Thursday, October 11, 2007

Music Therapy, Dr. M's Prescription to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy

Dr. M says perhaps music will sooth the wild beast inside of us, that beast known as white supremacy to which we have become addicted, the result of unresolved grief from the trauma and terror of slavery and post slavery. So let the trombone of Angela Wellman touch the heart rhythms, along with the trumpet and coronet of Phavia Khujichagulia, the keyboard melodies of Elliott Bey and Rudi Wongozi, the percussion and djembe of Tacuma King. These musicians will provide accompaniment to the spoken words of Dr. M (Marvin X) at Friday's reading/discussion of his book HOW TO RECOVER FROM THE ADDICTION TO WHITE SUPREMACY. The event takes place on Friday, October 12, 7pm at Eastside Arts, 2277 International Blvd., Oakland. Call 510-355-6339 for more information. Must purchase book for admission. If you already have the book, show it and make a donation to help the musicians.

Poet Amiri Baraka gave copies of the book to Mayor Cory Booker of Newark and his city council members. Baraka says maybe the book will help them decide to enter a residential recovery program to cure their white supremacy behavior. Mayor Ron Dellums of Oakland has yet to receive his copy.

If you can't make Friday's event, Dr. M returns to the Bay on Thursday, November 1 at Everett and Jones Gift Shop on Fruitvale and Friday, November 2 at the Berkeley Black Repertory Group Theatre, 7pm. Admission $25.00 (includes autographed copy of book).

If folks wonder who's the young lady accompanying Dr. M, she's his apprentice who is working on her first book. She's also the granddaughter of the late poet of the Bay Area Black Arts Movement, Sarah Webster Fabio. We know Sarah is smiling.

Dr. M's book Beyond Religion, Toward Spirituality was recently reviewed in the Nigerian magazine Goge.

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