Newark, NJ: Black News, 1968. First Edition. Tabloid (38cm); pictorial newsprint wrappers; 8pp + an pp supplement; illus. Horizontal fold at center, light wear and toning to extremities, with a few short tears and attendant creases along the upper edges; Very Good or better, without postal markings. Supplement issue is lightly worn and toned, with some small tears, and production creasing; Very Good.
Black News, along with its predecessor and successor publications (Black Newark and Unity and Struggle), were all important media outlets developed by Amiri Baraka with the aim of promoting Black nationhood in Newark and throughout the U.S. Under his influence, elements of the Black Arts and Black Power movements merged to create the politics of Black cultural nationalism and the Modern Black Convention movement. Contents include contribitions by Yusef Iman, Daoud Abdullah Al-Aziz, and others.
Together with an early and uncommon promotional program, in newspaper format, for Le Roi Jones's Spirit House Movers and Players, an experimental, revolutionary Black Arts theatre which Jones/Baraka founded and managed from 1965 to 1975. Undated, but internal evidence suggests a 1968 publication date. Includes stills from theatre productions and textual contributions by Baraka, Daoud Abdullah, Yusef Iman, Ron Karenga, and others. Of particular interest are several significant early manifestoes of the Black Arts movement, including "Black Artist Creed" by Daoud Abdullah and "Rise! Black Man" by Baraka. Centerfold prints five poems by Baraka, including "Who Will Survive America;" "Spacepoem for Four Tones" and "The True Feelings of A Black Woman" Photo credits to Roy Lee. An early Black Arts publication, presumably produced for distribution only to patrons of the theatre. We have had this program several times over the years, but this is the first occasion we've seen it inserted as a supplement in one of the Newark newspapers. DANKY 934.