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Video: Amiri Baraka reads “Somebody Blew up America”

“Somebody Blew Up America” by Amiri Baraka with Rob Brown on saxophone, recorded on February 21, 2009 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY. This is the poem which led to charges of anti-semitism against Baraka and resulted in his being fired from his position as Poet Laureate of New Jersey.

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Amiri Baraka (October 7, 1934 – January 9, 2014) born Everett LeRoi Jones and also known as LeRoi Jones and Imamu Amear Baraka. 

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