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I just got the terrible news that the great historian Manning Marable has passed. I'll say more later. What I remember is that Marable's How Capitalism Undeveloped Black America was essential reading for all of us Howard University radicals who used to gather under the flag-pole. I should add that we have a review of his new biography of Malcolm X coming out in our next issue.


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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. More

Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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