Drummer Val Serant, and Raynetta Razetta, chief choreographer of Marvin X.
photo by Kamau Amen Ra, at celebration of Amiri Baraka 75th birthday, Fillmore Jazz Heritage Center, San Francisco.
Blind poet Charles Blackwell, Minister of Visions and Dreams, First Poet's Church. We are so honored to have Charles in our assembly of poets, artists and common people. As he says, his poetry is meant to inspire those who should be inspiring him, those with clear vision. And yet the Holy Spirit has made his poetic mission to give sight to the seeing, who yet cannot see.
Marvin X, Prime Minister of Poetry, with Gregory Fields, Minister of Planning and Legal Affairs, at their street ministry, Academy of da
and Broadway, downtown Oakland. Ishmael Reed calls Marvin X, "Plato teaching on the streets of Oakland. If you want motivation and inspiration do not spend all that money attending workshops and seminars, just go stand at 14th
and Broadway and watch Marvin X at work." photo by Walter Riley