Note that this clip is prefaced with a commercial. Does that mean consumer capitalism has won? That it contains the seeds of its own destruction?
In any case, consider these words:
The course of revolution is 360 degrees.
Understand the cycle that never ends.
Understand the beginning to be the end and nothing
in between but space and time that I make or you make
to relate or not to relate to the world outside my mind, your mind.
Speak not of revolution until you are willing to eat rats to survive.
What can you do with these lyrics?
The village of Hollywood was planned according to the
People in these parts have of heaven. In these parts
They have come to the conclusion that God
Requiring a heaven and a hell, didn’t need to
Plan two establishments but
Just the one: heaven. It
Serves the unprosperous, unsuccessful
— Bertolt Brecht, “Hollywood Elegies”
Poet, playwright, provocateur, Black Power radical, Marxist-Leninist, founding member of the Black Arts Movement: Amiri Baraka exemplified the restless energy of a generation who came of age at the high point of a kind of postwar urban negritude. Impatient, inflammatory, intelligent, and indignant– impossible to commodify– Baraka never backed down.
Other Fugitives and Other Strangers
Here’s a poem by Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) Beatnik fellow-traveler, co-founder of the Black Arts Movement, and all around cultural provocateur. I borrowed the phrase “no money in a money world” from him during lecture yesterday.
A New Reality Is Better Than a New Movie!
BY AMIRI BARAKA