McElhaney and Councilwoman Desley Brooks. BAM or be damned! Be there or be square! --Marvin X, BAM 27 City Tour
    Laney College presents a Celebration of the 50th ANNIVERSARY of the BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT (BAM) on Feb 7th, Sat from 10am - 8pm  Free Admission/Donations Welcome  More info here:  9th Floor Radio podcast with BAM producer Marvin X Jackmon  Marvin X interviewed tonight at 10pm on KPOO 89.5 FM radio  Dave 'Davey D-Oakland' CookLibby Schaaf LaNiece JonesMarcus BooksThe Oakland Post Delroy LindoDelroy LindoBoots RileyWalter Riley Desley BrooksBerkeley City CollegeBerkeleycc WallCollege of AlamedaMerritt CollegeMerrittCollege BlackstudentUnionOffice of the President, Laney CollegeLaneyBlack StudentUnionBlack Arts Movement

    Laney College presents a Celebration of the 50th ANNIVERSARY of the BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT (BAM) on Feb 7th, Sat from 10am - 8pm
    Free Admission/Donations Welcome
    More info here:…/marvin-x-recruits-dream-team-bl…/

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  • 01/27/15--21:34: Poems for KPOO
  •  Christian Terrorism

    Ever heard of WWI, WWII, WWIII, yeah, the eternal war on terrorism good for business as usual
    Ask Africans was the Good Ship Jesus a nice ride to Mississippi,
    Jamaica, Brazil, Cuba
    How did Mali music turn into Blues in the Mississippi Delta
    Ever heard of the Cross & Lynching Tree
    Billi called it Strange Fruit nothin' to eat
    Native Americans just love the teachings of Jesus
    the small pox syphilis alcoholism wife beating
    oh how we love Jesus in the concentration camps
    called reservations
    Now wasn't Hitler a Christian pure Christian 100%
    Wasn't the KKK Christian burning crosses in the name of Jesus
    the Blue eyed blond hanging on the cross looking like a hippie
    How did blue eyed blonds get to Palestine, Jerusalem
    was it on the Ra boat did they come from the river Hapi
    Christians sliced Africa at the Berlin Conference
    just split the pie Germany took a piece, France, England
    Holland, Spain, took Arabia too, Egypt, Iran
    did they practice human rights
    administer justice kind to women
    europeans cry bout Muuuuuuuuuuslims in their midst
    how long did they stay in Muuuuuuuuuuuuuslim lands
    did they treat Muuuuuuuuuuuuuuslims with tender loving kindness
    did they not hang them, beat them, cut off arms legs lips hands
    these Christian saviors of the savages saved them from nakedness
    saved them from no heart attacks no high blood pressure no AIDS no Ebola
    Do they not have 800 Christian army bases around the world today
    occupying lands for the rights of corporations who are people too we heard the court say
    corporations are people who murder in the name of Jesus rob in the name of Jesus exploit
    plunder pollute like Shell in Nigeria India Peru
    steal the forests for IKEDA furniture you want
    Gold  and diamond mines so Negroes can have bling bling
    extract African minerals so Negroes can talk on cell phones
    Where you at, where you at, where you at
    Is you outside Jesus you ain't back yet
    been two thousand years
    where you at, where you at, where you at.
    Is you ISIS they look like Jesus
    Is you Taliban they look like Jesus
    Is you Hamas, Hezbollah, they look more like Jesus than Jesus we know
    Is Al Quida Jesus
    Who is Al Quida anyway
    Ain't Al Quida America
    Ain't Al Quida who America helped in Afghanistan then left them naked after the Russians ran home
    Ain't the Bin Laden family and the Bush family lovers and friends
    Bin Laden family flew out of American when nobody else could fly, remember 9/11
    Baldwin said these people ain't Christians
    your condition proves it
    yes, Baldwin said
    your condition proves it.
    Where you at Jesus with your pretty blond hair pretty blue eyes
    drone in the sky
    poison water air food poison men women and children
    Where you at, where you at, where you at
    Oh, you love Native Americans so much
    Your good Christian police love Negroes so much, ok they love Africans so
    Ask Diallo how much they love Africans or did they think he was a Negro
    we all look alike don't we
    What's the difference between a Negro and African they both Black ain't they
    You made them Christian didn't you
    you gave them both the Cross and Lynching Tree
    Messed up their minds for the next four hundred years
    Dumping bleaching cream by the tons on Africa
    Bleaching still in America, look at Sammy Sousa
    Remember poor Michael
    My grandson said he wanna be white like Michael Jackson
    So why you good loving Christians crying bout Muuuuuuuuuuslims in your midst
    didn't you make them devils like you
    didn't they go to your good Christian colonial schools
    didn't they study the Bible while you stole the land
    little bait and switch here uh
    Oh, now you morn in Europe
    Muuuuuuuuuuuslim terrorists Muuuuuuuuuslim terrorists
    all Muuuuuuuuuuuuuuslims are terrorists
    All Christians are what good guys in white hats
    Onward Christian soldiers kill the infidels heathens
    drive them from Europe and America like Spain did in 1492
    Put them on the Good Ship Muuuuuuuhammad
    America is a Christian land Europe is good Christian land
    let the world be a good Christian land let Jesus return in a space ship
    to save us all, save us all.
    where you at, where you at, where you at
    --Marvin X


    Men need to stay out of women's pussy
    unless invited
    but you still can't own it boss it control it
    in that sick patriarchal mentality
    makes you want to beat it kill it then say you love it so much
    just shut up unless invited
    don't say nothing bout her bizness
    you don't bleed five days a month motherfucker 
    you can't bleed for five minutes sucker
    control yo shit and shut up
    get out the women's rest room pervert
    the men's room is over there see the sign
    why you put yo penis in her pussy if you know how she is
    now you coming after the fact with some man shit
    just shut the fuck up
    all you want to do is raise the baby so he/she can be a killer in your eternal wars for white supremacy
    don't kill the baby now, let it grow up so it can die in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia for the 1% Club who supply guns to both sides just to make a dollar, ain't no ideology except money, greed lust lechery
    white day is done dude get over it
    don't you see all your guns ain't shit
    yo drones planes bombs missles
    ain't won shit since Viet Nam
    Korean War still goin on I hear
    so drink yo beer Billy Bob
    stay out of other people's bizness
    unless invited.
    --Marvin X

    Public Service Announcement

    Marvin X,
    Project Director
    BAM 27 City Tour

    In celebration of the Black Arts Movement 50th Anniversary, Laney College will present a day long event on February 7, from 10am through 8pm. The celebration includes a wellness boot camp, a mental health peer group to recover from the addiction to white supremacy, book fair, open mike, panel on Black women writers; an inter-generational discussion with participants in the Black Arts/Black Power movement and their children, There will be an exhibit of art by San Quentin Prison inmates. The program concludes with a performance by the Black Arts Movement Arkestra and the Poet's Choir with special guests. For more information, call 510-200-4164. The event is free.

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     Fantastic Negrito will perform at the reception along with Earle Davis

    John Santos: Keeper of the Culture 
    We are honored to have the Honorable John Santos donate his time and talent

    YGB, Youth Speaks Poets will perform

    The Black Arts Movement Poet's Choir and Arkestra. Members performing at Laney College include the following: Tarika Lewis, Mechelle LaChaux, Paradise Jah Love, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, Kalamu Chache', Lakiba Pittman, Earle Davis, Rashidah Sabreen, Zena Allen, Aries Jordan, Genny Lim, Tacuma King, Val Serrant, Destiny Muhammad, Tureada Mikel.

     Elaine Brown, former Black Panther Party Chairwoman will moderate panel on BAM and Black women writers.

     Suzzette Celeste, MPA, MSW, will co-facilitate the How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy Peer Group along with Dr. Nathan Hare

    San Francisco State University Professor Dr. Dorothy Tsuruta will participate on the panel BAM and Black women writers. 

    Aries Jordan will participate on the panel BAM and Black women writers

    Dr. Ayodele Nzinga will be a panelist on BAM/Black Power Babies, along with her son Stanley. Dr. Nzinga will also direct the production of Marvin X's play Flowers for the Trashman

    Dr. Nathan Hare, PhD Sociology, PhD Clinical Psychology, will co-facilitate the How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy Peer Group

    Percussionist Tacuma King is part of the BAM Poet's Choir and Arkestra

     Judy Juanita, poet/novelist will be on the panel BAM and Black Women Writers

     BAM divas: Tureada Mikel, Mechelle LaChaux, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga and Tarika Lewis on violin

     Malik Seneferu will exhibit his visual art

     Michell Bennett will facilitate the BAM Wellness Boot Camp. Will Marvin X join the boot camp?

     Lakiba Pittman is part of the BAM Poet's Choir

     Kalamu Chache' is part of the BAM Poet's Choir

     Avotcja is an original BAM worker. She is part of the BAM Poet's Choir and Arkestra

     Poet Genny Lim is part of the BAM Poet's Choir and Arkestra

     Zena Allen, Kora player, is part of the BAM Poet's Choir and Arkestra

     Violinist Tarika Lewis, a member of the BAM Arkestra

     Earle Davis, an original member of Marvin X's Black Arts West Theatre on Fillmore St., SF, 1966

     Poet Paradise Jah Love will perform his classic "You love everything about me but me."

     San Francisco State University student activist. He was a member of the BSU and one of the 1968 strike leaders, now General Manager of KPOO Radio. He will appear with his daughter Renya on the BAM/Black Power Babies panel.

     Pianist Muzuki Roberson is a special guest with the BAM Poet's Choir and Arkestra

     Multi-talented Phavia Kujichagulia is a special guest with the BAM Poet's Choir and Arkestra

    Empress Diamond, Mayor Libby Schaaf and Marvin X. Mayor Schaaf supports BAM District.
    President of the Oakland City Council, Lynette McElhaney, Empress Diamond, Marvin X. President McElhaney will introduce resolution and proclamation establishing the BAM District

    Empress Diamond, Councilwoman Desley Brooks, Marvin X. Councilwoman Brooks supports BAM

    Carol Newborg of the William James Prison Art Project, Marvin X, Dr. Leslee Stradford, Professor of Art at Laney College. Art from San Quentin Prison will be exhibited at the BAM celebration, Feb 7.

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    Black Arts Movement co-founder Marvin X, aka The Chancellor

     Dr. Leslee Stradford, curator of the BAM/Post News Group Visual Art Exhibit from San Quentin Prison. Next to her is  Brandi Howard, Staff Assistant to President Dr. Elnora T. Webb

    Dr. Elnora T. Webb, President, Laney College. Laney formed a special relationship with the Black Arts Movement to make the event happen. "We love you, Dr. Elnora Tina Webb!"says Marvin X.

    L to R: Jim Cave, Odell Johnson Theatre technical director; Eric Smith, Staff Assistant in Laney Business Office (sitting in for Kinetta Barnett, Laney Facilities Services Specialist) and Randolph Belle, Communications Director for President Webb.
    Tamika Brown & Alicia Christenson,Co-chairs of the Ethnic Studies Department.

    Laney College administrators: Phyllis Carter, Laney Director of Business & Administrative Services and Phoumy Sayavong, Dean of Humanities, Social Sciences & Applied Technology

    On Tuesday, Feb. 3, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will honor The Black Arts Movement with a commendation for fifty years work. In the words of ancestor Paul Robeson, Marvin X and the  BAM workers describe themselves as Artistic Freedom Fighters.

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