Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Marvin X Poem: Standing on the shoulders of ancestors

 OH, Patrice Lumumba
we love you
standing tall against global white supremacy in the Congo
blood diamonds
minerals so nigguhs can talk on cell phone bout
where you at
where you at
where you at......
Joy energy strength
resist resist resist
rise up rise up rise up
don't give up don't give up don't give up!
resist resist resist
no mo clowns, passive ass nigguhs without balls to confront white supremacy
It's not that you are physical faggot, you are a mental faggot
a mind in perpetual gender identity crisis
confused on the master slave relationship
in love with the master
total submission
no resistance
the white man is God Almighty
I am his slave I love him
will kill for him
my lover keeper
white man!
resist resist resist
Paul Robeson said, "I am the artistic freedom fighter !"
and so we are
standing on the ancestors
standing tall
in Egypt we came to the Square with blankets 
in front of tanks, we did this.
reactionaries will never lay down their butcher knives, never turn into Buddha heads.
Wait. wait. wait. don't forget the killers who taught, dope dealers who showed me love, hey!

Zena Allen, BAM Master Poet Marvin X, Tarika Lewis, violinist, first female member of the Black Panther Party; Linda Johnson, Master choreographer/dancer in the Bay. She is Marvin X's favorite choreographer, although he has worked with other Bay Area choreographers, including Raymond Sawyer, Ellendar Barnes, Judith Holton, Wisteria.
Sun Ra said, "Sometimes you can be so right you wrong. The perfect man is a laughing stock. All work and no play makes Jack very dull. Yes, Jack is very very dull."

Truth is, can I talk about those who mentored me?
The worst people in the world.

Seriously, who taught Marvin X?

Alonzo Batin, Guru of the San Francisco Black Arts Movement. Alonzo recruited the BAM poets and theatre people into the Nation of Islam, Batin recruited the key members of Black Arts West into the Nation of Islam: Marvin X, Ethna X, Hillary X, Duncan X! Did Alonzo Batin have power over us? Alonzo taught us practical Islam. He said, "If drugs will bring you together with your people, then do drugs with them."

As per drugs, Marvin X has this to say, "I agree with the Harm Reduction Model, do drugs but don't harm yourself, don't neglect your wife and children, your community, the revolution. Need a wake up, go ahead, but don't spend the whole day getting loaded, then you gotta problem and you need to take up your post in the Liberation Movement of your people.

--Marvin X, aka Nazzam Al Sudan El Muhajir

Marvin X loves young people! He is a child in a man's body as John Bradshaw would say. He is full of passion, idealism, romanticism, but ever a free thinker, don't  even think about altering his thinking. Marvin X thinks while making love: "Wow, wouldn't it be better if there was another freak like you? Two freaks is better than one, right?"

Monday, May 18, 2015

Marvin X, the Human Earthquake hits Chicago; get ready for the Wild Crazy Experience of Marvin X, Black Arts Movement Master Teacher

Marvin X Reading at University of Chicago Sun Ra Conference, May 21,22, 2015
Oh, Sun Ra, Master Teacher of the Black Arts Movement, Mythologist, Linguist, Philosopher

In honor of Sun Ra
Parable of Black Man and Block Man
The Parable of No
Dope by Amiri Baraka, read by Marvin X, accompanied by
Marshall Allen, Danny Thompson and David Boykin, et al. Chicago Musicians

Chicago Diary, Marvin X, 1968

 Marvin X loves Angela Davis

Yes, Chicago, get ready for the Wild Crazy Ride of the Marvin X Experience. When Marvin X returned underground from self-imposed exile in Toronto, Canada as a resister of the US war against the peace loving people of Vietnam, 1967, he arrived in Chicago to join the Black Arts Movement Chicago people, i.e., Don L. Lee (Haki Madhudubuti), Carolyn Rogers, Queen Mother Gwen Brooks, Hoyt Fuller, Phil Choran of the AFro Arts Theatre (check correct title, mx). Marvin X had already had the Chicago Arts Ensemble perform at his Black House political/cultural center in San Francisco, 1967 (co-founded by Eldridge Cleaver, playwright Ed Bullins and Ethna Wyatt of Chicago, aka Hurriyah Asar).

In 1968, Chicago and America was giving Marvin X and the North American Africans  a wild crazy ride! When he came underground to Chicago, after discovering "racism is as Canadian as hockey", along with other facts provided him by Canada's angriest Negro Austin Clake, novelist, along with conversations with the great Pan-African Jan Carew who was also in Toronto at the time. Imagine, a young black man mentored by Austin Clarke and Jan Carew! We talked about many things such as his novel Moscow is not my Mecca, i.e., Pan Africans and Communism; about those North American Africans in Ghana during the Nkrumah regime. How suspect they were as C.I.A. agents. From Barbados, Austin Clarke worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Company, but primarily a novelist. His novels and short stories talked of white people with private libraries full of "Negro Literature", they are experts on us, yes, they know more about us than we know about ourselves. Alas, they know you are God and Goddess but you know it not!

Let me get to the wild crazy ride Chicago gave me in 1968. Under a fake name, I did temporary office work in the Loop, the downtown business district; had no problem getting hired under a false name, especially since I could type 80wpm.

Initially, I lived on the North side. As the subway train goes from the Loop to the North, the passengers become whiter and whiter, until there are no blacks except myself. But my Chicago contact lived in the North, so I had no choice.

It was Hurriya's sister, my partner Ethna X. Wyatt, Chicago girl who came to the Bay Area in the 1960s, who co-founded Black Arts West and Black House, who  joined me in exile in Toronto, then went home to Chicago and wrote me about the Black Arts Movement in Chicago, i.e., a poet named Don. L. Lee.

Hurriyah induced me to Chicago, even though our time in Toronto, Canada had been stressful to say the least, mainly because I had no money, i.e., see my Mythology of Pussy and Dick: I couldn't pay my pussy bill! but we can talk about life in exile. Ah, let me tell you, no matter how much you hate these niggers, they yo nigguhs, like no other tribe in the world, Nigguhs is yo tribe, aka Tribe of Shabazz, a Persian term suggesting our history beyond Africa to the World,

The World and Africa by W.E.B. DuBois, a must read. If you haven't read The World and Africa, don't say shit to me; also. the complete works of J.A. Rogers, Destruction of African Civilization, Stolen Legacy, The Cultural Unity of Africa, The Black Anglo Saxons, How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy, Message to the Black Man in America. If you have not read these basic texts for Black Culture 101, get out my Academy of the Corner. Don't say shit to me!

Ethna X. Wyatt, aka Hurriyah Asar, Queen Mother of the West Coast Black Arts Movement under the leadership of Marvin X, e.g., Black Arts West Theatre, Fillmore District, San Francisco, 1966, the Black House political and cultural center, San Francisco, 1967, co-founded by Marvin X, Eldridge, Ed Bullins, Ethna X. Wyatt, aka Hurriyah Asar. Hurriyah's relationship has endured, e.g., he has visited her land on the islands of Beaufort, South Carolina, where he wrote his autobiography Somethin Proper, revised his docudrama One Day in the Life and his manual How To Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy.

As per recent events in North Charleston, Marvin X knows the area since he came with his host Hurriyah on many occasion while she handled her business as an entrepreneur. He recalls North Charleston as a depressed area, while Charleston is a 500 year old city, imagine its history, imagine why the hurricanes originate in West African and come directly to the Slave ports such as Charleston.