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Amiri Baraka, activist poet and playwright, dies at 79
L.A. Times ^ | 1/9/2014 | Carolyn Kellogg

Posted on 01/09/2014 1:56:42 PM PST by Borges

Amiri Baraka died Thursday after weeks of failing health, a family spokeperson confirmed. He was 79. A playwright, poet, critic and activist, Baraka was one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American letters.

He was born Everett LeRoi Jones on Oct. 7, 1934, in Newark, N.J. A gifted student, he graduated from high school two years early and went to college at New York University and Howard University. After serving in the Air Force for more than two years, Baraka -- then Jones -- was dishonorably discharged for reading communist texts.

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1 posted on 01/09/2014 1:56:42 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

Obama prolly read this guys stuff in college and loved it


2 posted on 01/09/2014 1:58:13 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Borges

No comment.....Mandela and now this. Happy Happy Happy.


3 posted on 01/09/2014 1:58:57 PM PST by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: Borges

LeRoi Jones is dead?
I will surely miss him!


4 posted on 01/09/2014 2:01:34 PM PST by certrtwngnut (')
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To: dennisw

Another leftist communist who attended Columbia. That’s where THE FOREIGNER never went also, right. Never heard of him and don’t care to.


5 posted on 01/09/2014 2:02:22 PM PST by spawn44 ( moo)
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To: Borges

At a time, the sixties, of tremendous societal upheaval and race riots, this jerk did a lot to stir things up and get more people killed. He was a racist, anti-semitic bigot but of course, celebrated by the left for his ahem “honesty.”


6 posted on 01/09/2014 2:02:41 PM PST by driftless2
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To: Borges

All hail the dead commie. /s


7 posted on 01/09/2014 2:04:21 PM PST by Ray76
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To: Borges
Baraka -- then Jones -- was dishonorably discharged for reading communist texts.

I believe you get a medal for that in Obama's new, improved military.

8 posted on 01/09/2014 2:06:36 PM PST by madprof98
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To: Borges

Good riddance and rot in hell, LeRoi!


9 posted on 01/09/2014 2:07:03 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Borges
dagger poems
in the slimy bellies
of the owner-jews.

("Black Art," 1969)

Why, it's Byron reborn.

10 posted on 01/09/2014 2:14:09 PM PST by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: Borges

Prayers for a deeply misguided soul.


11 posted on 01/09/2014 2:15:31 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Borges; Revolting cat!

I recall seeing this liberal bigot in the first episode of the music documentary “All You Need Is Love”.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1560510/

The program itself is pretty good throughout its 17 episodes but some of the talking heads are full of mush like this guy.

I ran across a reference to him in something I’ve read in the past couple of years (may have been about American blues musicians going to play in England in the 1960s, it may have been something else).


12 posted on 01/09/2014 2:15:49 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: denydenydeny
He's no Tyrone Green.

Images by Tyrone Greene ...

Dark and lonely on the summer night.
Kill my landlord, kill my landlord.
Watchdog barking - Do he bite?
Kill my landlord, kill my landlord.
Slip in his window,
Break his neck!
Then his house
I start to wreck!
Got no reason --
What the heck!
Kill my landlord, kill my landlord.
C-I-L-L ...
My land - lord ...

13 posted on 01/09/2014 2:16:24 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Borges

I remember this slithering snake, - - only because he was so PATHETIC. Talk about a smokin’-token. The gates of Hell will clang loud . . .


14 posted on 01/09/2014 2:19:45 PM PST by trailz
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To: Borges

Klaatu Barada Nikto


15 posted on 01/09/2014 2:20:08 PM PST by x
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To: Borges

An America hating communist who won’t be able to spew hate any more.


16 posted on 01/09/2014 2:23:27 PM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: All

The comments on this thread are awesome.


17 posted on 01/09/2014 2:23:31 PM PST by Borges
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To: dfwgator

LOL!


18 posted on 01/09/2014 2:23:50 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges
Amiri Baraka, activist poet and playwright, dies at 79

I admit I don't know who this person is, but as soon as I saw the word "activist", I knew it had to be a leftie (if he were conservative, the word "extremist" would have been used instead.)

19 posted on 01/09/2014 2:34:40 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: Borges

LeRoi Baccala will not be missed.


20 posted on 01/09/2014 2:59:58 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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