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- 10/03/18--23:23: Part Two: I don't believe in death
- 10/07/18--22:28: I Am Marcus Garvey
- 10/11/18--23:38: Notes final draft 10/12/18
- 10/13/18--16:14: Marvin X new poem: The Moment between light and darkness
- 10/14/18--23:03: Marvin X poem: A real nigga ain't eatin' greens without cornbread
- 10/15/18--02:22: Marvin X and Dr. Lonnie Smith
- 11/01/18--19:09: Time poem by marvin x
- 11/02/18--22:03: Imagine a nation of north american africans
- 11/05/18--19:20: Marvin X new poems: Ignut Nigga and other poems
- 11/07/18--13:30: Reparations for one ounce of white blood in North American Africans
- 11/07/18--16:00: Ancestor poems by Marvin X; Comment by Omolade R. Roddy
- 11/07/18--19:05: Marvin X Parable of Poets and Kings
- 11/07/18--19:23: Oh, Ancestors Speak to Me! Digame Por favor
- 11/17/18--20:21: Marvin X's Academy of da Corner, Lakeshore Ave., Oakland 11/17/18
- 11/22/18--20:47: Monti Hall interviews Marvin X for MSW project
- 11/25/18--19:22: White man tells Marvin X, "I'm a proud white racist!"
- 11/29/18--18:43: Norman Richmond on Afro-Canadian History
No Prince Luther Michael
sing forever Prince Luther Michael
for all the wicked nights
sing to us song saviors
keep us from killing lovers
and why did we truth loveless lovers
hot for anything in the night
bar hot girl ass shaking in red dress
why did we forget the faith trust of promises in the night
after we sucked fucked licked kissed all of our sacred parts
yet the moment made sacred moments disappear into the night of carnal bless
cling to me if you can
knowing I am weak in the knees for any fine ass passing
you cannot stop my wreakless eyes
can I stop yours
spying some hot dick in the club
you tell me let you flirt at the bar
then niggas following us bar to bar
gotta pull my knife
drunk nigga wants your ass
let's go home now
no more Long Island Ice Tea
let's go home
let me love you in all ways
yes, you are one in ten and ten in one
let me appreciate you as angel woman
love goddess supreme
Sing Prince Purple Rain love
Sing Michael Remember the Time
Sing Luther love songs supreme
Sing Aretha Respect
spirit far and wide. I was a printer then took off to see the world, to unravel the riddles of the
Black man, African man, trapped deep down in the belly of the beast called colonialism.
I traveled the Americas, Costa Rica, Panamá, Honduras. I saw the suffering workers in these
lands, studied their condition and determined to free them. I went to England where I met Duse
Muhammad Ali, the Pan African who taught me One God, One Aim, One Destiny, Africa for the
Africans, those at home and those abroad. I wrote in Ali’s Oriental Times and Review, so did
Booker T. I wanted to meet Booker T so I went to the USA but Booker T. died before I could
meet him. I was heartbroken not to meet the man who wrote Up From Slavery, who founded
Tuskegee, who said do for self, you can accomplish what you will.
of Europeans, the richest continent in the world. I wanted to make the Black man independent
standing tall in his own land, not under the boot of Europeans. Africa for the Africans, those at
home and those abroad.
Where is our flag? In my disgust at the white man’s song “Everybody
got a flag cept a coon,” God blessed me with the Red, Black and Green, Red for blood of one
hundred million, Black for all African people, Green for our Motherland. Fly the Red, Black and
Green, let the ancestors know you know them, honor and respect them, the living and yet unborn.
I am Marcus Garvey. Let our African legions march, let black nurses heal the wounds of our despair,
let the African poets sing songs of freedom, let the colonialists dred the sound of our valiant voices
singing in the winds of freedom, independence and joy.
African pride and glory. We shall spread the words of freedom throughout the Pan African world,
millions shall join the UNIA, United Negro Improvement Association, millions in the USA,
Caribbean, Europe and the Motherland.
sycophants of colonialism, yes, bootlickers who think they are smart but only outsmart themselves.
Their idea of freedom is yet slavery for independence is the dream of every true man and woman.
No man is free under the yoke of another. Yet some intellectual black fools hate the idea of true
freedom. They set traps for me at every turn, in league with the FBI and other agencies around the
The FBI began with their spies in my midst, along with the jealous, envious Negroes who hated
Blackness. We call them Black men with white hearts. Somebody said these Negroes are white men
dipped in chocolate! In Spanish we call them coffee con leche!
newspaper. It was the spirit of Blackness that made the Renaissance possible, not white patronage
that made us exotic birds of paradise.
with mail fraud and jailed me, then deported me. I passed away in London, never visiting Africa.
Yet today, the Red, Black and Green is the Universal African flag of liberation. Long live Black
Nationalism, long live Pan Africanism. One God, One Aim, One Destiny. Africa for Africans, those
at home and abroad. Up you mighty Race, you can accomplish what you will!
diverse places. Look for me in the eyes of our children who carry the torch of freedom in the morrow
of their bones!
John said we must free Ruchell McGee! And I agree. I suggest when Kanye West meets with your President Trump tomorrow, he suggest giving a general amnesty to all incarcerated in American prisons. John was paroled in July, 2018. He's wearing an ankle monitor and getting adjusted to the cell phone. Marvin told him, "Just stop any five year old and they will tell you how to use it. Just be ready for them to call you stupid and dummy." When John tried to give a donation for a collection of Marvin's books, the poet refused to take the money.
‘Soledad Brother’ John Clutchette granted parole – will California Gov. Jerry Brown reverse the decision?
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2018
photos by photographers Kamau Amen Ra (RIP), Adam Turner and Gene Hazzard
As I am half blind in the fourth quarter of my life
I notice as I travel from light into darkness
micro second of total darkness
I do not try to see in this space
then I see darkness
Dr. Nathan Hare say I have seen enough
flow wit da flow
I am thankful to see light in darkness
Oh, world, forgivne my sins
I try to forgive world for low information vibration
In the low information vibration we are
my favorite line from Dr. E. Franklin Frazier's Black Bourgeoisie
Today is Askia Toure's b day
When he apologized to students at UC Merced for leaving them this unfinished legacy of uncompleted revolution
I objected because I know our revolution was aborted by the overwhelming power of the State
military intelligence cointelpro fbi snitches agent provocateurs
how could we overcome the awesome power of the state apparatus?
Afterall, we were young and invincible thinking we knew it all
refusing the wisdom of elders and ancestors
in our ignut joy to reinvent the wheel
so we did stupid shit
sex drugs and rock n roll can make revolution but not complete it
Dr. John Henry Clarke said only high morals will save us
Sun Ra said only discipline
Teach discipline to your actors Marvin X
forget that freedom justice equality talk
don't you see how wild and crazy they act?
This is what I teach my Arkestra
Sonny was right
look at our freedom babies
wild crazy savage
from Crack hand to cell phone hand
addicted like the man/woman Crack addicts
they/we used to run through the hood with Crack in hand
Cell phone junkies walk into the streets into cars with cell phone in hand
talking loud saying nothing (James Brown)
JB said, "If it was left up to me I would cut yo hand off
talkin loud sayin nothin
talkin black but livin all the negro you can!
We love you JB
You taught us the Big Payback is a motherfucka
I'm Black n Proud
It's a man's world
but ain't nothin without a woman
there is darkness in the world and there is light
between the two think about the good times
enjoy the good times
when bad times come
roll wit da punches
sister in law told me
smiling faces tell lies
blue eyed blues singer was you in the cotton cane Earle Davis asked
cotton/cane fields from can't see ta can't see?
was you on the lynching tree
was you in the big house
or house nigga
master came to yo hut
you thought to fuck yo woman
master came to fuck you
Mandingo ass nigga
Did master fuck you
fusion jazz ass motherfucka
fk yo woman children
his children too
then sold them New Year's Day Auction block
blues jazz white boy/girl
did jim crow suck yo blood
did yo ancestors eat food in the shit hole door of no return
before Middle Passage through Door of No Return
Did you go there
hear the ancestors wailing in the walls
crying through centuries of pain trauma genocide
400 years without a food stamp
400 years capital accumulation
400 years building white wealth
yes reparations yes
reparations til Fort Knox is drained
Drain Federal Reserve
drain white privilege wealth
depart ghetto gentrifiers
fuck yo high tech jobs
fuck yo hipster fake ofay bullshit
depart with dogs in hand
clean dog shit and yo shit
leave yo keys
South Africa style
leave yo keys
flee to Australia Russia flee
space moon mars saturn
no earth lessons learned
leave yo keys
white man heaven black man's hell
white man heaven black man's hell
how you sing blues jazz
how you sing anything
where Beatles steal
Rolling Stones steal
we love everything about you but you
Poet Paradise say
we love Dolly Parton's coal miner blues
South told me ova n ova poor white trash treated worse than niggas
so we love you trailer house trash white folks
only you can sing the blues
you understand jazz, i.e., black classical music
not Martin Luther King, Jr.'s pseudo white liberals
multi-cultural leave niggas on bottom motherfuckas
Farrakhan say wherever he went over the world
black man woman on bottom
Communist Socialist Capitalist Muslim Christian Jewish
black man woman on bottom
bottom rail top
bottom rail top
JB say the Big Payback is a mother....
poor white man ask me fa a dollar
I said white man would you rather have $500.00 or one dollar?
White man said $500.00
I said, "White man, come back tomorrow faya $500.00
he walked away in silence.
the storm is ova now
the storm is ova
motion in ocean
Amiri Baraka said
In the middle of the Atlantic ocean
a railroad of human bones
the king sold the farmer to the ghost
in the middle of the Atlantic ocean
railroad of human bones
king sold farmer to the ghost
king sold farmer to the ghost......
rise up North American Africans
rise from low information vibration
no excuse with cell phone
Becky tell you everything
Becky don't lie
Did you mean?
Did you mean?
rise from tricycle to ten speed
In the middle of the Atlantic ocean
railroad of human bones
Amiri Baraka say
don't let them take yo um boom ba boon
if they take yo um boom ba boom
you in deep trouble
take you centuries to get out....
We love you Ancestor AB.
We love Amina too.
We love Baraka family.
Today, Sunday, October 14, 2018
The Bay Area's Black renaissance man, Wilfred T. Ussery, was honored on his 90th birthday at Geoffery's Inner Circle, chief venue in Oakland's Black Arts Movement Business District along the 14th corridor, downtown. In his remarks, he said it was the first birthday celebration he remembers. Celebrants included his wife, Maxine, son, Wilfred, Jr., Paul Cobb, publisher of the Oakland Post, and his wife, Gay; Dezzie Woods Jones, founder of BAWOPA, Black women organized for political action; retired judge Horace Wheatly, Bill T. Jones and his wife Belva Davis, black media diva; Charlie Walker, businessman and godfather of Hunters Point, SF; Rt. Air force Col. Conway B. Jones, Civil Rights activist,Norman Brown, poet-activist Marvin X, et al.
Ussery was trained as an architect but as social activist combined his skills to become the leader of CORE, Congress of Racial Equality, San Francisco Anti-Poverty Program; organizer and designer of Oakland's Acorn housing projects, member of the Bay Area Rapid Transit BART.
Will was a key organizer of two early 60s Black Power Conferences in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
We are honored to have known Wilfred T. Ussery since the 1960s. The consensus of speakers praised his forward thinking. In his remarks, he said he still has many projects in mind but is scaling down, although he recently presented the BART Board with a 150 page proposal and has drafted a 15 page proposal for The Black Agenda in the Age of Trump, basically a do-for-self agenda.
The event was documented by three of the Bay Area's master Black photographers: Ken Johnson, Adam Turner and Gene Hazzard.. Photos to follow.
photo collage Adam Turner
A REAL NIGGA AIN'T EATIN' GREENS WITHOUT CORNBREAD
I don't care bout these new age niggas
die like hog eatin' niggas
death is death
he was vegan
yogi rasta kemite vodun
cancer got his ass too
high blood pressure
didn't want white man's meds
herbal tea death
Back to Eden didn't help
Baraka say you read white man's Back to Eden
won't study Marxism Leninism
fuck all isms schisms
my student say Beligion
no fake ass nigga pseudo spiritual rat
vegan rat still rat
Beligion be real
Go with the Kemit Negative Confession
I want cornbread wit ma collard greens
rice is nice
rice ain't cornbread
I'm a rice nigga
Daddy from Kentucky rice land
never ain't no grits in my house
rice fa breakfast rice fa dinner
nigga friends called me
rice eatin Chinaman nigga
Kale is nice
not like Mama's Spinach
I threw under table
no spice plain Cali girl food
no Louisiana Texas style
Mama born in Cali
South for me was from Oakland to Central Valley Fresno
love spinach now
Used to love Granny's greens
Oklahoma Arkansas greens
loved to devour cornbread sopped in pot liquor
Begged Granny let me sop cornbread in pot liquor
don't sop all dat pot liquor boy
Loved Granny's hands
Granny had that one book in her trunk I read every time we came to Granny's house
Up from Slavery Booker T
First Black book I read again again at Granny's house
Granny told me stop progin (probin') through her stuff
I proged that trunk til I found Up from Slavery
Today these kids don't know or care about Granny's and Grandpa's hands
feel sorry for 'em
drunk on white supremacy computer
grown nigga think they NBA coaches
woman said she hit her hip hop man in head with remote control
loved games not her
kicked her in stomach
don't interrupt his games
she left him playing his computer games night and day when off work
cold water cornbread
African style less grease
collard greens ready now
no matter that weak ass Kale
Collard greens thick like meat
smoked turkey no pork
Wife played game on me
said she bought ham
ready to beat her ass
til she showed me it was turkey ham
spared her ass beating
in my nigga insanity
negrocities (Amiri Baraka term, he told me don't steal his words, give him credit. Elliott Bey asked Baraka why Marvin X don't write about him? Baraka say cause Marvin know I will write about his ass! Love you AB, a brother like no other. AB hep a nigga. )
I expanded his definition Negrocities: inflammation of the Negroid gland at the base of the brain
causing a disruption of normal cognitive function due to
toxic substances in the synapse preventing messages from one cell to the next
brain dead cell phone addict zombi don't know it's time to eat
wash yo ass
make love to your woman
love your children
Child abuse is don't call your children
but reconciliation is possible
not easy but not impossible
hard work but possible.
I want cornbread in my greens.
I hate that Jiffy shit
but Jiffy do when all else fails
Ain't nothin' like real cornbread
melt in mouth
make a nigga shout Jesus! Allah Jah Jehovah Marx Lenin
final monster in our midst
unconquerable no matter what
master all things
living waters rivers oshuns
we follow tides
you know tide coming
tide come soon
kick dog ass
Gullah time family time
Gullah family love
Family compound love
sun moon stars
no stress time
know thyself time
a time to love time
mother father time
time for children time
mama children time
imagine the new world mama.
imagine the new world.
slipping into darkness
Michael Jackson Moon Walk
Sun Ra say Creator got things fixed
don't do right thing
can't go backward forward
stuck on stupid
Supper Glue on asses.
unfulfilled, “Driftin’ and Driftin’, like that Charles Brown blues tune, no more imagination
beyond a return to ancient Kemet, the land we fled four thousand years ago, thus an impossible
return, for who can go home after four thousand years except a mad Jew, and we see what
terror he has caused upon return--Jewish nationalism, white nationalism, black nationalism,
La Raza nationalism, Chinese nationalism, revolutionary black nationalism,et al.
as the mind, thus we are drenched in sweat upon awakening from the nightmare of imagination
and must face the bright sun of reality: we have no nation, want no nation, satisfied to be lost
and turned out on the way to grandmother's house (Whispers, Olivia).
reality, finally and forever, standing on solid ground as we move into the future of a thousand
who blame no one except themselves for the terror, for the ship and whip, the cross and
lynching tree, yes, the strange fruit of the last supper in paradise, before entering the door
of no return.
bones and blood, shed in the sun and night, where their spirits still dance in the swamp
and river bottoms, the plantations and huts still standing, where spirits go wild in the wind
and in the stillness of summer.
of generations, maybe there we shall declare ourselves free and claim sovereignty, a place
called the Republic of Pan Africa, like Brooklyn. where we have gathered for the first time
in four thousand years, de facto capital of the Diaspora, coming from Mississippi, North
and South Carolina Africans, Jamaica and Haitian Africans, Nigerian, Ghanaian and
Senegalese, bound together again, this time forever on Fulton Street and streets too many
there in the sun, in the snow, a nation not yet standing, not fully sensing our power, strength,
the full strength of a mighty nation forced together again, not since fleeing the pyramids and
pharaohs, the murders for succession, the flight of queens with sons and daughters who did
not assume the throne. And there was drought and famine forcing them up the Nile,
the mighty Congo and Niger.
engineers, planners and builders who began with a thought centuries ago in the cane,
cotton and rice fields, the woods of Nat Turner, Gabriel Prosser, Denmark Vesey, the
railroad of Harriet Tubman, the womanhood of Sojourner Truth, but caught, yes, as
Rev.James Cone (RIP) said, between the cross and lynching tree.
the dream of the homeland where we must be taken in once again. Have we not paid for
this land with sweat, blood and tears? It is ours so claim the portion we desire, stand upon
the ground and cry liberty or death, but have we not died a million times, even now at this
hour we crucify ourselves for failing to stand tall as full men and women, our children
annihilate themselves like Buddhist monks on fire in Vietnam, only because we have not
passed on ancestor tales of liberty and freedom, discipline and work.
wherein we hate each other no more, never again, the jealousy, the Willie Lynch syndrome,
Yacoub’s children playing with steel, some genetic defect in our divine nature.
and their wickedness, taking with us only the genius of our minds, for look at the fruit of our
labor under the sun, surely we can do the same for ourselves as we did for the master,
transcending the pyramids with our original creations in the now and tomorrow.
American Africans? Will we finally acquire sovereignty as a nation of self-determined people,
will we secure a land base with access to the sea, and minerally rich for our centuries of free
and nearly free labor under the sun? Or will we sit with while other ethnic groups secure the
division of this stolen property called the united snakes of america..
and poor whites—will the so called Negro sit around waiting for the Master to return, or
will he go about, finally and without hesitation, doing for self, reconstructing his fallen cities,
getting control of the infrastructure, water, electricity, roads, schools, workplaces, airports,
taxes, security? We have done it for the white man, 2019 shall be the 400 year celebration of
our landing in this wilderness of North America. Are we prepared to report to God, ancestors,
elders, adults, children on our condition after being kidnapped 400 years ago, 1619.
opportunity to fulfill our dreams. Oh, it cannot happen? America is too strong. Firstly, you
have no real idea how strong America is just as you have no idea how strong you are—you
are so full of fear you cannot and never have been able to think straight. Every thought
you ever thought has been wrong simply because it was not thinking outside the box of
Americana, because you have been confined to the box and never
had a chance to consider the configuration of your society except for your 19th century
thinkers and dreamers, and your 20th century thinkers and planners. Garvey and Elijah
Muhammad. Imari dreamed of the Republic of New Africa.
Does the Chinaman have a chance today--you haven't heard that racist remark recently,
for the Chinese have a very good chance to rule the world. so why do you think America
shall remain forever and forever in its present condition?
Why are not your leaders planning for the future and our well-deserved fair share?
If and when America, as did the Soviet Union, falls apart, what do you want? A job?
A job, a job!
are you totally insane or just lazy, like a whore awaiting marching orders from her pimp—
not knowing the pimp is dead, he was killed in a shootout with rivals. Your leaders, why are
they running around licking the behinds of the the Democratic and Republican parties rather
than establishing an independent political entity that will take us into the future?
They shall be charged for their shortsightedness, their myopia of the mind.
but with India and China. We should forget about equality with Americans and see the global
picture and imagine our role in it. But we are so blinded by white supremacy that all we see is
white, white, white. Look around, the world is no longer white. Power will not be white in the
not so distant future—can you look ahead a few days and plan accordingly or shall you sit on
your behinds awaiting the crumbs from the fall of America?
Maestro Marvin X with the Black Arts Movement Poets Choir and Arkestra, including David Murray, Earle Davis, Val Serrat, et al., Malcolm X Jazz/Art Festival, Oakland CA
photo Adam Turner/Gene Hazzard
Talkin' Ignut poem
Can I hear some black music
Can I hear some Black music
I won't call his name because he honored me
first to recognize me as writer
introduced me to Huey Newton
John Singer's Pool Hall/Bar
sometimes we can't come close to elders
we try we try
I thought I was better than my father
what a fool
people told me I sounded like my father
Thought I was a Garveyite Black nationalist
on my own
Paul Cobb told me my dad used to attend Garvey meetings
at his grandfather's house in West Oakland
royal african beauty and intelligence
just know that
Comment on Marvin X Ancestors Poem
by Omolade R. Roddy
o.k, so for a second I was getting all caught up w/ the the language ....the words.... and I couldn't seem to get over this wal that was anging strong around my consciousness
deflectin' what you were trying to say (or what you were sayin' and I was tryin' not to get)... becuz' of whatever was comin' up for me around seeing and hearing the word "ancestors" being wrapped in this cloak of "motherfuckers...whores" et al....
so I was skimming through it all.....pickin' up pieces and depth here and there.
you have always been pretty heavy, so I was like..
"ok, here we go, ummm, I know.. he's gonna go there and I don't if i'm able or if I know if I can allow myself to go that deep."
then I had to consciously stop....and make myself read it all over again..
this time, line by line...
savoring it like quinine or some other bitter tonic.
and then actually,when I allowed myself to be and really sit w/ the discomfort of it... (as silly as that sounds) ...
I found it to be really beautiful...
a marvinx-esque like beautiful, but beautiful.
--Omolade R. Roddy
Who are the real motherfuckers
who fucked our fathers and mothers
kidnapped Motherland Africa to good ship jesus
door of no return
sea of blood bones
sharks and wail
imagine stench piss feces period blood
starvation suicide ocean revolution
we land in the Carolinas
five hundred years
duty free labor
sent by ancestor kings and queens
who sold us to the ghost
Baraka teaches us
ancestors we call you in the name of nigguhs
black nigguhs in the hoods of america
not pseudo black kemetic niggas fakes and frauds
scared to see the new royal children imperial kings and queens of the realm
too blind by the sun of Ra to find a bone at the Pyramid
you are horrified garbage at the door of King Tut's pyramid
coca cola bottoms condoms
remains of grave robbing tourists
The Misri people (aka, Egyptians) told Sun Ra and his Arkestra
this is not our land
this is your land
yet North American Africans search in vain for their lost identity
year after year
when the whole earth is ours
black man's land
Gullahland America Africa Carolinas
Senagalease rice Africans in American slave system
hear talk on how rice came to America
rice plantations in Africa
see Gullah basket weave
enjoy Gullahland land
Africa in Mississippi Alabama Georgia
Can't leave out New Orleans Africa
Harlem Africa Brooklyn Southside Chicago Detroit St. Louis Los Angeles Oakland San Francisco
take claim to the land and forever hold your tongues
dig the pyramids of Louisiana for Moorish mounds
Seminoles of Florida Maroon Nation Africans Native Americans
Gullahs Geeches up and down the coast
All Gullahs ain't Geeches
All Geeches ain't Gullahs
North American African Nation
decreed all land from South Carolina to Florida
fucked by the motherfucker
king and queen motherfucker and son of bitch
male rape child rape mother rape
allowed by king and queen
ancestors all guilty and charged
Sun Ra said they got to pay
Africa got to pay like the white man devil
yeah, Africa pay
you got the gold diamonds precious metals everywhere
stop paying europe and pay the negro
the motherfucker you made with the red flag
guiding him to the shore through the door of no return
that bitch warrior you allowed to be raped in front of his women and children
that whore who kept us alive while sexing the master
who wanted all the women men and children
and talk of clean english
fuck the english language
fuck every word of it
and fuck you too
you speak it
and love it
and seek to purify it with you fake asses
claiming ancestor holiness
let the ancestors be cursed for their iniquities
the selling of souls in the centuries of time
yet you call them holy
call Mississippi holy
call Alabama Georgia Louisiana Carolina's holy ground
the marsh swamp bayous rivers creeks
holy trees of strange fruit and blood wine
call the ancestors from the woods and forests
call them from the pine trees and moss wood swamps
call them from the rice canefields cotton
from plantation and city of death in the family
Clara said she wanted to put her head in the oven
in the detroit of her time
Elijah was drunk as a coot she said
when Master Fard came selling red silk
the same red we followed to the shore
when the king sold us to the ghost, Baraka said
he told us about the railroad in the bottom of ocean
filled with bones
ancestor bones who resisted and wailed cried and shitted
not only tongues but vile moans shouts screams to the motherfucker
the son of a bitch ancestor
who pitted tribe against tribe warrior against warrior
man against woman for trinkets and barrels of rum
and we yet praise them
in our abject ignorance
we praise the culture of madness and gold
madness and diamonds
madness and chopped hands clitoris legs
and there is no end even today
the kings and queens are alive and well
working overtime to feed themselves full
as we whore and rape each other into the night of the full moon
where the silence is aloud and heard the world over
the silence of hunger and disease
silence of ignorance and demands to be king for life
to never end the terror
to never avenge the righteous
to continue the plunder until the new kingdom comes
and the wicked are reduced to dust
and the motherfucker receives his fucking
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2018
Poets write to keep from killing, homicide or suicide, two sides of the coin of death. Most often, poets kill when they can't express themselves with words. If and when poets are political, when they refuse to write poems for the king and queen and defy court patronage, and persist in critiquing contradictions of the royal court, the king and queen has no use for them and they may be forced to flee their homeland or suffer prison or death even since no kingdoms based on lies can allow poets to speak the truth.
We have written about the symbiotic relationship between poets and politicians, although this symbiosis can become dysfunctional when the poet transcends the narrative of the royal regime, especially those king/queen for life regimes that forbid opposition. See Parable of the Parrot, Parable of Trinkets and Gadgets, Parable of Black Man and Block Man by Marvin X.
The poet who speaks only truth cannot be tolerated by any regime based on lies. Wicked regimes only love poets and artists who perform as pharaoh's magicians, sycophants willing to promote the royal narrative for kibbles and bits, crumbs from Pharaoh's table. The recalcitrant poets who are determined to be obstinate and incorrigible must be silenced or disposed permanently.
The wicked regimes become relentless in their effort to silence any narrative that contradicts the official one. Poet, writers, journalists, singers, actors, must not transcend the royal regime's propaganda machine. To do so is often called treason or sedition at the very least, which means saying anything not in agreement with the royal order.
Do not speak of the king in the negative, even if and when he is negative. When the poet cannot submit to the royal order, the symbiotic relationship is no longer tenable and must be severed for the good of the kingdom. The poet becomes a banned person. No one must speak with him, no one must read his books. He is a danger to society and to himself since he refuses to submit to the rules and regulations, policies and precepts of the royal order. He is labeled agitator, opposition, revolutionary, thus a danger to the security of the state, even his books are dangerous and fictional characters must be rounded up and incarcerated for crimes against the state. I am thinking of the Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiongo. In Native Son, the lawyer said, "Every glance of the eye is a threat; his very presence is a crime against the state." He was not speaking of an artist but the oppressed man, Bigger Thomas. But in the manner of Ngugi, was not only his characters but Richard Wright himself was a danger to society and died in mysterious circumstances in Paris?
And them came James Baldwin deposing Richard Wright of the Black literary heavyweight championship. And Baldwin did great until The Fire Next Time when he got the bright idea to interview the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Pharaoh said enough! Shut the fuck up, we don't care if you gay or straight, shut the fuck up. Baldwin wouldn't shut up. I was blessed to interview him in his apartment across from Central Park, New York, a cold December, 1968: he had no heat in his apartment. Among other things, he said to me, "How dare they talk about the Prince of Peace while they bomb the hell out of Vietnam! Your condition proves they don't believe in Jesus, Prince of Peace. Just look at your condition. It's a miracle for a black father to raise a son in these conditions and I applaud the fathers who are able to do so. Nothing else happened here except us, nothing else happened. It's a wonder we all haven't gone stark raving mad!"
Oh, Ancestors Speak to Me
"Marvin, this is a Beautiful Poem. I saw myself in it and others that I know in it."
Oh, Ancestors Speak to Me
speak to me
my legs cannot move if you do not speak
your voice is the spirit in my walk in my soul
I cannot move without your direction
digame por favor
you guided me then departed
I am here alone in this wilderness
shall I be ashamed alone
can I walk without trembling
you stood so long
I thought forever you would hold my hand
strengthen my knees
you taught me don't get weak
stay solid don't bend
you told me in prison
Allah loves a soldier
Allah loves warriors
Ali Sharif Bey
Sunni Shia Ahmaddia Sufi
Nation of Islam
black stone rejected
we black stone
tool fool of the world
yes Paradise Jahlove teach
they love everything about you but you
Lou Rawls say
what did you do to be
so black and blue
crucified on the cross and lynching tree of America, world
Ancestor Rev. James Cone
we love you
liberation theology supreme
a love supreme
a love supreme
Rev. James Cone
Jesus socalled Negro
can't drink coffee Starbucks
we here for you
can't talk walk
speak from shanties tent cities speak
speak Mexico city dirt floor huts
speak Belize flying roaches
no black flag
let roaches live
tin roof huts
speak poor but happy
Speak Belize Honduras
speak Tenderloin San Francisco
cardboard box home Crack fiend
love in cardboard box
crack ho recite fatiha in Arabic
give head cardboard box love
I claim every alley doorway hindu hilton hotel
what alley I do not know
what bus stop BART station line to line
tell me of cold winter nights East Bay Terminal
There with my brothers
Muslims on the bottom
Supreme wisdom Muslims
on the bottom
I got it but didn't get it
How can I escapeTenderloin
dope fiends of every kind
good lovin' ho's
she married her ho' at Glide Church
put dat ho' on the street same night
took me home to smoke crack
no man in her house before me
lesbian pimp ho' bitch
no man in her house before me good pimpin' ass bitch
I live on bottom of the world
sea to sea
country to country
religion to religion
politics to politics
ideology to ideology
no matter Left Right
speak to me
I stand on shoulders
walk on feet
dream dreams you dreamed
No original thoughts beyond thoughts of freedom
I shall not betray you
sacred dreams not lost in madness of globalism
we are not PC diaper baby snow flakes
suffering micro aggression
we endured FOI officials in Chicago
Supreme Captain Raymond Sharieff
National Secretary John Ali
Captain Elijah Muhamad
baddest niggas in the world
except when I got home to SF and Guru Alonzo Batin
said I was a punk motherfucker to confess to niggas worse than I could ever b
Batin said I was a punk bitch ass nigga for confessing to rats snakes vipers cobras
Batin gave manhood training
Black Arts West/Black House San Francisco
Criminal Muslim supreme
Imam in prison
addict/iman big yard
can't pimp Batin
call him hypocrite Muslim
think for self Muslim
true to the game
game true to you
stand on your shoulders
devoured your bean soup
wheat bread butter honey
all night long science
marijuana science marijuana
Speak Ali Sheriff Bey
Speak Aaron Ali
Master Teacher linguistics
Speak Brother Edward
raised us from dead at San Francisco State University
UC Berkeley San Jose State University
Speak Brother Edward blessed us with supreme wisdom when we were deaf dumb blind playing bid whist in cafeteria at San Francisco State University.
Marvin X's Academy of da Corner, Lakeshore, is rapidly becoming the hottest intellectual gathering spot in Oakland for inter-generational and ecumenical discussion. By early afternoon on Saturdays, men and women gather for a free flowing discussion on any topic of interest. Chairs have been donated so people can sit in a semi-circle behind the Master Teacher's table of conscious literature, including his own writings, the works of Drs. Nathan and Julia Hare, and other black classical conscious writings. As newcomers arrive, Marvin announces, "This is a sacred space for all points of view. Jesus is on my right (referring to a Christian brother). On the right of Jesus is Muhammad. Next to Muhammad is Buddha, newt to him is Scientology. On my left is Hebrew, to his left is Rasta. No killing allowed in this sacred space. All are free to express their minds. When women arrive, they are welcome to participate in the conversation." The participants nod in agreement Marvin X is the facilitator. Sometimes there is conversation on both sides of his book table, mostly when customers arrive who know each other. Marvin does not try to dominate the conversation as if he is Mr. Know it All. People come by and drop a donation in the jar, maybe for some person who got a book for free. Others drop a donation into the jar on a regular basis as well as donate conscious books.
A white woman said she passed by in her car and seeing the stand, parked and came to see what was happening as the book stand was unusual for Oakland, although Marvin has operated Academy of da Corner for years at 14th and Broadway, downtown Oakland. Marvin told the woman his Academy is East coast style vending of conscious literature, more often seen on the streets of Harlem, Brooklyn, Newark, Philly and elsewhere. When on tour, Marvin X sets up shop in all these locations.
On Lakeshore, Academy of da Corner is morphing into a regular discussion of spirituality as opposed to religiosity in the usual dogmatic manner. Brothers and sisters talk in a civilized manner, perhaps because of the calm manner of the host that remains so lately because brothers bring their music, jazz in particular, that no doubt soothes the wild beast of dogmatism and sectarianism. Today the music was Jimmy Smith, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. The teacher did not object when a brother from Los Angeles put on some rap music, Harbor City Krip rap.
In the days ahead, we shall see how the Lakeshore Academy addresses critical issues. A white man passed and after seeing the anti-trump poster, told the group that President Trump had lowered the employment rate of North American Africans. Responding to the man, Marvin said, "That's the last thing we need is a job. We came here 400 years ago to do a job."
At the entrance of the Trader Joe's parking lot, a homeless man spilled his shopping cart. When people tried to be negative with the man picking up his belongings, Marvin said, "They can talk about the man if they, but most people are only a paycheck away from pushing a shopping cart."
During today's conversation, Marvin X interviewed for the second time by his nephew for a grad school project to obtain his MSW.
On November 27, Marvin X will speak at his alma mater, San Francisco State University, in Davey D's Hip Hop Class. On December 5, he will read at the Beat Museum, along with poets in an anti-capitalist anthology. The reading is from 7-9pm. The Beat Museum is located in San Francisco's North Beach, Columbus and Broadway.
Marvin X also found time to meet with his book design editor, Adam Turner, for a final proof reading of his forthcoming essays. The poet is scheduled to read from Notes of Artistic Freedom Fighter Marvin X, December 15, Charles Wright Museum, Detroit, MI.
Marvin X is now available for booking coast to coast. Send letter of invitation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some people dropped out of the rat race many years ago and never reentered the so called ordinary. One such person is Marvin X (née Marvin Ellis Jackmon, born May 29,1944 ), 74-year-old African American male poet, playwright, essayist, educator, publisher, entrepreneur, director, and lecturer.
This paper will examine Marvin’s life and work based on two personal interviews (conducted November 4, 2018 and November 17, 2018). It will focus on Marvin’s experience as a child and adult and how they influence his current beliefs and behaviors. A large focus of Marvin’s interviews related to race due to his experiences growing up and the influence of the black power movement on his ideology. Marvin X encouraged the use of his name to help promote his books. While discussing Marvin X’s life history and development, this paper will explore multiple theories, including: Conflict Theory; Critical Race Theory; Intersectionality; and Social Learning Theory. With an aging population it is important for the social worker to be able to understand these various theories. Being able to identify intersectionality issues can be important in dealing with diverse groups, such as a Native American woman in looking for a job, as an example. Each theory will be explained and the experiences and viewpoints of Marvin X will be incorporated.
Some of Marvin X’s earliest memories are of sitting and watching his parents put together a newspaper they published in Fresno, California during the 1950s. The Fresno Voice was the only Black newspaper in the area at the time. Marvin X was born in Fowler CA, nine miles south of Fresno in the central valley of California. Back then many African Americans worked in grape vineyards and cotton fields throughout the valley.
His parents were, “woke and conscious of Black Nationalism in the Marcus Garvey way” (X, personal communication, November 17, 2018). He shares one personal story about his dog. The family moved back and forth from Fresno to Oakland. On one of these moves from Oakland to Fresno, his dog ran away upon arrival in Fresno. He wrote about his dog in the Aunt Elsie's Children Section of the Oakland Tribune.. Marvin has not had a dog since then for fear it might run away.
The family lived on the west side of Fresno in an all black community. “Whether they were the principal or postman, if they were black, they lived in the projects” (X, personal communication, November 17, 2018). Fresno was an agricultural town and Marvin X worked the fields, as did his great grandfather, grandparents, mother, uncles and most black people cutting grapes picking and chopping cotton. He remembers this as his earliest hustle.
When living in Oakland, his family resided in West Oakland on 7th Street, where they operated a florist shop across from the Lincoln Theatre, a black theatre. According to Marvin X, Oakland was Harlem of the West coast. Segregated communities were the ordinary during the 1940s and 1950s. California had economic barriers along with other racial boundaries. Marvin X uses the example of offering only houses within these boundaries for sale to people of color. This practice is illegal now and called Red Lining. His mother sold many homes to people of color in west Fresno. Marvin X witnessed this firsthand during his teen years at his mother’s real estate office.
While the Brown Vs. The Board of Education Supreme Court decision called for integrated schools, it is still a segregated society. The schools were community based and busing out of an area was still almost 20 years away in Fresno. Marvin attended all black schools including graduating from Edison High School. For decades this school produced most black graduates in Fresno.
In 1967, under the influence of Elijah Muhammad, Marvin became a Black Muslim and has published since then under the names El Muhajir and Marvin X. His recent books include Land of My Daughters: Poems, Wish I Could Tell You the Truth: Essays, et al. Marvin X would go on to say that Elijah Muhammad was the most influential person in his life.
Marvin attended Oakland’s Merritt College where he encountered fellow students who became Black Panther Party co-founders Bobby Seale and Huey Newton. They extended his black nationalism.
Marvin’s first play, Flowers for the Trashman, was produced by the Drama department at San Francisco State University, 1965. He dropped out to establish his own Black Arts West Theatre in the Fillmore, 1966, along with playwright Ed Bullins. Months later Marvin co-founded the political/cultural center called Black House with Eldridge Cleaver, 1967.
Marvin introduced Eldridge Cleaver to Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. Eldridge immediately joined the Black Panther Party. Huey Newton said, “Marvin X was my teacher, many of our comrades came from his Black Arts Theatre: Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, Emory Douglas and Samuel Napier.” Eldridge Cleaver remained a close friend of Marvin X until his death.
One of the movers and shakers of the Black Arts Movement (BAM) Marvin X has published 30 books, including essays, poetry, and his autobiography Somethin’ Proper. Important books include Fly to Allah, poems, Beyond Religion, toward Spirituality, essays on consciousness, and How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy, a manual based on the 12 step Recovery model.
Marvin received his MA in English/Creative writing from San Francisco State University, 1975. He has taught at San Francisco State University, Fresno State University, UC Berkeley and San Diego, Mills College, Merritt and Laney Colleges in Oakland, University of Nevada, Reno. He lectures coast to coast at such colleges and universities as University of Arkansas, University of Houston, Morehouse and Spelman, Atlanta, University of Virginia, Howard University, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, University of Massachusetts. According to Marvin X, his lectures often end with him being, “usually escorted out, snatched the mike or arrested” (X, personal communication, November 17, 2018). His style fires up a crowd.
His latest book is the Wisdom of Plato Negro, parables/fables, Black Bird Press, Berkeley. He currently teaches at his Academy of da Corner, 14th and Broadway, downtown Oakland. This interview took place at his alternate location on Lakeshore Drive near Lake Merritt in Oakland. On this day a representative of the Nation of Islam along with a college student were hanging around Marvin X’s Academy. It is recommended that each visitor bring his own chair, but there are donated ones available. The Master Teacher provided me a seat at the table. Class was in session as others stopped by and lingered talking.
His most popular publication is a booklet named Mythology of Pussy and Dick. This publication explores the power of women and tells men they cannot own women as chattel property. Marvin X poses this as fundamental to manhood and womanhood training. Ishmael Reed says, “Marvin X is Plato teaching on the streets of Oakland."
There are a few key theories related to Marvin X’s life and development: conflict theory, critical race theory, intersectionality, and social learning theory. While none of these theories applies perfectly to Marvin X’s life, taken together they offer a holistic analysis of Marvin X’s lifetime development.
Marvin X belief that the world is in constant conflict fits Conflict Theory. There is much conflict within the world of Marvin X and race matters are at the forefront. This is a continuous and often contentious issue that has dominated the poet's life since his earliest memories. Marvin believes that anything short of separating the races is unacceptable. White people or as he calls them white devils, cannot help themselves with being evil. White people are inherently seeking power over people of color. This is the same as some groups holding power over others, which is a pillar of conflict theory. It starts with economic power, people are needed as labor, always have been.
Struggle against the oppressor is a common theme in Marvin X’s life and writings. Marvin X tells the story of how he was ordered removed from the campus of California State University, Fresno, 1969. He was invited and hired to lecture in the Black Studies Department the Black Student Union. His four classes with seventy students was approved by the administration of Fresno State until Governor Ronald Reagan demanded his contract voided by the Board of Trustees of California State Colleges. Governor Regan considered Marvin X too radical when it was discovered he had refused to fight in Vietnam. Student protests started and the Fresno Superior issued a restraining order that forbid Marvin X from stepping on the campus. When FSU refused to pay his salary, the California Professors Union donated his salary. He continued his classes across the street from the college/now university, at the Christian Student Center and gave final grades to his seventy students. Student protests continued with the burning down of the computer center by one of his star students who was sentenced to the California Youth Authority. Students from throughout California, calling themselves the United Black Students of California, mainly from Los Angeles colleges and universities supported his fight to teach at FSU and his draft trial in San Francisco Federal Court. This was one major conflict that Marvin X experienced throughout his life. Power being exerted over people without power.
Marvin X was violently attacked by his girlfriend 3 or 4 years ago. This incident lead to Marvin X losing eyesight in his left eye. He explained that this was a continuation of domestic violence. Marvin X was upset that the District Attorney decided not to press charges due to his own prior acts. This was just another example of Law Enforcement not being fair to him in the criminal justice system.
The 1948 Arab – Israeli war between Israel and five of its Arab neighbors stands out as a significant event for Marvin X. At the age of 4 years old, Marvin still vividly remembers watching refugees streaming across the borders fleeing the Israelis. This conflict served as an instrumental influence on Marvin X’s worldview that he maintains to this day. He believes strongly that the Israelis are white devil and the source of the conflict. They are suppressing and oppressing the Palestinian people, in Marvin X’s view. This is compounded by the United States being the primary backer of the Israeli government. Nothing short of complete cut off of American aid and support would satisfy Marvin X with his all or nothing attitude.
This leads to one of the flaws of conflict theory as it relates to Marvin X. Minority groups in conflict theory are defined in economic terms. Less weight is given for color of one’s skin. Conflict theory also doesn’t do much with issues related to identity and sexual orientation. Minority groups whether race/ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation are almost always economically defined. Conflict theory doesn't often explain very well why people work together and cooperate. Most people go to work not just because their bosses force them to, but because there's a mutually beneficial relationship between workers and their employers - or even (for the lucky few) because they obtain some intrinsic enjoyment from the work they do.
Critical Race Theory
There are six fundamental propositions in Critical Race Theory as laid out by the influential Derrick Bell. Many call Derrick Bell the founder of Critical Race Theory. This theory believes that the Civil Rights Movement did not go far enough because racism is embedded in the fiber of American life. According to the New York Times obituary Derrick Bell saw Critical Race Theory as “a body of legal scholarship that explored how racism is embedded in laws and legal institutions, even many of those intended to redress past injustices” (Bernstein, 2011) The six fundamental propositions are: (1) There is endemic racism; (2) Race is a social construction; (3) Differential racialization; (4) Interest convergence/materialist determinism; (5) Voices of Color; (6) Antiessentialism/intersectionality.
Critical Race Theory is closest to Marvin X’s lifetime experiences. He lives in a world that is defined by race with the struggle ongoing. Racism is the norm in society according to the theory.
This paper will explore a few of them. First number one, followed by two and four. Intersectionality will crossover into an additional theory explanation.
Strengths in propositions one, two and four.
Proposition 1 states there is endemic racism. Racism is embedded in the fabric of our society, it is the normal. There is nothing unusual about racism. The current system of whites over people of color provides the framework for important societal functions. Whites will do whatever it takes to maintain the status quo. Marvin X speaks openly about being addicted to crack, which be says was brought into black neighborhoods by the CIA in 1984. Crack became his total desire, “Fuck teaching, fuck religion” (X, personal communication, November 17, 2018). The crack epidemic hit the black community hard, by design, according to Marvin X. The courts were full, new prisons were built and law enforcement prospers financially to this day.
Proposition 2 is Racial construction. According to this proposition, race is not biologically based; it is invented and manufactured. The American system has taken racism to an industrial level being the root of conflict. Marvin X has a fable where a black bird sits in his cage with the door open. The white master does not worry about the black bird flying away. Other birds of all types would fly in and encourage the black bird to fly away to freedom. The black bird was happy in his cage. One day there was a fire and the house was burning down. The white master fled and left the black bird. The black bird just sat in his cage waiting for his white master to return. As the fire spread the black bird refused to fly away. Just then another bird flew through the fire and yelled at the black bird to fly away. The black bird said he loved his cage. The other bird said you want to die, come with me my brother. The black bird flew away and yelled bye master as he flew past his master (X, 1972). This is an example of the black man being conditioned to stay enslaved by white power.
Proposition 4 is Interest convergence/materialist determinism. This proposition expresses that working-class whites benefit from racism psychically (feel good about themselves because at least they aren’t black), and elite whites are advantaged materially (economic exploitation of an underclass), so a large segment of society (all whites) benefit from the current racial order.
While in class at Academy of da corner, we observed a middle-aged white male approach the table. He had his teenage daughter by his side. She was dressed in soccer attire and he was wearing athletic gear. Marvin X encouraged the man to check out a variety of books. The girl was hovering around a copy of Mythology of Pussy. At least he’s trying, was the attitude Marvin X exhibited, (X, personal communication, November 17, 2018). Marvin X then offered a small collection of books for $20.00 and the man handed over his credit card. He pulled the card out of his pocket as he did not have his wallet which supported his statement that he had no cash on him. Marvin X has a smart phone application that allows him to take donations from plastic. The application was not working but Marvin X kept trying. The man stated that he needed to pick up something from the pharmacy a few steps away. He left his card and headed to the pharmacy. After a few minutes he returned for his card and his books. There was a look of disappoint on both the man and the teenager's face. This is an example of the white bourgeoisie attempting to feel superior to the man of color. Like, "Nigger, why can't you get your shit together?"
A glaring weakness in Critical Race Theory is that it says that blacks, African Americans, will never fare well in America. By declaring that the Civil Rights Movement does not go far enough leaves little room for compromise on big issues dealing with race. And while slavery is over, a racist society continues to exert dominion over black men and their maleness in ways more subtle but hardly less castrating than during slavery.
While Intersectionality is the sixth fundamental proposition of Critical Race Theory, it is also its own stand-alone theory. Critical Race Theory accepts the intersectionality of oppressions of all types. This suggests that a primary focus will distort the effects of other forms of exclusion. Intersectionality is a crucial tenet in Critical Race Theory because it shows the different types of oppression which are faced by people of color. There are many different types of discrimination, including things like discrimination based on sex, gender, culture, race and other factors. We can often consider these things in isolation. But what happens when someone experiences multiple forms of discrimination at the same time? What happens when we have overlapping areas of discrimination? One of the things that can happen is that we can have individuals in our society that have characteristics that can result in them facing discrimination in multiple different areas. For example, we can view one of Marvin X’s daughters, Amira, a female who is of African American origin, and who attended Yale undergrad (Giambrone, 2012) and Stanford Law. She attended school in a particular part of our country that may cause her to be discriminated against in three different areas. So, if we were to draw her circles of discrimination, what would her overlap look like? She may have one overlap based on her sexual gender. She may have one overlap based on her racial or cultural identification, and she may have another circle based on her education. Right in the center, we have this level of extreme overlap. Now, why is it important to consider this intersection of these three different areas? It's important because at this intersection is multiple different categories of potential discrimination or oppression that may compound an interplay in this one individual, and really significantly put her at a disadvantage within society. In order to understand the level of disadvantage that she has, we really need to understand all three of these factors. The theory of intersectionality really states just that. It focuses on the point in which these multiple different areas of potential discrimination overlap with one another, and exist alongside one another.
We really need to understand when all of these things coexist, because if we don't consider all of them at the same time, we really don't get to fully understand the situation. So, in this individual, if we just consider the fact that she likes Buddhist teachings, in a culture or society that really doesn't appreciate that, and we miss the fact that the society also doesn't appreciate the fact that she's female, or discriminates against African Americans, we may not fully understand the level of discrimination that she faces. And the same situation would result if we only considered the fact that she was female in a sexist society, or that she was African American in a racist society. So, this theory of intersectionality really asks us to consider all of the different levels of discrimination. While the theory was originally coined in 1989 by Crenshaw as a feminist theory to explain the oppression of women, it has since really expanded. People use it to explain oppression and discrimination in all of society.
A flaw with Intersectionality is the declining significance of race in dealing with economic advancement. There are new opportunities for Blacks as barriers to employment are reduced. Some remain and we must stay vigilant in the fight against discrimination of all types. William Julius Wilson pointed this out in his book, The Truly Disadvantaged (Wilson, 2012). Barriers are falling and people are more aware of discrimination.
Social Learning Theory
The thought to include Social Learning Theory came from a fellow student and allows the paper to track Marvin X’s education directly. Social Learning Theory is a theory of social behavior and learning that believes new behaviors can be acquired by observing and learning from others. It offers a better explanation of learning than behaviorism. Experience is a great teacher, but we learn by seeing the world. We learn from watching others successes and failures. Social Learning Theory goes further and lays out human development. This theory explains how the cycle of family violence repeats itself. The child who sees his father beat his mother has a high percentage without intervention to beat his wife (Social Learning Theory | Sociology | Chegg Tutors, 2016). This theory draws heavily from the work of Albert Bandura’s in the 1960s. Whit whom do we learn from and in what environment is a question that has plagued American education. Derrick Bell once wrote, “In light of the often-violent struggle that resulted from the Supreme Court’s 1954 desegregation decision, Brown v. Board of Education, things might have worked out better if the court had instead ordered that both races be provided with truly equivalent schools” (Bernstein, 2011).
When Marvin X was in high school, he had a white female English teacher. At some point Marvin X let her know that his goal in life was to be a writer. She offered the advice that in order to be a great writer, you have to read. Now she did not tell him what to read, just to read and read some more. Reading the classics including Shakespeare became Marvin X’s obsession. This led to a greater appreciation of written works. He was turned onto James Baldwin’s writing by a fellow student, a Hispanic brother He introduced Marvin X to Giovanni’s Room (Baldwin, 2001). While the subject matter was not of interest, the style inspired Marvin X to read other Baldwin writings, especially Notes of A Native Son,The Five Next Time, Go Tell it on the Mountain and The Amen Corner. In 1968 he interviewed Baldwin at his New York apartment.
Attending segregated schools had a lifelong impact on Marvin X. With a gift for writing and public speaking, it was evident from an early age that Marvin X was going to do big things. It was said according to Marvin X, that he spoke just like his father, a businessman, social activist, both parents were members of the NAACP. According to Oakland Post Newspaper Publisher, Paul Cobb, Marvin's father attending Garveyite meetings at Paul's grandfather's house in West Oakland.
The influence of having all blacks, including teachers and administration of the schools, was very influential on Marvin X. His parents were very conscious from his early childhood that finding a good school for their children was important. He attended different schools in the first three grades, including McFeely and Prescott in West Oakland, Lincoln and Columbia in Fresno. He ended up at for a short time at St. Patrick’s, a black catholic elementary school in West Oakland.
Because of Red Lining, the school boundaries only included black communities. All black teachers who received respect within the black community had a positive impact on Marvin X’s life. Marvin X’s entire life was segregated, “Nigguhs just did not go across town, no signs, just the way it was.” (X, personal communication, November 17, 2018). Learning in an all black scenario forged a desire for self-reliance and mistrust of anyone white. This can be compared to the experience of current and recent immigrants to the United States. As stated by Williams, “The results are consistent with findings suggesting that discrimination is negatively associated with adult well-being” (Williams, 2014). The hatred of white people was developed and nurtured in this environment.
A weaknesses is that the theory downplays the biological aspects of human behavior. Furthermore, the theory does not explain why many people observe behavior but do not engage in the behavior (e.g. everyone who grows up in a violent home do not continue the cycle). A further weakness of Social Learning Theory is when it comes to the child’s accountability for his own actions. Putting the focus on how setting influences behavior places more weight on the people and the community that the child is part of, and not enough weight on how the child handles and processes new information. It neglects the child’s accountability and may not go too far in stating that society directs how the individual behaves and acts.
This interview helped me to understand the anger and perpetual conflict that rages within Marvin X. Having grown up with many advances in society and desegregation, it takes effort to relate to the life experiences of Marvin X. Segregated schools and shopping always appeared to be things from old black and white videos. Marvin X’s life is very unique and intriguing. A couple of hours did not do him justice so a second interview was scheduled. We focused again on his adolescence and early adulthood periods. This plays into something a friend of his says, “Communicating and reading Marvin X must be treated like a buffet, i.e.,you have to pace yourself with a little bit of Marvin X at a time.” He can be overwhelming. His students speak of "The Wild Crazy Ride of the Marvin X Experience!"
His life is full of conflict and turmoil. An example is from a recent poem posted on his blog www.blackbirdpressnews.blogspot.com
“We want reparations for every ounce of white blood in North American Americans
rape blood not love blood
vicious rapist white man blood, 1619 blood,
good ship Jesus
John Hawkins Amazing Grace blood....”
This sums up Marvin X’s beginning point of healing in making right for the past in both social issues and economic as well. Not much room for compromise when it comes to repaying blacks for the sins of the white power structure.
My expectations were of someone with fire and brimstone coming out of his mouth. It appeared Marvin X has mellowed out with age or I just caught him on mellow days. With a beard, belly, and warm face, he orchestrates his life. He was that friendly man down the street who was smiling and happy most of the time. He had a magnetism that attracted people of all races, nationalities and genders. While his body of work is full of fervor, in person Marvin X was old school with some high levels of machismo bordering on #metoo violations. Many women still reacted in a positive manner when Marvin X whistled and cat called them. He even told the story of one of his students who connected with a woman was checking out books at his
When Marvin X was asked if he had a chance to live life over again, would you it the same? His reply was that life is a privilege. “How many niggas have time to write a book. I have lived a privileged life. Blessed not to have to work” (X, personal communication, November 17, 2018). He seemed very content with his legacy. He seems at peace with all around him and encourages those around him to practice peace and love, not hate.
Many things can be learned in a variety of environments. Marvin X’s Academy on da Corner is a prime example of alternative learning. There should be a way of accrediting such important street philosophers. The diversity of the different groups represented offer a real free speech zone, as Marvin X likes to call his Academy of da Corner.
This interview demonstrated the importance of the social worker to apply multiple theories to their clients. There is no cookie cutter method of dealing with all clients, treating them as individuals is crucial. Applying the various applicable theories is a great place to start.
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2018
The BSU Founders of the 1968 student strike at San Francisco State University have asked Marvin X to consider returning to writing The Untold Story of the Black Students and Third World Strike at SFSU. The BSU Strike founders released Marvin a few months ago but on Thanksgiving he got a call from their spokesperson, Bernard Stringer, asking him to resume writing their critical history of the American student revolution. San Francisco State University student strike was the longest in American academic history. It led to the first Black Studies and Ethnic Studies Department on the campus of a major university and college in America. Dr. Nathan Hare was the first chair and coined the terms black and ethnic studies. His retention was a source of contention in the strike.
The consensus is Marvin X is the Chosen One for this project because he was a member of the SFSU Negro Students Association that morphed into the Black Students Union. Marvin X is considered one of the visionary students that laid the ground for the BSU and Black and Ethnic Studies. Marvin has a degree of objectivity since he was underground in Harlem, NY, 1968, participating in the birth of the Black Arts Movement. In 1969, he was fighting to teach at Fresno State University but banned from stepping onto the campus on orders of Gov. Ronald Reagan, who also had Angela Davis removed from UCLA the same time. Gov. Reagan apparently feared Angela's Black Communism and Marvin's Black Islam!
BSU Strike Founders are confronted with a most difficult problem in assigning Marvin X to write their history: No one has been able to control his pen. Often, he is unable to control his pen. Attorney John Burris, whose career began with the Melvin Black Human Rights Conference, 1979, produced by Marvin X at the Oakland Auditorium, says, "Marvin X says some wild things in his books!"
He informed BSU Strike leaders he will not have anyone looking over his shoulder as he writes. The Founders are locked in the central committee paradigm so if a memorandum of understanding can be agreed upon by all parties, we may be able to produce the product: a people's narrative of black revolutionary student struggle on white colleges and universities in America.
Marvin's vision is perhaps larger than the BSU Founders who are primarily concerned with a truthful narrative of their strike. Marvin's desire is to incorporate the student struggle with the Black Arts Movement and the Black Power or National Liberation Movement, with the focus on Black students struggle nationally and internationally. Although underground, Marvin X attended the student strike at Sir George Williams University, Montreal, Canada, 1968. He arrived in Mexico City a few months after the student massacre. Repression was so brutal that when the parents arrived at the University to check on their children, the parents disappeared.
While exiled in Mexico City, Marvin was among many young revolutionaries from throughout the Americas who were given refuge by Mexico. I appreciate Mexico for giving refuge to all of us young men and women (my wife B. Hall, aka Hasani, enjoyed exile with me), although mostly young men from Dominican Republic, Cuba, Columbia, Venezuela, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala.
El Muhajir means migrant, refugee, pilgrim traveler. There is no way I cannot appreciate the desperation of those refugees at the borders of America seeking entry. Why doesn't the American "fake media" show us the conditions from which the migrants flee? Show us the dirt floor huts, some with electricity, most without. Show us the people in villages washing dishes, bathing, urinating and drinking from steams and rivers. Show us the people who are forced into drug cartel gangs to survive, especially their families, especially police and military men.
And do not overstay your visa in Mexico. Don't get stopped by the policia, mucho problemas. Yo creo no! In contrast, most of the illegals in the USA are visa violators, not those who slipped across the border. Of course the supreme irony and contradiction is both Democrats and Republicans benefit from migrant neo slave labor.
In Mexico City my contact was revolutionary artist Elizabeth Catlett Mora, a Black Communist from Washington, DC., who married Mexican muralist Poncho Mora. Communist Betty Mora had a maid, and after I shared an apartment with sister Beverley, associate from the Lafayette Theatre, partner of a Venezuelan revolutionary artist, we also had a live-in maid for $30.00 per month US.
Today, Sunday, 11/25/18, a white man walked by Marvin X's Academy of da Corner, Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, and said proudly and loudly, "I'm a proud racist, yes, I'm a white nationalist!" Marvin X replied, "I ain't mad at you, I'm a proud black nationalist!" Whites standing near his book stand were aghast! An oriental woman came over to say to the poet, "Did I hear what I think I heard him say?" Marvin said, "Yes. And I appreciate his honesty! Tell me what you are rather than be phony." We should be grateful President Trump acknowledged he is a white nationalist. I want the white man to enjoy the last days of his whiteness then report to Gitmo for long term recovery and reeducation, though the Big Book of AA speaks of those who are constitutionally unable to recover from addictions, and I add white supremacy as the most cunning and vile addiction in the modern world.
Marvin X at Academy of da Corner, 14th and Broadway, downtown Oakland
photo Adam Turner
True, white supremacists turned Africans and other colonized peoples into Europeans in black, brown and yellow faces. Dr. Hare calls us Black Anglo Saxons. Fanon wrote Black Skins, White Masks. In Mexico they say, "Coffee con leche!" In the Caribbean they say, "Black mon, white heart!" A few days ago on Lakeshore at the Academy, a young man said, "The black man is a white man dipped in chocolate!"
So let the white man stay white and let me stay black. I'm not trying to be white. To paraphrase Sly Stone, I thank God for lettin' me be myself again! Yes, after 400 years! My family is at least four generations from being niggas in consciousness. I am so thankful.
Believe it or not, I am not against interracial marriage or dating. I think every black person who desire a white person should fulfill their heart's desire, rather than be with a black person only to abuse them for not being of their desire for a white mate in black face. Don't destroy a black person because they are not white. Get with a real white man or woman so that you can be truly happy.
Marvin often recalls what Martin Luther King, Jr., said in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, "I'd rather be with the KKK than phony white liberals...." Did not a poll find that a high percentage of Millennials reveal they hold similar racist views except on sexual matters? "We hate niggers but we love their good black pussy and dicks!" Bay Area poet Paradise Jah Love has a classic poem They Love Everything About You but You!"
Marvin X told the oriental woman, "While teaching English at the University of Nevada, Reno, 1979, I was interviewed by a reporter from the Reno Gazette who informed me from the outset he was a Red Neck. I didn't give a damn, hell, I'm a Black Neck! But I felt sorry for my big, tall white student who didn't know the difference between to, too and two!"
Now booking coast to coast
photo Burrell Sunrise
San Francisco State University, Davey D's Hip Hop Class, 4pm
Reading at the Beat Museum, with other anti-capitalist poets from anthology by same name, Columbus and Broadway, North Beach, San Francisco
Reading from Notes of Artistic Freedom Fighter Marvin X, Charles Wright Museum, Detroit, Michigan
Brothers Network brings Marvin X to Philly for reading and book signing. Musical genius Elliott Bey will
provide sounds to accompany his beloved Master Teacher.
BAMFEST Oakland, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga Producer
Marvin X, BAM Co-founder
In Concert: Marvin X reading from his dramatic works
Salaam, Huey Newton, Salaam
Woman on Cell Phone
Fictional interview with President Obama
Driving Miss Libby
Parable of a Real Woman
Parable of the Heart
Parable of Black Man and Block Man
Parable of the Parrot
Parable of the Rat
Parable of Joy and Happiness
Note: Marvin X will exhibit his archives as a founding member of the National Black Arts Movement, the most
radical literary and artistic movement in American history.
Marvin X reading, accompanied by the Sun Ra Arkestra on the 400th Anniversary of Africans arriving in the Americas as captured Africans in the American Slave System (Ed Howard term, Oakland).
Now booking for lecture/dramatic readings coast to coast at colleges, conferences, festivals, workshops
Contact Marvin X:
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Remembering Garfield Belfon Fourteen Year –Old youth killed by Toronto Police in 1953
Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali
Dougie’s father Sam Richardson was a legendary Track and Field athlete. At 15, in London’s Commonwealth Games in 1934, he won his gold medal in the long jump with a leap of 23 feet 8 inches (7.21 metres), and silver in the triple jump. I wrote an article about Richardson for the Globe and Mail in 1983. The late Gwen Johnston reflected on this historical event. I wrote: “Gwen Johnston, a co-proprietor of Third World Books and Crafts and Richardson's first cousin, remembers how Toronto's small but enthusiastic black community reacted to Richardson's victory when he returned. Says Johnston: "You couldn't get to him, the crowd was so great at Union Station. The community welcomed their young son home. We had a big reception for him at a place called Belvin Hall, which was on College near Spadina. I'll never forget it."
Bromely Armstrong came to Canada from Jamaica in 1947. Armstrong remembers the merits and demerits of living in Canada. There were issues with the police when he came here. He talks about this in Bromley Memoirs of Bromley L. Armstrong by Sheldon Taylor. Says Armstrong: “Before the Buddy Evans shooting, some police officers allegedly would abuse and brutalize minorities and First Nation’ peoples. However, in such instances care seemed to have taken by those police officers to ensure that their somewhat racially motivated actions were not fatal. This was not the case with the 1950s Belfonshooting.
I wish I was a weak nigga and I don't even know why. But I'm standing on the shoulders of so many strong niggas, I can't be a weak nigga if I wanted. I'm standing on the shoulders of so many warrior men and women, including Mama and Daddy, I can't be a weak nigga!
I'm standing on the shoulders of prison niggas who told me on the big yard, "Marvin X, you the smartest, you the minister." He told the other brother he was the secretary and he, himself, was the captain. Election over, meeting Sunday in the prison chapel. And we met!
I'm standing on the shoulders of strong niggas. Captain Edward X of Los Angeles FOI, drilled us chanting, "We FOI, we ain't no punks, no sissies, no squares, we FOI, soldiers in the name of Allah! March, march time march. left right left. about face, left right left, about face, march time march!"
Poet/activist Marvin X with San Francisco State University Students after his lecture/discussion in Davey D's class on Hip Hop
photo Davey D
Now booking coast to coast
photo Burrell Sunrise
San Francisco State University, Marvin X's alma mater. He was a founding member of the Black Students Union.
photo Davey D