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Brown created the atmosphere so Chauncey Bailey,

editor of the Oakland Post Newspaper, could be

murdered downtown Oakland in broad daylight.

As he departed the mayor's office for Sacramento,

his email records were deleted, financial as well.



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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Parable of the Return of Gov Moonbeam

Marvin X


California is already well known as La la land, Wild Wild West, last frontier, end of the white man's world, after all, once on the west coast Asia awaits us, the non-white world. So Cali is indeed the last frontier, and strange things do indeed happen here, e.g., actors become governors, prisons are the universities of the poor, and now the prospect of a straight nut as governor awaits us. Jerry Brown, now Attorney General of California, has shed any semblance of liberal and some time ago, after becoming mayor of Oakland, embraced the right wing agenda of the police state. And now with himself as the chief law enforcer, wants to advance to the governorship, or more properly return to the governorship, or shall we say mothership!

While mayor of Oakland, he perfected his right wing agenda. He tricked liberals and radicals and won the mayor's race, then swiftly discarded the left wing persona for the devil's mask. The police occupation of Oakland increased, along with drug selling and homicides, throw in gentrification or ethnic cleansing. He told whites if they bought property in the old black neighborhood of West Oakland, they would be closer to San Francisco than San Francisco, since the last BART stop is West Oakland and within less than ten minutes one is in San Francisco's financial district.

Brown created the atmosphere so Chauncey Bailey, editor of the Oakland Post Newspaper, could be murdered downtown Oakland in broad daylight. As he departed the mayor's office for Sacramento, his email records were deleted, financial as well. One of his scams was the Fox Theatre and his school of the "white" arts.

To add insult to injury to the citizens of Oakland, Mayor Ron Dellums called upon Attorney General Jerry Brown to investigate the investigation of the assassination of Chauncey Bailey, when Jerry Brown himself should be investigated for his role in setting the atmosphere for the murder of Chauncey, just as Farrakhan admitted he fanned the flames for the murder of Malcolm X.

Jerry Brown allegedly said, "I'm going to get that nigger from snooping around City Hall and the police department." Chauncey was then a reporter for the Oakland Tribune, but was fired for a most trivial reason, but no doubt with the blessing of then Mayor Brown.

But in fact, the last story Chauncey worked on was corruption at City Hall and the Oakland Police Department's role in shaking down drug dealers, planting false evidence, money laundering and homicide under the color of law.

Actually, the entire political establishment is connected to the assassination of Chauncey, Brown, Don Perata, the now declared candidate for next mayor, and others. The OPD gave the alleged assassins a license to cause total mayhem in the community. Alas, an OPD officer was the chief advisor and mentor of the Black Muslim Bakery brothers, who are now fall guys for the OPD in the murder of Chauncey. This same officer was put in charge of the crime scene and headed the raid on the Bakery in less the 24 hours after his murder. He claimed the case solved when he got a confession (since recanted) and the murder weapon. No other homicide in Oakland was "solved" so quickly. The officer was briefly taken off duty but returned just before the old chief of police retired so he wouldn't incriminate the chief. You know the drill, "I'll give you your job back if you don't rat on me."

Jerry Brown's hands are as bloody as the OPD in this matter. A woman at Burger King last night said Jerry Brown should be put under the jail for what he did as mayor of Oakland. And sadly, for Mayor Ron Dellums to ask JB to investigate the investigation of CB, when JB should himself be investigated, is the height of the ridiculous and approaches the theatre of the Absurd and theatre of the Deranged.

And now Governor Moonbeam wants to return to the governor's mansion, but this time as right wing Democrat. And the supreme tragedy is that he faces little opposition, even after pushing for the indictment of the San Francisco Eight for forty year old crimes, which most of them successfully defended themselves in spite of Moonbeam's indictment. By the way, we've heard nothing of the Attorney General's investigation of the CB assassination.

Since he faces no opposition from his party, we suspect his views are in harmony with the electorate, now brain dead from the economic meltdown.

Well, good-bye Terminator with your Crack-neck wife, and enter the Dragon, Dr. Moonbeam. Surely the Great Quake is soon to come. Watch the animals, when they head for the hills, let us join them and head for the hills before the tsunami consumes us and we drown.

6 February 2010

Source: BlackBirdPressNews

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Marvin X has given permission to Harvard University to publish his poem "For El Haji Rasul Taifa" from Love and War: Poems by Marvin X (1995). The poem will appear in The Encyclopedia of Islam in America Volume II, Greenwood Press, edited by Dr. Jocelyne Cesari of Harvard's Islam in the West Program. Mr. X is co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Muslim American Literature, University of Arkansas Press, edited by Dr. Mojah Khaf. He is also in the forthcoming Muslim American Drama, Temple University.

The Works of Marvin X    Other Works By Marvin X    

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Books  available from

 Black Bird Press, POB1317, Paradise CA 95967 or

De Lauer’s News, 1310 Broadway at 14th, Oakland

To book Dr. M for speaking and readings, call 510-355-6339 /

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Mythology of Pussy and Dick

(Toward Healthy Psychosocial Sexuality)

By Marvin X

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How to order

BLACK BIRD PRESS, 11132 NELSON BAR ROAD / CHEROKEE CA 95965 / 510-472-9589,  mrvnx@YAHOO.COM


Books  Available:

In the Crazy House Called America, essays, 2002, $19.95.

Land of My Daughters, poems, 2005, $19.95.

Wish I Could Tell You the Truth, essays, 2005, $19.95.

Audio/Videos Now Available:

Wish I, reading/interview with Marvin X by Pam Pam of KPOO Radio, SF., 2CD, 2005, $19.95.

Marvin X Live in the Fillmore, Rass’ellas Jazz Club, San Francisco, DVD, a reading, filmed by Ken Johnson, produced by Nisa Islam, 2005, $19.95.

Get Yo Mind Right, documentary of Marvin X’s Barber Shop Talks, 2005, a PamPam/Marvin X production, DVD, $19.95.

Love and War, poems by Marvin X, CD, 2000, $19.95.

Live in Philly at Warm Daddies, DVD, Marvin X accompanied by Elliot Bey, keyboards, Rufas Harley, bagpipes, Danny Thompson, flute, Marshall Allen, alto sax, Ancestor Goldsky, djembe, Alexander El, drums, 2002, $19.95.

Marvin X Live at the Berkeley Black Repertory Theatre, accompanied by Destiny, harpist, Tarika Lewis, violinist, Tacuma, percussion, Kele Nitoto, percussion, Raynetta Rayzetta, dancer/choreographer, DVD, $19.95.

How To Order:

Send check/money order to Black Bird Press, 11132 Nelson Bar Road, Cherokee CA 95965. Add $5.00 for priority mailing and handling.  All mail orders get 50% discount. For booking call 510-472-9589.

Black Bird Press is an imprint of the Marian M. Jackmon Foundation.

The Mission of the Marian M. Jackmon Foundation is to preserve and disseminate the writings of Marvin X. Also, to establish grants and scholarships for men and women entrepreneurs of spiritual consciousness. Feel free to make a generous donation to the Marian M. Jackmon Foundation. Your donation can be tax deductible.


Marian M. Jackmon Foundation, P.O. Box 1317, Paradise CA 95967. Call 510-472-9589 /

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Eldridge Cleaver: My Friend the Devil

A Memoir of My Association With Eldridge Cleaver

The Wisdom of Plato Negro Parables and Fables

By Marvin X

Other Books by Marvin X

Love and War: Poems  / In the Crazy House Called America

 Woman: Man's Best Friend Beyond Religion Toward Spirituality

Marvin X on YouTube   Marvin X Table  

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Finding Aid to the Marvin X Papers, 1965-2006, bulk 1993-2006

The Marvin X Papers document the life and work of playwright, poet, essayist, and activist Marvin X during the nineties and the first decade of the 21st Century. The papers include correspondence; Marvin X's writings; materials related to the Recovery Theatre; works by his children and colleagues; and resource files. Correspondence includes letters, cards, and e-mails; correspondents include Amiri Baraka and other prominent African-American intellectuals. Marvin X's writings include notebooks, drafts, and manuscripts of poetry, novels, plays, essays, and planned anthologies. Documents from the Recovery Theatre include organizational and financial records and promotional material. Writings by others include essays, scripts, and academic papers by his three daughters. Resource files include academic articles, e-mails, flyers, news clippings and programs that contextualize and document Marvin X's involvement as an activist, intellectual, and literary figure in the African American community in the Bay Area in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Photographs include snapshots of family, friends, colleagues, and productions at the Recovery Theatre. Online Archive of California

posted 12 October 2010 

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The Persistence of the Color Line

Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency

By Randall Kennedy

Among the best things about The Persistence of the Color Line is watching Mr. Kennedy hash through the positions about Mr. Obama staked out by black commentators on the left and right, from Stanley Crouch and Cornel West to Juan Williams and Tavis Smiley. He can be pointed. Noting the way Mr. Smiley consistently “voiced skepticism regarding whether blacks should back Obama” . . .

The finest chapter in The Persistence of the Color Line is so resonant, and so personal, it could nearly be the basis for a book of its own. That chapter is titled “Reverend Wright and My Father: Reflections on Blacks and Patriotism.”  Recalling some of the criticisms of America’s past made by Mr. Obama’s former pastor, Mr. Kennedy writes with feeling about his own father, who put each of his three of his children through Princeton but who “never forgave American society for its racist mistreatment of him and those whom he most loved.”  His father distrusted the police, who had frequently called him “boy,” and rejected patriotism. Mr. Kennedy’s father “relished Muhammad Ali’s quip that the Vietcong had never called him ‘nigger.’ ” The author places his father, and Mr. Wright, in sympathetic historical light.

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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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