AMIRI BARAKA, DOMINIQUE DI PRIMA, DR. KELLIE JONES’S MAC ARTHUR “GENIUS” AWARD & FORT NEGRO’S FIXICO
HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH,
Amiri Baraka, Dominique Di Prima and Dr. Kellie Jones all won the Mac Arthur Fellowship “Genius” Award. Well not exactly…yes, there is only one name on the actual award. However, in the opinion of millions of readers, lookers and listeners around the world one thing that these three Human Beings hold in common is that each one of them has captivated Humanity with brilliant things to read, look at or listen to. The other thing that they share is DNA and GENEALOGY because while the great genius and Co-Founder/Father of the BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT in America is Amiri Baraka, he is also the biological father of Dr. Kellie Jones and Ms. Dominique Diprima two rock solid Geniuses/Genii in their own right .
I get it, maybe these people are descendants of a powerful pair of GENIES, who were Masters of Creative Arts. Hmm… well there is another very notable off-spring named Mr. Ras J. Baraka who is a well received and highly acclaimed Mayor of Newark ,New Jersey. I refrain from mentioning all of Master Amiri Baraka’s children because, if I keep going I’ll have to change the title on this blog and turn it into a book .
We all know that Ms. Dominique Di Prima, is and has been on the “MIKE” at Mr. Stevie Wonder’s Radio Station FM 102.3 for many years. She is the Award Winning Host and Producer of the “Number One Black Talk Show ” in Southern California the Legendary “FRONTPAGE” Show. Ms. Di Prima brings a massive arsenal of talents and experiences to the table and it is thoroughly understandable why Mr. Stevie Wonder has appointed her to open the “Business Day” for his Radio Station, 5 days a week from 4:30 am to 6:00 am. Each day begins with an incredible array of themed topics that includes “Hot Topic Tuesday” and Radio Free Friday”. On these two days she allows “loads of listens” to call in with current national events and local topics of interest. With her able crew and intrepid Associate Producer Ms. Angela Hoffman, they can and do handle anything thing that comes their way.
On to Dr. Kellie Jones, she is an Associate Professor of Art and Archaeology at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University. Dr. Kellie Jones has a PH.D from Yale University and has won prior awards from the Warhol Foundation and a Driskell Award. She is a noted and distinguished scholar by International Standards. Let’s talk a bit about her latest achievement, the MacArthur Fellowship better known as the “GENIUS GRANT”. This award is given annually to those who have shown “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction” and who are citizens or residents of the United States. According to the grant’s website: “the fellowship is not a reward for past accomplishment, but rather an investment in a person’s originality, insight and potential”. It further states that “the current prize is $625,000 paid over five years in quarterly installments. What is so significant about the award is that the recipient can do whatever they want with the money WOWWWW$$@@$$!!!!!!!!!!!
Master Amiri Baraka himself was also an award winner during his reign, he won the “OPEN BOOK Award a very prestigious literary achievement. His work ranged from but was not limited to Black Liberation and White Racism. He worked professionally as a Poet,Writer,Music Critic, Actor, Theater Producer and Director. He received a B.A. Degree from Howard University and taught at both the University of New York at Buffalo and University of New York at Stony Brook.
This morning October 3rd 2016, I had the privilege of calling into the “FRONTPAGE” Show as Ms. Di Prima was interviewing Dr. Kellie Jones who has recently had involvement with the “New” National Museum of African American History and Culture. My question to Dr. Jones was ,did she know if the NMAAHC would be including the “indiVisible”:African-Native American Lives in the Americas to it’s collection as a traveling exhibit ? She felt that it was an exciting idea. It was a wonderful interview and Dr, Jones’ comments were all very positive and upbeat.
On a final note , we need Master Amiri Baraka’s VOICE to tell the world about the British Fort Historic Landmark at Prospect Bluff also known as “Fort Negro”. I’m performing a Peace Belt Ceremony in behalf of the Victims and the Descendants at the site on the Apalachicola River in the Apalachicola National Forest on October 22nd 2016 Thanks to The United States Forest Service, represented by Ms. Rhonda Kimbrough, Ms. Erika Davis and Supervisor of the Forest Ms. Kelly Russell, we will after 200 years publically seek Healing and Reconciliation.
Honor and Respect, Phil “Pompey” Fixico , Seminole Maroon Descendant and US FOREST SERVICE VOLUNTEER
The Photo above includes myself on the Lt. and Master Amiri Baraka (Rt.). We are holding a copy of author William L. Katz’s classic book entitled: “Black Indians A Hidden Heritage”. We are at the Leimert Park Book Fare a few years ago. Within the pages of Mr. Katz’s book, thousands of readers including myself have learned the true story about “FORT NEGRO”.