Monday, January 14, 2019

BAMBFEST FEB.2019 presents Marvin X, BAMBD/BAM co-founder Marvin X

Marvin X  Tour  2019

February 16, Sat
Alameda CA
Reading/ book signing
Back 2 Nature Wellness Salon
and Barber Shop
475 Central Avenue

February 22, Friday
Reading book signing
Hunters Point, San Francisco
901 Fairfax Avenue

February 23, Saturday
Reading/book signing

Marvin X reading at Charles Wright Museum, Detroit MI, December 15, 2018. He has been invited back at another venue for Black History Month
photo Leona McElevene

February 28, Thursday
Detroit, MI

March 2, Saturday
Reading/book signing
Philadelphia PA
Brothers Network

Reading/book signing
Seattle WA
Host Hakeem Trotter

National Black Theatre Festival
Winston-Saleem, North Carolina

Austin, Texas
How We Got Ova 1619-2019
A poetic myth/ritual dance drama 
by El Muhajir, aka Marvin X

Train in da Water
poem by Marvin X
"In the Atlantic ocean is a railroad of human bones...."--Amiri Baraka

Train came to ocean
we riding in da water
Riding waves bout to go under
How sweet da waves
train went under
Passing da many fish
As we submerged
How pleasant da train
Going down slowly
another space for peace
Let da ocean wash us with love
We connect the bones of Baraka's railroad
train rides down into darkness
where no light is needed.
we  black ocean same.


The X Men: Marvin X, son Marvin K, grandsons Jordan and Jahmeel

Dear Black Folks,

Stay out of white folks bizness. They stay out of our bizness in the hood, even though they supply the guns, dope, sick religion, . mis-education, toxic food, water, air; death music rap beats, perverted psycho-sexuality of  do yo thang, be what ya wanna be; totally insane political policies  that violate their own laws at the drop of a hat, e.g., sanctuary cities and states. Imagine what white folks would do if we declared the hood a sanctuary space that excluded Europe American entrance and jurisdiction and banned them from arresting North American African criminals for any reason without our consent. We establish and adjudicate all violations in our space. Imagine this!

Stay out of white folks bizness. They suffer a malady far worse than white Supremacy. Our ancestors and elders called their condition white lunacy.

Let them fight among themselves. Let them have their second Civil War. That's their bizness not ours. Our  business is to establish a sovereign, independent nation. The master and slave do not have the same agenda.
--Marvin X

Poet/Essayist/Educator/Activist Marvin X after his lecture/discussion in Davey D's Hip Hop class at
San Francisco State University, Marvin X's alma mater. He was a founding member of the Black Students Union.
photo Davey D

Notes of Artistic Freedom Fighter Marvin X 
Now Available
Order your copy from
Black Bird Press
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call 510-575-7148
credit cards accepted

Marvin X
Poet, playwright, essayist, educator, activist
University of Chicago, 2015

photo Burrell Sunrise

Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Wall Hypocrites

The Wall hypocrites

Mending Wall

Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun;
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbour know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
"Stay where you are until our backs are turned!"
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, "Good fences make good neighbours."
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
"Why do they make good neighbours? Isn't it
Where there are cows? But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That wants it down." I could say "Elves" to him,
But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me,
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father's saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, "Good fences make good neighbours."

Do those who protest the white nationalist Wall on the US border, also protest the Zionist wall in occupied Palestine? Do the Democratic Socialist pseudo progressives and their left wing sycophants protest the weekly slaughter of those who approach the border fence separating the Zionists from the Gaza concentration camp?
For the most part, all we  hear is the song of Silent Night on the Zionist wall, but wailing and crocodile tears about  the wall on the US/Mexican border. I don't understand why there isn't total agreement between America's left and right wing Zionist Zealots that the Zionist wall should be the model for the US/Mexican border wall. Furthermore, did not America's greatest poet Robert Frost tell us fences make good neighbors? 
As a matter of national security, how can America justify spending nearly a trillion dollars on its defense budget but squabble over five billion requested by the Trump administration for the security of the USA. 
The truth, supreme irony and contradiction  is that the globalist democratic socialists and many Republicans in league with the Globalists, believe in open borders while many of them live behind walled compounds! Even upper and middle class Mexicans and other Latinos throughout the Indigenous Americas live behind walled compounds and villas, including some of my Communists friends in the Americas.
Growing up in the agricultural valley of California, my family never locked our doors. There were too many siblings in my Mother's house to issue keys to all. And Granny would never turn away a hungry stranger from her door when we lived with her in the projects. Of course this is in harmony with the African tradition delineated by Cheikh Anta Diop in his classic Cultural Unity of Africa as per his theory of the Northern and Southern Cradle. The Northern Cradle custom would kill the stranger, the Southern Cradle welcomed the stranger. I remember hungry white men stopping by Granny's house in the projects and she did not hesitate to feed them whatever food she had available. 

Of course in his Destruction of African Civilization, Chancellor Williams taught this attitude and tradition lead to our downfall and the Black Panther Wakanda Kingdom's xenophobia eclipsed the Diopian Southern Cradle model.  I have observed the Wakandan zenophobia from San Francisco's Hunters Point to South Carolina's Gullahland, i.e., "If you ain't from here don't come here!" Of course gentrification is smashing this xenophobic notion. Whites are invading Hunters Point and Gullahland, especially since the Hip Hop generation of Gullah Africans care nothing about their paradise islands. They rather die in the streets of Savannah and Atlanta!
Perhaps the Democratic Socialists should continue their call for open borders and sanctuary cities and states. Perhaps the USA should forget about fencing and walling the border and allow the USA to continue being the haven for every hateful unclean bird. If so, why continue funding the trillion dollar annual military budget for the national security of the USA? For sure, the budget did not prevent 9/11. So America should continue being the haven for every filthy unclean bird. After all, they can join the USA's filthy unclean birds. We heard filthy unclean birds flock together!
While President Trump called a plethora of nations shit-holes, has not America's most beautiful city, my beloved San Francisco, become a shit-hole? But the supreme irony is that while  San Francisco is the epic center of the high tech revolution, its white supremacist and globalist myopia has totally neglected the very least of its citizens. I speak as one who was once drug addicted and homeless, who slept in the Tenderloin doorways, allies in cardboard boxes and often with nothing but my black  ass. 
Finally, from ancient Egypt (Kemit) to the mythical African kingdom of Wakanda to America, national security can be comedic or tragic, but it should and must be addressed for the benefit of  all its citizens, first and foremost! Woe to the hypocrites!

Marvin X, poet, philosopher, essayist, playwright, planner, educator, organizer, historian

 Angela Davis, Marvin X and Sonia Sanchez

 West Oakland OGs at Defermery Park, aka Bobby Hutton Grove


 Ancestor Amiri Baraka, "My brother like no other!"--Marvin X

 Marvin X in Harlem reception in his honor at home of Rashidah Ishmaili, 2014

 Academy of da Corner, Oakland: left to right: Amiri Baraka, Bobby Seale, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, Ahi Baraka and Marvin X
photo Gene Hazzard

 Marvin X fan club members
photo Kamau Amen Ra (RIP)

Marvin X in Heaven, i.e., in the presence of revolutionary, intelligent, beautiful African women
photo Ken Johnson

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Herb Boyd reviews Notes by Marvin X, et al.


Three book trees felled
By Herb Boyd
Special to the AmNews
Harlem NY

     With the calendar about to flip and a new year is dawning, it was time for some house cleaning, time to clear a veritable forest of book trees making the path to the computer all the more challenging.  During a recent trip to Detroit I dropped by the Charles Wright Museum of African American History to chat with my friend Charles Ferrell, who produces some of the most enlightening political and cultural programs in the nation.
     On tap that afternoon was the poet and activist Marvin X and he gifted me with his latest book Notes of an Artistic Freedom Fighter Marvin X (Black Bird Press, 2019). After his opening remarks in which he let the audience know that he was well aware of Detroit’s prominence in the Black liberation struggle, ticking off names such Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, the Bogges, General Baker, and Imari Obadele, he read one of his favorite pieces.  It was compelling but my preference from a long list of essays was his review of the Black Panther film that still had traction.
     “While the film is a political disaster by projecting African royalty with its tainted past and/or present, those enamored of African culture will enjoy a boost of cultural consciousness,” he observed. “We Africans are a beautiful people, a cultured people, a people of genius in science and technology.  If Black Panther replaces sagging pants with dashikis, surely, the film must be applauded.
     “If it forces women to throw off their wigs as the woman did in the film,” Marvin continued, “it must be applauded.  The music, the chants, the communal dancing, the most colorful costumes and traditional ritual face makeup, should help Africanize a starving population of North American Africans.  The technology seemed excessive although we need to see African people utilizing science, technology, artificial intelligence, time travel.”
     This kind of balance pertains in the book, though the bulk of his analysis leans perceptibly to keeping the Black Arts Movement alive, and that makes sense for someone who was/is a vital component of its maintenance.
     Later that evening in Detroit my lifelong comrade Ron Lockett took me to Trinosophes, a club near downtown where pianist Rod Williams was fronting an ensemble. Seated near me was Carole and Bill Harris, and like Marvin, I was given Bill’s latest book I Got to Keep Moving (Wayne State University Press, 2018). It’s a collection of 25 short stories that are necklaced in a fashion resembling Jean Toomer’s Cane, and they resonate with the same passionate urgency and cultural integrity. Reading the first story reminded me of Marvin X’s description of coming of age in Fresno, California. The people very much resemble the inhabitants of Harris’s mythical and at times mystical homelands in Alabama. 
     The folk element is redolent as Harris introduces a number of residents who are reluctant to recount the atrocities of their past or they have deliberately put them into the deepest recesses of memory. But Harris is not silent; he speaks for them with that same poetic voice that is often so commanding in his plays. “It was in our ways of doing, in front of them.” he says of the collective survival of the folks against the forces of denial and racism, “our walking, our wearing, our working that sprouted from the seeds of our need to air our common yearnings and have them recognized  and welcomingly accepted and understood as useful—whether any or all of those things were through strength or by being sullen, daring, surly, dragging; or through shared wisdom or charms; it gave us confidence in ourselves and became storied examples in our ability to have an inside self, and therefore a belief in our spirit to continue.”
     Some of the Blacks in this realistically drawn Alabama landscape are so tough that “even the mules are jealous.” Harris has evoked a time and experience that many migrants from the territory, many who ventured from the menace of the Klan and white oppression will remember and amen.
     Harris’s tales were still whispering to me when I returned to Harlem and there waiting for me was Dorothy Butler Gilliam’s Trailblazer—A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America, (Center Street, 2019).  Suddenly, much of what Harris imagined, Gilliam had lived, coming of age in the segregated South and later as a reporter covering some of the most eventful moments during the civil rights era.
     Oddly enough, it was Gilliam’s trip to Africa in the summer of 1961 that proved pivotal in her becoming a trailblazer at the Washington Post. “The trip had given me a chance to show the editors that I could write, and think broadly,” she recalled. “I had no experience writing under daily deadline pressure, and this was a real daily newspaper. The editors at the Post were taking a gamble on me.  I had to prove I was up to the challenge. I had no idea how difficult or fulfilling that would be, or that I would spend nearly my entire career there.”
     And what a productive and rewarding half century it was, though this should not diminish the years she spent writing for African American publications.  One of the most exciting and harrowing episodes occurred with her first real assignment at the Post to cover James Meredith breaking the color barrier at the University of Mississippi. Readers will be interested to know her feelings about the photographer Ernest Withers with whom she worked upon learning much later that he was a paid FBI informant.
     Gilliam, like Ida B. Wells, Evelyn Cunningham, Era Bell Thompson, and Ethel Payne, never shirked from duty or feared speaking truth to power.  Her memoir is a chronicle of the nation’s history from a reporter who was an eyewitness and whose stories are as riveting as her own adventurous life.
     Three of the book trees have fallen, but staring at me across the room, like a huge Redwood, a sequoia of information is Jeffrey Stewart’s enormous biography of Alain Locke.  That’s going to take a Paul Bunyan effort. 

Now Available from Black Bird Press, Notes of Artistic Freedom Fighter Marvin X

Poet/Essayist/Educator/Activist Marvin X after his lecture/discussion in Davey D's Hip Hop class at
San Francisco State University, Marvin X's alma mater. He was a founding member of the Black Students Union.
photo Davey D

Notes of Artistic Freedom Fighter Marvin X 
Now Available
Order your copy from
Black Bird Press
requested donation
call 510-575-7148
credit cards accepted

Marvin X
Poet, playwright, essayist, educator, activist
University of Chicago, 2015
photo Burrell Sunrise

Friday, December 28, 2018

Toward the deconstruction of monopoly capitalism and socialism

The gate of Marvin X's writing retreat in Cherokee CA, that suffered fire destruction in the Camp Fire that totally destroyed the nearby town of Paradise CA.
photo Adam Turner

Most progressives understand monopoly capitalism and its highest stage imperialism now called globalism. Kwame Nkrumah hipped us to Imperialism: the final stage of capitalism. But let us also deconstruct the contradictions in monopoly socialism, a left wing ideology that ultimately leaves many oppressed peoples on the bottom of the economic and political ladder. In monopoly socialism there is opportunism, classism, racism, ageism and white and/or caste based on color domination parading often under the guise of multi-multiculturalism, but always with North American Black Africans on the lowest rung of the multi-cultural ladder. In many cases if not most, the mulattoes in power will decry and deny mulatto power, will even deny they are mulattoes even though they enjoy all the privileges of mulattoism, a classical syndrome in Pan Africa, from the Motherland, Caribbean and USA. Do you know the Brown Bag Test? Even at Oakland's Merritt College that gave birth to  Bay Area African consciousness through the African American Association under the leadership of Attorney Donald Warden, aka Khalid Abdullah Al Mansour: black panther party, black arts movement and black studies, and Kwanza, alas, Maulana Karenga was the Los Angeles representative of Oakland's Afro American Association.

As per monopoly socialism, a monopoly socialist feigned shock when I identified him as a monopoly socialist today at my Academy of da Corner Lakeshore, Oakland. He'd never heard the term before.
The term has wandered about in the deep structure of my mind for some time. Furthermore, I have experienced the trauma of monopoly socialism in the arts. As per monopoly socialist artists attempting to dominate the capitalist grant process for non-profit organizations, the competition is lethal. Even after over a half century of labor as a cultural worker in the black arts movement, even after a close reading of Mao's classic Talks on Art and Literature at Yenun Forum, one can be deceived by artistic opportunism and elitism. Ancestor Amiri Baraka warned artists not to submit to the toxin of elitism. The bourgeoisie will attempt to satisfy starving artists with kibbles and bits. And artists suffering the toxin of elitism and opportunism will succumb to the world of make believe and conspicuous consumption.

In summary,  North American Africans must guard against being deceived by all forces in the universe, most especially, the evil within himself/herself, for what is the greatest Jihad or Holy War? Answer: To win one's own soul!

One must individually and collectively maintain focus on the North American African Agenda, not the multi-cultural mirage, leading to nothingness and dread. Yes, we must cultivate our own vine and tree! Look at the heavenly gardens Rasta Man/Woman have created. Look at the fruit thereof, look at the children who honor ancestors, elders, parents, children and the yet unborn.

We shall not be subjected to monopoly capitalists or socialists. We are revolutionary black African nationalists. Have no mistake about this. We are in the spirit of Marcus Garvey and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. And we love Malcolm X. Have no mistake about this. We understand revolution is not a pretty thang. Revolution is violent, contrary to our beloved brother Malcolm X, even the socalled Negro revolution was/is violent!
--Marvin X

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Emergency support needed to purchase Black Arts Movement Retreat and Recovery Center

On Wednesday, December 26, 2018, 7:41:22 PM PST, Marvin X Jackmon wrote:

Poet/essayist Marvin X in the door of the apartment where he spent five years in solitude in Cherokee CA, down the road from :Paradise Ca. that was totally destroyed in the Camp Fire.
photo Adam Turner

Marvin X reading on the bench where he often wrote in solitude for five years, 99 per cent of the time he was alone. nor did he have sex during his five years writing and healing from the death of his son and partner, Oakland High School English teacher Marsha Satterfield. Kwame Satterfield is the first cousin of Dr.;Cornel West and the stepson of Marvin X. When Cornel comes to the Bay, Marvin often sits with the West family.

Dear friends, comrades and fellow artists:

In the name of the Black Arts Movement, we need your support to purchase a 11 1/2 acre property in Cherokee CA. This property was owned by my Patron Abdul Leroy James RIP. It is now owned by his brother Hasan Larry M James. The main house burned down in the recent Camp Fire that destroyed the entire town of Paradise. This property is a few miles away in Cherokee CA. The one bedroom apartment and two guest rooms remain in tact. I lived in solitude on the estate and occupied the still standing apartment for five years during which I wrote the   following five books: 

How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy, a manual based on the 12 Step Mode of AA
Beyond Religion, toward Spirituality, essays
Land of My Daughters, poems
In the Crazy House Called America, essays
Wish I Could Tell You the Truth, essaysa

After five years of solitude, I experienced neural placidity, i.e., the transformation of my brain cells. BAM Master Sun Ra once said, "Where can the black man/woman go for RR?" Let us reply to Master Sun Ra, co-founder of BAM and Afro-Futurism, in the affirmative. Sunny, we have a space. But we must moveb expeditiously for investors made offers to Larry James on the day of our inspection of the property. Only minutes after Hasan James signed a modification of selling price. We may be able to convince Mr. James to grant us a 90 day option on the property, although is exhausted and suffering grief and sorrow at the transition of his beloved brother, Abdul. 

West Oakland product, Real Estate investor Abdul Leroy James

Marvin X's Patron RIP, also patron of the Bay Area Black Arts and Liberation Movements.

Aside from supporting Marvin X's literary projects, Abdul helped produce Marvin's community projects:

Melvin Black Forum on Human Rights, Oakland Auditorium, 1979

National Conference of Black Men, Oakland Auditorium, 1980

One Day in the Life, a docudrama of Crack addiction and recovery, including Marvin's last encounter with his friend Black Panther Co-founder, Dr. Huey P. Newton, in a West Oakland Crack House, 1996-2002, the longest running black play in Northern California Black theatre history, a recovery community cult classic.

Kings and Queens of Black Consciousness Concert, San Francisco State University, 2001.

San Francisco Black Radical Book Fair, Tenderloin, San Francisco CA., 2004.

I give all honor and respect to my Patron Abdul LeRoy James RIP and his brother Hasan Larry James. 

As result of the fire, the property is up for sale for $275,000. We would like to purchase the property for an artist's retreat and recovery center. 

Most often in his five years of solitude, Marvin wrote on this bench, usually in the nude as there was nothing nearby except deer, wild turkeys, hawk. Visitors came and wanted to kill all living things. Marvin told them to kill nothing, e.g., birds, bees, ants, flies, spiders, nothing. When the bee comes into my house, I tell him to leave, tell the fly the same, even gnates. 

If you would like to make a generous donation to obtain this beautiful land as a community property, please let me know ASAP. Your donation can be tax deductible. Thanks.
Marvin X
BAM Co-founder

Dr. Cornel West and Marvin X 
in Philly to support Mumia Abu Jamal

I applaud Cornel West for  his critique of Prez Obama. No one is above criticism. Cornel is right: we must respect him, secure him but check him!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Philly musician Elliott Bey on Marvin X's Notes

Elliott Bey, Philadelphia musician and student of Marvin X, describes his teacher's Notes of Artistic Freedom Fighter Marvin X as a dose of, "Literary fentanyl, opioid and heroin combined! It will kill the pain of oppression and inspire the oppressed to seek liberation, personal and national. Marvin X takes no prisoners, leaves no crops standing in the manner of David. Marvin X is solid, he don't bend!" 

Some time ago, Elliott Bey instructed people on how to read Marvin's work. "Read it like you go to a buffet, i.e., read a little then let his words digest in your brain. Then go back for more. If you read too much at one time it can be overwhelming and may lead to overdose."

Elliot Bey, Philadelphia keyboard genius and associate of Marvin X, performed with Marvin, members of the Sun Ra Arkestra and Rufus Harley on a classic recording at Philly's Warm Daddies, Marvin X calls 37 Minutes of Jazz History. Bey performs with Marvin X coast to coast, e.g., Penn University Poetry Session produced by Maurice Henderson; the Germantown WMCA with Marvin, Sonia Sanchez and the Sun Ra Arkestra. On the West Coast, Bey accompanied Marvin's production of the Kings and Queens of Black Consciousness, also the San Francisco Theatre Festival at Yerba Buena Center.

Poet/Essayist/Educator/Activist Marvin X after his lecture/discussion in Davey D's Hip Hop class at
San Francisco State University, Marvin X's alma mater. He was a founding member of the Black Students Union.
photo Davey D

Notes of Artistic Freedom Fighter Marvin X 
Now Available
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Marvin X new poem: The Smart People

The Smart People

Marvin X reading at the University of Chicago, 2015
photo Burrell Sunrise

The smart people
smarter than God people
God did not create Smart people
Smart people created God
gave birth to the God idea
There was no God before smart people
They are the mothers and fathers of God
Smart people made God in their image power glory
They define God
He does not define Smart people
Smart people marry trees dogs horses cows
do anything their hearts desire
murder lie steal rape plunder lands
destroy souls of men women children
The lands of smart people
havens of every filthy unclean bird
God cannot save smart people
nor will smart people save God.
--Marvin X

Monday, December 10, 2018

Now Available from Black Bird Press, Notes of Artistic Freedom Fighter Marvin X

Poet/Essayist/Educator/Activist Marvin X after his lecture/discussion in Davey D's Hip Hop class at
San Francisco State University, Marvin X's alma mater. He was a founding member of the Black Students Union.
photo Davey D

Notes of Artistic Freedom Fighter Marvin X 
Now Available
Order your copy from
Black Bird Press
requested donation
call 510-575-7148
credit cards accepted

Marvin X
Poet, playwright, essayist, educator, activist
University of Chicago, 2015
photo Burrell Sunrise

BAMBFEST FEB.2019 presents Marvin X, BAMBD/BAM co-founder Marvin X

Marvin X  Tour  2019 February 16, Sat Alameda CA Reading/ book signing Back 2 Nature Wellness Salon and Barber Shop 475 Central ...