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"Being Black ain't so bad, it's just inconvenient!"--Old Black woman
A young white female usher looked at our tix, stamped general admission, and refused to seat us. Okay. We politely pointed out the reserved seats. No go. Okay. We waited a bit, saw two friends (black) sitting in the seats and went in. As soon as we got seated, the usher came over to unseat all five of us. We showed her K.'s names on the reserved signs on each seat. She said the seats were for the tech crew. We begged to differ, politely. She walked away.
Momentarily, a young black female usher came over and politely asked us to move. We politely told her about K. She was adamant that we needed to sit somewhere else, but we adamantly pointed to K.'s name on the seats. We concluded that she had been sent as a black emissary (used to be called Uncle Tom) to get these Negroes out of these prime seats. Finally, K. arrived with her other friend (white). And it became clear to all that we weren't trespassing. I settled in and soaked up the theatrical racism, keenly aware of the audience being about 80% white, of the scarcity of black males in the venue, of the abundance of black female ushers, and of my group's profile - novelist (me), entrepreneur featured in Fortune mag, doctor's wife, non profit exec, labor leader. Thought of Dick Gregory (what do you call a black man with a Ph.D.?). Enjoyed the provocative Anna Devere Smith. Enjoyed my friends. Didn't appreciate the bull.
30 Years of Teaching and Writing: The Public Career of Marvin X
Copyright James G. Spady, 1997,
Philadelphia New Observer
Marvin X has been teaching for a long time. He has established his tenacity. As one of the founders of the Black Arts Movement (BAM), he became a teacher in an emerging field called Black Studies. Like Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, Larry Neal, Askia Toure and others, Marvin X both contributed to and later taught those pivotal courses that constituted a new discipline.
For the last thirty years, this gifted poet, journalist, dramatist, oral historian (he appears to be the only participant in the Black Arts Movement that conducted intensive and extensive oral interviews with the key participants, as well as international political, cultural and educational leaders)and teacher, has established an unusual record. Marvin X has taught at the University of California at San Diego, Mills College, San Francisco State University, Fresno State University,
Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland, University of Nevada,Reno, and the University of California at Berkeley.
His peers were among the first to recognize his ability. The well-known African American man of the Arts and Letters, Amiri Baraka, refers to Marvin X as "one of the outstanding African writers and teachers in America. He has always been in the forefront of Pan African writing. Indeed, he is one of the founders and innovators of the new revolutionary school of African writing."
One of the best known playwrights in America is Ed Bullins. He refers to X as "one of the founders of the modern day Black theatre movement. He is a Black artist par excellence." The editor of Black Scholar magazine, Robert Chrisman, spoke of Marvin as "an extraordinary distinguished poet who has a powerful sense of meaningful drama"....
After high school (1962), Marvin enrolled in Oakland City College, aka Merritt College. There he met Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, who went on to found the Black Panther Party. It was at OCC that Marvin began to undergo a vital change. He listened intently as speaker after speaker addressed the ever-growing members of the cognoscente at Oakland City College. They, like many area colleges, benefited from the organizing and conscious-raising activities of the Afro American Association under the leadership of a young black lawyer, Donald Warden (now Khalid Abdullah Al Mansour). Marvin's early writings appeared in the Merritt College literary magazine.
Upon receiving the A.A. degree, Marvin went on to San Francisco State University, 1964. Marvin wrote a play for one of his English classes. The professor, legendary novelist John Gardner, was sufficiently impressed to carry it over to the theatre department. In the Spring of 1965, Marvin X's one-act play "Flowers for the Trashman" was produced at San Francisco State, a novel experience for an African American. It is even more exceptional in that it was his first play. (Published initially in Black Dialogue, Winter, 1966 and later in Black Fire, edited by Larry Neal and LeRoi Jones).
Marvin X soon met Philly playwright Ed Bullins, introduced to him by Art Sheridan, founding editor of Black Dialogue magazine. Ed and Marvin founded Black Arts West Thetre in the Fillmore. Black Arts West was certainly influenced by the Black Arts Movement in the East, mainly New York and Philadelphia.
The role of Amiri Baraka in shaping national Black consciousness can not be overemphasized. However, Marvin X, Hillary X, Ethna X, Duncan X (as they would become in a few months after joining the Nation of Islam, circa 1967), along with Ed Bullins and Farouk (Carl Bossiere, rip)were part of an indigenous Black Arts Movement....
copyright (c) 1997 by James G. Spady
...The poetry of Marvin X is deeply rooted in the cosmological convictions of his ancestors and his community. His individual identity is inextricably linked to his communal identity. That is why it functions as a source of power and inspiration. Because he is open to the magico-realist perception or reality and has the authentic experiences of the streets, Marvin's works strike a chord. Nowhere is this better exemplified than in a recent collection, Love and War, 1995.
"Read Love and War for Ramadan!"--Dr. Mohja Kahf, University of Arkansas, Department of English and Islamic Literature
cover art by Emory Douglas, Black Panther Minister of Culture
He introduces the work with these words, "Love and War is my poetic story of rediscovering self love and the internal war (Jihad) to reconquer my soul from the devil who whispers into the hearts of men, Al Qur'an. But I am also mindful of socio political conditions of my people. And this reality fills me with compassion and love, forcing me once again (now that I am clean and sober) to put on the armor of God and return to the battlefield. This collection is a signal of my return to the struggle of African American liberation after an absence of nearly a decade, caused by disillusionment and drug abuse. I return with the spirit of my friend, Huey P. Newton, rip, shaking my bones. He and I were often in the same drug territory and but for the grace of God, I chould have easily suffered a fate similar to his. I came close many times. Praise be to Allah."
"Marvin X was my teacher, many of our comrades came through his black theatre: Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, Emory Douglas, George Murray and Sam Napier."
--Dr. Huey P. Newton,co-founder of the Black Panther Party
...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 it 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.
...Nearly 30 years ago, Marvin sought to teach the relationship of Islam and Black Art. In his published conversation with Amiri Baraka, he attempted to reconcile and provide voices and faces for the different expressions of Islam in the West.
As a skilled interviewer, he allows Askia Toure and Baraka's divergent views of Islam to be placed into the record. In the afterword he states, "I believe the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is at least ten years ahead of any Black group working for freedom, justice and equality in the hells of North America. The Islamic ideology, discipline and organizational structure permits the masses of our people to fully develop their self-identity, self defense and self-government."
Again, X is out front. He recognized the tremendous influence Islam had on the Black Arts Movement. He is a case study in that type of influence....
Elijah and Malcolm, major influences on Marvin X. He honors both men.
....Marvin X is credited with convincing Eldridge Cleaver to use his advance against royalties from the popular book Soul on Ice, to help set up Black House. The building became "the mecca of political, cultural activity in The Bay Area. Among artists featured were: Sonia Sanchez,Vonetta McGee, Amiri and Amina Baraka, Chicago Art Ensemble,
Avoctja, Emory Douglas, Sarah Webster Fabio, et al. Playwright Ed Bullins joined Marvin and Eldrdige at the Black House, along with Marvin's partner, Ethna X (Hurriyah Asar), and singer Willie Dale, Cleaver's buddy from San Quentin.
Eldridge Cleaver, see Marvin X's memoir, Eldridge Cleaver, My friend the Devil, 2009 Upon his release from Soledad prison, Marvin X was the first person he hooked up with. Later Marvin introduced him to Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.
....Marvin X is a teacher of primeval knowledge, a knower of both street poetry and book poetry. In fact, he combines the two in a powerful way. Each verse is a teach act, each stanza--a class. His use of alliteration, rhymes, assonance, dissonance and free rhymes indicates he has absorbed the teachings of the academy. Yet, the street consciousness lying in the cut of its content links him directly to the poets of the new idiom called Rap.
His experimental verses are wholistic, historical and yet dialogical. The dynamic complexities of the situation creates in the reader an urgent need to know more. Can we expect anything elswe from a good teacher?
Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book is a monumental work about being black in America that every American urgently needs to read.
Between the World and Me is, in important ways, a book written toward white Americans, and I say this as one of them. White Americans may need to read this book more urgently and carefully than anyone, and their own sons and daughters need to read it as well. This is not to say this is a book about white people, but rather that it is a terrible mistake for anyone to assume that this is just a book about nonwhite people. In the broadest terms Between the World and Me is about the cautious, tortured, but finally optimistic belief that something beyond these categories persists. Implicit in this book’s existence is a conviction that people are fundamentally reachable, perhaps not all of them but enough, that recognition and empathy are within grasp, that words and language are capable of changing people, even if—especially if—those words are not ones people prefer to hear. Coates has written a book about immense and ongoing failures of humanity that is a triumph of humanism in itself, a book that renders the injuries of racism brutally near and real.
It struck me that perhaps the defining feature of being drafted into the black race was the inescapable robbery of time, because the moments we spent readying the mask, or readying ourselves to accept half as much, could not be recovered. The robbery of time is not measured in lifespans but in the moments we lose. It is the last bottle of wine that you have just uncorked but do not have time to drink. It is the second kiss that you do not have time to share, before she walks out of your life. It is the raft of second chances for them, and twenty-three-hour days for us.
The BRICS summit in Ufa comes at a crucial juncture in India’s Internet diplomacy.
Hetepu Bro MarvinX,
It was good to read your story regarding the fact that you publicly stated the obvious fact that in 2015 Alkebulan ( Afrikan) males who are serious and can look after multiple wives MUST be given the opportunity to do so.
In my opinion this would seriously cut down on the current state of play or players, i.e., one is married yet you can go out and have multiple female friends or in some cases multiple boyfriends ( so called downlow brothers who are married to females yet have sex with men).
What is required now is for Alkebulans to take responsibility of our home and relationships and do not allow the Vatican ( who are homosexuals ) to dictate how the Original Man should live on planet earth, especially since there is a massive exercise taking place as you read this to effeminizee our males through eating junk foods which contain dangerous levels of the female hormone estrogen, in addition those unfortunate sons in prisons who allow themselves to be 'sexing' other males- quite outrageous..
Alkebulan males are under threat from the shitstem in every way, yet so called lesbians and gays' can get married or even in some cases have a man and a woman, yet straight up men are unable to have multiple wives--this is quite nonsensical and unacceptable!
The same parasite priests, bishops and other psuedo religious hypocrites will quote x y or z of the basis instructions before leaving Europe ( bible). These same scribes and Pharisees are the ones who will marry these people same gender loving people or trans-sexual people.
In my humble opinion, we cannot allow any one to tell us how we are to live our lives, particularly when it comes to multiple wives.
Let's put polygamy into practice regardless of whether any state /government says it'slegal or not. We are not animals; we are men and are able to define for self and others what we need to do. Let the devil take back his nonsense.
Love and Light
Wish I Could Tell You the Truth
|Chapter One: Tale of an Angry Old Man||
|Chapter Two: Manifesto of The University of Poetry||
|Chapter Three: Toward A Radical Spirituality||
|In Search of my Soul Sister||
|Terrorism in the World Post 9/11||
|On Cecil's Brown's "What Happened to My Black Studies?"||
|Has Nature Turned Against America?||
|America, the Fire This Time||
|Black Studies, Treading Water||
|Beyond the Ignorance Zone||
|Bush, Last American Tragedy||
|Farrakhan's Final Call||
|Mass Murder in the Middle East and the Peace Movement||
|Michael Rode His Boat Ashore||
|Minister of Poetry Brings Tears to Sacramento||
|MMinister of Poetry Replies to Dr. Julia Hare||
|War in Iraq||
|Of Spiritual Things||
|Chapter Four: Crazy House of the Negro Book Tour||
|Open Letter to the Poets of Detroit||
|Human Earthquake Rocks New York City||
|Marvin X, Sonia Sanchez and the Crazy House Band||
|Live in Philly at Warm Daddies||
|Speaks to the Gullah Nation, South Carolina||
|Human Earthquake Hits Houston, Texas||
|Call for General Strike at Reparation Rally||
|Chapter Five: Of Myth and Rituals||
|Islam Needs a Martin Luther||
|End of World Innocence||
|Hug a Thug: The Education of Ptah Allah-El||
|Throws in Poetry Towel||
|Mass Murder in Fresno, CA||
|Life in Social Movements||
|What Is Life and Why Are We Living||
|Of Men Beast, Ancestors and Nature||
|Black Woman's Tit Knocks Out America||
|Gay Marriage and Black Liberation||
|New Nat Turner||
|Happy New Year, 2003||
|Twisted Route of Peace March||
|Chapter Six: Reviews and Blues||
|Film Review: Ray||
|Book Review: How to Find a BMW by Julia Hare||
|Book Review: America's Still the Place, Charlie Walker||
|Book Review: Somebody Blew Up America, Amiri Baraka||
|Movie Review: Gospel of the Game, James Robinson||
|Book Review: Wounded in the House of a Friend, Sonia Sanchez||
|Drama Review: Pantalos and Collard Greens||`179|
|Drama Review: Invisible Chains||
|Movie Review: Panther in Africa||
|Chapter Seven: Blackness and Nothingness||
|Am I Black, Am I White||
|Black Bourgeoisie Defend Their Own||
|The Meaning of Black Reconstruction||
|Black Reconstruction, Week Two||
|Black Reconstruction, Week Three||
|Negro Psychosexuality in the Post Crack Society||
|Black Muslims as Fifth Column in US||
|VIP Nigguhs and Rape||
|Powell, the Running Dog, Raps||
|Fable of the Horse, the Cow, the Bull||
|Power of Prayer||
No matter how much we cursed him, spat on him, ridiculed him, he persisted with the truth until we submitted and in the end we did. Some of us joined the Nation of Islam, others joined the Sunni movement of Waritth Din Muhammad, some became Shi'ite. But Brother Edward was the evangelist.
And so today, we honor and praise Brother Edward, Nation of Islam soldier, who saved us deaf dumb and blind intellectuals, who knew nothing but thought we knew everything. Thank you Brother Edward and all the FOI who came on campus to save us deaf dumb and blind students.
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The decision is part of a broader bipartisan effort to make the criminal justice system more equitable. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have been working together on legislation, and in 2014 the US Department of Justice widened the path to clemency for federal drug offenders.
For his part, Obama will spend the week focused on plans to overhaul the criminal justice system: On Tuesday, he will lay out ideas toward fairness during a speech to the NAACP, and will become the first sitting president to visit a federal prison Thursday when he goes to Oklahoma’s El Reno Correctional Institution.
Some critics have noted that the commutations “are symbolic and are dwarfed by the scale of the issue,” The Christian Science Monitor’s Sanya Mansoor wrote on Saturday. Even Vanita Gupta, former deputy legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union and now the top civil rights prosecutor for the Justice Department, told the Monitor last year that clemency expansion alone won’t be enough to cure the system’s ills.
But, Ms. Gupta added, “I think [it] marks a turn away from the old business as usual in the federal criminal justice system.... I think the president is feeling empowered to do this in part because there has been tremendous conservative leadership on this in the states for several years now.”
Free Political Prisoner Richard Maroon Shoats--40 years down in American gulag
Demand President Obama give a general amnesty to all political prisoners and prisoners in general, unjustly arrested, tried and convicted, 2.4 million in world's largest prison house, America! How many of the 1% Wall Street criminals who robbed the world have gone to prison? American prisons are full of drug addicted, mentally ill and economically depressed black, brown and poor whites, men and women, many if not most lacked proper legal representation at the time of their arrests.
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He talked with elder women about what he should do. One told him he'd never had a real woman! If so, she would still be with him, no matter what, through thick and thin, up times and down times. Well, he asked, how would he know when such a woman was in his presence. First, clean up your own act, she said. Scoop your own poop.
Rid yourself of defects of character. Make amendments to all those you have harmed in life. It takes humility to do this.Still, how will I know the real woman? The older woman answered, you will know because when she comes over your house and sees something amiss, she will take authority to correct the situation. If your house is dirty, she will immediately ask if she can clean it as a favor to you, as an act of love.
She will not want any money for her services. And she will clean your house as it has never been cleaned before because she knows what she is doing. Yes, she is a pro, not only with house cleaning but with every thing she does, including her love making. She will make sure you are satisfied and herself as well.She will demand respect and will respect you.
She will demand freedom and give you freedom. She will speak in the language of love so smooth that it will be like a razor cutting to the heart. You will be bleeding to death but not know you are cut.You will do what she suggests and do it willingly because it will not be a demand but a request said so subtle you won't recognize it for what it actually is: a demand.
And you will love doing what she requests.When you need space and time to yourself you won't need to explain, she will pick up the vibe.And you will do the same for her.She will not be jealous and envious of your talent and skills or how handsome you are to other women.
She knows she has you in her pocket because she is confident of herself, and not worried about some other woman taking her man.If you are taken by another woman, it must be the will of God that you go. She knows God will replace her emptiness with someone even better than you. But she will give you time to get a grip on yourself and find your way back home.
Just don't take too long and when you come home don't be asking about what she was doing while you were gone. A real woman will put her resources at your disposal if you are worthy of them, as the prophet Muhammad was treated by the wealthy trade woman Khadijah. There is no selfishness in love. All is for the beloved, but a wise woman ain't no fool. As the song says, the greatest thing you will ever do is love and be loved in return.The man thanked the elder woman for her wisdom and departed on his search.
11 March 2010
The rats all have the same gait: they scurry about, back broken by an abundance of lies, half-truths and disinformation, defamation and other tactics of rat behavior. Even their facial expressions have a rat like appearance, so you can see them coming a mile away. You can smell a funky rat. We suspect the two legged variety even has a tail hidden inside their pants or underneath their dresses, yes, there are rats of every gender, every color, class. Some are sewer rats, some are wharf rats, some are subway rats, church rats, house rats. But their behavior is the same. They are on the lower level of humankind, these two legged rats. They can do nothing right. They cannot give justice even with the scale in view while they weigh goods. They will lie while you look at them playing with the scale. They will try to convince you the scale doesn't work while it is their minds that have not evolved to work on the human level.
There is only one thing to do with such rats: set a trap for them or feed them poison cheese and watch them puke and vomit until they die. Better yet, let the cat catch their asses. It is beautiful watching the cat catch a rat, seeing how still the cat will become while stalking his prey. But the cat will lie in wait for the rat as long as it takes, never moving, never batting his eye. And then he leaps upon his prey and devours him. It is a beautiful sight when when the cat and rat game reaches the climax and ends with the consumption of the rat by the cat.
To be young, gifted and black,
Oh what a lovely precious dream
To be young, gifted and black,
Open your heart to what I mean
In the whole world you know
There are billion boys and girls
Who are young, gifted and black,
And that’s a fact!
Let’s fast forward to 2012 when rap recording artist Future releases “Double Cups & Molly”, the song that was one of the most requested records on Chicago’s Urban radio stations. We go from celebrating our culture, our strength and pride to popping the designer drug Molly.
Double cups and molly, codeine molly cirus
I’m twisted and I’m faded, I’m po’ing up and I’m driving
She foreign and exotic
She a ride it like Ferrari
Give her this and let her pop it
Give her this and let her top ya
Let that girl win her a Oscar
The fear and concern of our heightened violence and homicide that has increased in our backyard, which has us burying our latest victim, a 13-month toddler. Dillan Harris was in a stroller with his mom as they were standing at the bus stop when assailants hit him in a police chase fleeing a fatal shooting of Marvin Carr—friend of rap artist, Chief Keef. The sporadic nature of these crimes is a constant discussion in our communities and often there is some type of illegal substance found in the system of the folks committing the crime.
Whereas crack cocaine was the drug that dominated the 1980’s, heroine in the 1990’s and over the last 20 years, a combination of marijuana laced with crack among an array of quick hits. But in the last decade we’ve seen a disturbing trend of various forms that have taken shape in our community with young people being the victims. The designer drug ‘Molly’ is not new, having found a home among rave party goers since the 1980’s. Its chemical name is methylenedioxymethamphetamine, but it is more commonly referred to as MDMA — the active ingredient in the party drug Ecstasy.
Although, we’ve often connected the growth of synthetic drugs to white kids on both sides of the spectrum from trailer home parks to the well-manicured lawns of Winneka, its power through music is glorified in Black neighborhoods across America.
The Chicago Defender had an opportunity to speak with the generation that is most affected by the wave of this drug on how it’s influence has impacted their peers and the dangers for the next generation.
Anthony Amir Graham-Fort, 28 is a Community Program Director in Harvey works with young people in music. “People of color weren’t dealing with pharmaceutical drugs in our neighborhood. There was cocaine, weed and then later crack cocaine,” he said. “In these White neighborhoods, the substance is straight raw when it comes to cocaine. It’s an expensive drug so we had crack cocaine (a derivative of cocaine) in the Black neighborhoods and then eventually they had crystal meth which is now a form of the ‘Molly’.”
The origin of ‘Molly’ is a synthetic drug MDMA or ecstasy, giving users the euphoric high of amphetamines and the psychedelic effects of hallucinogens in its purest form. The problem is that the drug is not pure and what is found on the street is often ‘dumbed down’ versions of the pill. The pill can be bought for as little as $5-$10, mixed with bath salts and sometimes rat poison making it affordable to the young targeted market. The street value for pure ‘Molly’ can easily value for up to $150 a gram –$4,250 an ounce with distribution channels throughout Canada coming through Vancouver and making its way to U.S. major cities.
Community peace activist Chimeka Powell, 26 has dealt with the backlash of the generational landslide of ‘Molly’ and how it is gradually becoming the new drug epidemic. “Every time it’s passed down, it becomes less than its purest form. It reached to Chicago and now we have kids ‘crunking’. They are taking formaldehyde getting the side effects of how it’s eating at their brain,” she said. “It’s raises the blood pressure and elevates the body temperature. It’s to the point that they are losing oxygen to their brain. These kids are literally passing out and their bodies are overheating.”
From hip hop’s Biggie rapping about smoking ‘optimo’, marijuana laced with crack cocaine in the 1990’s to Gucci Mane spitting rhymes about the highs of syrup—a quick fix combining cough syrup and codeine, the message of popping ‘Molly’ through music resonates through the headphones and households of our Black youth. In Chicago it’s ‘drill’ music, a form of rap music that offers an inside out viewpoint of street culture, telling graphic tales of violence and territorial beef. The music is often repetitive and the hypnotic hook-line has captured a viral young audience through high digital numbers and mixtapes.
Powell adds. “There’s a song out called, “I’m Rollin’”, it’s played at the strip clubs. The kids are eating off that song, they want to hear it. Here comes that ‘Molly’ man coming into the club, so everyone wants to do what’s in the song. Everyone wants that feeling. Everyone is not going to get that feeling, you don’t have that what they have in the song. It’s not accessible to everyone, you’re getting that bootleg drug.”
The song that Powell refers to is from Lil Herb, a Chicago artist who has close to 900,000 YouTube views from the music video. In the song, “I’m Rollin’” the lyrics include:
All they know is kill, show no sympathy
And they kill for free, don’t get killed for me
Lil bro got it on him off a pill or three
We don’t show ID, couple shorties with me
Tottin’ thirty clips only sixteen
Do we blame the music that allows an escape for the many young talent in our inner city neighborhoods when hope and despair are a constant presence? The glorification of ‘Molly’, ‘K2’, ‘Ecstasy ‘and the latest form—‘Loud’. ‘Loud’ is marijuana that is cloned through manipulating two female ( marijuana has a male and female plants) branches braided together, accelerating the THC in the plant. This can result in psychoactive cannabinoids producing different effects, which can cause adverse reactions upon the user.
Few reports rarely connect black youth to these drugs but often we hear of white youth overdosing from its affects. A victim was found attending the Spring Awakening Music Festival in May due to a reported drug overdose at Soldier’s Field. What is not being reported much is the problem is no longer confined to electronic dance music festivals or raves—this is a growing epidemic, leading to long term behavioral and physical problems across societal lines.
“My generation is considered ‘crack babies’,” Powell said. “Not only do we suffer from mental disabilities but most of us don’t have the resources to recognize this. It’s an open field of drugs and the ripple effect that cause many to become unstable. It’s a trickle down effect. Just like how ‘crack’ affected my generation, some of my cousins suffer from Down Syndrome, some suffer from depression and many other mental disabilities.”
At press time, Chicago had 248 murders and 214 shootings. The age breakdown of the victims or the assailants or whether the assailants are under the influence of drugs is not clear. However, it is important to get a realistic idea of what is circulating in our communities and the easy access of these drugs. They are as accessible as going to the corner store to purchase a six-pack of beer or buying a double espresso shot of latte.
The ability to help through outpatient drug rehab and mental health facilities is dissipated randomly due to state and city budget cuts in the African American community. The fight to save our youth can often be challenged as an annihilation of another generation. From the song, “Young, Black and Gifted”:
When you feel really low
Yeah, there’s a great truth you should know
When you’re young, gifted and black
Your soul’s intact
The drug ‘Molly’ doesn’t recognize color, race, gender or social background—it rips any potential of hope, growth and a shining future from the user. But the disparity in its distribution in our community is our concern. We have to change that. “Say what you may but old school gangsters did not and do not endorse any mind control drugs,” says a community source.” So, let’s see which ‘young, gifted and black’ artist will rap about these truths today
Cheikh Anta Diop is the Master Scholar of the African World. His Cultural Unity of Africa gave us a new scientific analysis of African and world culture, as he called it the Southern Cradle and Northern Cradle paradigm. A linguistic and anthopological analysis of these civilizations, he also gave a comparative lingusitic analysis of Kemit and West Africa, concluding these were members of the same cultural group. In his mythological and religious analysis, he compared the Yoruba myths, Hausa myths with the mythology of Kemit, finding them similar in linguistic and cultural aspects. There is thus a cultural unity between East and West Africa. Chancellor Williams, in his Destruction of African Civilization, explains to us that migration was a central theme in our culture, going back 6,000 years when we first allowed foreigners into Kemit, but along with external political factors were ecological factors as well as struggle over succession rights/rites (Sun Ra). --Marvin X, M.A., San Francisco State University
There are those who love themselves, even in the animal kingdom the lion loves being the king. The elephant loves his power. The monkey and gorilla love their antics. Every people should enjoy the right to be themselves. Do you think white people can totally deconstruct their whiteness, their white supremacy, this is a most difficult task even for the most liberal of liberals and radicals as well. Their white supremacy mythology is cunning and vile. It expresses itself when they least expect it, hence they are in total denial about it. For example, liberals will denounce the Confederate flag but support the right of Southerns to maintain their tradition. Tradition of what? Slavery? Total domination of North American Africans? The mythology that they won the Civil War. Denial of the fact that 200,000 North American African troops were decisive is kicking their motherfucking white supremacy asses!
The disarming of the 200,000 African troops led to the rise of the Klu Klux Klan and Jim Crow, legal lynchings and failed Reconstruction that necessitated the Civil Rights Movement and ultimately the Black Power/Black Arts Movement of the 1960s Ah, we did not practice what the American revolution taught us, i.e., eternal viligance! Don't go to sleep. I said in a proverb, "The Devil never goes to sleep, he just changes shifts." We went to sleep and hence now suffer the Myth of Sisyphus, again forced to roll the rock up the hill for it to drop to the ground so me must begin the assent again for eternity. Trust me, there are those whites who are convinced we shall be caught in the Sisyphus mythology for eternity. While selling on Oakland's Lakeshore, a white man said, "Don't you see this is a White supremacy neighborhood. You're not getting anywhere with what you're talking about: How to Recover from White Supremacy." Another white boy passed my stand on Lakeshore and shouted to me, "What year did you go crazy??