We are in urgent need of funds to complete this video documentary The Wild Crazy Ride of the Marvin X Experience, based on my life and work in the Black Arts and Black Liberation Movement coast to coast. This project will comprise between 10 and 20 hours of video and audio footage from my archives, broken down into mostly 2 hour segments. We are including the draft of Parts One and Two of this project that covers more than a half century of work in the Black Arts/Liberation Movement coast to coast. West Coast people make me solely West Coast, but East Coast people have said they heard more about me in Philly than in Oakland, my home turf. For sure, I love both coasts and the people therein. I'm at home in DC, Philly, Newark, Harlem and Brooklyn.
This project includes my work coast to coast, including audio and
video archives from my appearances in the "Dirty South",i.e., Houston (Texas Southern University, University of Houston, ATL,
Morehouse, Spelman College, Howard U, Wash DC, Univ. of Penn, Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn; interviews on New York's
Pacifica Station WBAI, readings at the Brecht Forum, Manhattan
and the panel discussion on Drugs, Arts and Revolution at Sista's
Place, Brooklyn, NY, featuring Sonia Sanchez, Amina and Amiri Baraka, Elombe Brathe, Sam Anderson, Omawole Clay and Marvin X.
Part One includes two conversations with Dr. Cornel West who
says, "Marvin X is the African Socrates in the hood." Ishmael Reed says, "If you want to learn about motivation and inspiration, don't spend all that money going to workshops and seminars, just go
stand at 14th and Broadway and watch Marvin X at work. He's Plato teaching on the streets of Oakland. Bob Holman of the Bowery Poetry Club says Marvin X is the "USA's Rumi--the wisdom of
Saadi, the ecstasy of Hafiz." Fahizah Alim, Editor Emeritus of the
Sacramento Bee notes, "His writing is orgasmic!"
Dr. Mohja Kahf, poet and professor of English and Islamic Studies at the University of Arkansas, says "Marvin X is the Father of the
genre known as Muslim American literature."
Duke University Professor Dr. Ellen McLarney notes, "Marvin X destabilizes African American
poetics from the white, Euro-American English tradition, situating it in reference to another
language, culture and tradition.--Dr. Ellen McLarney, Professor of Arabic
Literature and Culture, Duke University
"Marvin X has always been in the forefront of Pan African writing. Indeed, he is one of the
founders and innovators of the revolutionary school of African writing."--Amiri Baraka RIP
"When you listen to Tupac Shakur, E-40, Too Short, Master P or any other rappers out of the Bay Area of Cali, think of Marvin X. He laid the foundation and gave us the language to express black male urban experiences in a lyrical way."--James G. Spady, RIP
Philadelphia New Observer
Donations of any amount will be appreciated. We have a 501 (c) 3 non-profit fiscal sponsor for
those making generous donations and request a tax deduction.
Marvin X has received grants and fellowships from Columbia University, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, San Francisco Art Commission, Zellerbach
Foundation, Marin County Board of Supervisors, Nevada
Humanities Commission, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts
Commission and elsewhere.
His archives were acquired by the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Marvin X is not only a founder, key mover and shaker of the
National Black Arts Movement but he is also a co-founder of
Oakland's Black Arts Movement Business District.
Poet, playwright, essayist, historian, lay mental health worker,
editor, publisher, Black Bird Press News and Review, a quarterly
print magazine with an online version www.blackbirdpressnews.blogspot.com
The online version has over one million page visits.
Please support this project. We are on Part Three and my
Executive Editor, Ken Johnson, has worked on this project free of
charge because he believes in me and my work that he has
documented over the last four decades. "I want the world to know that Ken Johnson has urged me to do this project for decades but I finally answered his call and we are currently at Part Three of
what I suspect shall be a 10 to 20 part project broken down into
two hour segments as I have said above.
Finally, my life and work is not mine but the archives of the Black
Arts and Liberation Movement of the North American African
Peoples. I did not ask for this mission but I accept the challenge
since I stand on the shoulders of our ancestors and I dare not deny their dreams of freedom and sovereignty.
Again, I ask you to give generously but something is better than nothing and we appreciate any level of support.
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