Friday, June 3, 2016

Tentative Tour Schedule: The Wild Crazy Ride of the Marvin X Experience

 Marvin X  National  Tour 2016
East Coast/West Coast/Dirty South

Marvin X is the author of 30 books, including poetry, essays, autobiography, memoir. He has taught at Fresno State University, University of California, Berkeley and San Diego, San Francisco State University, Mills College, University of Nevada, Reno, Laney College, Merritt College. He received writing fellowships from Columbia University (via Harlem Cultural Council) and the National Endowment for the Arts; planning grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, via the Nevada Cultural Council. His archives were acquired by the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. Most recently, Marvin helped the City of Oakland create the Black Arts Movement Business District along the 14th Street corridor, downtown.

He has two forthcoming books: Sweet Tea/Dirty Rice, New and Selected Poems, 2016, and Notes of an Artistic Freedom Fighter: Essays, Letters, 2016, Black Bird Press, Berkeley CA.

 His writings appear in Ishmael Reed's The Complete Muhammad Ali
 His poetry appears in Black Gold Poetry Anthology
 This is his 13 Step manual to recover from the addiction to white supremacy
foreword by Dr. Nathan Hare
 Writers at memorial for Jayne Cortez and Amiri Baraka, New York University
 Marvin X Fan Club
 The Black Arts Movement Poets Choir and Arkestra, University of California, Merced, 2014
 Marvin X participated in the Sun Ra Conference, University of Chicago, 2015
Marvin X and Sun Ra worked together in Harlem, 1968, at UC Berkeley, 1971-72. During this time, Sun Ra arranged the musical version of Flowers for the Trashman, retitled Take Care of Business, produced at Marvin's Black Educational Theatre, San Francisco, 1972
 Marvin and Oakland CA Mayor Libby Schaaf, a supporter of the Black Arts Movement
 Marvin X in conversation with Amiri Baraka, Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, New Mexico
 His writings appear in the BAM Reader, also in the BAM Classic Black Fire
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 Marvin X appeared in Stanley Nelson's film
Director Stanley Nelson, Marvin X, Fred Hampton, Jr.
"Marvelous Marvin X!"--Dr. Cornel West
Marvin X and daughter Nefertiti at Laney College BAM 50th Celebration. In this inter-generational 
panel discussion, she urged her father to pass the baton!

Panel Discussion: Women and the Black Arts Movement, Laney College BAM 50th Celebration, 2014. Left to Right: Elaine Brown, Dr. Halifu Osumare, Judy Juanita, Portia Anderson, Kujichagulia, Aries Jordan. Marvin X, producer.


February 24, Black History, Oakland City Hall

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 Marvin X and Oakland City Council President, Lynette McElhaney
Oakland City Hall Black History Celebration
photo Adam Turner

April 23, Memorial for Hugo "Yogi" Panell, San Quentin Six member, African American Cultural Center, San Francisco. Marvin X spoke and read.


Hugo "Yogi" Panell, San Quentin Six

9780883783535: Black Hollywood Unchained - Ishmael Reed (Editor)

May 15, 2016  New York City reading of contributors to anthology,  Black Hollywood unchained, edited by Ishmael Reed, Third World Press, Chicago.

A scene from Marvin X's BAM classic Flowers for the Trashman, produced by Kim McMillon's theatre students at University of California, Merced. 

Marvin X and students at the University of California, Merced ...
Students and Marvin X in Kim McMillon's class on theatre and social activism. "My students love Marvin X!" says Professor McMillon.

May 25, University of California, Merced, Marvin X speaks in Professor Kim McMillon's theatre class on his role in the Black Arts Movement as artistic freedom fighter and playwright, author of the BAM classic Flowers for the Trashman. 

May 29, Marvin X celebrates his 72nd birthday. Travels to outter space.

June 18, San Francisco Juneteenth, in the Fillmore. Marvin X and Fillmore Slim will perform "What is Love?" a poem by Marvin. At rehearsal, Fillmore answered, "Love is the Blues!" He will accompany Marvin on acoustic guitar.

Marvin X and Fillmore Slim

June 19, Berkeley Juneteenth, Marvin X autographs books, exhibits archives of the Black Arts Movement. 

Berkeley Juneteenth Festival, Sunday, June 19, 2016

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 James Sweeney (left) and Marvin X at last year's festival. Marvin will autograph books and display his archives of the Black Arts Movement at this years event.

photo Harrison Chastan 

June 25, (West Oakland Juneteenth) 

July 3, San Francisco Public Library, reading of Black Hollywood unChained contributors 

 9780883783535: Black Hollywood Unchained - Ishmael Reed (Editor)

July 23, Oakland Black Expo, Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza

September, 9-11 Black Arts Movement South 51st Anniversary Celebration, Dillard University, New Orleans, LA

 Marvin X in previous appearance at University of Houston TX

September, University of Houston, Texas, Africana Studies, Texas Southern University and elsewhere in the Big H. TBA

September, Black Arts Movement Theatre Festival, Flight Deck Theatre, Oakland

The Black Arts Movement Business District 
Flight Deck Theatre
September 2016
The plays 
The day of his play 'The Toilet' debuted at the St. Marks Playhouse ...
The Toilet by Amiri Baraka
Flowers for the Trashman by Marvin X

A scene from Marvin X's BAM classic Flowers for the Trashman, produced by Kim McMillon's theatre students at University of California, Merced. 
 Bathroom Graffiti Queen
by Opal Palmer Adisa
produced by 
Dr. Ayodele Nzinga
The Lower Bottom Playaz

September, Black Book Store, Seattle Wa, hosted by Hakim, TBA

August 1, September 30, Laney College Theatre, Oakland, Marvin X opens for Donald Lacy's Color Struck.

October, 20-23 Black Panther Party 50th Anniversary at Oakland Museum of California. Marvin X speaks/reads.
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Marvin X, poet, playwright, essayist, producer, director, actor, organizer, educator
photo Pendarvis Harshaw

Invite Marvin X for Black History Month or Anytime.  He's living Black History!

Invite Marvin X!
He's living Black History!

He’s the new Malcolm X! Nobody’s going to talk about his book, HOW TO RECOVER FROM THE ADDICTION TO WHITE SUPREMACY, out loud, but they’ll hush hush about it.—Jerri Lange, author, Jerri, A Black Woman’s Life in the Media

He is a Master Teacher in many fields of thought—religion and psychology, sociology and anthropology, history and politics, literature and the humanities. He is a needed Counselor, for he knows himself, on the deepest of personal levels and he reveals that self to us, that we might be his beneficiaries…. If you want to reshape (clean up, raise) your consciousness, this is a book to savor, to read again and again—to pass onto a friend or lover.
Rudolph Lewis, Editor, ChickenBones: A Journal
….Malcolm X ain’t got nothing on Marvin X. Still Marvin has been ignored and silenced like Malcolm would be ignored and silenced if he had lived on into the Now. Marvin’s one of the most extraordinary, exciting black intellectuals living today—writing, publishing, performing with Sun Ra’s Musicians (Live in Philly at Warm Daddies, available on DVD from BPP), reciting, filming, producing conferences (Kings and Queens of Black Consciousness, 2001,San Francisco Black Radical Book Fair, 2004); he’s ever engaging, challenging the respectable and the comfortable. He like Malcolm, dares to say things fearlessly, in the open (in earshot of the white man) that so many Negroes feel, think and speak on the corner, in the barbershops and urban streets of black America….
—Rudolph Lewis, Editor, ChickenBones: A Journal

…People who know Marvin X already know him as a peripatetic, outspoken, irreverent, poetic “crazy nigger,” whose pen is continually and forever out-of-control. As a professional psychologist, I hasten to invoke the disclaimer that that is in no way a diagnosis or clinical impression of mine. I have never actually subjected this brother to serious psychoanalytical scrutiny and have no wish to place him on the couch, if only because I know of no existing psycho-diagnostic instrumentality of pathology of normalcy that could properly evaluate Marvin completely.
—Dr. Nathan Hare, Black Think Tank, San Francisco

Marvin X has been a witness to history. He shows that an excellent minority writer can raise issues that the mainstream publishers and book reviewers find hard to grapple with…. He, Huey P. Newton, Eldridge Cleaver and others were also casualties of the chemical attack on African Americans in the form of Crack and alcohol waged by corporations and a government that placed questionable foreign policy goals above the health of its citizens…. Many of those who inspired the cultural revolution of the 1960s remain stuck there. This volume shows that Marvin X has moved on.
—Ishmael Reed, novelist, poet, essayist, publisher, Oakland

Iraq…how did we get there and how do we get back? The consciousness-altering book of poems that tells the tale, in no uncertain terms and yet always via poetry, is the astonishing Land of My Daughters: Poems 1995-2005 by Marvin X. Marvin X is the USA’s Rumi, and his nation is not “where our fathers died” but where our daughters live. The death of patriarchal war culture is his everyday reality. X’s poems vibrate, whip, love in the most meta- and physical ways imaginable and un-. He’s got the humor of Pietri, the politics of Baraka, and the spiritual Muslim grounding that is totally new in English—the ecstasy of Hafiz, the wisdom of Saadi. It’s not unusual for him to have a sequence of shortish lines followed by a culminating line that stretches a quarter page—it is the dance of the dervishes, the rhythms of a Qasida.
—Bob Holman, Bowery Poetry Club, New York City

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