African-American poet, critic, and dramatist known for functions such as for example Blues People: Negro Music in White America (non-fiction), THE MACHINE of Dante’s Hell (fiction), A Dark Mass (drama), and Slave Dispatch (poems). He offered as Poet Laureate of NJ from 2002-2003. He went to Rutgers University or college and Columbia University or college. He released his 1st poetic function, Preface to a Twenty Quantity Suicide Notice, in 1961. His 2006 fiction function, Tales from the Out as well as the Eliminated, received the Pencil Open Publication Award in 2008. He previously two daughters with article writer Hettie Cohen. Along with his second wife, Amina Baraka (given birth to Sylvia Robinson), he previously seven more kids. He made an appearance in Bulworth, a 1998 film that starred Warren Beatty as Senator Jay Billington Bulworth.