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The kidnapped and raped Africans endured eternal servitude but

at least they became 3/5ths of a man under the glorious Constitution

of the founding fathers, fathers of many slave children! After emancipation

the Africans could again be enslaved legally if put in prison, so the

ruling illegal immigrants created a new industry with African prison labor.

Parable of the Immigrant

 
   

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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The African American Museum Library

14th and Martin Luther King, Jr., Oakland
presents

A Benefit for Black Bird Press
celebrating the release of

Marvin X's

 

The Wisdom of Plato Negro
Parables and Fables

 

 Saturday, May 15, 2pm

 

The Linda Johnson Dancers

will perform

Parable of the Woman in the Box

Alona Clifton will read

Parable of the Woman in the Box

Alona Clifton has 35 years of activism and engagement in political, social and economic grassroots efforts. Her activism centers on providing better access, opportunity, and equity to African Americans in particular and to the greater community as a whole. Her desire to be involved and to be an active participant in social justice was shaped in the movements of the 1960’s during her teenage years.

Paradise

 is a Bay Area living legend in poetry.

His selection is

Parable of the Penguin.

August Collins will open show.

 

Musical interlude

 

He was recently inducted in the Blues Hall of Fame and signed with Sony.

 

Wanda Sabir

 San Francisco Bay View Newspaper writer, professor, will read

Parable of the Heart.

 

photo by Kamau Amen Ra

Dr. J. Vern Cromartie

is chair of the Sociology Department at Contra Costa College.

He is a Marvin X scholar and student.

Parable of the Hustler

will be his contribution

 

Geoffrey Grier

of San Francisco Recovery Theatre will read

Parable of the Poor Righteous Teacher

Eugene Allen and Ptah Allah El will perform also. 

 photo by Kamau Amen Ra

Mr. James W. Sweeney

will read

Parable of the Preacher's Wife

Mr. Sweeney is a long-time associate and adviser to Marvin X.

Mechelle LaChaux

 actress, singer, will perform

Parable of the Cell Phone

along with Baron Cope.

James Moore, Jr.

produces the Annual Kwanza Show in Oakland, among other productions.

He will read

Parable of the Good Children

The Black Dialogue Brothers better be there!

Aubrey LaBrie, MX, Abdul Sabry

Al Young, Arthur Sheridan, Duke Williams

 

Rasheeda Sabreen

will perform material from upcoming CD

The Language of Love

her original songs with poetry read by Marvin X

Rasheedah Sabreen has been singing as long as she has been talking. She received her first acoustic guitar at the age of fifteen. Rasheedah's creative expression includes singing, acoustic and electric guitar, dancing,visual art, and short story writing.

 Ramal Lamar

 will read

Parable of the Parrot

He is a math teacher and will obtain his M.A. in Logic from Cal State U. East bay in May. He is an associate of Academy of Da Corner.

photo by Kamau Amen Ra

 

 

Charlie Walker

author, businessman, activist

will read

 The Parable of What Right?

photo by Kamau Amen Ra

 

Reginald James

 will read the

Parable of Black Man and Block Man

Reginald James is an independent journalist. He hosts the internet radio show, The Black Hour.

 

Hunia Bradley

 is an educator/activist/actress.

She will read

Parable of the Woman at the Well

 

Ayodele Nzingha

 is a co-founder of Recovery Theatre and established her own theatre in West Oakland, the Lower Bottom Playazs. Poet, playwright, director, actor, she is one of Marvin X's brightest students.

Ayo will read

The Parable of the Real Woman

photo by Kamau Amen Ra

Malcolm Shabazz Hoover

Parable of the A Students

is his selection

 

 

Author Timothy Reed

will perform

Parable of the Pit Bull

photo by Kamau Amen Ra.

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Parable of A Real Woman

By Marvin X

There was a man who had many women in his life. They had come and gone, with himself at fault most of the time. But he wouldn't give up, he continued his self improvement and search for that special woman.

He talked with elder women about what he should do. One told him he'd never had a real woman! If so, she would still be with him, no matter what, through thick and thin, up times and down times. Well, he asked, how would he know when such a woman was in his presence. First, clean up your own act, she said. Scoop your own poop.

Rid yourself of defects of character. Make amendments to all those you have harmed in life. It takes humility to do this.Still, how will I know the real woman? The older woman answered, you will know because when she comes over your house and sees something amiss, she will take authority to correct the situation. If your house is dirty, she will immediately ask if she can clean it as a favor to you, as an act of love.

She will not want any money for her services. And she will clean your house as it has never been cleaned before because she knows what she is doing. Yes, she is a pro, not only with house cleaning but with every thing she does, including her love making. She will make sure you are satisfied and herself as well.She will demand respect and will respect you.

She will demand freedom and give you freedom. She will speak in the language of love so smooth that it will be like a razor cutting to the heart. You will be bleeding to death but not know you are cut.You will do what she suggests and do it willingly because it will not be a demand but a request said so subtle you won't recognize it for what it actually is: a demand.

And you will love doing what she requests.When you need space and time to yourself you won't need to explain, she will pick up the vibe.And you will do the same for her.She will not be jealous and envious of your talent and skills or how handsome you are to other women.

She knows she has you in her pocket because she is confident of herself, and not worried about some other woman taking her man.If you are taken by another woman, it must be the will of God that you go. She knows God will replace her emptiness with someone even better than you. But she will give you time to get a grip on yourself and find your way back home.

Just don't take too long and when you come home don't be asking about what she was doing while you were gone. A real woman will put her resources at your disposal if you are worthy of them, as the prophet Muhammad was treated by the wealthy trade woman Khadijah. There is no selfishness in love. All is for the beloved, but a wise woman ain't no fool. As the song says, the greatest thing you will ever do is love and be loved in return.The man thanked the elder woman for her wisdom and departed on his search.

11 March 2010

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Allah, Liberty, and Love

The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom

By Irshad Manji

In Allah, Liberty and Love, Irshad Manji paves a path for Muslims and non-Muslims to transcend the fears that stop so many of us from living with honest-to-God integrity: the fear of offending others in a multicultural world as well as the fear of questioning our own communities. Since publishing her international bestseller, The Trouble with Islam Today, Manji has moved from anger to aspiration. She shows how any of us can reconcile faith with freedom and thus discover the Allah of liberty and love—the universal God that loves us enough to give us choices and the capacity to make them. Among the most visible Muslim reformers of our era, Manji draws on her experience in the trenches to share stories that are deeply poignant, frequently funny and always revealing about these morally confused times.

What prevents young Muslims, even in the West, from expressing their need for religious reinterpretation? What scares non-Muslims about openly supporting liberal voices within Islam? How did we get into the mess of tolerating intolerable customs, such as honor killings, and how do we change that noxious status quo?

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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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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label 'trafficked' does not accurately describe migrants' lives and that the 'rescue industry' serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice.

"Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality."Lisa Adkins, University of London

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The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry

By Rita Dove

Selecting poets and poems to represent a century of poetry, especially the riotous twentieth century in America, is a massive undertaking fraught with peril and complication. Poet Rita Dove-a Pulitzer Prize- winning former U.S. poet laureate, professor, and presidential scholar- embarked on what became a consuming four-year odyssey. She reports on obstacles and discoveries in an exacting and forthright introduction, featuring striking quotes, vivid profiles, and a panoramic view of the evolution of poetic visions and styles that helped bring about social as well as artistic change [...] Dove's incisive perception of the role of poetry in cultural and social awakenings infuses this zestful and rigorous gathering of poems both necessary and unexpected by 180 American poets. This landmark anthology will instantly enhance and invigorate every poetry shelf or section.—Booklist

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Sonata Mulattica: Poems

By Rita Dove

This 12th collection from the former U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize recipient is her third book-length narrative poem: it follows the real career of the violin prodigy George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower (1780–1860), a former pupil of Haydn, as well as the grandson/ of an African prince, or so his promoters and teachers in England said. Moving to Vienna during the Napoleonic Wars, the violinist met and befriended the famously moody Beethoven, who was prepared to dedicate his famously difficult Kreutzer Sonata to Bridgetower until a rivalry for the same woman drove them apart. Dove tells Bridgetower's story, and some of Beethoven's and Haydn's, in a heterogenous profusion of short poems, some almost prosy, some glittering in their technique. In quatrains, a double villanelle, what looks like found text, short lines splayed all over a page and attractive description, Dove renders Bridgetower's frustrated genius: Music played for the soul is sheer pleasure;/ to play merely for pleasure is nothing/ but work. Dove does not always achieve such subtleties—those who loved her early work may think this book too long: few, though, will doubt the seriousness of her effort, her interest at once in the history of classical music and the changing meanings of race.—Publishers Weekly

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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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posted 6 May 2010 

 

 

 

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