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MALCOLM X AND HIS YOUNG APPRENTICE, A. PETER BAILEY (MF GALAXY 066)

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KNOWING MALCOLM X PERSONALLY, EDITING HIS FINAL NEWSLETTER, HOW MX’S INTERNATIONALISM PRECEDED MLK’S, BOOK ATTACKS ON MALCOLM DISGUISED AS PSYCHOLOGY, AND PRESERVING MX’S LEGACY
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While it’s remarkable that a man who didn’t live past age 39 has achieved immortality, Malcolm X accomplished so much in his brief, dramatic life that the reasons are clear. He was one of the most significant figures of the 20th Century, an African-American whose life, experiences, influences, and effects crossed continents and oceans.

Born in 1925 to a family of activists for Marcus Garvey’s internationalist United Negro Improvement Association, young Malcolm faced numerous obstacles including the murder of his father, likely by Klansmen. Descending to crime and prison, he recreated himself with the aid of the Nation of Islam, one of the many groups that rose following the US government’s destruction of Garvey’s UNIA.

Malcolm employed his astounding intellect, oratorical skill, and organisational …

MOLEFI KETE ASANTE ON AFROCENTRICITY, HOW ITS DETRACTORS HAVE WARPED ITS MEANING, AND HOW EVERYDAY EUROCENTRICITY WARPS REALITY (MF GALAXY 065)

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AUTHOR OF AFROCENTRICITY ON HOW KNOWLEDGE OF SELF IS LIBERATORY, HOW AFROCENTRICITY IS NOT THE ANALOGUE TO EUROCENTRICITY, AND THE MASSIVE DIVERSITY OF THE CONTINENT

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Few people have done as much to promote the Africentric perspective as Molefi Kete Asante, the scholar, editor, and activist who wrote the seminal work Afrocentricity and furthered the intellectual movement for an African-centered scholarship and world-view that employs research for political liberation through the academic resuscitation of smothered history.

Asante has published over 400 articles, and has authored more than seventy books, among them Afrocentricity, African Pyramids of Knowledge, Ancient Egyptian Philosophers, and the memoir As I Run Toward Africa. The Utne Reader called him one of the “100 Leading Thinkers” in the United States, and he has appeared on Nightline, The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, The Today Show, The Tony Brown Show, and 60 Minutes.

The African Union cited him as one of the top tw…

VALENTINE CHOCOLATE? STOP! CAROL OFF ON MODERN SLAVERY IN THE GLOBAL CHOCOLATE INDUSTRY (MF GALAXY 064)

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A MAJOR ECONOMIC DRIVER IN EUROPEAN GLOBAL CONQUEST, A CANADIAN-FRENCH JOURNALIST ASSASSINATED FOR INVESTIGATING BIG CHOCOLATE, COCOA MONEY LAUNDERING IN NEW YORK, AND IMF/WORLD BANK ECONOMIC MANIPULATION

In wealthy countries, chocolate is part of daily life. We give it as the generic token of affection at Christmas. On Valentine’s Day we send it as a sign of romantic love. When we need a mood booster or something to staunch our hunger, we grab a chocolate bar.

In recent years, it’s become a staple of corporate journalism to report on the supposed health benefits of consuming chocolate, or chocolate’s alleged power as an aphrodisiac, or how it produces near-orgasmic effects on brain chemistry.

But what almost no one in the wealthy countries realises is that chocolate is not simply big flavour or even big business, but a big, gaping wound in the body of human rights. The world’s number one supplier of cocoa beans is Ivory Coast, a country whose cocoa farmers routinely employ child laboure…