Sunday, July 26, 2015

Students meet Plato Negro at Oakland's Black Expo, Frank Ogawa Plaza, Saturday, July 25, 2015

 MX and Rashad Wiley

Several students met Marvin X today at Oakland's Black Expo at Frank Ogawa Plaza, aka Oscar Grant Plaza. But Marvin is growing weary of mentoring because students want to tell him their agenda rather than following his. If you want to follow your agenda, you don't need me, go do your thing, don't take up my time. I have no illusion my time on earth is short, so let me do my thing and you do yours, he told students recently. Rashad Wiley and his wife came by today seeking knowledge, both graduates of San Jose State University. Marvin told them to do for self on the economic level, but Rashad seemed puzzled, saying he had to prepare to go to his job on Monday. Marvin advised, you must find a product to sell, almost anything will do. The lowest hustler in Harlem will sell toothpicks and get over. Bring me to San Jose State University, Marvin told Rashad, I want to speak at a rally near the statute of John Carlos and Tommy Smith! Rashad thought it was a great idea. Before he and his wife departed, Olympic Gold Medalist Jimmy Hines came by. Marvin told Rashad who he was. Ask him what his gold medal was for, he told Rashad. Hines told him for the 100 yard dash, Mexico City, 1968. Rashid could only say Wow! Hines told Marvin he will be calling him as he might need some help on his autobiography. Marvin is in conversation with Mrs. Amina Baraka about writing her biography.

L to R: Nisa Ra, former wife of Marvin X, Mrs. Amina Baraka and Muhammida El Muhajir, daughter of Nisa and Marvin X. Muhammida recently moved to Ghana, West Africa and is encouraging her father to do the same. "Dad, Ghana may not have electricity 24/7, but they don't have white supremacy 24/7." When he mentioned to his oldest daughter, Nefertiti, about moving to Ghana, she told him, "Dad, I've been ready to go. I've been waiting on you!"

Marvin X and oldest daughter Nefertiti on the Black Arts Movement/Black Power Babies Panel at Laney College's 50th Anniversary Celebration of BAM. She told her father, "Dad, you say pass the baton, but you don't pass the baton. We're qualified and ready, so pass the baton!" Yes, he's mentored his children well, i.e., they all have smart mouths!
photo Southpark Kenny Johnson

MX and Joey Thomas

A little while later a young lady came by after she passed on the bus and  saw his Academy of da Corner with the Red, Black and Green flag flying in the wind, along with other posters that caught her attention such as Black Power Matters. An artist, activist, poet, she had no idea she was at Marvin X's Academy, headquarters of the Bay Area Black Arts Movement. Indeed, he has proclaimed 14th Street the Black Arts Movement District, from Martin Luther King, Jr. Way to Alice Street.

After discovering he was a co-founder of BAM and his friends were Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, Amiri Baraka and Sun Ra, et al., she got around to asking if he mentored people. He replied that he was rethinking his mentoring program since, as Elijah Muhammad said, "The Negro is hard to lead in the right direction, easy to lead in the wrong direction, being stiff necked and rebellious." He told her one of his students described his mentoring as "The wild, crazy ride called the Marvin X experience." She replied, "That's what I'm looking for, a wild, crazy ride!" We'll talk about the mentoring, he told her. Before she departed, another young lady came and said she wanted to be mentored. When he told her about his wild, crazy ride, she too said, "That's what I'm looking for, a wild crazy ride with no seat belt, no air bag." We'll see, the poet said. The two ladies touched each other in agreement they both wanted the Marvin X Experience. Stay tuned! Catch the Wild, Crazy Ride of the Marvin X Experience at Oakland's Art and Soul, next weekend, August 1st and 2nd. Call 510-200-4164 for his booth location.

1 comment:

  1. Hahahahaha! Greetings Professor X!!! It's me the POET a confirmed student of the Black Arts Movement via The Academy of Da Corner! This article is huge! Thank you for documenting a segment of my journey in your journal. Mental liberation can indeed be a WILD 'N CRAY CRAY ride! I've been at the wheel for a while now and the horizon rises to meet me everyday. I am so thankful that you and I will share the TRU FIREELECTRIC EXPERIENCE this weekend as I bring my ARTS to the MOVEMENT via your booth location. Can't wait to see lives touched. Take care. SEE YA. #FocusOnTheCreative