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Of course every woman wants to be with a star, to share the limelight, if only

for a hot minute, a moment to remember, or just to set you up,

maybe for the white man, and you go for it like simple Simon

 

 

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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VIP Nigguhs and Rape

By Marvin X

 

Allegations of rape go back to Biblical times, remember Joseph and the vizier's wife? She attempted to rape him, but lied to her husband that Joseph was the villain, which almost cost Joseph his head, it did get him thrown into the dungeon. He was high profile and all men in such a position are a danger to themselves when approached by women who want to be with the "star." Now some men are rapist outright, some of their actions being culturally approved, part of male socialization. As a teenager, we committed gang rape every Sunday at the show, a consistent act along with popcorn, cartoons and the white man killing Indians.

What a horrible act of manhood training that I'm sure didn't help our later sexual relations, especially in my case because I would later rape my wife every night, every day and twice on Sunday. Yes, in my patriarchal way of thinking, I owned my wife's body, mind and soul. I was insatiable and she had a duty to satisfy me no matter how she felt, tired, sick or otherwise. Don't tell me to go to sleep or wait until tomorrow--fuck tomorrow, give up the funk or get yo ass kicked b.

Sounds like something from the Flintstones and of course it is. At least that's how it was, and although I have matured and reformed, seems that many of my brothers haven't heard the news that cave men can do time for taking pussy. Somehow, the message must go out that we can't get away with such actions any longer, especially after OJ, Mike Tyson, R Kelly and numerous other rappers, entertainers and athletes. Brothers, what part don't you get, what dots can't you connect? And how important is pussy to you, is it really worth your entire career, your very freedom for a hot moment of passion in the dressing room, in the bathroom or bedroom because a two dollar ho wants to be in your presence?

Of course every woman wants to be with a star, to share the limelight, if only for a hot minute, a moment to remember, or just to set you up, maybe for the white man, and you go for it like simple Simon. We can't blame the woman for knocking our hotel door down, but Dr. Hare says, "If you don't want the harlot, don't open the door." Game supposed to recognize game, but obviously some nigguhs can't see the devil in the blue dress: you open the door and next thing you know your're facing twenty-five years to life. How could you've been that stupid--simple, ego tripping, thinking you're the hog with the big nuts, you can have all the girls. I've gone through it in theatre: the unwritten law in theatre is that the director gets the first shot at the new recruit, wannabe actress or actor. And there were times when I had so many women, other women refused to give me pussy, they said, "No, Marvin, you got too much pussy already, leave me alone."

And on tour, women will beat you to your hotel room. You can't get into your room for the women lined up at your door. What is a man to do? Life on the road is lonely. What do you do after the applause. You want to freak! Well, better have some discretion because a moment of freaking may cost you big money and big time, plus may cost your health, ask Magic Johnson, Ezey E.

Where are your bodyguards, your security? Get them on their job or you won't have a job.
You won't have a life. No, you will not be a member of the sucker free club!

Black Reconstruction is a weekly mental health group session, facilitated by Dr. Nathan Hare, clinical psychologist and founder of black studies in America. The session is co-facilitated by Suzzette Celese, MSW. Black Reconstruction is hosted by Recovery Theatre, 133 Golden Gate Avenue, between Leavenworth and Jones, San Francisco. The group meets on Wednesdays, 6-7:30PM and his free. Call 510-798-9155 for more information.

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Africa Makes Some Noise—Documentary on contemporary music from Africa

Books by Marvin X

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

Beyond Religion Toward Spirituality / Eldridge Cleaver: My Friend the Devil

Marvin X on YouTube   Marvin X Table  

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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
#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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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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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michele Alexander

Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama's political success and Oprah Winfrey's financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today... than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don't know the truth about mass incarceration—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.—Publishers Weekly

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Salvage the Bones

A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

On one level, Salvage the Bones is a simple story about a poor black family that’s about to be trashed by one of the most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. The force that pushes back against Katrina’s inexorable winds is the voice of Ward’s narrator, a 14-year-old girl named Esch, the only daughter among four siblings. Precocious, passionate and sensitive, she speaks almost entirely in phrases soaked in her family’s raw land. Everything here is gritty, loamy and alive, as though the very soil were animated. Her brother’s “blood smells like wet hot earth after summer rain. . . . His scalp looks like fresh turned dirt.” Her father’s hands “are like gravel,” while her own hand “slides through his grip like a wet fish,” and a handsome boy’s “muscles jabbered like chickens.” Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isn’t usually just metaphor for metaphor’s sake. She conveys something fundamental about Esch’s fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, what’s salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.—WashingtonPost

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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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