Amiri Baraka, influential African American writer and firebrand, dies at 79 -
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'Why Poetry' and 'Poetry Will Save Your Life'

San Francisco Chronicle - 11 Aug 2017
He engages deeply with language and meaning and doesn't shy away from crucial questions of ethics or politics, examining Audre Lorde on racial violence, Amiri Baraka on 9/11, Adrienne Rich on rape. Although he praises clarity, Zapruder keeps returning ...
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Sam Shepard's Soul

The New Yorker - 02 Aug 2017
After Amiri Baraka, Sam Shepard, who died last week, at the age of seventy-three, was this nation's first hip-hop playwright. In astonishing early works like “The Tooth of Crime” (1972) and “Angel City” (1976), he merged his love of jazz and jazz ...
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Vijay Iyer Sextet – Far From Over

Something Else! Reviews - 13 Aug 2017
The band is reduced to a trio for “For Amiri Baraka,” a bell shaped song that begins gently, arcing up to an almost rock stomp and quickly diminishes to a soft landing. “Into Action” rides on a propulsive beat and Iyer's thematic figures give plenty ...
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Monica's 3 Movies to Stream or Rent This Weekend

New York Times - 04 Aug 2017
Now streaming on Sundance Now, this 1989 documentary is full of archival footage, recordings of Baldwin reading his work, old interviews, photographs and memories from friends like Maya Angelou and Amiri Baraka. Although some scenes, like a recreation ...
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The Newark Rebellion at 50, and the Ghost of Ron Porambo

lareviewofbooks - 14 Aug 2017
The major players are all represented as well: the Italian-American vigilante leader Anthony Imperiale, the poet Amiri Baraka (referred to by his former name LeRoi Jones in the text), and Mayor Hugh Addonizio, the last white mayor of Newark.
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Newark's Long Hot Summer

The Atlantic - 29 Jul 2017
It was not only radical voices in the city, like the poet and playwright Amiri Baraka, who foretold the unrest to come. Earlier that year, even Martin Luther King Jr. had called Newark one of several “powder kegs” around the nation, ready to “explode ...
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Ten books to read in August

BBC News - 02 Aug 2017
He explores the “difficult” poetry of TS Eliot, the associative approaches used by poets Robert Hass and Terrence Hayes, and the political poetry of Amiri Baraka, Audre Lorde, and WS Merwin. Why Poetry is a rousing call to arms, a reminder of the value ...
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Ways of seeing with Arthur Jafa

Apollo Magazine - 09 Aug 2017
The blurred faces of Sun Ra and Amiri Baraka look out from her photos, while on my headphones a man is yelling, 'It's about me, not you – I'm an angry nigga!' It's a jumbled swell of images and sounds that sets you adrift in a composite portrait of ...
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Activists commemorate Assata Shakur's 70th birthday

Amsterdam News - 27 Jul 2017
Amiri Baraka's widow, sister Amina, was present. African dance, drumming and poetry readings followed, and then the traditional singing of happy birthday, as well as the Stevie Wonder rendition and finally the cutting and distribution of the vegan cake.
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Fields chased muses into long jazz career

Columbia Daily Tribune - 23 Jul 2017
I saw a lot of the same bylines: Nat Hentoff, Stanley Dance and Ira Gitler of the older guard; Amiri Baraka, Stanley Crouch, Bob Blumenthal, Gary Giddins and Francis Davis among the then-new guard. Otherwise, liner notes were assigned to those directly ...
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Municipal IDs and Murder (Learn More, Multi-Video) (press release) (registration) (blog) - 10 Aug 2017
Passed by a unanimous vote in the city council, Mayor Ras Baraka (son of the late '60s radical Amiri Baraka, who lost his poet laureate award due to suggesting the Jews were involved in the Sept. 11 attacks) touted the program as “extending democracy ...
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Oliver event in Newark draws city and statewide supporters - 01 Aug 2017
Attendees included Amiri Baraka, Jr., Mayor Ras Baraka's brother and chief of staff; Deputy Mayor Rahaman Muhammad; Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-29) and Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-28). Oliver's remarks to the crowd included comments ...
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Neo-Nazi Scare Becomes Inspiration for Jazz Drummer Mike Reed - 26 Jul 2017
Marvin also has the voice of this band, in the same way Amiri Baraka is the voice of the New York Art Quartet. Sometimes I couldn't even understand what Marvin was saying, so I cut up the poems and rearranged them to create the meaning I wanted.
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Black Detroit: A People's History of Self-Determination

Michronicleonline - 02 Aug 2017
Charles Diggs, and Parks) mirror the new Ancestors here in the Brick City (poet/playwright/activist Amiri Baraka, U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Sr., the historian Clement Alexander Price). Detroit has this new book as a monument of Black memory detailing the ...

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