Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
One of the things I've always felt my high school education cheated me out of was an accurate conveyance of the civil rights movement. Our teacher insisted Malcolm X was a hate monger and as a 99% white school body, we should refute his ways. BS, I say. Malcolm X was a figure of change, evolving from criminal to fundamentalist pawn to a man of enlightenment. Unfortunately, he'd made too many enemies in the Hoover administration and the NOI for his enlightenment to be considered in his favor. I refute my high school teacher's so-called "lesson" and invite those who seek the truth about a historically misrepresented figure of civil rights to step up to this book. Enlightenment will then be yours.
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Ray Van Horn, Jr. is a veteran entertainment journalist whose writing and live photography has been featured in Blabbermouth.net, Dee Snider’s House of Hair Online, Fangoria.com, Horror News.net, About.com Heavy Metal, MetalManiacs, New Noise, Music Dish, AMP, Hails & Horns, Unrestrained,Noisecreep, Impose, Pit, The Big Takeover.com, Rough Edge.com, Pitriff and others. His blog The Metal Minute won a “Best Personal Blog” award in 2009 from Metal Hammer magazine and he wrote and produced his own hard rock e-zine, Retaliate.
He has contributed essays to UK author Neil Daniels’ Iron Maiden and ZZ Top biographies. Ray’s fiction has been published in various periodicals and anthologies, including his flash fiction piece “Off the Record” for Akashic Books’ “Mondays Are Murder” noir series. His recent short stories “Before the Ball” and “Widow” were featured in subsequent editions of Alex S. Johnson’s Axes of Evil anthologies. Ray wrote serialized original superhero fiction for Cyber Age Adventures and five of those stories appear in the anthology Playing Solitaire. He was the winner of Quantum Muse’s fiction contest in 1999.
Ray is a former NHL game analyst for The Hockey Nut and one-time host of the forum “Comic Books” at ReadWave. He has done beat reporting, photography and lifestyle articles for Metromix, an affiliate of The Baltimore Sun, Carroll Magazine, The Northern News and The Emmitsburg Dispatch.