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Basic Black Live: A New Look At the Life of Malcolm X

(Originally broadcast June 24, 2011)  A conversation on the recently released biography, Malcolm X: A Life Of Reinvention by Manning Marable. The biography was two decades in the making, but sadly, Marable passed away the weekend before the book's publication. However, provocative revelations about Malcolm X including his early criminal career, his encounters with homosexuality, and his relationship with his wife Betty Shabazz have stirred quite a controversy.

Our panel: Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Kim McLarin, Assistant Professor of Writing, Literature, and Publishing, Emerson College; Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, 89.7 WGBH radio; and Peniel Joseph, professor of history, Tufts University.