Jello (a play) by Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones)
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Very rare original publication of the play production “Jello,” from the the leading black writer, critic, teacher, and activist, Amiri Baraka (aka Imamu Amiri Baraka, aka LeRoi Jones). As he writes in his introduction, this play can be contextualized partially by the time it was written, following a renaissance of sorts in the Black Art and new Black Theater movements of the mid-1960’s. As ever, his cultural critique of the “sickening” power dynamics that keep society stratified and the oppressed from seeing themselves for the “marionettes so dead-icated to whiteness that they actually believe that they are beams of light in darkness.” Not quite. Baraka rightfully commits his work to a collective revolution that’s been taking too long a time coming, writing “Black Theater has gotta gotta gotta raise the dead, and mover the living. Otherwise it is a teacup in a cracker mansion.”