Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Notes of Artistic Freedom Fighter Marvin X: How to transcend the low information vibration



MLK, Jr. and MX

"You can be a Christian nigga, Muslim nigga, Communist nigga, Capitalist nigga, Democrat nigga, Republican nigga, Gay/Lesbian nigga, but you still a nigga in America. When WEB DuBois spoke in China's Tienanmen Square, after being introduced to a million people by Chairman Mao, our greatest intellectual ever produced in the hells of North America, WEB DuBois, said, "Thank you for your kind remarks, Chairman Mao, but in my country, America, I am just a nigga!' "
--Marvin X

February 21, 1965

Assassination of Malcolm X, El Hajji Malik El Shabazz. Since then has anyone done anything Malcolm said we should do? Alas, is anyone doing the things the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said do, e.g., do for self? What about the teachings of Marcus Garvey or Noble Drew Ali, or Booker T. Washington? Jesus, Prophet Muhammad? For the most part, most of us have no intention to do anything anyone said. Elijah said we are hard to lead in the right direction, easy to lead in the wrong direction. And why do we love the devil? Because he gives us nothing!


Black Arts Movement co-founders poet/playwright Marvin X and father of Afro-futurism Sun Ra, the mystical man from Egypt and  another planet, outside X's Black Educational Theatre in the Fillmore, San Francisco, 1972. Both men taught Black Studies at University of California, Berkeley, 1972. Sun Ra and his Myth-Science Arkestra arranged the musical version of X's BAM classic Flowers for the Trashman, renamed Take Care of Business, performed with a cast of 50 at San Francisco's Harding Theatre, a five hour concert without intermission.  Cast included the Ra Arkestra, X's cast, plus the Raymond  Sawyer and Ellendar Barnes dancers. The audio version of Sun Ra's UCB lectures are on Youtube. Marvin X's archives are in the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley. 


Let us recall the dialogue Sun Ra had with a Negro in Ra's classic film Space is the Place (shot in Oakland):

Sun Ra 
What ya doin?

Negro
Ain't doin nothin.

Sun Ra
Wanna job?

Negro
Doin what?

Sun Ra
Doin nothin!

Negro
Well, how much ya gonna pay me?

Sun Ra
Ain't gonna pay ya nothin!

These days you can't pay a nigga to do nothin or somethin! Ya didn't hear me. I repeat, you can't pay a nigga to do nothing or somethin. More importantly, whatever the nigga do, he ain't gonna do it right! Yes, he won't do wrong right or right right! For example, my daughter bought a taco truck but couldn't hire her own kind, they wanted to tell her how to run her business. She had to fire them.

She hired a Mexican who didn't like working for a nigga. She hired a white man who didn't like working for a nigga. She closed her business. Yet, I'm so proud of my daughter. She called me to go with her to buy the truck but I was in a meeting so she went to East Oakland by herself  and paid $20,000.00 cash for the truck! 

But there's light at the end of the tunnel and it ain't the train comin at ya. We are so deep in the low information vibration, even a fantasy film such as Black Panther may be the spark the ignites the prairie fire of Black African consciousness in the present era.

As some of you know, I have called for the necessity of reversing the "breaking in" process that psycho-socialized and traumatized us and  transformed our African identities  from Kunta to Toby.

If Black Panther has any possibility of rekindling  our African personalities so long dormant in the deep structure of our low information vibration Negroid minds, steeped in "Negrocities" (AB term he wanted you to know, not a MX term) but now allowing us to acknowledge African mythology and rituals in our lives, then there is the most wonderful possibility that Toby may indeed one day  reclaim his true royal identity as Kunta, and most especially devoid of that royal corruption of kings and queens who, along with the Europeans, benefited from the triangular trade and the surplus capital Africans and Europeans accumulated from 400 years of slavery. See Dr. Walter Rodney's How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, also his classic monograph West Africa and the Atlantic Slaver Trade. 

My recently departed patron, Abdul Leroy James, used to said, "The Negro ain't never done nothing right in his life!" No matter what intellectuals thought about Roots and no matter what they think about Black Panther, if this film can make the so-called Negro or Toby reclaim his long suppressed African consciousness and movtoward the Kunta man and Kunta woman, then let us thank the filmmakers. 

We imagined a most violent process to return Toby to Kunta, after all, the historical reality is that Toby was beaten with a black bullwhip to transform his personality. And there are societal forces ready to force him to continue his persona as Toby and never return  to Kunta, to traumatize Toby for eternity,  although we suspect the oppressor's plan will fail and Toby will resist and persist until he recovers his mental equilibrium that Dr. Frantz Fanon and Dr. Nathan Hare teach us about, although this process can only be achieved through the process of revolution. Ultimately, a movie won't accomplish the revolutionary process, only on the ground seizure of land and political institutions. 

Again, a single spark can ignite a prairie fire. Here in the Bay Area during the fire storm in the hills, embers traveled down to the hood and set houses on fire. So a little ember, a fantasy film has the possibility of being the catalyst to help us begin again that Sisyphusian
journey up the mountain to reach the mountain top Dr. King told us about. And perhaps for once and maybe for all times, we shall begin to follow the wisdom of our ancestors such as David Walker, Nat Turner, Denmark Vesey, Gabriel Prosser, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Booker T., WEB DuBois, Noble Drew Ali, Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X. 
--Marvin X/El Muhajir
2/21/18
Oaktown
City of Resistance


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Children and the National Security of America

The latest mass killing in Florida at the school that left 17 children dead and an equal number wounded, including teachers, recalls the apology poet Askia Toure gave for our generation leaving work undone in the 60s struggle for liberation. When I listened to him speak at the University of California, Merced,  I rejected his apology, even took the mike to explain that we who fought America's domestic colonialism faced the military might of the United States, the awesome power of the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, CIA, FBI, snitches and agent provocateurs. In short, we suffered a military defeat, especially with the additional force of drug and chemical warfare. We thus left this generation in obvious peril at the hands of an inept, corrupt society of adults, whether politicians, educators, law enforcement, religious leaders and others duty-bound to secure our children. And race is totally and absolutely irrelevant, for our children are in danger from inner cities to suburbs, from urban centers to rural communities.

We saw the inability of the US military machine to prevent 9/11, and all the terrorist acts that have taken place on this soil before and after 9/11, including school shootings, church shootings, Las Vegas, Florida's LGBT nightclub, Fort Hood Military Base, etc.

I am at a loss to tell our children we have passed the baton of a wretched land to them, which was the reason for Askia's apology. . We did what we could to make America the so called land of the free and home of the brave.

A few months ago my daughter begged me to pass the baton to her generation because they are qualified and ready. Well, recent events in Florida appear to be the straw that broke the camel's back. But this time it is not the adults but the children themselves who, in spite of their trauma and grief, have transcended the horror of their lives to take authority over their situation.

Initially, they are appealing to adults to solve the problem of their security, but we know from past events adults are incapable of securing their lives because of political expediency, thus we suspect our children shall  be  left with no alternative but to secure they own lives.

After they march on Washington and see no solution, we suspect they will gather to secure themselves. We think their ROT C's may be one answer. Alas, the killer at the Florida school was a member and wore his ROTC T-shirt on the day of death.

Yet, as we discovered in our teaching career that peer teaching is a great method to exhibit leadership and diffuse chaos in the classroom, the ROTC or some other student led security project may be the alternative to the utter failure of adult leadership in school security.

Anytime authorities visit the house of a mentally ill student 39 times and can't discern a serious problem, yes, even after the sick boy announced on social media he wanted to be a school killer, and it was reported to the FBI, we know adults are useless and no faith must be placed in them. Students are thus on their own and have no choice but to secure their own lives.

Even their parents are useless, thus they have no choice but to configure plans to save their lives themselves. Dismiss the notion their brains are not fully developed until age 25, they must take authority immediately to secure themselves since adults cannot. Let us not hear about mental health treatment and gun control, the hour for talk has passed and our children have no choice but to take authority over their lives.The best adults can do is shut up and let their/our children take control.

During the Crack Era, many parents were out of control so children who had to take control of the household, even going to work or even prostituting to put food in the house, sometimes to pay the rent, since their parents were lost in the world of addiction.

Today adults are lost in political agendas that persist with each election, no matter whether Republican or Democrat, so let children take control until adults crawl out of their world of make believe that is so pathological that even with a trillion dollar military budget, they cannot secure the lives of their children but rather continue eternal wars for the arms industry.
---Marvin X
2/20/18

Dancing in Blackness, a memoir by Halifu Osumare, Black Arts Movement co-founder

Praise for Halifu Osumare’s
Dancing in Blackness

"As per the West coast Black Arts Movement, especially its origins at San Francisco State College/now University, Halifu was there from the beginning and thus is a critical personality in the BAM dance genre, also as organizer of dance venues in the Bay, especially Oakland's Alice Arts Theatre, now Malonga Center. She is among such Bay Area choreographers as Grand Diva Ruth Beckford, Ed Mock, Raymond Sawyer, Ellendar Barnes, Deborah Vaughn, Linda Johnson, Traci Bartlow, Rehema Yenbere, Jamilah Charlene Hunter, Delores Cayou, et al."--Marvin X, BAM co-founder

Dancing in Blackness is a professional dancer's personal journey over four decades, across three continents and twenty-three countries, and through defining moments in the story of black dance in America. In this memoir, Halifu Osumare reflects on what blackness and dance have meant to her life and international career. 

Osumare's story begins in 1960s San Francisco amid the Black Arts Movement, black militancy, and hippie counterculture. It was there that she chose dance as her own revolutionary statement. She moved to Europe, where she taught "jazz ballet" and established her own dance company in Copenhagen. Returning to the United States, she danced with the Rod Rodgers Dance Company in New York City and played key roles in integrating black dance programs into mainstream programming at the Lincoln Center. After dance fieldwork in Ghana, Osumare returned to California and helped develop Oakland's black dance scene. Along the way, she collaborated with major artistic movers and shakers: among them, Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus, Jean-Léon Destiné, and Donald McKayle. 

Now a black studies scholar, Osumare uses her extraordinary experiences to reveal the overlooked ways that dance has been a vital tool in the black struggle for recognition, justice, and self-empowerment. This is the inspiring story of an accomplished dance artist and a world-renowned dance scholar who has boldly developed and proclaimed her identity as a black woman.
"Osumare has engaged with black dance as performer, choreographer, educator, arts administrator, researcher, and activist in the United States, Africa, and Europe, and through multiple careers. In this equal parts memoir, autoethnography, history, encyclopedic catalog, and sociocultural analysis, she traces her activities from the 1960s through the late 1990s, as she becomes a tenacious advocate for black dance. . . . An eclectic melange."--Library Journal 

"Finally someone who knows a dancer's process and a choreographer's vision that has tackled the mystery that is the magic of contemporary African American dance. In Dancing in Blackness, Halifu Osumare has extricated the fundamental influence of Dunham, the choreographic strategies of Rod Rodgers, Eleo Pomare, Chuck Davis, Donald McKayle, and Alvin Ailey, as well as illuminating the paths they created for Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Bill T. Jones, Garth Fagan, and Diane McIntyre. What a wealth of treasure and scholarly and aesthetic understanding Osumare brings to this often misunderstood and woefully neglected American art. Bravo!"--Ntozake Shange, author of for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf 

"Dancing in Blackness belongs on every dancer's and artist's shelf. It is a wonderful personal telling of the black experience in dance, in art, in life, and of the dance world in Boston, New York, and the whole Bay Area. It is beautifully written--an engaging and fact-filled narrative where you meet the choreographers of the period, their work and visions, trials, successes, and triumphs."--Donald McKayle, choreographer of Rainbow Round My Shoulder 

"Halifu Osumare is a relevant voice from the Black Arts Movement of the '60s and '70s. She has danced the talk, music, and history of that period and beyond. This is a must read for insight into a black artist's personal and professional journey."--Kariamu Welsh, editor of African Dance: An Artistic, Historical and Philosophical Inquiry 

"Coming of age amid the counterculture and Black Power in San Francisco, Osumare becomes a professional dancer in Europe and New York before returning home to realize her mission as an artist, activist, and thinker. Her memoir reveals an astonishing ability to evoke and to historicize her lived experience."--Susan Manning, author of Modern Dance, Negro Dance: Race in Motion 

"An unapologetic, rapturous travelogue detailing life, love, and an abiding mission to further the place of black dance in global histories."--Thomas F. DeFrantz, author of Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture 

"Osumare affirms the spiritual and tangible power for dance to teach, energize, heal, and inspire all peoples on this human journey."--Joselli Audain Deans, consultant, Black Ballerina



Dr. Abdul Alkalimat on the Black Panther movie

The Black Panther movie: Why is it dangerous?  Why do we fall for it?
Abdul Alkalimat
Veteran Black Liberation Activist, Educator, Researcher and a founder of Black/Africana Studies.
(2/18/18)
The Panther movie is out and people are going in droves to check it out.  Both Black and white.  This requires clear hard-headed thinking.  It’s not about the actors in the film and their careers.  Can’t blame a brother or a sister for needing a payday and a chance to make it inside the system, in this case Hollywood.   It’s certainly not about the capitalists promoting it on all media, as they have the dual interest of making money and controlling our consciousness to prevent our movement from making sure they stop making all this money.  It has to be about our clear understanding of history, and how we can get free from this system. 
The first thing is that they know how to go fishing.  Beautiful Black people celebrating culture and positive relations.  A view of traditional Africa that defies all logic and historical experience but gives Black people a view of the past that can be imagined as the technological future.  This fits the imaginative rethinking of ancient Egypt as an answer for our future.  Our situation is so dire that we will reach out for this Hollywood fantasy as if it can be helpful, healing, and a lens through which to view history.  There is dialogue about freedom, but in no way reflects the past or gives positive advice for us.
Lies can’t get us where we need to go. 
Let’s take a quick look at this film.  It is a replay of the conflict of the 1960s between cultural nationalism and revolutionary nationalism, the US organization of Karenga and the Panthers of Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.  The story is about who is going to control the Kingdom of Wakanda.  The point of conflict is the Panther as a metaphor for a Black liberation change agent.  The cultural nationalist is the King of Wakanda, who uses their special natural resource plants to become the Black Panther.  He is a friendly associate with the CIA.  The reference to the actual Black Panthers, meaning the child of Wakanda (aka Killmonger) who grew up in Oakland, is a sort of gangster living a Fanonian fantasy that violence will change the world.  He too is the son of a member of the royal family. This guy was trained by the CIA and begins the film in alliance with a white South African fascist.  The big lie is that to be a Panther one has to be of “royal blood,”  and not simply a victim of the system who stands up to fight back. 
Another big lie is that the CIA is an ally in the fight for a better world.
The film is a commercial hodgepodge of references to other popular films:
1.       A young women plays the part of the tech-savvy Q of James Bond movies
2.       The space ships are a nod to Star Wars
3.       The CIA agent is the star from the Hobbit movies
4.       The car chases refer to the Fast and Furious films
5.       Moving into Wakanda makes you think of Stargate
In 2018 we live in a moment of spontaneous movement and there is the possibility that another version of the real Panthers will likely emerge.  Some original Panthers are still incarcerated and being brutalized by the system they dared to oppose.  A movie like this has the bait to pull us in like fish about to be hooked by the system.  People see the film and feel good, but isn’t that what people say about first getting high on drugs.  We know how drug addiction turns out.
This film is dangerous and we must be vigilant against culture used to control and oppress.

Power to the People! Long live the warrior spirit of the 
Black Panther Party
Power to the people of Oakland CA
City of Resistance!

Marvin X Speaks at San Francisco State University






Marvin X Speaks at San Francisco State University

Marvin X returned to his Alma Mater, San Francisco State University, for a Black History Month talk in Davey D's class on Hip Hop. Davey D asked the poet about ideological differences between the Black Arts Movement and the political liberation movement, especially between BAM at the Black Panther Party. The poet said much of the dispute centered around arm struggle, with the Panthers decrying all those who refused to pick up the gun. He said armed struggle became an issue in the founding of the BPP since Bobby Seale and Huey distinguished themselves from their intellectual friends when they picked up guns to defend the community against police occupation and abuse under the color of law.

It was only until the Panthers attended the Pan African Cultural Festival in Algeria that they gained an understanding of the necessary role of art and culture in the liberation movement.

What was ironic was that many of the Panther leaders came through Marvin X's Black Arts West Theatre, including Bobby Seale (co-founder), Eldridge Cleaver, minister of information, Emory Douglas, minister of culture, George Murray, minister of education, and Samuel Napier, minister of distribution. Bobby was in Come Next Summer, X's second play writtern prior to and performed before he established Black Arts West, 1966, with playwright Ed BullinsHurriyah (Ethna X), Carl Bossiere, Duncan Barber, Hillery Broadous.

This is why Marvin X disputes Larry Neal's assertion that BAM was the sister of the liberation movement. Marvin says BAM was more like the Mother, especially on the West Coast.

When Eldridge Cleaver financed the Black House with his royalties from the best seller Soul on Ice, 1967, after his release from prison, Marvin X and Ed Bullinsoperated the cultural component with Cleaver manning the political division, but Cleaver was exposed to a healthy dose of culture from co-founders Bullins and X, along with Amiri Baraka's Communications Project that performed at Black House. Other artists were Sarah Webster Fabio, Reginald LockettAvotcja and the Chicago Arts Ensemble.

Aside from armed struggle there were differences over the use of Marxism as a tool of analysis. Cleaver wanted the artists to be Marxist oriented but Islam was a greater influence than Marxist Leninism, although the writers and poets did indeed read Mao Tse Tung's Talks on Art and Literature at Yenan Forum.

But Islam dominated Black Arts West and Black House, aside from Cleaver and Ed Bullins, Black House members Marvin Jackmon (later Marvin X), Ethna Wyatt (later Ethna X), singer Willie Dale and his wife Vernastine were drifting into the Nation of Islam. While Cleaver had California Communist Party Secretary Roscoe Proctor giving seminars on Communism at Black House, Black Arts West Guru Alonzo Batinhad a profound influence on those drifting toward Islam. Ahmedia Muslim language instructor, Ali Sharif Bey, infused the artists with his knowledge of Arabic and Urdu. He was Marvin's first Arabic teacher and gave him his first Arabic name, Nazzam Al Fitnah, organizer from persecution.

Bey said the poet is an organizer or systematizer, for he creates a system or mythology with the body of his work. The third Islamic influence was from Aaron Ali, a former minister in the NOI but had been set down by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Aaron Ali was a shaykh or holy man who taught linguistics to all who entered his domain. One could not enter without assuming the most humble persona. He used to debate in the hood with San Francisco semanticist SI Hayakawa, the English professor who became President of SFSU and crushed the Student Strike at SFSU, using State violence. Aaron Ali called Hayakawa an Oriental with an Occidental Mind! By suppressing the student strike, Hayakawa proved Aaron Ali was right.
The issue of arm struggle exploded after Marvin X introduced Eldridge to Bobby Seale and Huey Newton. Eldridge immediately joined the Black Panther Party and proceeded to evict the artists. Thereafter relations between the politicos and artists/intellectuals degenerated.

The original split happened when Bobby departed from the SoulBook magazine intellectuals, Ernie Allen, Mamadou Lumumba, Carol Freeman,Isaac Moore and others, claiming there were cowards for not taking up arms, even though they had founded the first Black Panther Party in the Bay Area, the Black Panther Party of Northern California. When Huey Newton and Bobby Sealeconnected, they demanded the intellectual Panthers take up arms or give up the Panther name.

To make their point, the BPP of Self Defense fired off rounds at a house party in San Francisco hosted by the intellectual Panthers. Thus began the bitter struggle between the political nationalists and the cultural nationalists, culminating in the assassination of Alprentis Bunchy Carter and John Huggins in the BSU meeting from at UCLA.

The assailants were members of the US organization under the leadership of KwanzaFounder Maulana Ron Karenga, the supreme cultural nationalist who guided AmiriBaraka into Karenga's Kawaida religion, a syncretized belief system concocted by Karenga.

Apprently Karenga taught Baraka the organizing skills necessary to put together an organization that enabled Ken Gibson to be elected Newark, New Jersey's first black mayor. After Karenga's men were indicted for the murder of Carter and Huggins, Baraka severed his ties with Karenga and after witnessing Gibson selling out to Newark Plantation Master Prudential Insurance before inauguration day, yes, after organizing ten thousand North American Africans at the Congress of African People, Baraka is totally disillusioned with Cultural Nationalism and elected politicians, definitely after the Gary Convention of 1972 when they openly revealed their sell out personas.

It is at this point that Baraka dons the Marxist hat he wears today, thus switching with Cleaver who saw Jesus in the moon in his Paris exile and returned home a Born Again Christian. Cleaver switched to the right when it was clear the left was not going to assist him in returning from his Paris, France exile. He had fled the US after the shootout with Oakland Police Department in which Lil Bobby Hutton was murdered in cold blood by the OPD.

The notes above are a more detailed account than what was presented in Davey D's class.

I told the students revolution only happens when all forces in society unite, whether the armed struggle people, along with the non-violent persons, artists, workers, students, elders, children, teachers, preachers, prisoners and ex-prisoners, only then are we able to make revolution.

The poet asked the class to give a shout out to the people of Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Morocco who are in the process of revolution. What is ironic is that they used methods used in our revolution, especially during the civil rights era with Martin Luther Kings, Jr.'s non-violence. During their 18 days of deposing Pharaoh Mubarak, the people did not fire a bullet that we know about. They used our technique to win their freedom. With their million man march, they perfected our MMM and showed what we should have done when the million black men marched: we should have remained in DC until our agenda was met, no matter what, i.e., reparations, land, self-determination, sovereignty , etc. But we got out of town before sundown. Marvin quoted Sun Ra who taught him, "The Creator got things fixed, if you don't do the right thing, you can't go forward or backward, you just stuck on stupid."

Marvin told the students, "We may need to return to DC with a million black men, a million white men, a mission Asians, a million Latinos, a million gays and lesbians.

The people of the Middle East are showing you how to lay down before tanks, if you are really serious about shaking off the slave system. He told the students it is their fault if they are being subjected to tuition hikes at every turn, program cuts, and other high fees.

He told them he had met at student on the way to class that asked what should be done about tuition and fees. Marvin had told her to do exactly what her father did when he was a student at SFSU. He was part of the student strike to demand justice in academia, including a fair share of Associated Students funds, a black studies department. How can you SFSU students have this legacy yet accept the status quo? Close this motherfucker down! Dr. X said. The administration, representing the State, will come to you on bending knees, what do you students want? Full scholarships, ok. No program cuts, ok. No hiking of student fees, ok. Now, will you students please go home! Please leave the campus! If you stand up, the oppressor stands down. Look at the Middle East. Look at the history of SFSU!

Furthermore, Marvin X said, your President had guaranteed the insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan that if they will lay down their arms and pledge allegiance to the constitutions of their lands, the USA will provide them with education, employment and housing.

If your President can do this for terrorists abroad, you must demand he do the same for youth at home.

Marvin X then gave his solution to the homeless problem. I have a simple solution, the life estate. This can end homelessness immediately by giving all homeless youth and adults a life estate, that is a title to an apartment or home that they own for life. The property cannot be transferred, sold, rented, willed or any other change of ownership. A transition of the owner, the property reverts to a community trust. The will take a basic level of stress off the poor. Marvin X said he'd watched a documentary of senior citizens in China who lived in a senior village with a life estate. But to end homelessness in America, the life estate can be utilized. X said it is all about thinking outside the box.

He told students to strive for ideological clarity, to seek knowledge beyond their white supremacy education. Study events in the Middle East, study economic planning in the Americas, in Venezuela, Boliva, Nicaragua, Brazil. Study the complexities of Haiti. And whatever you do, don't whip the white man's ass like Haiti did. You see the result. He will hate you forever.

It is not much different in the American South. There are many in the south who still can't get over that they lost the Civil War. The South functions in a state of grand denial, yet every one is armed, the south is an armed camp, men and women are armed.

Brothers tell me they would never drive down those southern roads at night without their guns. The South sings the blues for the return of the Slave System. The Africans know the Whites would love to put them back in chains. The prison system is nothing but the slave system under the US Constitution that allows involuntary servitude. And then the South practices the most wretched wage slavery, forcing persons to work two and three minimum wage jobs to survive.

The poet turned to his book How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy. The book was written in South Carolina, and when he went to copy the manuscript, the black woman clerk asked the poet where he was from. He said South Carolina. She said no you ain't because we don't say that word down here, White Supremacy. Yes, the South has a way to deal with language, more polite, more subtle, more innuendo , circumlocution, an etiquette of the most profound degree since it is about survival.

Marvin noted that black people in the South tell Cali Negroes not to come down there taking that talk then leave them with the white man. They've had four hundred years dealing with The Cracker and they don't need Cali Negroes stirring up things then leaving.

Nevertheless, he told the students he envisions a Second Civil War to finish the first, since the first left us in virtual slavery or essentially still a captive of the Slave System until today.

He told them as per their college education, don't believe the State is broke, or that America is broke, rather know the wealth is being hoarded by the blood suckers of the poor. It must be seized from them and redistributed to the masses of the people, especially the workers, the poor righteous teachers and others. Let's share the wealth! We shall not long endure capitalist greed.

And don't believe the media propaganda from the Jim Crow Media that America is broke. How can America be broke when half the money owned China is due American corporations who are part owners in Chinese corporations? Dr. Nathan Hare says don't believe anything the white man says until proven to be a fact.

As per Dr. Hare, Marvin turned to his book How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy, telling students Dr. Hare teaches us there are two types of White Supremacy, Type I and Type II. Type II is Black people who suffer white supremacy, who must detox, recover and discover their true mission in life.

These are just a few of the points Marvin X made during his talk at San Francisco State University tonight.
A superb slice of history and analysis!--John Woodford, former Editor of Muhammad Speaks and Michigan Today, Professor Emeritus University of Michigan

A great, tremendous work!
--Dr. Fritz Pointer, Professor Emeritus,  Contra Costa College

Monday, February 19, 2018

Contents: Notes of Artistic Freedom Fighter Marvin X

“The artist elects to fight for freedom or slavery.
I have made my choice! I had no alternative!”
--Paul Robeson


Comments
A great, tremendous work!
--Dr. Fritz Pointer, Professor Emeritus/ Contra Costa College
A superb slice of history and analysis!--John Woodford, former editor of Muhammad Speaks and Michigan Today, Professor Emeritus University of Michigan


Table of Contents

Introduction Dr. Nathan Hare
Chapter One  
Transcendence
The revolutionary who never came in from the cold
Revolution against fear
Romanticism/Idealism

Left/Right Paradigm
Every day is a holy day
Why are North American Africans Reactionary?
US Violence--level the playing field--everybody pack!
Chapter Two
Parables
Parable of Conundrums and Quagmires
Parable of Violence in the Pan African Hood
Parable of the Heart
Parable of a Real Woman
Parable of Woman in the Box
Parable of God and Devil
Parable of Pit Bull
Parable of the Parrot
Parable of Rats
Parable of Black Man and Block Man
Parable of the Donkey
Chapter Three
Obama Drama/Trump Trauma
Pull yo pants up fada prez
Excuse me, Mr. Prez
Fictional interview with President Obama
Fictional President Obama speech to Muslims
Fictional President Obama speech on Afghanistan
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, a tale of two white elephants
Donald Trump, white man’s last hurrah

Chapter Four
Reviews
Black Panther
Django
Sun Ra Arkestra at SF Jazz Center
Oakland  Symphony Vietnam Concert
Mama at Twilight, Death by Love, a play by Ayodele Nzinga
Film Fences
Oakland Symphony Black Panther Concert
Lifer, the Glen Bailey Story, a play by Ayodele Nzinga
Chapter Five
BAM/BAMBD
BAM 50th Anniversary Celebration
Oakland’s Black Arts Movement Business District
BAM Dream and Wish List
Economics and the BAMBD
BAM/BAMBD Billion Dollar Trust Fund
How the BAM/BAMBD Billion Trust Fund will be allocated
Letter of invitation to join BAM 27 Tour
Abstract for the Black Arts Movement 27 City Tour
BAM Speakers Bureau
Straight Outta Oakland
Black Bourgeoisie Art and Opportunism
BAMBD Meets Carmel Developers; letter to Carmel
Talk with architect Fred Smith on Afrocentric Design of the BAMBD
Toward Non-violence in the BAMBD
Confidential Notes that ain’t confidential; reply by Oakland City Council President Lynette McElhaney
Letter to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf; her reply
Call for United Front at Oakland City Hall Black History Celebration
Chapter Six
Harvey Weinstein and Mythology of Pussy and Dick
Should Everyman confess sex guilt?
Harvey is Everyman
Chapter Seven
Notes on Da Nigga Debate
How to Recognize a Real Nigga
Psycho-linguistic Crisis of North American Africans
Silence is the  language of Unity!
Chapter Eight
The Cross and Lynching Tree: Assassination of Editor Chauncey Bailey
Between the devil and deep blue sea
Chauncey, A Shakespearean Tragedy
OPD Gang
Chauncey and Malcolm X
Fake News Chauncey Bailey Project

Chauncey’s last story

Black Bird Press, March release,
300 pages, $29.95

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