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.
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MARVIN X OFTEN RETREATS TO WRITE IN BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA, ON THE LAND OF BAM QUEEN HURRIYAH ASAR
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!"
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.........................................