Marvin X was highly honored to read with bassist Henry Grimes at the NYU tribute to AB. Performing with Henry Grimes was like performing with God! Only thing, I was so busy reading my work I could not fully enjoy the mystical music of Henry beside me. But I felt him in my jugular vain
BAM baby 2.0
Let me know if you are down with the 27 City tour AB laid out in this discussion of Drugs, Art and Revolution at Sista's Place in Brooklyn, as they discussed Marvin X's play One Day in the Life, a play about the drugs and the Black liberation movement, including his last encounter with Black Panther Huey P. Newton in a West Oakland Crack house. Marvin X also told of his relationship with Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver during those crack years. Woody King produced the Ed Bullins version of Marvin X's last encounter with Huey and Eldridge, Salaam, Huey Newton, Salaam.
As per AB, It is not about a big venue but even a little store front will do to spead the BAM message of truth and beauty.
We can do the BAM tour in the Black Churches across America, at least they own their own space. So we shall connect with the progressive preachers and spread truth and beauty as AB taught us.
Let us be clear about the united front AB taught us about. We must first unite with each other, yes, the Pan African community, then we can unite with others, progressive whites, Chicanos, Asians, Native Americans, Gays, Lesbians, et al
As per uniting with each other, let us come together with all segments of our society, teachers, preachers, politicians, judges, pimps, hustlers, whores, pimps, dope dealers. Once we come together, the struggle is over, the battle is won. Somebody better say Amen, Ache, Amin, Hotep!
Yes, once the black woman and man unite, alas, for the benefit of the children, and themselves, the struggle is over, freedom has arrived, and so let us unite as AB told us to do, connect the united front on all levels, family, community, nation. And there it is, a united nation of people, connecting with all other ethnic groups who seek sovereginty as well. Ishmael Reed says it was the Black Arts Movement that taught us to seek cultural sovereignty and all other ethnic groups followed suit.