Sunday, January 25, 2015

Poets in new anthology Black Gold

Marvin X and Nuyorican Poet Nancy Mercado appear in the anthology Black Gold. Longtime friends, Nancy attended the reception for Marvin X at the Harlem home of poet, novelist Rashidah Ismaili. Nancy says, "Happy and grateful to have my work included in this powerful and beautiful anthology with such greats as Sonia Sanchez, Gil Scott-Heron, Marvin X, Eugene Redmond, SE Anderson and many others."

Black Gold is an Anthology of the Best Black Poetry in the Africa and African American world. Edited by Ja A. Jahannes

New York poets and artists welcome Marvin X to Harlem, hosted by Rashidah Ismaili, who has just published a novel. She is seeking readings on the West Coast. Rashidah hosted the memorial for poets Jayne Cortez and Amiri Baraka at New York University last year.

Black Gold 1 edition

Cover of: Black Gold by Ja A. Jahannes (Editor)


About the Book
Black Gold is a highly original anthology of poems featuring works by a collective of nearly 100 authors who span multiple generations and represent voices from throughout communities of the African and Latino Diaspora. The contributors include noted veteran authors of the historical Black Arts Movement as Sonia Sanchez, Marvin X, and the late Gil Scott-Heron to such celebrated contemporary voices as those of Evie Shockley, Opal Palmer Adisa, and Aberjhani. Unlike the Norton Anthology Series 2013 offering of Angles of Ascent, the Black Gold anthology dares to step outside the canon of officially-recognized academic black poets to spotlight individuals who are as unflinching in their bold literary gaze as they are fierce in their passionate dance with language.

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Black Gold
An Anthology of Black Poetry

Published 2014 by Turner Mayfield Publishing in USA .
Written in English.


  • Contributor
    Opal Palmer Adisa
  • Contributor
    Ali Jimale Ahmed
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    S.E. Anderson
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    Malaika Favorite
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    E.J. Antonio
  • Contributor
    Everett Hoagland
  • Contributor
    Zain Beyond Words Jacobs
  • Contributor
    Marvin X
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    C. Leigh McInnis
  • Contributor
    Tony Medina
  • Contributor
    Nancy Mercado
  • Contributor
    E. Ethelbert Miller
  • Contributor
    Kevin Powell
  • Contributor
    Eugene B. Redmond
  • Contributor
    Kalamu Ya Salaam
  • Contributor
    Mona Lisa Saloy
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    Sonia Sanchez
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    Gil Scott-Heron
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    Evie Shockley
  • Contributor
    Crystal Simone Smith
  • Contributor
    Lucy Thornton Berry
  • Contributor
    Valjeanne Jeffers
  • Contributor
    Diane Judge

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Marvin X: The Philadelphia Negro

A brother now living in the Bay Area told Marvin X, "Marvin, I heard more about you in Philly than here in the Bay. You are well known and well loved in Philadelphia."

 Keyboard genius Elliot Savoy Bey works with Marvin X coast to coast.

After listening to Marvin X interviewed on Laney College Radio,…/1/22/yakety-yak-with-marvin-x his Philly musician friend, keyboard genius Elliot Savoy Bey said "Marvin X must be read and listened to like one is at a buffet--don't take too much at one time, just a little, then go back for more. Don't pile the plate--too much will make you sick, you will have a nervous breakdown." After listening to the interview, another Philly brother said, Marvin X is the Clifford Brown of spoken word. He put on a Clifford Brown album for Elliot Bey to

 Pam Africa

Philly's Harriet Tubman, i.e., Pam Africa, told Marvin that he needs to come set up shop in Philly, especially if he wants to do the Philly leg of his Black Arts Movement 27 City Tour.  Philly poets told Marvin don't bring all them West coast poets to Philly, we can handle this! 

Marvin X and Philly's legendary musician/philosopher Sun Ra. Marvin worked with Sun Ra coast to coast. Marvin's mythological extravaganzas reveal Sun Ra's influence as well as Amiri Baraka's. Sun Ra and Marvin taught in Black Studies at UC Berkeley until the entire faculty was removed for being too radical. More pliant Negroes were hired.

Sarah Lomax Reese, owner of WURD Radio, Marvin X, Muhammida El Muhajir and Mrs. Amina Baraka. WURD sponsored Muhammida's production of Black Power Babies on Philly's Theatre row.

Marvin X reading at Black Love Lives, accompanied by Philly pianist Alfie Pollitt. Event was produced at the University of Penn by Nisa Ra.

Michael Shoatz, Jr., son of imprisoned Black Panther, Michael Shoatz, Sr., and Marvin X

Philadelphia's Queen of Poetry, Sonia Sanchez, co-founder of the Black Arts Movement
"Marvin, just the idea of a 27 city tour makes me tired."

Greg Corbin, founder of the Philly Youth Poetry Movement

 Philly Professor/poet/editor Ewuare Osayande

Philly native, Muhammad Ahmad, aka Max Stanford, during the 60s, he was  one of the most dangerous men in America as leader of RAM, the Revolutionary Action Movement. RAM was headed by exiled revolutionary Robert F. Williams, author Negroes With Guns.

Dr. Tony Montiero, ousted Temple University professor. Dr. Muhammad Ahmad was ousted as well in a conspiracy with the administration and the Afro-centric Negro Dr. Molefe Asante.

 Marvin with the Philadelphia Poets Award Ceremony produced by Maurice Henderson. Marvin was given a special award as an honorary Philly Poet.

Marvin X and Sarah Lomax Reese, owner of WURD Radio. She was in Oakland for A Conversation with Angela Davis and Sonia Sanchez, which she produced. She told Marvin X, "Don't think about coming to Philly with your BAM 27 City Tour and not have WURD as a sponsor."

Philly comes to Oakland: L to R: Sarah Lomax Reese, Angela Davis and Sonia Sanchez

 Marvin X, accompanied by David Murray and Earl Davis at the Malcolm X Jazz/Art Festival, Oakland, May 17, 2014

 The Black Arts Movement Poet's Choir and Arkestra, University of California, Merced, Feb/Mar, 2014. A Kim McMillan/Marvin X production

 Laney College President, Dr. Elnora T. Webb and Marvin X, aka The Chancellor

The BAM Poet's Choir and Arkestra Divas: Tureada Mikel, Mechelle LaChaux, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga and Tarika Lewis on violin. They performed at the 80th Birthday Party for Dr. Nathan Hare, father of Black and Ethnic Studies, founding publisher of the Black Scholar Magazine. He will be at the Laney BAM celebration, facilitating a mental health peer group: How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy.
 Dr. Nathan Hare, PhD sociology, PhD clinical psychology
Fired from Howard University--too Black; fired from San Francisco State University--too Black!
 Hare was a professional boxer while teaching at Howard. They didn't like that either. As Paradise Jah Love says in his classic poem (which he will read at the BAM celebration at Laney College), "They like everything about you but you."

 President of the Oakland City Council, Lynette McElhaney

 Marvin X with BAM co-founder Danny Glover. Danny may show.
photo South Park Kenny Johnson
 Former Black Panther Party Chairwoman Elaine Brown, MX and Mama Ayanna of the Malcolm X Grass Roots Organization

 Phavia Kujichagulia will be in da house. "If you think I'm just a physical thing, wait til you see the spiritual power I bring."
 Empress Diamond, assistant to Marvin X, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and the Chancellor
 President of the Oakland City Council, Lynette McElhaney, Empress Diamond, the Chancellor
 Empress Diamond, City Councilwoman Desley Brooks, Chancellor
 "Oh, how I miss my drinking buddy." "Marvin, you get drunk and say the damnest things."
 Carol Newborg of the William James Prison Art Project, Chancellor, Dr. Leslee Stradford, curator of the San Quentin Prison art exhibit at the Laney BAM 50th Anniversay Celebration

 Muhammida El Muhajir, creator of the Black Arts/Black Power Babies Conversation, now living in Ghana, West Africa. Right: Samantha Akwei, Special Assistant to Marvin X. She visited Ghana during the holidays, connected with Muhammida, Marvin and Nisa Ra's daughter.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

WURD Speaks: Black Power Babies in Philadelphia

El Muhajir produced Black Power Babies in Philadelphia, featuring Mrs.
Amina Baraka, Amiri Baraka, Jr., Marvin X, et al. Black Arts Movement/Black Powers Babies panel discussion will take place at the Laney College BAM celebration on February 7, 2015.

Friday, January 23, 2015

From the Archives: Woman--Man's Best Friend by El Muhajir, aka Marvin X

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first edition

1973] · [San Francisco

by EL MUHAJIR [pseud. Marvin X]
[San Francisco: Al Kitab Sudan Publications, 1973]. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm.); original orange pictorial wrappers printed in brown; [6],iv,[2],88pp.; text printed in brown on tan stock. Fine. Collected short poetical pieces by Marvin X, written between 1969 and 1972. He assures the reader in his introduction that he is not pushing for the women's liberation movement ("Women will be liberated when men are liberated" (p. i)). (Inventory #: 24996) $100.00 ABAA

Marvin X speaks on The History of the Black Arts Movement, Yakety-Yak Radio, Laney College

Marvin X interviewed by Chris Stroffolino, reads his poetry, some of Baraka's, talks about the founding of the Black Arts Movement, introducing Eldridge Cleaver to Bobby Seale, and the forthcoming Oakland Black Arts District on 14th St.…/1/22/yakety-yak-with-marvin-x
 Marvin X sporting Borsalino Fedora
photo Kamau Amen Ra

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Black Bird Press News & Review: BAM update: San Quentin Prison Art arrives at Laney College for Black Arts Movement 50th Anniversary Celebration, Feb. 7

Black Bird Press News & Review: BAM update: San Quentin Prison Art arrives at Laney College for Black Arts Movement 50th Anniversary Celebration, Feb. 7

New Poem by Marvin X: Abortion


Men need to stay out of women's pussy
unless invited
but you still can't own it boss it control it
in that sick patriarchal mentality
makes you want to beat it kill it then say you love it so much
just shut up unless invited
don't say nothing bout her bizness
you don't bleed five days a month motherfucker 
you can't bleed for five minutes sucker
control yo shit and shut up
get out the women's rest room pervert
the men's room is over there see the sign
why you put yo penis in her pussy if you know how she is
now you coming after the fact with some man shit
just shut the fuck up
all you want to do is raise the baby so he/she can be a killer in your eternal wars for white supremacy
don't kill the baby now, let it grow up so it can die in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia for the 1% Club who supply guns to both sides just to make a dollar, ain't no ideology except money, greed lust lechery
white day is done dude get over it
don't you see all your guns ain't shit
yo drones planes bombs missles
ain't won shit since Viet Nam
Korean War still goin on I hear
so drink yo beer Billy Bob
stay out of other people's bizness
unless invited.
--Marvin X