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Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka was a cultural icon and an iconoclast. He rose to fame in the 1960s as LeRoi Jones. His 1964 off-Broadway play, Dutchman created a sensation. Later he became Amiri Baraka and was a central figure in the Black Arts movement. He was an award-winning playwright and poet and recipient of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was the author of many books including the classic Blues People. He was brilliant as a homeless sage in the movie Bulworth. His politics were uncompromisingly radical. Through his work he explored the parameters of African-American culture, history, memory, racism, class struggle and political power relationships.  As an orator he had a distinct and urgent style.  He had a special affinity for jazz and such titans as John Coltrane, Max Roach, and Thelonious Monk. He once said of himself, I’m a revolutionary optimist. I believe that the good guys—the people—are going to win.” He died in 2014. Thousands turned out in his hometown of Newark to honor him. 


Date Recorded     Handle Program Title Audio Sample?    
1984: 07/27 #BARA009 Amiri Baraka interview with David Barsamian  
2006: 07/13 #BARA006 Culture, Language, Media & Meaning  
- #BARA008-BARA007 Honoring Amiri Baraka 1934-2014  
1994: 10/13 #BARA004 Jazz & African American Culture  
1984: 08/10 #BARA011 Poetry of Amiri Baraka  
1984: 07/28 #BARA010 Poetry Reading  
1984: 07/27 #BARA003 Politics, Poetry & the Blues  
2012: 07/06 #BARA008 Real Politics, Real Poetry  
2010: 07/09 #BARA007 Resistance and the Arts  
2000: 07/07 #BARA005 Riffin' on Music & Language  
1992: 07/21 #BARA002 Straight No Chaser  


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