Black People : Amiri Baraka dead at 79

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    Amiri Baraka, the longtime activist and former poet laureate of New Jersey died today, officials confirmed. He was 79 years old.

    Baraka was placed in intensive care at Beth Israel Medical Center last month for an unknown reason, but a spokesman for his son's mayoral campaign said his condition was improving late in December.

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    i hate poetry but i loved baraka……..:qqb020:
     
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    Amiri Baraka, Activist and Poet, Dies at 79
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    May he RIP..
     
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    Wow.

    I just posted him doing a poem, yesterday.
     
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    anybody can make me sit and listen to poetry is a bad, bad, MF……..
     
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    Amiri Baraka on the occasion of Kwame Ture's services made his position clear--
    "The finest idea that Ture came up with," said Amiri Baraka, "was the idea of the Black United Front. Listen, whether you went for Garvey or DuBois, they exiled both of them; whether you were for Malcolm X or Dr. King, they killed both of them. I'm a Communist, that means that not only am I Black but I'm red; I believe that the earth and all the wealth belongs to the people. But I know this - us Communists alone can't organize the people; you Muslims alone can't organize the people; you Christians alone can't organize the people, you Pan Africanists alone can't organize the people, I know that it will take a United Front."
     
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    Amiri Baraka is the father of mayoral candidate Ras Baraka.
    A Newarker for most of his life, Baraka, a poet, actor, author and activist who was born LeRoi Jones in Newark in 1934, played a prominent role in the black consciousness movement of the 1960s.
    Baraka was also a university instructor at a number of schools throughout his career, including Rutgers, Yale, Columbia, the New School for Social Research and San Francisco State.
    ...Baraka also took on positions and produced writings that challenged or offended many others. In the early 1960s, he wrote tracts in support of the regime of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. He was dishonorably discharged from the military in the 1950s for reading communist literature and would later become a Marxist.
    At points in his career, Baraka was also accused of anti-Semitism, a stance he formally renounced decades ago. But controversy continued to dog Baraka well into his later years, most recently and famously when he was named New Jersey’s second poet laureate in 2002, in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. His poem, "Somebody Blew Up America," spotlighted instances of white aggression around the world and included phrases perceived by some as anti-Semitic. The ensuing controversy led to the elimination of the poet laureate position before Baraka’s two-year tenure was scheduled to end.
    Baraka was married twice, to Hettie Cohen in the early 1960s and later to Sylvia Robinson, who changed her name to Amina.

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    Amiri Baraka (1934-2014): Poet-Playwright-Activist Who Shaped Revolutionary Politics, Black Culture


     
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    You & me both. His poetry is one of the only couple that I understand.
     
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