January 28, 2011

January 28th, 2011


This man is Amiri Baraka.  He is a civil rights activist who was contemporaries with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, and a goddamn phenomenal spoken-word poet and playwright as well.  Last night I got a chance to sit for two hours in my old college theatre and listen to this man lay out the sorry state of affairs in the world for me, and it was breathtaking.  I mean, I've written papers about this man, and here he was in front of me.  Unbelievable. I got tunnel vision.

Do yourself a favor - look up "Somebody Blew Up America" on Youtube, find the version of him speaking it.  Listen and use it.


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