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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Beyonce, Jay-Z and the Mythology of Pussy and Dick

Jay-Z and Beyonce are reportedly on their way to divorce court

The Daily News is reporting that a big part of the problem is that Jay-Z is not satisfied with being with just one woman.  He’s accused of sleeping around a bit, as many rich celebrities tend to do.


Whether a nigguh has two dollars or two billion, you can't tell him nothing. Don't even try. Sometimes a nigguh with two billion will rather be with a two dollar ho than his billion dollar woman. We all guilty, when it ain't the men, it's the women, no holy saints in this matter, hence the urgent need for a pussy and dick dialogue--for us, Vagina monologue will not suffice.--Marvin X

There’s the old saying that “All good things must come to an end.”  But the saying probably wasn’t supposed to apply to marriage.  The New York Daily News is reporting that the crown royale couple of America, Jay-Z and Beyonce, is going to be no more.  The two are allegedly putting together plans for an amicable split and now engaged in the process of figuring out the business and financial implications of a pending divorce.
According to an inside source, the two are being told to pretend to be a big happy family for the public, so as not to cause a media frenzy.   But they say that the two plan on releasing a joint statement in Septembr, telling the world that their marriage is no more.  Of course, this is all set to occur after their $100 million dollar “On the Run” tour has been run to its entirety.
“Let’s leave it at it’s only a matter of time (until they split.) It’s so obvious now it’s embarrassing,” a source tells Confidenti@l.
“Around the time the tour ends, they’ll make a choice on whether they want to separate or admit trouble.”
Another source says that Jay-Z is all but done with the marriage.
“He wants this tour to end and he wants the rumors to stop,” the second source said.
One of the insiders says that the marriage has been a farce all along, and that the couple has kept it up for image purposes.  This union has been profitable for both, with them raking in a collective net worth in the neighborhood of a billion dollars.
Sources tell the New York Daily News that Beyonce is even searching for her own place.
“This (trouble) has been brewing longer than anyone knows,”  one of the sources said.  “They’re performers. And they’re good performers. It’s a business now, and they are business partners. And they don’t even fight. They know what it is.”
The Daily News is reporting that a big part of the problem is that Jay-Z is not satisfied with being with just one woman.  He’s accused of sleeping around a bit, as many rich celebrities tend to do.   There are also reports that the two are tired of keeping up the charade for the public.  It’s just hard work.
“They are both being advised on how to look like they’re together. A negative report comes out, or a breakup report comes out, and they are advised to post a picture with Blue Ivy,” the source said.

You Don't Know Me

    You don't know me
    you had a chance to know me
    before we made love
    you had a chance to know my mind
    understand my fears
    learn about issues
    help me heal some things
    but you wanted to make love
    so you don't know me
    we made love
    but you don't know me
    don't have a clue
    think I'm a good dick
    or you some good tight pussy
    but you don't know me
    and never will now
    because you wanted to make love
    you wanted to get a nut
    we didn't even talk much
    a little bit leading up to sex
    I went along
    I was horny too
    but you don't know me
    and I don't know you
    now we never will
    we blew it forever
    because we made love
    too fast too quick too soon
    now you think you own me
    I can't breathe
    can't talk on the phone to friends
    because we made love
    because I gave you some dick
    you gave me some pussy
    now I'm no longer human
    I'm your love slave
    you my slave
    we're in love but you don't know me
    we gonna get married
    but you don't know me
    we're gonna have children
    but you don't know me
    you're gonna beat my ass
    but you don't know me
    you're going to jail
    but you don't know me
    we're getting a divorce
    but you don't know me
    now we're friends "Just Friends" Charlie Parker tune
    But you don't know me and never will.
    --Marvin X

    from the Mythology of Pussy and Dick ( A male/female dialogue) by Marvin X, Black Bird Press, Berkeley, 2014, approx. 400 pages, $25.00. Pre-order  $19.95, includes shipping.  Black Bird Press, 339 Lester Ave., Suite 10, Oakland CA 94606.

    The Los Angeles Black Book Expo nominates Marvin X to receive the LABBX Spoken Worlds Pavilion Humanitarian Achievement Award of the Year, for unlimited service to the community of Poetry and Spoken Word, educating and enlightening seekers of Truth. For your poignant and insightful works benefiting humanity and for your tireless search for Truth, Justice and Clarity of Thought.
    --Denise Lyles-Cook, Director, LABBX Spoken Worlds Pavilion, Hollywood CA

    Video: Marvin X and the BAM Poets Choir & Arkestra: The Black Arts Movement Celebrating Amiri Baraka

    The Human Earthquake hit radio station KPOO last night, major damage reported

    Marvin X on KPOO Radio, 89.5FM, interviewed by Terry Collins. Terry questioned him about the situation in GAZA or Occupied Palestine. During this two hour interview, Marvin talked about the liberation of Palestine and the liberation of North American Africans, whose situation is similar since we suffer colonialism as well.

    Our situation is known as Domestic Colonialism  since we suffer oppression in the belly of the beast. If we cut off the head of the beast, the whole world would be free. But unlike the people of GAZA who are conscious of their condition as the Zionists rain bombs, rockets and tank shells upon them, killing these mostly defenseless men, women and children, North American Africans are under attack but don't realize it; it is a low intensity war that is cunning and vile because the Monkey Mind Media has lulled them to sleep with fairy tales and nursery rhymes that perpetuate the world of make believe, so well described in the book Black Bourgeoisie by E. Franklin Frazier.

    "At four years old, I became aware of the Palestinians. I used to see the news reel at the drive-in theatre with my parents and I vividly remember seeing the Palestinians fleeing across a bridge into Jordan. It was 1948. Since then the people of Palestine have struggled to liberate themselves from Zionist occupation. I am amazed to see the people who suffered the Nazi concentration camps, put the Arabs in  similar camps. They may not put them in the gas chamber, but the Zionist weapons (Made in USA) are just as deadly. Baldwin told us, the murder of my child will not make your child safe."

    Terry asked Marvin to read Claude McKay's classic poem If We Must Die:

    If we can't live as men, at least we can die as men!--Brothers at Attica Prison, USA

    They died as Men!
    If We Must Die, Gaza style
    The murder of my child will not make your child safe!--James Baldwin

    If We Must Die

    If we must die, let it not be like hogs
    Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
    While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
    Making their mock at our accursèd lot.
    If we must die, O let us nobly die,
    So that our precious blood may not be shed
    In vain; then even the monsters we defy
    Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
    O kinsmen! we must meet the common foe!
    Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,
    And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow!
    What though before us lies the open grave?
    Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
    Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!

    Poem: Gaza Concentration CAMP by Marvin X

    GAZA Concentration CAMP

    There are those who say we must restore peace to GAZA
    Peace in the concentration camp
    Peace of genocide
    Peace no protest allowed
    Submit to starvation
    stunted life hell on earth
    No protest
    peace before anything
    Before justice
    Before life even

    Let the people of GAZA sing silent night
    Holy night
    All is peaceful
    All is right
    Under the shadow of death
    Let there be peace
    No justice
    With boots on necks
    Mass murder but peace
    At all costs
    Hamas Rockets to no avail
    Iron Dome is our gift from USA
    Iron Dome is saving our asses
    From land, air, sea you attack
    Mighty Mouse you are
    Iron Dome Mouse
    Look at you
    Wild wild West beast
    No thought of justice
    Just peace
    Peace be still.
    --Marvin X

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Long Live Asian Artistic Freedom Fighter, Fred Ho

    I am so honored to have met Fred Ho shortly before his transition to the ancestors. Even though in failing health, he gave a benefit for Micheal Maroon Shoats, a 40 year political prisoner in the American Gulag, most of his time spent in solitary confinement. But Fred was determined to stay activist to the end, and we all must follow his example. As Paul Robeson taught us, we must decide to be the artistic freedom fighter. I experienced Fred Ho as such. 

    Revolutionary Love, Fred Ho
    --Marvin X

    P.S. Long live the revolutionary spirit of another Asian freedom fighter, Yuri Kochiyama! We love you, Yuri because you loved us!--Marvin X

    Unfortunately, This jazz masterpiece by Fred Ho was basically pulled from public distribution due to the reactionary & unprincipled law suit threats by the Huey P. Newton Foundation over Fred's use of the so-called copyrighted use of Black Panther Party imagery & logos and is currently listed On Amazon For $29.99 used and for as much as $359.63 new.......

    Fortunately, as veteran members of the Black Panther Party who do not acknowledge the HPN Foundation's
    "U.S. government approved copyright claims"; Both the Peoples Survival Program and the Sekou Odinga Defense Committee will have a 
    Very Limited Number Of Rare "New & Unused Copies" Of Fred Ho's "All Power to the People: The Black Panther Suite Jazz DVD" Available For Only $30.00...
    During His Sunday, August 10, 2014 Birthday Tribute @
     ShapeShifter Lab - 18 Whitwell Place -Brooklyn, NY 11215

    $20 admission - 7:00pm

    All of the proceeds from these "1st Come/RSVP" DVD sales will be equally divided amongst the U.S. Political Prisoner freedom campaigns for Black Panther PP/POW's Russell "Maroon" Shoatz, Sekou Odinga and the community based projects of the IFCO/Safiya Bukhari-Albert Nuh Washington Foundation's NYC based "Peoples Survival Program (PSP)"  

    So RSVP Today To Buy Your Exclusive Copy On Fred's August 10th B-DAY Tribute To;

    Fred Ho @ Los Angeles March 18

    Statement by Composer Fred Ho, 1998

    "Founded in the wake of the assassination of Malcolm X, the Black Panther Party came to symbolize the apotheosis of the explosive late-1960s in American society. Everything about the Panthers was provocative: their Mao-ist inspired political slogans, their ubiquitous black berets and leather jackets, their clenched fist Black Power salute, their big Afro-hairstyles, their practice of openly bearing firearms, and their disciplined militancy and revolutionary political vision. The Black Panthers not only fired the imagination of their generation but also shifted the strategy of the African American struggle and all movements for justice and social change in the United States by seeking solutions rooted in a basic redistribution of power.

    A composer/musician and Asian American, I came of age as a teenager in the late-1960s and early-1970s. The energy of this movement and the music of that time set the direction for both my life and my music. I even joined an Asian American counterpart to the Black Panthers (c.f., Legacy to Liberation: Politics and Culture of Revolutionary Asian Pacific America, AK Press). 

    I believe that the same issues of 30 years ago continue today with even more urgency and intensity. That is why I envision ALL POWERTO THE PEOPLE! THE BLACK PANTHER MUSIC/VIDEO AND MARTIAL ARTS BALLET SUITE not as a docu-drama looking back to the late-1960s/early-1970s, but as an occasion to continue the energy, spirit and vision of that period and link it to today. This, I feel, would be the real and sincere way to commemorate and celebrate the Panthers.

    Combining live music performed by the Afro Asian Music Ensemble with electric guitar and African percussion (eight musicians), live interactive digital video mixing and martial arts ballet choreography, the interactivity and dynamism of this one hour performance work creates a revolutionary VISION QUEST. The video component collages newspaper images, posters, flyers, video clips and text in a gigantic scenescape to serve as the only scenic design and narrative element for the music and martial arts ballet.

    The martial arts ballet is based upon Chinese kung fu and wushu, to evoke and pay homage to the inspiration of the Chinese revolution and Mao Zedong upon the Black Panthers".

    Originally envisioned as a ballet, Fred Ho's All Power to the People: The Black Panther Suite is presented on DVD as a multimedia document with Ho's insistent music used as a soundtrack for visuals largely drawn from archival photos.

    The work is an ardent piece of agitprop celebrating to the point of hagiography the militant Black power group. Whether one buys into the message will be determined by how one feels about the Black Panthers to start with.

    Those who view them as a force of the empowerment of oppressed people and militants who linked the struggles of African-Americans with the worldwide socialist struggle will be inspired. Those who view them as ineffective political poseurs more interested in sloganeering than actual action will not be converted. The graphics by Paul Chan evoke old pamphlets and cheaply produced political news sheets. Elsewhere, faces of politicians and other foes swell and shrink in a digital equivalent of drawing a moustache on a picture. And the exclamation mark-pocked titles match that tone.

    The main attraction of the DVD, though, is Ho's suite. The music strikes a suitably militant tone. Anchored by his own baritone saxophone, the ensemble, sounding much larger than eight pieces, barks out the lines. Still, Ho has clearly learned from Ellington by way of Mingus about voicing saxophones. He draws a lush, vibrant sound from the band that is especially evident on "Loving the People Is a Love Supreme!

    The Personal Is Political!" Sam Furnace summons the spirit of the free jazz pioneers of the 1960s as he screams over the ensemble on "All Power to the People!" On "Funeral for the Fallen Martyrs" he juxtaposes these saxophones with stinging electric guitar from Michele Navazio to create an eerie cop show soundtrack. Here and elsewhere the music achieves subtlety without sacrificing power in contrast to the smug doctrinaire tone of the graphics.