Saturday, December 26, 2020

Rough Draft, Parts 1-3, Video/audio documentary: The Wild Crazy Ride of the Marvin X Experience

Video/audio documentary--Rough Draft, Parts One, Two and Three: 
The Wild Crazy Ride of the Marvin X Experience

Executive Producer Marvin X
Executive Editor Ken Johnson

A Black Bird Production

Copyright (c) 2021 by Marvin X/El Muhajir


"In his powerlessness and victimization, with nothing left to lean on, the black man is likely to mount the seesaw, if not the roller coaster of racial psycho-social dependency and messianic religiosity...on the one hand and the individual chemical dependent on the other. Marvin deconstructs both. In the bottomless caverns of addiction in any form, there seems no amount of religiosity, coke, crack, alcohol or sex sufficient to sedate the social angst and shattered cultural strivings."
--Dr. Nathan Hare, from Introduction, Somethin' Proper, the Autobiography of Marvin X, Black Bird Press, 1998

"Marvin reaches in and pulls from a life lived hard, deep, wide, high and low, i.e., a sacrifice in blood! At the root of sacrifice is sacred, which is of God and for God. He has lived and examined lives of the proverbial ten thousand black men and women. He gives us the truth of that experience, lived and examined."
--Fahizah Alim, Editor Emeritus, Sacramento Bee

"He is a deep sea diver who rarely comes up for air. And when he does, it is only for a moment!"

--Aishah Kokomon

"Courageous and outrageous, he walked through the muck and mire of hell but came out clean as white fish and black as coal!"

--James W. Sweeney RIP

"In terms of being modernist and innovative, he's centuries ahead of anybody I know!"
--Dennis Leroy Moore, filmmaker, Brecht Forum, New York City

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

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Marvin X, Executive Producer

Ken Johnson, Executive Editor

A Black Bird Production

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photoart Gene Hazzard (c)

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

The New Black Man

 In A Special Edition of BBPNR We Shall Deconstruct The New Black Man

Below is James Rhode, 23, Dartmouth graduate, currently studying law at LSU

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Toward a Dialectical Deconstruction of Police--Did I miss the mark? Your comments welcome

Maestro Marvin X and the Black Arts Movement Poets Choir and Arkestra at the Malcolm X

Jazz/Art Festival, Oakland, 2014

photo collage Adam Turner

Of course it is a gross generalization to say all police are pigs. Phenomena has contradictions or let us say no phenomena is without a positive and negative component, a male and female, yen and yang energy. Human beings can be good as well as evil. Herbs can be therapeutic and also toxic. Socrates chose to drink the poison herb Hemlock to stand firm for truth, willing to die for truth. So truth is good for some, death for others. How many prophets have given their lives for truth, thus truth was good and bad, for truth is often a toxin when presented to kings, queens, politicians, preachers, teachers whose agenda are lies. Alas, when I taught English at the University of Nevada, Reno and said to the students my agenda was truth, they were aghast, "Teach, what do you mean by truth? We have no knowledge of truth."

As per Black people, one of my mostly white students said the only truth she knew about blacks was that her parents (and her father was a professor at UNR) taught her "Niggers are bad news." Once she began dating the black athletes, she no longer accepted the truth of her parents. She discovered sex with the black athletes was very good news! So the adage says one man's poison is another man's treat. 

Imagine the fallacy of racial myths such as the one above taught by the parents of my student. The dialectical confusion can be overwhelming thus transcending a synthesis, causing the student to become lost in a conundrum unresolvable. 

So, as per police as pigs, we know it is faulty logic is presume or declare all police are pigs since we know there are good pigs and bad pigs. I can give antidotal evidence of the good pig. I draw from the time I boarded the Amtrak train to the Central Valley of California and a black Oakland Police officer came on behind me and came directly to my seat and said loudly, "I see we have a celebrity on board this morning. Have a nice trip, Mr. Celebrity!" and he continued on his way. I wanted to find out how he knew who I was but since I was "riding dirty" I said nothing but a few weeks later  when I bought a ticket for another trip to the valley, the Amtrak clerk, a friend of mine, informed me the officer I described to him was a conscious black policeman and he did indeed know who I was, and should not consider him the enemy.

Further, a few months after the above incident, I was on an east coast book tour that began at Duke University, North Carolina, then up the coast to Philly, Newark and New York. The citizens of Newark blew my mind with the consensus that for the first time in their lives they did not feel negative pressure from the police as a result of Mayor Ras Baraka's administration that is now in its second term without any police murder under the color of law. Mayor Baraka ordered the police to walk the hood and greet the people with smiles. My dear friend, Amina Baraka, mother of the Mayor and his brother who is Chief of Staff, said she didn't know how to act with police walking through the hood smiling! FYI, after the George Floyd murder under the color of law, Newark NJ did not explode with protests and looting. There was no need, Mayor Baraka has issued his orders and also gave the gang bangers employment as security officers and gave them the opportunity for employment for the first time in their lives. For some of the brothers it was the first time they'd received a paycheck. 

Ironically, the Newark story has not made the news but the fake media narrative is that pigs will be pigs and will never serve and protect the people. Clearly, Mayor Baraka and his Chief of Staff, Amiri Baraka, Jr., have defied the myth that police are totally uncontrollable and must be abolished. In my interview with the Mayor and his brother, aka, Middy, Middy said, "My brother has an elected position, I do not. If the police don't act right, I can chop heads!" Why is the Newark model not emulated throughout this land? We think there are people who rather dwell on problems not solutions. Problems often pay more money than solutions. Consider this last antidote of a correctional officer at Alameda County Jail here in Oakland who supposedly told a departing inmate, "Keep coming back. I got myself a yacht, now I want to get one for my son, so I want you niggers to keep coming back!"

Do you think this officer wants problems or solutions? And consider this: the California Correctional Officers Union is the most powerful union in California. Do you suppose the union wants problems or solutions? After all, if crime was solved they would be unemployed, right? 

Why do many question the structural and systemic nature of racism and white supremacy. The police and other institutions, including businesses and academia, along with high tech and the military, are guilty of pervasive racism that is so problematic it will take not decades but centuries to extricate and, yes, to adjudicate especially as per equity and justice. The timeline for economic equity is two hundred and forty years for blacks to equal whites in wealth. 

In our good pig, bad pig paradigm, perhaps if we say capitalism is the blood sucker of the poor and must therefore be abolished and the police are the guardian of the capitalist blood suckers of the poor, then maybe the entire system must be destroyed, for sure, can there be a good blood sucker of the poor or only bad ones? We think there are no good bloodsuckers of the poor, no capitalist who want to exist without wage slaves and the cheapest price for materials of production. 

Have I contradicted myself with talk of good cops? Reality begs us to consider the Newark Model, thus there is a semblance of hope, yet when we extend such hope to other capitalist institutions, e.g., the educational institutions, we see our hope shattered because we know in the deep structure of such institutions is the undergirding motivation of capitalist greed with the corresponding necessity to perpetuate the world of make believe as delineated in Dr. Frazier's classic Black Bourgeoisie. Recall the absence of truth is the minds of my English students at the University of Nevada, Reno. Yet, they possessed the mythic "truth" that blacks are bad news!

Should we dismiss talk of dialectics, paradigms, structural and systemic conundrums and strike the bull's jugular vain to announce we are trying to unravel a toxic notion so pervasive in the cultural and economic matrix that we are doomed to settle for a few more centuries to reach the final solution to the Negro Problem. 

I have written before that W.E.B. DuBois was wrong when he asked how does it feel to be real estate? As a son of parents who were real estate brokers, I do know the difference between real estate (land, buildings) and chattel real
(personal property) that defined North American Africans. One may say what difference does it make whether we are real estate or chattel real, i.e., personal property? Well, we know there are those of us who want and do challenge our status purely on legal terms. Are we real estate, chattel or sovereign? 

If we are sovereign, our rights transcend the US constitution, 13th, 14th, 15th Amendments. After all, we had no vote in the matter of morphing from chattel slaves to wage slaves. In this dialectic, we advanced from bad slaves to good slaves, yet slaves none the less. President Donald Trump declared he advanced us to wage slavery that made us and America great again since under his regime we gained more employment than we've enjoyed since slavery.
I ask President Trump to give us the stats on wages, especially in the dirty south where many of us work three minimum wage jobs to survive.

Finally, shall this quagmire be resolved peacefully or violently? For sure, the essential question is not wages but land! Aw, yes, those undelivered 40 acres and mules that were aborted after the assassination of President Lincoln.

If we came here for labor and after our labor under the sun, yet find ourselves lost and turned out on the way to Granny's house (Whispers), and our children question why they have no inheritance like "other Americans", how can we answer them except to say we have been hoodwinked and bamboozled and ask their apology as my dear elder poet/revolutionary Askia Toure asked students during his lecture at University of California, Merced. 

I challenged Elder Toure' by saying our liberation was aborted by the overwhelming military power of the State, i.e., police, national guard, army, navy, marines, c.i.a., f.b.i, snitches, agent provocateurs, uncle toms, the ignut and mentally ill, not to dismiss our mistakes as revolutionaries that included drug, alcohol and sexual abuse of our women comrades in revolution.  

Surely, we now understand the contradictions in the dialectics of our liberation. We were thus good revolutionaries and bad, we had foibles and critical character flaws Shakespeare described in his classic tragedies. 

We suggest the coming generation study the writings of Cheikh Anta Diop on the North Cradle and Southern Cradle and the matter of comedy and tragedy. Of course the prototypical drama is the Kemetic resurrection of Osiris and Isis that symbolized the annual ebb and flow of the Nile or Hapi River, thus in this primordial African drama no tragedy exists, only comedy as symbolized in the annual resurrection of the Nile/Hapi River concomitant with the  Osiris, god of resurrection. See Kersey Graves, The Sixteen Crucified Saviors Before Christ, also Man, God, Civilization, John G. Jackson; Dr. Ben, African Origin of the Major World Religions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam. 

Resurrection is the essential myth/ritual of African lives,  and shall be for generations to come.  The resurrection myth/ritual synchronizes us with the ebb and flow of nature that is not gloom and doom but as Frankie Beverly said Sunshine, Rain, Joy Pain. If you must, call our essential narrative How I Got Ovah, the essential theme in the totality of our literature, i.e., how we survived and went on to thrive under the worse circumstances afforded any human beings on the planet earth. Thus we shall never accept defeat, never shall we succumb to a modicum of the slavery paradigm, not for a nano second. Elder Ed Howard gave a linguistic upgrade when he said, "We are not African slaves, we are African victims of the American slave system." Ancestor James Baldwin told me in my 1968 interview at his New York apartment, "Nothing else happened here but us, nothing else. For a black father to raise a black son under these circumstances is a miracle, but we did it generation after generation."

We must teach our children their heritage is national liberation and independence in the grandest manner of Haiti, total independence, no matter the concomitant sufferings down to this moment. We only know one thing about Haiti and ourselves: one day we shall be free. 
Just know this: the enemy will not tell you when you are winning. Remember the Congo, they only released Lumumba moments before Belgium submitted to an independent Congo although the struggle continues. Lumumba told us before his assassination by Tshombe and Mobutu at the request of the West, it would take fifty years for the Congo to be free. We yet await that moment throughout Africa, Middle East and the Americas. Tragedy is not our dialectic, only freedom in all its vicissitudes. 
--Marvin X

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

For farmers everywhere, India to Nigeria

Marvin X, University of Chicago, 2015

photo Burrell Sunrise

For Farmers Everywhere, India to Nigeria

"The king sold farmers to the ghost!"--Amiri Baraka

Ten thousand farmer suicides
India free market capitalism
No fair trade
Corporate slaves wanted
American way of death
We know the deal
No little man farms
Can little man survive big man
"The king sold the farmer to the ghost!" AB said
Politician Kings
Never touch dirt
Different dirt Kings love
Dirty deals in dark
Let farmers starve
Corporate food good for you
GMO seeds better for land
Let little farmers learn to stand
Don't fight big man
Never win
Guns back corporate Kings
And the ghost too
Little farmers where are you
Stick together your only hope
Fair trade or no trade
Free trade no trade
We grow the land
We sweat sun rain
Hands tough with pain
We up with sun
grow food til day is done
No deal with ghosts
Dear king politician
Let farmers farm
Save revolution.


Rice farmers Nigeria
slaughtered boku haram
savage islam
desecrate tombs of saints
burn african islam
Timbuktu university when europe in dark ages
only ignorant destroy knowledge
kill rice farmers for sectarian madness
Post Qaddafi Obama Clinton
What difference does it make she said
after us ambassador dead
arab spring she and obama spread
boku haram springs from Libya south
Tunisia man burns himself in freedom immolation 
Egypt routes Mubarak regime 
thousands before tanks Tahrir Square
muslim brotherhood win then lose
cliche cliche
more things change more stay same
back to army rule
west succumbs in silence
cry democracy vanish in desert wind
the west will guide then desert you
a whore in the night
on to Syria 
more destruction for pseudo freedom democracy
axis of evil working for what side
who is good who is evil in politics of global
we heard it said know when armies close to Jerusalem
the end is near
O, Syria 
Paul fell on road to Damascus
Who shall fall this time
all the armies are near
players in place
Saudi Arabia
Israel Gulf states
Armageddon is here
even Ottoman empire wants to play
Persia wants Tigris and Euphrates to Mediterranean
Israel wants it all
No matter gaza concentration camps 
Hamas will never disarm
like 200,000 Africans in American Civil War
Never will Hezbollah lay down guns for Zionist domination
Qur'an say slaughter in better than persecution
let us die than be slaves to those who learned nothing from Hitler madness we see
to model his works to repeat his myths
what wisdom is this what madness 
do not let myths destroy middle east
so many myths sects cults regimes tribes kings 
where is justice peace love happiness
freedom of women youth children who only want to grow 
make better world than parents caught in lies that bleed nations to the core

Back to Nigeria
senseless murder haram
death of innocent haram
boku haram no islam
what muslims worship death of innocent
what qur'an speaks such madness
what hadith sharia
show me the texts
no matter
no ignorance must prevail
only justice equality freedom
adl musawa hurriyah
kill woman for adultery not men
this justice
madness to me
she gave up pussy 
he gave up dick
chop both heads off 
seems fair to me
adl musawa

O Nigerial rice farmers
tilling soil
what sura ayat did you violate
Speak to me you murderers in the name of Allah
not my Allah nor Muhammad's
no prophets no holy books
books of some evil imam in tent with little boys
debauchery not sunna hadith sharia
you hide truth while you know

hatha ya'um jahiliya
jahiliya la islam
jahiliya haram
Muhammad said Iqra bissmillahi
read recite in the name of Allah
seek knowledge from Spain to China
La islam boku haram
Shaytani islam
la sunni shia sufi noi
murder of innocent no sirata al mustaqim
hadtha sirata shaytan

We believe in truth
we die for truth
life and death for Allah truth
no imam truth
his truth her truth
the truth 
Al Haqq!

Let farmers farm
let rice grow 
let people be fed

Let India farmers enjoy fair trade
no free trade slavery
--Marvin X

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