6 Books Published by Black Bird Press on Our Site — Book Cover Mosaic

Click for more detail about Notes of Artistic Freedom Fighter  by Marvin X Notes of Artistic Freedom Fighter

by Marvin X
Black Bird Press (Aug 01, 2018)
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Introduction Dr. Nathan Hare

The Politics of Sports

Confession of ex-basketball player

Dr. Nathan Hare’s Fictive Theory and the global village

A Day at Academy of da Corner #1 Bar B Q Becky and Black Revolution at Oakland’s Lake Merritt

Harvey Weinstein and the Mythology of Pussy and Dick

Is Harvey Everyman?

President Donald Trump is the devil in the Book of Job

Is President Donald Trump a Damn Fool?

Of Conundrums and Quagmires

Dear Parents

Dear White Folks

Love Letter to Gay and Lesbian Youth

Racism in America: the Grand Denial

Imagine a Black Nation!

Black nationalism, flower children and the summer of love

Transcend the low information vibration:

Talk at San Francisco State University

The revolutionary who never came in from the cold: Talks with University Of California, Merced, students

Revolution against fear

Romanticism/Idealism

Left/Right Paradigm

Every day is a holy day

Why are North American Africans Reactionary

US Violence--level the playing field--everybody pack!

Children and the national security of the united states

Sectarianism

Whiteness and Communal suicide

How to stop violence in the Pan African hood; reply by Rudolph Lewis

The Black Woman is God: from Sarah to Serena

Last Rites of Muhammad Ali


Click for more detail about The Wisdom of Plato Negro: Parables/Fables by Marvin X The Wisdom of Plato Negro: Parables/Fables

by Marvin X
Black Bird Press (Jan 01, 2012)
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In “Wisdom of Plato Negro,” Marvin teaches by stories, ancient devices of instruction that appeal to a non-literate as well as a semi-literate people. (Fables differ from parables only by their use of animal characters.) The oldest existing genre of storytelling used long before the parables of Jesus or the fables of Aesop, they are excellent tools, in the hands of a skilled artist like Marvin X, in that he modifies the genre for a rebellious hip hop generation who drops out or are pushed out of repressive state sponsored public schools at a 50% clip. Marvin X is a master of these short short stories. Bibliographies, extended footnotes, indexes, formal argumentation, he knows, are of no use to the audience he seeks, that 95 percent that lives from paycheck to paycheck.

These moral oral forms (parables and fables), developed before the invention of writing, taught by indirection how to think and behave respecting the integrity of others. Marvin explained to his College of Arts audience, “This form [the parable] seems perfect for people with short attention span, the video generation… The parable fits my moral or ethical prerogative, allowing my didacticism to run full range” (“Parable of a Day in the Life of Plato Negro,” 147). But we live in a more “hostile environment” than ancient people. Our non-urban ancestors were more in harmony with Nature than our global racialized, exploitive, militarized northern elite societies.
—Rudolph Lewis is the Founding Editor of Chickenbones.com, A Journal. (Click here to read the full review). 

“Rarely is a brother secure and honest enough with himself to reveal his innermost thoughts, emotions or his most hellacious life experiences. For most men it would be a monumental feat just to share/bare his soul with his closest friends but to do so to perfect strangers would be unthinkable, unless he had gone through the fires of life and emerged free of the dross that tarnishes his soul. Marvin X, poet, playwright, author and essayist does just that in a self-published book entitled In The Crazy House Called America.

This latest piece from Marvin X offers a peek into his soul and his psyche. He lets the reader know he is hip to the rabid oppression the West heaps upon people of color especially North American Africans while at the same time revealing the knowledge gleaned from his days as a student radical, black nationalist revolutionary forger of the Black Arts Movement, husband, father lover, a dogger of women did not spare him the degradation and agony of descending into the abyss of crack addiction, abusive and toxic relationships and family tragedy.

Perhaps because of the knowledge gained as a member of the Nation of Islam, and his experiences as one of the prime movers of the cultural revolution of the ’60, the insights he shares In The Crazy House Called America are all the keener. Marvin writes candidly of his pain, bewilderment and depression of losing his son to suicide. He shares in a very powerful way, his own out of body helplessness as he wallowed in the dregs of an addiction that threatened to destroy his soul and the mess his addictions made of his life and relationships with those he loved. But he is not preachy and this is not an autobiography. He has already been there and done that. In sharing his story and the wisdom he has gleaned from his life experiences and looking at the world through the eyes of an artist/healer…”
—Junious Ricardo Stanton


Click for more detail about Beyond Religion Toward Spirituality by Marvin X Beyond Religion Toward Spirituality

by Marvin X
Black Bird Press (Mar 15, 2008)
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Marvin X has done extraordinary mind and soul work in bringing our attention to the importance of spirituality, as opposed to religion, in our daily living. Someone maybe Kierkegaard or maybe it was George Fox who said that there was no such thing as "Christianity." There can only be Christians. It is not institutions but rather individuals who make the meaningful differences in our world. It is not Islam but Muslims. Not Buddhism but Buddhists. Marvin X has made a courageous difference. In this book he shares the wondrous vision of his spiritual explorations. His eloquent language and rhetoric are varied sophisticated but also earthy, sometimes both at once.

Highly informed he speaks to many societal levels and to both genders to the intellectual as well as to the man/woman on the street or the unfortunate in prison to the mind as well as the heart. His topics range from global politics and economics to those between men and women in their household. Common sense dominates his thought. He shuns political correctness for the truth of life. He is a Master Teacher in many fields of thought religion and psychology, sociology and anthropology, history and politics, literature and the humanities. He is a needed Counselor, for he knows himself, on the deepest of personal levels and he reveals that self to us, that we might be his beneficiaries.

All of which are represented in his Radical Spirituality a balm for those who anguish in these troubling times of disinformation. As a shaman himself, he calls too for a Radical Mythology to override the traditional mythologies of racial supremacy that foster war and injustice. If you want to reshape (clean up, raise) your consciousness, this is a book to savor, to read again, and again to pass onto a friend or lover.
—Rudolph Lewis, Editor, ChickenBones: A Journal


Click for more detail about In the Crazy House Called America by Marvin X In the Crazy House Called America

by Marvin X
Black Bird Press (Jan 01, 2003)
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“Rarely is a brother secure and honest enough with himself to reveal his innermost thoughts, emotions or his most hellacious life experiences. For most men it would be a monumental feat just to share/bare his soul with his closest friends but to do so to perfect strangers would be unthinkable, unless he had gone through the fires of life and emerged free of the dross that tarnishes his soul. Marvin X, poet, playwright, author and essayist does just that in a self-published book entitled In The Crazy House Called America.

This latest piece from Marvin X offers a peek into his soul and his psyche. He lets the reader know he is hip to the rabid oppression the West heaps upon people of color especially North American Africans while at the same time revealing the knowledge gleaned from his days as a student radical, black nationalist revolutionary forger of the Black Arts Movement, husband, father lover, a dogger of women did not spare him the degradation and agony of descending into the abyss of crack addiction, abusive and toxic relationships and family tragedy.

Perhaps because of the knowledge gained as a member of the Nation of Islam, and his experiences as one of the prime movers of the cultural revolution of the ’60, the insights he shares In The Crazy House Called America are all the keener. Marvin writes candidly of his pain, bewilderment and depression of losing his son to suicide. He shares in a very powerful way, his own out of body helplessness as he wallowed in the dregs of an addiction that threatened to destroy his soul and the mess his addictions made of his life and relationships with those he loved. But he is not preachy and this is not an autobiography. He has already been there and done that. In sharing his story and the wisdom he has gleaned from his life experiences and looking at the world through the eyes of an artist/healer…”
—Junious Ricardo Stanton


Click for more detail about Somethin’ Proper: The Life And Times Of A North American African Poet by Marvin X Somethin’ Proper: The Life And Times Of A North American African Poet

by Marvin X
Black Bird Press (Jun 01, 1999)
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autobiography of Black Arts Movement activist/poet


Click for more detail about Love and War by Marvin X Love and War

by Marvin X
Black Bird Press (Jan 01, 1995)
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Book of poetry by Black Arts activist, preface by Lorenzo Thomas. “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 experience in a lyrical way.” —James G. Spady, Philadelphia New Observer.




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