Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Regarding Pig Murder in South Carolina: Southern Black Arts Movement Conference rescheduled, Sept., 2016

What: An international conference on the Black Arts Movement  
Where: Dillard University - New Orleans, Louisiana
When: September 9-11, 2016.

Students represented some of the strongest voices of self-determination and social change during the Black Arts Movement (BAM). As much as the Black Arts and Black Power Movements were needed in the 1960s and 1970s, today these movements are vital as a means of providing historical context and to awakening our youth to issues of voter disenfranchisement, and inequalities within our social system. This is why the New Orleans Black Arts Movement (BAM) Conference taking place, September 9-11, 2016 is important. The conference is designed to educate the public about the contributions of the South’s role in BAM. Why does that matter? The heart pumps blood so that the entire body operates. The South represents a vital part of the body of the Black Arts Movement.
On the fiftieth anniversary of the Black Arts Movement, a question must be asked, “Where do we go from here?” This question is just one of many that will be answered at the International Conference on the Black Arts Movement – Southern Style at Dillard University, September 9-11, 2016. The call for papers on a worldwide level is asking the larger questions including and in addition to race and culture as we examine the south’s contributions to the Black Arts Movement, and how that changed us as a nation, and as a world. The emphasis of this conference is the South because of its rich legacy of literature, and social activism and as the cultural and spiritual foundation of many major voices in BAM. The Black Arts Movement, the spiritual twin of the Black Power Movement is noted for having changed how Black Americans viewed themselves as a race. Black Americans in the 1960s and 1970s created a new vision of Blackness, one that celebrated the uniqueness of Black culture.
Scheduled speakers include:  Jerry Ward, Kalamu Ya Salaam, Askia Toure, Sonia Sanchez, John Bracey, Jr., Mona Lisa Saloy, Ishmael Reed, Quo Vadis Breaux, John O'Neal, Eugene Redmond, Chakula Cha Jua, Haki Madhubuti, James Smethurst, Jerry Varnado, and Jimmy Garrett. 
Call for papers details:
The Black Arts Movement Conference welcomes research and creative arts submissions from people of all cultures and racial backgrounds for this September event in New Orleans. We are seeking papers related to the Black Arts Movement including the areas of history, art, music, literature, dance, drama, women, gender, and southern writers. Proposed presentations may take a variety of forms including research papers, personal narratives, interviews, theatre / music / multimedia, food or culinary activities, posters and panel discussions.
The one-page, 100-word abstract/proposal should include your name, the title of your presentation, any academic or community affiliations, email address, and any equipment needs.  If submitting a proposal for a research presentation or a panel discussion, send a final copy of the research paper and/or material on the theme, questions, and participants for a panel.
The deadline for submission is May 15, 2016. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Selection criteria:
Relevance to the themes of the Black Arts Movement, originality of perspective or presentation, contribution to an understanding of the Black Arts Movement, and artistic or creative significance.
Please send an abstract / proposal and a brief biography to Kim McMillon at   For those individuals that would like to attend only, please email

Marvin X invited the new Yoruba King (in white) to the Black Power Babies conversation in Brooklyn, NY, organized by his daughter, Muhammida El Muhajir. Oba Olatunji's father married Amiri and Amina Baraka. While in South Carolina, Marvin X visited the Yoruba Village in Sheldon, SC. He interviewed the Oba who was steeped in Black Arts Movement consciousness as well as Yoruba mythology. Marvin was deeply impressed with the knowledge the new Oba possessed.

North Charleston NAACP ‘Not Satisfied’ With Police Officer’s Murder Charge

In this frame from video provided by Attorney L. Chris Stewart, representing the family of Walter Lamer Scott, Scott appears to be running away from City Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager, right, in North Charleston, S.C. Slager was charged with murder on Tuesday, April 7, hours after law enforcement officials viewed the dramatic video that appears to show him shooting a fleeing Scott several times in the back. (Courtesy of L. Chris Stewart via AP)
In this frame from video provided by Attorney L. Chris Stewart, representing the family of Walter Lamer Scott, Scott appears to be running away from City Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager, right, in North Charleston, S.C. (Courtesy of L. Chris Stewart via AP)

A white police officer in North Charleston, S.C. was charged with murder Tuesday after a video surfaced of that officer shooting an unarmed black man in the back, as he tried to run away.

The shooting took place after officer Michael Slager, 33, pulled over 50-year-old Walter Scott for a broken taillight. Police say a struggle ensued and Scott began running away with the officer’s Taser when Officer Slager fired his weapon eight times.

Hurriyah Asar, aka Ethna X. Wyatt, Queen of Black Arts West, San Francisco, 1966, helped organize Black Arts West Theatre and The Black House, along with playwright Ed Bullins, Hillery Broadous, Carl Bossiere, Duncan Barber, Eldridge Cleaver, Willie Dale and Marvin X. Longtime partner of Marvin X, visited him during his exile in Toronto, Canada, invited him to Chicago where he became associated with the Chicago BAM Movement, including OBAC, Negro Digest/Black World, Hoyt Fuller, Haki Madhubuti, Gwen Brooks, Carolyn Rogers, Val Ward, Chicago Art Ensemble, Afro-Arts Theatre under Phil Choran. Marvin X returns to Chicago May 22 for a conference on his BAM mentor and associate Sun Ra at the University of Chicago.

I am so thankful my BAM comrade and partner Hurriyah gives me space from time to time to write in the paradise of Beaufort, South Carolina. It is heaven to me and I appreciate her hospitality. I love sitting on the beach as the tide rolls in, and even while it dwells. I enjoy the ducks, turkeys, chickens, doves, guineas and other fowl on her land. Hurriyah is truly Queen Mother of the West Coast Black Arts Movement. In San Francisco, Hurriyah (then Ethna Wyatt from Chicago) held Black Arts West Theatre together: Ed Bullins, Hillary Broadus, Duncan Barbar, Carl Bossisser, Danny Glover, Vonetta McGee; musicians: Earle Davis, Monte Waters, Oliver Johnson, Dewey Redman, Rafael Donald Garrett, BJ, et al. 

Don't send your dead dog to South Carolina, they think they won the Civil War, yes, they live in the grand denial. So let us not linger in Jerusalem, let us move on to the Second Civil War. I can say I know a little about South Carolina. What a beautiful land, ah, paradise on earth, islands and islands where the Gullah Negroes/Africans lived in almost racial purity. Amiri Baraka came from Johns Island, renamed Jones. Dr. J. Herman Blake, sociologist who brought Malcolm X to UC Berkeley, who advised Dr. Huey P. Newton on his PhD at UC Santa Cruz, also from John's Island. Ain't Mechelle Obama a Gullah Negro/African?

But understand South Carolina, although I am thankful it has served as a writing retreat for me, thanks to my friend Hurriyah Asar. And I am blessed to receive knowledge of the Yoruba religion from the African Village in Sheldon, SC.

But it is a slave community, full of ignut nigguhs though they are blessed with Gullah African consciousness, a beautiful thang. But even the Gullah youth have turned into Nigguhs who want to leave those Islands of Paradise for Savannah and Atlanta so they can die like dogs in the streets, enjoying the best of urbanity. I wish somebody could hep me!

Last time I was in South Carolina, including Charleston, I was told to say nothing, just shut up while you're here. We're not going to help you promote your book, so just shut up cause we tired of you Cali Nigguhs comin' here talkin that radical shit then leavin', then we got to deal with this Peckerwood who knows you were staying with us and now he wants to retaliate on us fa yo shit. You know we all got three minimum wage jobs to make ends meet, so now all he got to do is fire us from one of those jobs and we can't pay the house note or car note or pussy bill, yeah, let's keep it real!

FYI, I wrote How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy in South Carolina, Beaufort. When I went to Staples to copy the manuscript, the sister asked, "Where you from?"
"I'm from here!"
"Naw you ain't!"
"Why you say I ain't from here?"
"Cause we don't say white supremacy down here. We know it, but we don't say it!"

In the South, aside from his Parable of the Black Bird, his manual How to Recover from the Addiction of White Supremacy is the most requested book--in the North as well!

Hurriyah Asar replies to Marvin X on Pig Murder in South Carolina:

Thank you for the accolades but I'm not the Queen, Mother Earth is. I salute you for your visions, your courage, after the messenger u remain the bravest man I know. Every time u left home, back in the day, I was afraid that u would become a statistic, because u never backed down. Now I fear  for my sons and everyone's sons and daughters. I'm here in Chicago with my mom and I told her I'm not backing down either.... No Surrender..................Love and solidarity..............Your daughters are brilliant.........................................
 BAM Queen Mother Hurriyah Asar feeding her fowl on her land, Beaufort, South Carolina. Hurriyah was co-founder of Black Arts West Theatre and The Black House political/cultural center, San Francisco, 1966-67. She joined Marvin X during his exile in Toronto, Canada, then invited him to depart Canada for Chicago where he connected with the Chicago Black Arts Movement, 1967-68.

 Yoruba ceremony at the African Village, Sheldon, South Carolina

 Oba Olatunji, founder of the Yoruba African Village, Sheldon, SC. The Oba spread Yoruba African culture in Harlem, helping ignite the Black Arts Movement before departing to establish his African Village in South Carolina.

 Queen Mothers of Yoruba African Village, Sheldon, SC

Daughters of Marvin X: Amira, Nefertiti, Muhammida

"The intelligence and creativity of my daughters destroyed any notion of the patriarchal mythology in my mind. They humbled me before the Goddess mythology, along with their mothers and the other women partners and revolutionary female comrades in my life. All praise is due the Goddess!"

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