Sunday, February 7, 2016

Black Bird Press News & Review: Film Screening: Black Panthers, Vanguard of the Revolution

Black Bird Press News & Review: Film Screening: Black Panthers, Vanguard of the Revolution

When the Moors (Muslims) Ruled Europe: Documentary (full)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Black History: Marvin X's Great Grandfather, 99, died in Madera, CA, 1941


Former Negro Slave Dies on Madera Ranch
 Fresno Bee, Tuesday, December 16, 1941
Cover art 
 
Ephraim Murrill, 99, who lived the first twenty years of his life as a Negro slave in North Carolina, died yesterday in his home on a Madera district ranch. Murrill, who was highly respected by both whites and Negroes in the community, recalled having seen Abraham Lincoln when the great emancipator was campaigning for his first term as president.

Surviving him are one daughter, Mrs. J. H. Hall, Madera; a son, John Murrill (Marvin's grandfather),  nine grand children and three great grandchildren. He would be 100 years old had he lived until next February 13. One of his brothers lived to the age of 116.

Funeral services will be hold tomorrow afternoon in the Jay Parlors and burial will be in Arbor Vitae Cemetary.
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Epharaim Murrill is the maternal great grandfather of poet Marvin X. His mother, Marian Murrill Jackmon, was born in Fowler, about thirty miles south of Madera. Marvin X was born there as well, May 29, 1944.

Marvin's parents, Owendell Jackmon and Marian Murrill Jackmon published the first black newspaper in the central valley, the Fresno Voice. They were also real estate brokers who sold many blacks their first home after WWII. Marvin's earliest memories are selling his parents newspaper on F and Fresno Street, a block or two from his parent's newspaper and real estate office.


The Jackmons later moved to Oakland and became florists on 7th Street. Mr. Jackmon was prominent in West Oakland's political and social life. He was a member of the Men of Tomorrow, the Elks Lodge and the American Legion. He was a member of Downs Memorial Methodist Church, where Rev. Cecil Williams of San Francisco's Glide Church did his internship.

Mrs. Jackmon became a Christian Scientist, follower of Mary Baker Eddy. Marvin grew up with no medicine cabinet in the house of his mother because Christian Scientists don't believe in medicine, one must simply know "the truth" and truth will set you free of all dis-ease. Growing up "knowing the truth", Marvin was mystified when he taught white students on the university level and discovered they had no concept of truth and were thus consumed with lies!

The Jackmons separated and Mrs. Jackmon returned to Fresno with her six children and opened a real estate business. Marvin attended Lowell Jr. High in West Oakland, but graduated from high school in Fresno. He returned to Oakland to attend Merritt College and was on the basketball team. At Merritt he also met Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, fellow students who came into revolutionary consciousness during independent study sessions. There was no Black Studies, although Merritt established one of  the first Black Studies programs after student protests, led by the Black Students Union, aka, Soul Students Advisory Council, headed by Virtual Murrell, now a lobbyist. Virtual and Bobby Seale recall when Marvin X performed his first play Flowers for the Trashman at Merritt, the student movement exploded.

In 1969, Marvin X became the most controversial black in Fresno history when he defied Governor Ronald Reagan by continuing to teach at Fresno State University, even though the Gov. ordered the college/now university to remove him by any means necessary, especially since he had refused to fight in Vietnam.


... & Review: The parents of Marvin X, Marian M. and Owendell Jackmon, I

Parents of Marvin X, Marian M. Jackmon and Owendell Jackmon, I at the World Peace Conference in San Francisco, 1945, which led to the United Nations. His mother was a Race woman, his father a Race man, meaning they were Black nationalists, down for their people in the Marcus Garvey manner. Marvin X learned to do for self long before he joined the Nation of Islam, 1967.

Now organizing the Black Arts Movement Business District, Marvin grew up on Oakland's Black cultural and business district, 7th Street, similar to San Francisco's Fillmore and New York's Harlem.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Black Bird Press News & Review: Marvin X poem for the Living Dead

Black Bird Press News & Review: Marvin X poem for the Living Dead

BAMBD planner Marvin X meets Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf at opening of Marshawn Lynch's Beast Mode store in Old Oakland District


Black Arts Movement Business District planner and BAM co-founder Marvin X and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf at the opening of NFL player Marshawn Lynch's Beast Mode store in the Old Oakland District--well, Marvin says Marshawn's store will be listed as part of the BAMBD.
photo Troy Williams

Marshawn Lynch to open ‘Beast Mode’ retail store in Oakland

NFL running back Marshawn Lynch graduated from Oakland Tech High School. Mayor Libby Schaaf thanked him for giving back to Oakland with his Beast Mode store. Marshawn and his partners, Tom Henderson and Samuel Taylor, are in the development stage of launching its collaborative brand of performance athletic footwear and apparel. The Beast Mode is located in Old Oakland at 811 Broadway, between 8th and 9th Street.
NFL running back  Marshawn Lynch and BAMBD Master poet/organizer Marvin X
photo Troy Williams

Marvin and the BAMBD planners intend to meet with the Mayor on the BAMBD plans, outlined in the Feb. 3-9, issue of the Oakland Post Newspaper:

1) Land placed in a trust not subject to gentrification and developers; 

2) The city’s Race and Equity Department to help stop displacement and ongoing evictions, including the Oakland Post News Group and the Betti Ono Gallery;

3) Displaying the BAMBD flag throughout the corridor;


 
4) An immediate moratorium on rent hikes and evictions in the BAMBD corridor; 

5) The city to immediately permit members of the BAMBD to vend along the corridor as a sign of entrepreneurship; 

6) The BAMBD must have housing, not only for artists but workers, elderly and the marginalized. Those SRO hotels in the downtown area should be acquired with BAMBD residents awarded Life Estate titles--this would end homelessness overnight; and 
 
7) A $1 billion dollar trust fund so we can acquire and secure the necessary land and properties for the BAMBD and provide loans to business persons in the district. 

BAMBD planners will invite the Mayor on a Black History walking tour of the BAMBD with City of Oakland Tour Coordinator Annalee Allen. The tour will be held from 10a.m. to 11:30a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. If you would like to join the tour, please call 510-238-3234 or email Annalee Allen at aallen@oaklandnet.com.

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Members of the Black Arts Movement Business District planning committee and media team.
Left to right: Amir C. Clark, Aries Jordan and son Legend, Robert Arnold, Marvin X, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, Eric Arnold, Ken Johnson, Maiya Newsome-Edgerly, Adam Turner.
photo Amir Aziz Clark 

 Businessman Geoffery Pete, Post News Group journalist Troy Williams and BAMBD planner Marvin X


Son of Herman Pete and Dorothy Reid Pete; Grandson of Thomas Reid Sr ...
Geoffery Pete, owner of Geoffery's Inner Circle at 14th and Franklin, a key venue in the BAMBD
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After meeting the Mayor at Marshawn's, later in the afternoon, Marvin and Paul Cobb informed Geoffery Pete, owner of Geoffery's Inner Circle, that his venue will be an essential part of facilities BAMBD will utilize for meetings and performance space. Paul reminded Mr. Pete that the City of Oakland spent millions renovating the Fox Theatre, so with his venue a key spot in the BAMBD, we will discuss with Mayor Schaaf how to get his building renovated so it can be a critical venue in the District, along with the African American Library/Museum, where BAMBD plans to have office space. They will meet with the head of the Oakland Public Library next week, Mr. Gerry Garzon.

On Saturday, the peripatetic, indefatigable  Marvin X will participate in a visioning session at the Flight Deck, one of the theatre venues in the BAMBD, presently home of the Lower Bottom Playaz, founded by Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, Marvin X's star student when he taught in the theatre department, Laney College, 1981. Dr. Nzinga recently completed the ten play cycle of plays by August Wilson. She is the only director and producer of the ten play cycle in chronological order.

 
The Future of the Arts in Downtown Oakland: A Creative Visioning Session
Oakland is changing. We all know it. Buildings are going up, businesses are opening,
new people are moving in, and some folks who have been here for a long time are getting
pushed out. There’s a sense of opportunity and a sense of fear. Who will get a share of
the new prosperity? In Oakland, like in so many urban areas, artists have been central in
making the place desirable - so often, people mention diversity and arts & culture when
they say what they love Oakland. But as new money comes in and rents rise, artists and
arts organizations are often some of the first to be displaced. At this moment when so
much is changing for Oakland, and when the city is creating a new Downtown Specific
Plan, how can we make sure that the arts remain at the center of public life in Oakland,
and that they continue to grow and thrive in ways that are equitable and rooted in
Oakland’s rich culture and history?
As the opener to The Flight Deck’s annual Accelerator event on February 6th, we are
inviting our guests to join in a visioning session on the future of the arts in Downtown
Oakland. Experts in various fields will provide context and give their perspective on
these issues, and then participants will work in groups to creatively develop a vision for
placing the arts at the center of public life in Downtown Oakland’s changing landscape.
The process will marry elements of ensemble theater techniques and urban planning
design charettes. This session will serve as a pilot - an experiment in process that could
be duplicated in other contexts if it is effective.
Time: 5-6pm
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Panelist Arrival time: 4:30 pm
Facilitator: Anna Shneiderman, Executive Director, Ragged Wing Ensemble & The Flight
Deck
Host: Lina Buffington, Interim ED of Missey, Board Vice President, Ragged Wing
Ensemble & The Flight Deck
Panelists:
Council President Lynette McElhaney
Alicia Parker, Planning Department
Robert Ogilvie, Executive Director, SPUR Oakland
Lindsay Krumbein, Executive Artistic Director, Gritty City Repertory Youth
Theatre
Marvin X, Organizer of the Black Arts Movement and Business District

Oakland Post Newspaper: Leaders Strive to Make Black Arts Business District a Reality


Leaders Strive to Make Black Arts Business District a Reality 

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Members of the Black Arts Movement Business District planning committee and media team.
Left to right: Amir C. Clark, Aries Jordan and son Legend, Robert Arnold, Marvin X, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, Eric Arnold, Ken Johnson, Maiya Newsome-Edgerly, Adam Turner.
photo Amir Aziz Clark
postnewsgroup.com 

By Marvin X Jackmon 
Co-founder of BAMBD


Leaders of the Black Arts Movement Business District (BAMBD) along the 14th Street corridor want:
1) Land placed in a trust not subject to gentrification and developers; 

2) The city’s Race and Equity Department to help stop displacement and ongoing evictions, including the Oakland Post News Group and the Betti Ono Gallery;

3) Displaying the BAMBD flag throughout the corridor;
 
4) An immediate moratorium on rent hikes and evictions in the BAMBD corridor; 

5) The city to immediately permit members of the BAMBD to vend along the corridor as a sign of entrepreneurship; 

6) The BAMBD must have housing, not only for artists but workers, elderly and the marginalized. Those SRO hotels in the downtown area should be acquired with BAMBD residents awarded Life Estate titles--this would end homelessness overnight; and 
 
7) A $1 billion dollar trust fund so we can acquire and secure the necessary land and properties for the BAMBD and provide loans to business persons in the district.

Former San Francisco Mayor Joe Alioto publicly apologized for destroying the economic and cultural vitality of the Fillmore District. No one has apologized for dismantling West Oakland. But we need more than an apology. We are in a space emergency not only in the BAMBD but throughout Oakland. In Oakland’s “hot” property market, the BAMBD needs equity, or the district will exist in name only.

Like piranhas, the high tech firms and globalists are devouring potential BAMBD land and

properties. Perhaps we need to re-gentrify the BAMBD corridor. Presently, there are few Black owned businesses in the district although at this week’s Oakland Downtown Plan meeting at the Malonga Casquelourd Center, people were directed to the Small Business Department for loans. 

The BAMBD planners will meet again on Monday, February 8, 10A.M., at the Post News Group office, 405 14th Street, Suite 1215, Oakland. For information call 510-200-4154.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Black Bird Press News & Review: Marvin X: My life in the global village--notes of an artistic freedom fighter

Black Bird Press News & Review: Marvin X: My life in the global village--notes of an artistic freedom fighter: Part One

When we were Negroes


 photo Harrison Chastang

When we were Negroes
life was beautiful
in the hood
we was family then
we all was kin
looked out for each other
loved yo brother sista
when we were Negroes
had hotels restaurants
night clubs cafes
own drinkin water
swimming pools
mountain retreats
no white man rights
til civil rights
Sun Ra said civil rites
Sonny said you get them
at the cemetery
freedom and rites
when you dead
total freedom forever
and rites
Church rites
Masonic rites
Legionnaire rites
gang rites
when we were Negroes
now we black
ain't got shit
Black president
ain't shit
let two Negroes out prison
left 2.4 million down in the dungeon
Black President
most powerful man in the world
can't stop killing in his hometown
if he can't stop it can't nobody
cept maybe the Negro
call him forth
the Mighty Negro
Go back Black
to Negroland
Not Africa
where everybody lived together
in the projects
family
we all kin
neighbors whupped you ass and mama too
when you got home
cause you was wrong
no adults scared of youth
whup Dante's ass
disrespectful impudent
now you Black
scared of yo kids
scared to go to store at night
yo kids run the hood
terrify the hood
no Elders speak
scared to death
But we Black now
post Black even
multicultural
yeah
on the bottom of the ladder
don't bring nothing to the table
yeah Paradise say they love everything about you
but you!
Nigguh is a billion dollar word
now the Nigguh don't want to say Nigguh
Asians Nigguhs whites Nigguhs Mexicans Nigguhs
Gay/Lesbian Nigguhs
but Nigguhs say don't say Nigguh
say the N word
the N word ain't no billion dollar word
Nigguh is the word
Nigguh scared to say Nigguh
he so Black he so African
Nigguh ain't shit
Ask the African is the Nigguh shit
Ask the Jamaican
Ask the Arab
they pimp the hood
dress like Nigguhs talk like Nigguhs walk like Nigguhs
fuck like Nigguhs
they love everything bout Nigguhs cept Nigguhs!
So let's be Negroes when we were family kin
What's up family?
What's up kinfolks?
What's up Bloods?
Can't speak to these Blacks, these African Americans
you say high hey what's up, dog
silence
Nigguh on cell phone talkin bout where you at where you at
he ain't nowhere and she ain't nowhere
lost and turned out on the way to grandmother's house!
Call me Negro from Negroland
Nigguh for life even
from the Nigguh tribe
But I like when the Blacks say, when the North American Africans say
I appreciate you
I appreciate you
I appreciate you
now this is Black is Beautiful
three little words
I appreciate you
sounds so nice
so much love
I can be Black with that line
I'll give up Negro with that line
I'll be Black, African even
with that line
I appreciate you, Brother
I appreciate you, Sister
I appreciate you, Mama
I appreciate you, Daddy
I appreciate you, Queen and King
Whatchusay?


Black History and the Emancipation of the Black Arts Movement Business District

 


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Members of the BAMBD planning committee and media team

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Members of the Black Arts Movement Business District planning committee and media team.
Left to right: Amir C. Clark, Aries Jordan and son Legend, Robert Arnold, Marvin X, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, Eric Arnold, Ken Johnson, Maiya Newsome-Edgerly, Adam Turner.
photo Amir Aziz Clark

The group discussed organizational structure, community relations, the land trust to solidify
space in the 14th Street Corridor, the BAMBD/City of Oakland relationship with the goal of independence and sovereignty;established a 12 month time-line of activities, grant funding, self sufficiency, etc.

The media team inventoried their resources, contacts, planned publications, digital and print; including a newsletter, newspaper, magazine in partnership with the Post News Group; securing advertisement from businesses in the BAMBD. The BAMBD planners will meet again on Monday, February 8, 10A.M., at the Post News Group office, 405 14th Street, Suite 1215, Oakland.