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Amiri Baraka

Biography

Poet, playwright, critic, and novelist Amiri Baraka (given birth to Everett LeRoi Jones) was most widely known towards the jazz community for his two books, Blues People: Negro Music in Light America, published in 1964, and Dark Music in 1967, both seeing that LeRoi Jones. A long time before this, nevertheless, Baraka was determined with the brand new York College of poets as well as the Beats (he was contained in Donald Allen’s seminal anthology THE BRAND NEW American Poetry). His initial reserve of poetry, Preface to some Twenty-Volume Suicide Take note, was released in 1961. With Diane Di Prima he founded and edited the renowned Floating Bear publication. Baraka founded the Dark Arts Repertory Movie theater/College and earned an Obie Prize for his play Dutchman in 1964. He was an outspoken head in the dark nationalist motion in the past due ’60s and was a close associate — in addition to religious godfather — towards the Dark Panther Party. He transformed his name to Imamu Amiri Baraka, and afterwards lowered “Imamu” (female phrase for “religious head”) in 1970. Staying an activist, Baraka lowered his nationalist position in 1974 and followed a Marxist/Leninist one, and was thought to be perhaps one of the most important African-American writers from the 20th hundred years. He documented the wildly questionable play Dark Mass with Sunlight Ra & His Arkestra in 1968 (released around the Jihad label) as well as the amazing SONGS New Poetry with saxophonist David Murray in 1980 on India Navigation. Baraka added yet another quantity to his shelf of music criticism, The Music: Reflections on Jazz and Blues, which he and Amina Baraka, his wife, released in 1987. Baraka trained at SUNY Buffalo and Columbia University or college, and was a teacher of Africana research at SUNY, Stony Brook. A citizen of Newark, NJ, Baraka was appointed NJ poet laureate before placement was abolished through the controversy encircling his post-9/11 poem “Someone Blew Up America.” Amiri Baraka passed away at Newark’s Beth Israel INFIRMARY on January 9, 2014, pursuing complications from medical procedures. He was 79 yrs . old.

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Full Name Amiri Baraka
Died January 9, 2014, Newark, New Jersey, United States
Profession Actor, Teacher, Poet, Author, Playwright, Screenwriter
Education Howard University, Rutgers University, Columbia University, The New School, Barringer High School
Nationality American
Spouse Amina Baraka, Hettie Jones
Children Ras Baraka, Kellie Jones, Shani Baraka, Lisa Jones, Amiri Baraka Jr., Dominque DiPrima, Maria Jones, Ahi Baraka, Obalaji Baraka
Parents Coyt Leverette Jones, Anna Lois Jones
Awards American Book Award, PEN/Open Book, Obie Award for Best New American Play, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
Music Songs Black Dada Nihilismus, Who Will Survive America, Wailers, Funklore, When Miles Split, Real Song is a Dangerous Number, Nightmare Bush'It Whirl, I Felt Sad when I Looked at You..., Black History Music, The Aesthetic, Incriminating Negrograph #14, Couldn't Stop Bebop, Rythmblues, Don't Buy the Line, In Walked Bud, Our Nation Is Like Ourselves, Water Music, Interlude, Syncretism, Dig, Introduction
Albums Real Song
Movies William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, Obscene, 500 Years Later, Hubert Selby Jr.: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow, Piñero, Bulworth, Poetry in Motion, Dutchman, The New-Ark, W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices, Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton


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#Fact
1 Named Poet Laureate of the State of New Jersey (USA). [2002]
2 Father of Ras Baraka.
3 Biography and bibliography in "Contemporary Authors," New Revision Series, Vol. 133, pp. 54-64. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
4 Father of Lisa Jones.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Toilet 2007 Short
W.E.B. DuBois: A Biography in Four Voices 1996 Documentary
United States of Poetry 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary poem
Madea 1973 Short as Leroy Jones
A Fable 1971 play - as LeRoy Jones / screenplay - as LeRoy Jones
Nigger 1968 TV Movie novel
Dutchman 1967 play - as LeRoi Jones / screenplay - as LeRoi Jones
Uhatut 1966 TV Movie play "Dutchman" - as LeRoi Jones

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bulworth 1998 Rastaman

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
On the Road 2012 thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Outrider 2016 Documentary filming Himself
Dutchman Revisited Documentary filming Himself (rumored)
Independent Lens 2005-2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Democracy Now! 2011 TV Series Himself
The Nature of Existence Companion Series 2011 Video documentary Himself
The Nature of Existence 2010 Documentary Himself
Motherland 2010 Documentary Himself
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within 2010 Documentary Himself
Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
No Justice, No Peace: A Sharp Talk Special 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Corso: The Last Beat 2009 Documentary
Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder 2009 Documentary Himself
New York Agora: The Legacy of the 60s Counterculture 2008 Documentary
Retour à Gorée 2007 Documentary Himself
Obscene 2007 Documentary Himself
Turn Me On 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Revolution '67 2007 Documentary Himself
Polis Is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place 2007 Documentary
Literature Alive 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Breaking the Rules 2006 Documentary Himself
The Pact 2006 Documentary Himself
Hubert Selby Jr: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow 2005 Documentary Himself
The Ballad of Greenwich Village 2005 Documentary Himself
Letter to the President 2005 Video documentary Himself - Poet / Activist
The First Amendment Project: Poetic License 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself - interviewee
Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed 2004 Documentary Himself
Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photography of Milt Hinton 2003 Documentary Himself
Hughes' Dream Harlem 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Strange Fruit 2002 Documentary Himself, poet and playwright
American Masters 1989-2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Def Poetry 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Piñero 2001 Himself
The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation 1999 Documentary Himself
Furious Flower: A Video Anthology of African American Poetry 1960-95 1998 Video documentary Himself (Volume II: Warriors)
Great Performances 1997 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1995 TV Series Himself
United States of Poetry 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Beat Generation: An American Dream 1987 Documentary Himself
Poetry in Motion 1982 Documentary Himself
Death of a Prophet 1981 TV Movie Himself
Castelporziano, ostia dei poeti 1980 TV Movie documentary Himself (as LeRoi Jones)
Fried Shoes Cooked Diamonds 1979 Documentary Himself
Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement 1978 Documentary Himself
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Himself
Black Journal 1971 TV Series Himself
1 P.M. 1971 Documentary
Schwarz mit Haut und Haaren 1971 TV Movie documentary Himself (as LeRoi Jones)
Aspekte 1970 TV Series documentary Himself
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1965 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Democracy Now! 2014 TV Series Himself
500 Years Later 2005 Documentary Himself - Poet and Activist

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002 Lifetime Achievement Award Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival


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