Awards for Marvin X
Marvin X, the man known variously as Plato on the streets of Oakland (Ishmael Reed), USA's Rumi (Bob Holman), Mark Twain (Rudolph Lewis), Father of Muslim American literature (Dr. Mohja Kahf), not only received an Inspired Artist Award from the Full Vision Arts Foundation at last nights 25th Annual Bay Area Black Comedy Competition and Festival, but Commendations from the Alameda Country Board of Supervisors, the City of Oakland (Mayor Jean Quan), and the California Assembly (Assemblymember Sandre Swanson).
The event was held at Oakland's Paramount Theatre. Other honorees included Joyce Gordon, Dorothy King, Amanda Elliot, Charleston Pierce, Shelly Tatum, and Don DC Curry. The event was produced by Tony Spires.
Marvin X was accompanied by his personal assistant and poet Aries Jordan, along with other members of the First Poet's Church: poet /playwright Ayodele Nzinga, Eugene Allen and Renaldo Ricketts.
The poet will be heading East to participate in New York's Vision Festival.