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Amiri Baraka

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Pleasures Of Being Out Of Step (2014)
  • Lowest Rated: 43% Piñero (2002)
  • Birthday: Oct 7, 1934
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Compelling, controversial, multifaceted belletrist Amiri Baraka endured a series of lifestyle changes and a dramatic intellectual and creative evolution over time, but ultimately came to symbolize the perfect union of personal literary expression and racially charged political activism. A New Jersey native, born LeRoy Jones (he later modified it to LeRoi to reflect a French sensibility), Baraka attended Howard University and studied under giants including E. Franklin Frazier and Nathan A. Scott Jr. (both of whom influenced him enormously), then enlisted in the U.S. Army, but received a forced, dishonorable discharge. Thus began a second phase of Baraka's life that witnessed him moving to arts haven Greenwich Village and fraternizing with Beat authors, including Frank O'Hara and Allen Ginsberg, and that found him publishing a couple of seminal literary reviews in Yugen and The Floating Bear from 1958-1963. He experienced extreme politicization at the hands of leftist Cuban intellectuals during a trip to that island nation in 1960 (contacts who encouraged him to reinvent his approach to literary craftsmanship), but the shooting death of Malcolm X in 1965 prompted him to change paths once again and become a Black Cultural Nationalist. In the late '60s, he moved back to Newark, NJ, and changed his name to Amiri Baraka, or "Blessed Prince," before ultimately accepting a position as Professor of African Studies at SUNY-Stonybrook.Baraka's bibliography includes such titles as the short-story collection Tales (1967), the poetry anthology Black Magic (1967), and the play Dutchman (1964). Cinematically, he signed for dramatic roles in the features Bulworth (1998) and Piñero (2001), and participated in documentaries including Poetic License (2004), Revolution '67 (2007), and Obscene (2007).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

100% The Pleasures Of Being Out Of Step Actor $12.3K 2014
88% William S. Burroughs: A Man Within Actor $46.9K 2010
No Score Yet Revolution '67 Actor 2009
92% Obscene Actor 2008
No Score Yet Ferlinghetti: A City Light Actor $5.3K 2008
No Score Yet Revolution '67 Actor 2007
No Score Yet Hubert Selby Jr.: It'll Be Better Tomorrow Actor 2006
No Score Yet Poetry on Fire Actor 2006
No Score Yet Letter To The President Actor 2005
No Score Yet Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed Actor 2004
43% Piñero Himself $0.2M 2002
No Score Yet Independent Lens Actor 2002
76% Bulworth Rastaman 1998
No Score Yet W.E.B. DuBois: A Biography in Four Voices Screenwriter 1996
No Score Yet Coney Island of Lawrence Ferlinghetti Actor 1996
77% The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg Actor 1994
No Score Yet Beat Generation: An American Dream Actor 1987
No Score Yet In Motion: Amiri Baraka Actor 1985
No Score Yet Poetry in Motion Actor 1982
No Score Yet Fried Shoes, Cooked Diamonds Actor 1982

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Appearing
  • 2005
  • 2003
No Score Yet Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry
2001-2007
Performer
  • 2002

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