The Last Poets on a Mission: Selected Poetry and a History of the Last Poets

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The Last Poets were born on May 19, 1968, at a birthday celebration for Malcolm X, and became the revolutionary force for many African Americans, expressing the plight of black people in their music. In nearly 50 poems, their lyrics advocate revolution through economic empowerment, self-love, personal growth and spiritual kinship. Through it all, The Last Poets have successfully managed to create light with words, power with music and substance with soul. Photos.
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The Last Poets were born on May 19, 1968, at a birthday celebration for Malcolm X, and became the revolutionary force for many African Americans, expressing the plight of black people in their music. In nearly 50 poems, their lyrics advocate revolution through economic empowerment, self-love, personal growth and spiritual kinship. Through it all, The Last Poets have successfully managed to create light with words, power with music and substance with soul. Photos.
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Formed in 1968 at a celebration for Malcolm X, the Last Poets-three poets and a drummer-are often seen as the precursors of present-day rap music. Many performers, including Public Enemy, have acknowledged this debt. This collection gathers 30 poems-written from the Sixties through the Nineties-by two founders of the group. Each poem is prefaced by an informative and often entertaining comment by the poet, and lengthy personal statements are also given. Although the language and subject matter may be disturbing to some readers, and not all the poems hold up on the page as well as when performed, several pieces clearly display the power of these poets. These include Umar's "Bum Rush" (a plea to youths not "to die/ in the/ Streets") and Oyewole's "Pelourinho" (a tribute to the resilient spirit of black people). An excellent introduction to this pioneering group. (Foreword by Amiri Baraka not seen.)-Louis J. Parascandola, Long Island Univ., Brooklyn Campus
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805047783
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Abiodun Oyewole Personal Statement 1
Umar Bin Hassan Personal Statement 15
The Poetry of The Last Poets 35
To Our People 37
A.M. 37
When the Revolution Comes 44
Run Nigger 48
If We Only Knew 52
My People 56
Niggers R Scared of Revolution 60
Talk Show 65
To The Streets 73
40 Deuce Street 73
Funk! 80
Bum Rush 87
New York New York the Big Apple 96
To Ourselves 101
Personal Things 101
25 Years 109
This Is Madness 113
Last Rites 119
To Our Ancestors 123
Drums 123
Panther 126
Malcolm 133
Invocation 139
Pelourinho 142
For the Millions 146
To Our Children 153
Two Little Boys 153
Crime 156
Black Rage 161
Mr. Intellectual 165
To Our Women 169
Black Rose 169
Love... 173
Vows 181
Gash Man 183
Brown Sugar 186
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