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I do admit there are sisters of integrity still around, but I look at them with a jaundiced eye

 because I saw how quickly sisters of integrity sank to the depths of lechery after that first

hit and I understand the same is now occurring with the drugs Ecstasy and Speed.

 

 

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

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Negro Psychosexuality in the Post Crack Society

By Marvin X

 

The idea of the negro in the window actually happened during the height of the Crack era, during this time the negro and negress stood on the auction block of the crack house trading sexual favors for drugs. The most beautiful men and women stood butt naked before the dope man or woman. Husbands not only traded their wives but ultimately themselves. After offering his wife, one of my friends whispered that I could have him too. I was so shocked I pretended not to hear.

Before long the naked, raw display and behavior of the Crack auction became the new sexuality, AIDS included. Several of my friends died of drug/sex related AIDS. The nude display in the Crack House soon became the new norm in ghetto sexuality. Whoring reached new limits. 

Actually, the Crack Ho put the prostitute out of business in the hood. How can a nigguh pimp a two dollar Crack Ho? Those men familiar with the crack ritual no longer bothered dating square women. The Crack Ho made the "chase" unnecessary. She was more accessible and reasonable than the square woman and the prostitute. No conversation was necessary, just drop the rock on the table and it was on. She performed all manner of tricks, surpassing any monkey in the zoo. 

And now her sexual manners have infected hip hop culture. The video ho's reflect the Crack Ho's unabashed shamelessness and debauchery. Actually, the video ho is a Miller lite version of the Crack Ho. The video ho's origin is the Crack House because it was there that the negress performed for basically nothing, a crumb of crack. The video ho's also perform for nothing, for a chance to be seen. My daughter closed down her New York casting company because she became tired and disgusted sending her sisters out to be video ho's.

It is almost laughable to hear women speak of themselves as "Sisters of Integrity," in light of all I have seen and participated in during my sojourn as a Crack Head. But I do admit there are sisters of integrity still around, but I look at them with a jaundiced eye because I saw how quickly sisters of integrity sank to the depths of lechery after that first hit and I understand the same is now occurring with the drugs Ecstasy and Speed.

Where do we go from here? Hopefully towards a revolution in morals and manners. As Sun Ra taught me, life is really about discipline rather than freedom. If we think we can get away with any and everything, we will do it. Elders like myself who think we can get out of our responsibility toward children and youth will be forced to contradict ourselves and reach out to the generation without fathers or mothers, to the children who've had to raise themselves because of the pervasive drug culture and socioeconomics, including the criminal justice system. 

We must return to the old days of every child is my child, my responsibility to mentor, guide and direct. We cannot abuse them sexually or otherwise, if we do, they shall curse us and continue the pattern of disrespect so apparent in the dope culture where they call us punk bitch men and women for being gullible old fools rather than the wise men and women our children need so badly as they search for light in a dark world. Happy Father's Day, Brothers!

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Catch the Last Poets and Marvin X at the July 4 Freedom Concert at Recovery Theatre, 133 Golden Gate, between Leavenworth and Jones, San Francisco. Make reservations, seating is limited. Call 510-7989155. Advance, $15.00, at the door $20.00.  

posted 31 July 2008

 

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The Last Holiday: A Memoir

By Gil Scott Heron

Shortly after we republished The Vulture and The Nigger Factory, Gil started to tell me about The Last Holiday, an account he was writing of a multi-city tour that he ended up doing with Stevie Wonder in late 1980 and early 1981. Originally Bob Marley was meant to be playing the tour that Stevie Wonder had conceived as a way of trying to force legislation to make Martin Luther King's birthday a national holiday. At the time, Marley was dying of cancer, so Gil was asked to do the first six dates. He ended up doing all 41. And Dr King's birthday ended up becoming a national holiday ("The Last Holiday because America can't afford to have another national holiday"), but Gil always felt that Stevie never got the recognition he deserved and that his story needed to be told. The first chapters of this book were given to me in New York when Gil was living in the Chelsea Hotel. Among the pages was a chapter called Deadline that recounts the night they played Oakland, California, 8 December; it was also the night that John Lennon was murdered. Gil uses Lennon's violent end as a brilliant parallel to Dr King's assassination and as a biting commentary on the constraints that sometimes lead to newspapers getting things wrong. —Jamie Byng, Guardian / Gil_reads_"Deadline" (audio)  / Gil Scott-Heron & His Music  Gil Scott Heron Blue Collar  Remember Gil Scott- Heron

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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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Weep Not, Child

By Ngugi wa Thiong'o

This is a powerful, moving story that details the effects of the infamous Mau Mau war, the African nationalist revolt against colonial oppression in Kenya, on the lives of ordinary men and women, and on one family in particular. Two brothers, Njoroge and Kamau, stand on a rubbish heap and look into their futures. Njoroge is excited; his family has decided that he will attend school, while Kamau will train to be a carpenter. Together they will serve their countrythe teacher and the craftsman. But this is Kenya and the times are against them. In the forests, the Mau Mau is waging war against the white government, and the two brothers and their family need to decide where their loyalties lie. For the practical Kamau the choice is simple, but for Njoroge the scholar, the dream of progress through learning is a hard one to give up.—Penguin 

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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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