Malcolm X

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Dig at Malcolm X House Reveals Surprise Find

Evidence suggests 18th-century home was built nearby

(Newser) - A " now-or-never dig " at the childhood home of Malcolm X has revealed a surprising find—just not related to the civil rights activist, writes the AP . "We've come onto a whole layer, roughly two feet down and across the whole site, that's absolutely filled with... More »

Archaeologists Dig at Malcolm X's Childhood Home

They're hoping to learn more about his early life

(Newser) - Archaeologists are digging at a boyhood home of Malcolm X in an effort to uncover more about the slain black rights activist's early life as well as the property's long history, which possibly includes Native American settlement. The two-week archaeological dig began Tuesday outside a two-and-a-half story home... More »

Cops Arrest Waiter in Killing of Malcolm X Grandson

He's the third bar employee accused in beating death

(Newser) - Police have made a third arrest in last year's beating death of Malcolm X's grandson following a dispute over a bar bill. Mexico City prosecutors said suspect Juan Dircio Guzman was detained in the sprawling city of Nezahualcoyotl, on the edge of the capital. He was expected to... More »

Malcolm X's Grandson Killed Over $1.2K Bar Tab: Prosecutor

2 arrested in Malcolm Shabazz's murder

(Newser) - The troubled grandson of Malcolm X met his end at a bar in a rundown area of Mexico City, and police—who yesterday arrested two suspects—say the trouble started with a dispute over the tab. Malcolm Shabazz went to the Palace Club with a friend last week and they... More »

Malcolm X's Troubled Grandson Dead at 28

Malcolm Shabazz rumored to have been killed in Mexico: report

(Newser) - Malcolm X's grandson is dead in Mexico, according to reports. Malcolm Shabazz is rumored to have been killed, according to the New York Amsterdam News , but details are uncertain. A family friend tells the New York Times US authorities confirmed the 28-year-old's death. Shabazz was a troubled figure... More »

Barney Rosset, Censorship-Fighting Publisher, Dies

Grove Press founder championed Beat poets, Samuel Beckett, erotica

(Newser) - Barney Rosset, founder of the envelope-pushing, censorship-defying Grove Press, died at age 89 on Tuesday after a double-heart-valve replacement, the New York Times reports. The irascible Rosset once described his press as "a breach in the dam of American Puritanism," and it lived up to that name, publishing... More »

2011's Top 10 Books

Stephen King, Christopher Hitchens make the cut

(Newser) - If you need a book recommendation for holiday reading, look no further than the New York Times ' list of the 10 best books of the year. Five are fiction and five non-fiction:
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King: A time portal sends an English teacher back to 1958 to try and
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Book Renews Calls to Reopen Malcolm X Case

Author brings fresh scrutiny, suggests real killers went free

(Newser) - Calls to reopen the investigation into the assassination of Malcolm X are gaining momentum thanks to a new best-selling biography, reports the New York Times . In Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, now-deceased Columbia professor Manning Marable revisits the long-held assumption that authorities botched the case , arguing that two of... More »

Cops 'Stood Back' After Threats to Malcolm X: Book

Columbia's Manning Marable dies just before release of major biography

(Newser) - Columbia professor Manning Marable spent 20 years working on a groundbreaking biography of Malcolm X but died yesterday, just three days before its release. Scholars who have read Marable's Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention say it presents the most definitive look yet at the black nationalist leader's legacy, reports... More »

Malcolm X's Daughter Arrested

Malikah Shabazz accused of stealing from widow

(Newser) - Malikah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s youngest daughter, has been arrested on outstanding warrants that include charges of grand larceny, forgery, and identity theft. The New York Times reports that Shabazz was accused of stealing from the widow of one of Malcolm’s bodyguards. She was arrested in North Carolina on... More »

Top 25 Black Leaders: Obama Second Only to MLK

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, he gets top honors

(Newser) - On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it’s fitting to announce that the civil rights leader himself was voted the most influential black American leader. TheGrio asked 25 academics, artists, and activists to rank a list of 170 black leaders, and the website calculated the top 25:
  1. Martin Luther King,
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Malcolm X Killer Gains Parole

Thomas Hagan, 69, had been on work release

(Newser) - The last of the men convicted in Malcolm X's assassination has been paroled after 44 years in prison. Thomas Hagan, 69, hadn't been spending a ton of time in prison anyway; in 1992 he entered a full-time work-release program that let him spend 5 days a week at home with... More »

Percy Sutton, Malcolm X Lawyer, Dies

Civil rights activist was also savior of the Apollo Theater

(Newser) - Percy Sutton, the pioneering civil rights attorney who represented Malcolm X before launching successful careers as a political power broker and media mogul, has died at age 89. A spokeswoman for Gov. David Paterson confirmed Sutton died yesterday, but didn't know the cause. His daughter, Cheryl Sutton, declined comment. The... More »

Common Hails Triumph of Actual Style Over Bling

(Newser) - The world of hip-hop style is forsaking gaudy bling for refinement, to the delight of trendsetting rapper-actor Common. “It’s great that is gone,” he tells the Los Angeles Times of the pendant-and-Cristal days. “That really didn't exemplify style. It was just like, ‘I have the... More »

W. Deen Mohammed: Black Muslim Leader Dies

(Newser) - Imam W. Deen Mohammed, son of the late Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad and one of the nation's top black Muslim leaders, has died at age 74, the Chicago Tribune reports. "Brother Imam"—once banished by his father for remaining close to Nation of Islam critic Malcolm... More »

Are Black Immigrants Black?

Debra Dickerson on the divide between 'native' and 'immigrant' blacks

(Newser) - The notion that a black American must be a “descendant of West African slaves brought here to labor for whites against their will” just reinforces the “invisibility that black immigrants face in America,” Debra Dickerson writes in Mother Jones. But she can’t escape it herself, she... More »

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