Sonia is my queen, comrade in the arts, revolutionary sister, comrade, griot, shaman lady, etc. May her magic flow on and on, on and on, Shaman lady supreme. Who can tell us of love, especially in all the wrong places? See my poem You don't Know Me, but I love Sonia's great poetic classic Wounded in the House of a Friend. It is a dramatic poem in dialogue, when she wouldn't read the female part at a party in Baraka's house, I read the male and female parts. But check this out: Sonia went over to the piano in the Baraka's house and began to accompany me. I thought she was Ornette Coleman or somebody. I had no idea she had knowledge of the piano. Don't underestimate your people, not even the lowest of the low, for you don't know that person is a god!-- mx
Ginny Lim is in the BAM tradition, she heard the word and picked up the torch in the BAM and Bandung Tradition. Ginny is down fada down! BAM and the United Front of all oppressed peoples!
Check him and Marvin X on the video at the NYU tribute to Jayne Cortez and Amiri Baraka
These poets shared a 47 year friendship. I am forever lonely without AB in my hear cracking something smart to which I tried to come back with something equally smart!
Thank you for recalling Amiri's call for unifying the main 27 Afro American cities in the country with the Black Arts Movement, but also networking them with his repeated call for : 1) organization (collectives/ coalitions/ united fronts); 2) program (ideology/ value system); and 3) independent institutions; and reminder of Malcolm's basic demands for self-respect/ self-defense/ self-determination for Black & other Third World/ indigenous peoples. EastSide Arts Alliance supports you in all your efforts to build this network/ cultural circuit.
Marvin, what would we do without your energy, vision, and powerful personality that makes things happen. You always make a difference. Love you.--Kim McMillan