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MARCUS GARVEY, THE FATHER OF AFRICAN NATIONALISM
Marcus Garvey was born in 1887 in St. Anne’s Bay, Jamaica. He is the founder of one of the most important organizations in the history of the descendants of the slaves of America (African-American). That organization is the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). Before I get into a detail discussion of Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association,
The foundation for the success and influence of the UNIA can be found in its relationship to Booker T. Washington and the ideals he emphasized at Tuskegee Institute. Marcus Garvey at first attempted to put the Universal Improvement Association (UNIA) together in Jamaica, but because of the racial makeup of Jamaica (under the control of the minority alliance between the Whites and Mulattos), the UNIA in Jamaica would fail. Garvey would write to Booker T. Washington explaining the problems he was facing with his organization in Jamaica. Booker T. Washington answered Garvey, encouraging him to continue to stay with the ideals he had for the organization. He explained that he went through the same thing in the early years of Tuskegee Institute. Garvey would never forget those words of encouragement and when the UNIA failed in Jamaica, Marcus Garvey departed for the United States to join Booker T Washington.
There is a place near Downtown Los Angeles, Central City East, The Recovery Zone. Theater in the Recovery Zone is a dramatic process
presented to those who are in Recovery. This dramatic process should
be related to the Treatment Programs in the Recovery Zone.
Dramastage- Qumran Theater program is composed of two models:
model takes it name from the first letters of six concepts working in
a spirit of harmony to impact the violence found in the individual,
home, school and community.
Like a long distance runner.
Lesley passed the baton.
The harvest are plentiful.
The workers are few.
Oh timeless traveler.
It's just a journey.
Just passing thru.
Helping yourself by helping others.
Helping the community.
Helping the families.
Helping the little children.
Helping those to help them self.
Like Lesley did.
Those that know.
Teach those that don't.
Give of yourself and volunteer some time.
And watch your life change.
It's about giving.
That's where it at.
Extend a helping hand.
Share your blessing and make things better.
And love each other.
Like Lesley did.
The Eternal Spirit.
Be born again and live forever.
The baton has been passed.
And now it can be told.
Lesley reached out to all of us.
And touch our soul.
got to watch yourself on skid row.
Before you know how to stay a flow.
The indwelling spirit will guide you on your
If you listen.
After the spirit, come the body. It is the temple
Modest cloths to cover the body.
If you want these things.
Real love is wanting for others what
That‘s why skid row will let you
What are you trying to do?
Skid row will let you know.
Skid row will let you know.
Religion on the run.
Things are hard and money is tight.
Well there one thing for sure.
the play, Surviving The Nickel,
It’s your fault that 911 happen.
Does anybody care?
The oneness of God.
This is a mad, mad world.
This world is angry and people are going mad.
Get up, get down, 911 is a joke in your town ---3x
Does anybody care? Where Eagles dare?
People are mad at all those ex-revolutionaries.
I am mad as hell about 911.
I am mad at the hi-jackers.
Hi-jack the religion with idol worshiping concepts.
It’s all your fault that 911 happen.
Dividing among yourself and dividing from each other.
In a society that can split the atom, travel to the moon
Yet there is more poverty, hate and disease than ever before.
I AM MAD AS HELL
Excerpt from 'Bowling for Columbine'
and the Front Line Poets
Excerpts from the life
of Dadisi X Henry
and his Mentor,
the famous Maya Angelou.
A few Saturdays
ago I found myself tucked away in the south west corner of Los Angeles:
A.C. Billbrew Library. I remember walking into the Library
and the year was 2008, but by the time I left it had felt as if I had
been jettisoned back to a time of extreme seriousness.
It was multi-media eye candy, the show was produced and performed by three grassroots production companies: SoulVisions Productions, Dramastage-Qumran and the Front Line Poets
For two hours I was dazzled with the live spontaneous combustion that was playing out in front of me. Live music, spoken word, voices that carried the history because these were voices that came from the past and are alive and well today.
The groups focus presented a program of Black Poetry in Tribute to the Late Dadisi X Henry & All Time Great Maya Angelou.
featured will be several excerpts from the life of Dadisi X Henry and
his Mentor, the famous Maya Angelou. Poetry was recited from the work
of both artists as well as a brief performance given by Dramastage-Qumran
Productions of a play written by Original SoulVisions founder, Sunji
Ali, “Tribute to the Late Dadisi X Henry Black River Rising”.
model to end homelessness
The Reverse Level Housing Model or DHOS is based upon the first four numbers (1,2,3,4) that symbolize the four points of the compass (Universality) and also upon a reversal of the housing level system used by the California penal system. This is a four step process
Step One Oneness - Unity - Alliances.
Step Two Duality
- Recognizing the difference between
Step Three - An alliance of the three major religions to assist and minister to the homeless population and help them find their way back into the community.
Step Four Make these steps universal (Four points of the compass)
Level Two Dormitory living.
Level Three Two man cell.
Level Four Single Cell.
I find it very interesting that the California correctional system have a housing system that rewards the most violent offenders and those with the most time a single cell style of living while the non-violent offenders are crowded into dormitory style living with little or no support system.
DHOS - REVERSE LEVEL HOUSING MODEL
The DHOS model stands for
Dormitory; Hostel; One-on-One
Dormitory living This style
of housing is based upon Dorm
Hostel living This style
of housing will be a combination of
One-on-One This style of
housing is based upon double occupancy
A reduction in support services will be needed at this point.
Single living This style
of housing is based upon single family or
A reduction in support services
or none at all is needed at this point.
The downtown skid row area
is considered a central recovery zone (programs, missions and support
systems) and it is important that most of the mentally advantage who
live in this area should remain close to this recover zone.
beauty within her did not scream for attention.
Jovial presence, she celebrated her existence.
Always finding joy and hope in her mere being.
Sometimes off-kilter, she balanced my soul.
The moments great joy hers for the taking.
A compassionate listener, earnest in her appreciation.
Such a contrast to downtown's usual face.
Thurstina showed us all its ills in how you carry your load.
More charming than mere physical beauty.
A deep well of earned optimism such a pleasure to have beheld.
The universe reflected through such a gem and growing in our hearts.
Still our lives her memory will always fill.
A DIGITAL DOMAIN
want to be a millionare
then buy an erickson phone
heads of security
control of what
boob tubes were independent machines
we were independent once...
boob tubes picked up radio waves and turned them into pictures and sound
free and totally unregulated
we were free once...
for them to know
whether or not you were watching them - watching you
controls completely in our hands...
ready for the digital domain???
the boob's not the tube anymore
we've become the boob
it can move through
decoding before you own set can pick it up
decoding is controlled by the network
the network decides what, when and whether you watch – watch us
they are giving us the boxes for free...
Just like a dope
dealer, the first one is free...
remember when dorthy pulled the veil away to reveal who the wizard was???
stick that bluetooth in your ear...
how much closer
are you going to let them come to your soul...
did not wake up this morning saying I want to be disrespected.
I keep looking
for a way out…
had steps I was asked to take to maybe get section 8 housing.
Another PAWN for the WHITE QUEEN to play...
Brother we are expendable.
January 21, 2008, as part of the Celebration of Martin Luther Kings
Birthday, Dramastage-Qumran Presented 'Surviving the Nickel' at the
Regent Theatre. Once again Dramastage-Qumran shed some light and opened
some eyes on the blight of the homeless that survirve on the streets
of Los Angele's Skid Row.
There was a parade today.
Fifty spent a year in an Iranian cell.
I know thousand and me
we spent three years in hell.
Got no parade just brought home
monkeys on our backs.
In hell discipline is a virtue that I lack.
Taken to fight in a war I could never understand.
The man they all say started it ain't around
to demand answers from, but it was kill or be killed
by gooks who blended with the scenery.
A glance of fear leaves no time to be lenient.
Got notches on my gun.
None I was ever proud of.
Memories that still cling to my dreams
leaving grim reminders of a fight
I so wanted to bow out of, cold sweat on my skin
after I wake up screaming.
Am I proud to be a Vietnam Veteran?
They told me America was the land of opportunity and justice.
I guess that only applys at home.
Drafted fresh out of high school wondering if I'd live to see college.
I left my values behind as I combed the jungle foliage.
Can you blame me for complaining?
Can you blame me for hating?
Can you blame me for sometimes wishing I was dead?
I've seen plenty of death, so invitingly peacful.
A whole world better than this unceasing resentment.
Ten years after and I still have trouble looking in my mirror.
Each loud burst of noise gets my knees shaking in fear.
I just don't know what it is that makes me keep on trying.
Each time I see an Oriental I feel like breaking down and crying.
Am I proud to be a Vietnam Veteran?
I've no choice
I'm a Vietnam Veteran.
ON A ONE-WAY STREET
On Saturday, August 4, 2007, Dramastage-Qumran Held a fund raising performance event of 'Catch the Tiger'. This event was sponsored in part by CHAC. The event was held in the Historic Firehouse located in the heart of Skid Row on 5th Street. In addition to the performance of the play, the story of J. Edgar Hoover's efforts to bring down Marcus Garvey, a presentation was given by Daniel Taylor, CEO of the Historic Firehouse, an HIV and Education presentation by Hector Arzate and readings by Guest Poet Ron Allen .
Dramastage-Qumran would like to thank all those who attended and supported us with donations.
once said, "all the world is a stage." But before
any show goes before the public there is rehearsal after rehearsal.
Dramastage-Qumran has been blessed with a venue to hold its workshops
and rehearsals for upcoming performances.
two lines of this message are uttered by John Doe, a character in "Surviving
The Nickel." Surviving The Nickel is a play about surviving life
on fifth street in the skid row area of Los Angeles,as we follow the
journey of two community members who fall from mainstream society and
end up on skid row. Through their journey they (the audience) come across
several other characters that have either experienced life on the nickel,
or that are new to it and are just trying to stay afloat.
Well here we have a group of ten to twelve individuals whom given their experiences in skid row and through utilizing drama, music, and poetry have formed a group theater called "Dramastage-Qumran" and whom, after seeing so much violence around their surroundings, introduce a new group or concept: " The Anti-Violence Situation Coping Group". The goal of Dramastage-Qumran is to utilize Community Theater to impact the violence found in the individual, home school and the community. And even after one performance we are able to reach one member of the audience; then our mission statement has been fulfilled.
We can give
you examples of individuals and members of this cast, whom at some point
where a difficult choice had to be made they did and ended in skid row.
One of them had to leave her son behind with her mother. But she could
not stay and had to wander through the streets. Her story is heartbreaking,
as it is for example, the young import from New York and wanting to
become an actress, well she hasn't made it yet, but she can; if given
a chance. Some others have been the victims of some kind of violence,
either domestic, emotional or other types. They all got together and
saw that no one was paying attention to them. They are not drug dealers,
As Dr. Solomon, another character in the play, says that "violence is not the answer". That is not just a mantra for Dramastage -Qumran, it is a responsibility to other members of the community who are neither addicts or otherwise. They subsist and survive the rough streets of skid row everyday. And for some reason, they, we ended up here where we are. There is a need in the main living area of downtown Los Angeles, that people have equal services as anyone else; yet they don't. They live in one of the poorest, poorest areas of the city, and what is worse, no one wants them anywhere else. But also we have the phenomena of gentrification; and no more affluent people are moving in the area. What is happening to this other inhabitants of the area who were there first? They are either being pushed away,a s they are harassed by the police and are forced to move on somewhere else. But for some others, downtown L. A. is home, and they see it everyday that we have dogs and cats living in high rise apartments or trendy lofts, the homeless are not only being ignored but tried to make go away.
As a rule, Dramastage-Qumran is not here to judge, but rather to show and present to other people in the community, that not everyone is what everyone else somewhere else thinks of the area. They have set time aside from their daily comings and goings to get together and work really hard at bringing community theater of quality to the members of the community and specially those who might be interested. Dramastage-Qumran believes that it is through the showcasing of local talent such stereotypes can b broken or hopefully eradicated.
If you would like to see "Surviving the Nickel" succeed and prove the critics wrong, that a skid row community based theater group will not succeed; please get involved by checking out our contact us page.