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The play forces the addict to see himself, especially in relation to his children, woman, family and peers. It forces him to view his psychosexuatlity as a drug addict

 

 

Books by Marvin X

Love and War: Poems  / In the Crazy House Called America / Woman: Man's Best Friend Beyond Religion Toward Spirituality

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Marvin X Show Coming Home 

to San Francisco's Tenderloin

 

After a smash performance on San Francisco's Potrero Hill (where O. J.  Simpson grew up), Marvin X's Recovery Theatre will perform his recovery classic ONE DAY IN THE LIFE in San Francisco's multiracial ghetto The Tenderloin, a poverty stricken, dope addicted area next to downtown. This area was actually the location for the play, written while Marvin was in the recovery program at Glide Church that feeds over 2000 poor, homeless and addicted persons daily under the leadership of Rev. Cecil Williams, immortalized in the play. 

Recovery Theatre will perform for the St. Anthony Foundation that also feeds thousands of the Tenderloin's homeless daily. Performance nights are Friday, Saturday, April 4,5, 11,12, 7 PM. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. The cast includes Salat Townsend as Marvin X, Ayodele Nzinga as Crack Ho, Natasha as Karima, Geoffrey Grier as Dr. Huey P. Newton and Rev. Otis Lloyd as Rev. Cecil Williams. Music by Destiny and Tacuma King. Choreography by Suzzette Celeste and Raynetta Rayzetta. This event is made possible by support from the San Francisco Art Commission and the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Treatment on Demand Council. 

For more information, call Geoffrey Grier at 415-241-6506. Immediately following this performance, the company will begin filming on location ONE DAY IN THE LIFE for a feature movie, directed by Dennis Leroy Moore whose masterful film AS AN ACT OF PROTEST was called the best black film of last year.

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About the Play  

ONE DAY IN THE LIFE is our current production. It is Marvin X's autobiographical descent into the hell of drug abuse and the joy of recovery, including his last encounter with his friend, Huey P. Newton, in an Oakland crack house. After each performance there is a discussion with members of the audience -- primarily persons and groups in recovery. ONE DAY has been repeatedly described by audience members as a Reality Check.  

The play forces the addict to see himself, especially in relation to his children, woman, family and peers.It forces him to view his psychosexuatlity as a drug addict Through this process he becomes even more determined to recover his sanity and human dignity.

ONE DAY also shows family members the addiction ritual so they will better understand the nature and process of addiction. After performances many family members have testified to their ignorance of what the addict suffers in his daily round.

ONE DAY IN THE LIFE has relevance to addicts in general, no matter the drug of choice because the ritual is very similar in all cases and all ethnic groups, i.e., a dope fiend is a dope fiend: they all lie, cheat, steal, suffer psychosis, are homicidal and suicidal, they emotionally and often physically abuse their families and friends.

Finally, we want the general community to gain knowledge of the drug addiction and recovery process, so it will better understand that addicts are sick persons rather than criminals who need imprisonment.

For more information on Recovery Theatre: www.marvinx.com 

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AALBC.com's 25 Best Selling Books


 

Fiction

#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 Eroticanoir.com 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

Non-fiction

#1 - Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable
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#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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The Warmth of Other Suns

The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

By Isabel Wilkerson

Ida Mae Brandon Gladney, a sharecropper's wife, left Mississippi for Milwaukee in 1937, after her cousin was falsely accused of stealing a white man's turkeys and was almost beaten to death. In 1945, George Swanson Starling, a citrus picker, fled Florida for Harlem after learning of the grove owners' plans to give him a "necktie party" (a lynching). Robert Joseph Pershing Foster made his trek from Louisiana to California in 1953, embittered by "the absurdity that he was doing surgery for the United States Army and couldn't operate in his own home town." Anchored to these three stories is Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Wilkerson's magnificent, extensively researched study of the "great migration," the exodus of six million black Southerners out of the terror of Jim Crow to an "uncertain existence" in the North and Midwest.

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Panther Baby

A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention

By Jamal Joseph

In the 1960s he exhorted students at Columbia University to burn their college to the ground. Today he’s chair of their School of the Arts film division. Jamal Joseph’s personal odyssey—from the streets of Harlem to Riker’s Island and Leavenworth to the halls of Columbia—is as gripping as it is inspiring. Eddie Joseph was a high school honor student, slated to graduate early and begin college. But this was the late 1960s in Bronx’s black ghetto, and fifteen-year-old Eddie was introduced to the tenets of the Black Panther Party, which was just gaining a national foothold. By sixteen, his devotion to the cause landed him in prison on the infamous Rikers Island—charged with conspiracy as one of the Panther 21 in one of the most emblematic criminal cases of the sixties. When exonerated, Eddie—now called Jamal—became the youngest spokesperson and leader of the Panthers’ New York chapter.

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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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