Saturday, June 3, 2017

Hip Hop Conscious Rap Must be a critical component of the BAM 27 City Tour

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Bay Area hip hop organizers, promoters and producers share a joyful moment with Marvin X, godfather of conscious hip hop, at the Berkeley Black Repertory Theatre. Marvin has agreed to work with the conscious hip hop community to revolutionize hip hop poetry and pass the baton to the next generation of artistic freedom fighters!
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"When you listen to Tupac Shakur, E-40, Too Short, Master P or any other rappers out of the Bay Area of Cali, think of Marvin X. He laid the foundation and gave us the language to express black male urban experiences in a lyrical way!"--James G. Spady, Philadelphia New Observer

As we move toward implementing the Black Arts Movement 27 City Tour suggested by Ancestor Amiri Baraka and being organized by BAM co-founder Marvin X, it is crystal clear we are passing the baton to the next generation of North American African artistic and cultural workers, or in the words of Ancestor Paul Robeson, "Artistic freedom fighters!" The Black Arts Movement and the Black Liberation Movement are indivisible, inseparable, thus unconquerable, a mighty fist in the face of oppression by global and American white supremacy, which are one!

Fidel Castro has told us, "The weapon of today is not guns but consciousness!" The mission of the BAM 27 City Tour is to spread consciousness throughout this land and beyond, to revolutionize North American African youth culture, transcending the toxicity of reactionary rap promoted by the white supremacy propaganda machine to destroy the minds, hearts and souls of North American Africans and all those youth around the world who identify with our art and culture, which is the vanguard of global youth culture. If North American African youth fart, global youth culture farts! If we shit, global youth culture has a bowel movement!

As elders, our job is to infuse the present generation of North American African youth artists and cultural workers with the necessary knowledge to rekindle the flame of revolution and radical art and culture, so they will not settle for the reactionary, toxic art and culture promoted by the white supremacy propaganda machine vie record companies, promoters and agents of their industry of menticide.

Thus, the BAM 27 City Tour will include a critical component of conscious hip hop artists, educators and cultural workers, qualified to spread the message that revolution is, in the words of Ancestor John Henrik Clarke, not a sprint but a long distance run.

Eldridge Cleaver and the US delegation in North Vietnam, meeting with General Giap who defeated the US in Vietnam.

Most importantly, we must advance the notion that we are all leaders, we are all the central command, as the socalled Viet Cong announced when the Americans said they were going into Cambodia to destroy the Viet Cong central command. For every youth the American death machine destroys, maims, paralyzes, traumatizes, neutralizes, punkanizes, imprisonizes, druganizes, we shall present a new leadership of cold, sober youth to continue our liberation movement until victory!

--Marvin X

 BAM co-founders Ancestor Amiri Baraka and Elder Marvin X

 BAM co-founders Askia Toure' and Marvin X

 The West Oakland Crew at Lil' Bobby Hutton Park, West Oakland

 Angela Davis, Marvin X and Sonia Sanchez

 Harlem, NY reception for Marvin X at the home of Rashida Ismaili

 Mrs. Amina Baraka

Amiri Baraka and Maya Angelou dancing their way to Black Arts Movement Heaven!

 Marvin X, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and poet Prosperity Carter. Mayor Schaaf said she will use her influence with US Mayors to promote the BAM 27 City Tour.

 Panel on Black Arts Movement and Women at Laney College

 Marvin X and Nefertiti, oldest daughter who demanded her dad pass the baton.

 Amina and Amiri Baraka. We think the babe in Amina's arms is Ras Baraka, now Mayor of Newark, New Jersey.
 BAM Poets Choir and Arkestra at the University of California, Merced, BAM 50th Anniversary Conference.

 Bruce George of Def Poetry Jam, the next generation of BAM

 Master Teacher Marvin X and his student, multi-talented poet, writer Prosperity Carter

 Dr. Cornel West supports the BAM 27 City Tour. 

Marvin X and Fred Hampton, Jr. Black Panther Cub, who was in his mother's womb when the Chicago police assassinated his father in bed with his pregnant mother.

Phavia Kujichagulia, proud mother of daugthter, Taiwo. "Yes, I brainwashed my daughter to cleanse her mind of all white supremacy bullshit!"

Marvin X trying to save the babies as Marvin Gaye sang about. 

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