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 This latest piece from Marvin X offers a peek into his soul and his psyche. He lets

the reader know he is hip to the rabid oppression the West heaps upon

people of color especially North American Africans


In the Crazy House Called America

Essays By Marvin X

"He walked through the muck and mire of hell

and came out clean as white fish and black as coal"



Reviews  Healing Peek Review   Other Crazy Reviews  Marvin X Unplugged -- An Interview 


Part One: A Beautiful Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Lose

3 Manic Oppression and the Suicide of My Son 
7 A Beautiful Mind
11 In the Crazy House of the Negro
17 Are Christians Crazy?
22 The Psycholinguistic Crisis of the North American Africans
30 Insanity of Sex
33 Artists as Crack Heads
34 Drama as Therapeutic Education
Part Two: Ranting in the Wilderness
41 Blacks Losing Clout in San Francisco
42 63% of Black 4th Graders Can't Read
43 Free Speech
44 Davey D -- Revolutionary Rain
47 Julian Richardson
49 Dr. Khalid Muhammad
50 Light in A Cell -- Imam Jamil Al Amin (H. Rap Brown)
52 Happy Birthday, Amiri Baraka, toward a United Front
55 Farrakhan
59 Malcolm X
61 Malcolm and Betty
63 Notes on the Pan African Revolution
64 Afro-Mexico
64 What Happened to My Black Family
68 The Maid, The Ho', The Cook
71 John Eleven
72 Dear Son
73 On Addiction and Children
Part Three: Butt Naked at Venice Beach: Reviews
79 Beyond Words
83 Love Song for Angie Stone
85 Training Day
87 A Huey Newton Story
90 Hip Hop, The New World Order
92 Ali
101 Baby Boy
106 Babylon Brooklyn
108 Traffic
113 The Green Mile
115 Eastside
117 Bilalian
121 Lumumba
125 Fidel
128 As an Act of Protest
131 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom or Back That Ass Up
Part Four: 9/11
137 Powell as Dove
138 Who Is the World's Greatest Terrorist?
141 Held at Gunpoint
143 Beyond Bin Laden
145 Wanted: One Hundred Black Murderers
146 Elijah as Mythologist
149 Africa and the Islamic Revolution
151 I Support the PLO but Not in the Ghetto
152 Lawrence of Arabia
154 My Son the Fanatic
157 Religion and Revolution
161 Voodoo Is a Democratic Society
Part Five: Final Ranting
165 Neo-Colonial Negro Intellectuals
167 J. California Cooper
168 Dr. Cornel West at U.C. Berkeley
169 Two Black Birds in the White House
170 Black Panther Elaine Brown
172 Back in the Day, That Poetry Reading
173 Breakfast with Poetess Sonia Sanchez
177 Recovery Ranch: A Dream Deferred
180 Let There be Peace in the Hood
181 Abstract for a Young Men's Workshop
183 Abstract for a Council of Elders
186 AIDS and the Death of Friends
190 The Brother
192 Anger Management during the Holidays and Every Day
195 Hunger in America
197 Hey, Got a Cigarette?
198 Call for a General Strike
200 Parable of Black Man and Block Man
  Other Works By Marvin X  

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For July 1st through August 31st 2011


#1 - Justify My Thug by Wahida Clark
#2 - Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree
#3 - Head Bangers: An APF Sexcapade by Zane
#4 - Life Is Short But Wide by J. California Cooper
#5 - Stackin' Paper 2 Genesis' Payback by Joy King
#6 - Thug Lovin' (Thug 4) by Wahida Clark
#7 - When I Get Where I'm Going by Cheryl Robinson
#8 - Casting the First Stone by Kimberla Lawson Roby
#9 - The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth by Zane

#10 - Covenant: A Thriller  by Brandon Massey

#11 - Diary Of A Street Diva  by Ashley and JaQuavis

#12 - Don't Ever Tell  by Brandon Massey

#13 - For colored girls who have considered suicide  by Ntozake Shange

#14 - For the Love of Money : A Novel by Omar Tyree

#15 - Homemade Loves  by J. California Cooper

#16 - The Future Has a Past: Stories by J. California Cooper

#17 - Player Haters by Carl Weber

#18 - Purple Panties: An Anthology by Sidney Molare

#19 - Stackin' Paper by Joy King

#20 - Children of the Street: An Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery by Kwei Quartey

#21 - The Upper Room by Mary Monroe

#22 – Thug Matrimony  by Wahida Clark

#23 - Thugs And The Women Who Love Them by Wahida Clark

#24 - Married Men by Carl Weber

#25 - I Dreamt I Was in Heaven - The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang by Leonce Gaiter


#1 - Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable
#2 - Confessions of a Video Vixen by Karrine Steffans
#3 - Dear G-Spot: Straight Talk About Sex and Love by Zane
#4 - Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny by Hill Harper
#5 - Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You're Going Through by Iyanla Vanzant
#6 - Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey by Marcus Garvey
#7 - The Ebony Cookbook: A Date with a Dish by Freda DeKnight
#8 - The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing
#9 - The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson

#10 - John Henrik Clarke and the Power of Africana History  by Ahati N. N. Toure

#11 - Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure by Tavis Smiley

#12 -The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

#13 - The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life by Kevin Powell

#14 - The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

#15 - Why Men Fear Marriage: The Surprising Truth Behind Why So Many Men Can't Commit  by RM Johnson

#16 - Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire by Carol Jenkins

#17 - Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell

#18 - A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

#19 - John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activism by Keith Gilyard

#20 - Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher by Leonard Harris

#21 - Age Ain't Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife by Carleen Brice

#22 - 2012 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino
#23 - Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul by Tom Lagana
#24 - 101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know by LaMarr Darnell Shields

#25 - Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class  by Lisa B. Thompson

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Blacks in Hispanic Literature: Critical Essays

Edited by Miriam DeCosta-Willis 

Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars and creative writers from Africa and the Americas. Called one of two significant critical works on Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late 1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of Carter G. Woodson and Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an historical context for understanding 20th-century creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone writers, such as Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist, and scholar Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the significance of Negritude in Latin America. This collaborative text set the tone for later conferences in which writers and scholars worked together to promote, disseminate, and critique the literature of Spanish-speaking people of African descent. . . . Cited by a literary critic in 2004 as "the seminal study in the field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which most scholars in the field 'cut their teeth'."

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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The Death of Emmett Till by Bob Dylan  The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll  Only a Pawn in Their Game

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Thanks America for Slavery / George Jackson  / Hurricane Carter

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The Journal of Negro History issues at Project Gutenberg

The Haitian Declaration of Independence 1804  / January 1, 1804 -- The Founding of Haiti 

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update 9 November 2011




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