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Sunday, June 23, and Sunday, June 30, 2019
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Interview with Milton Allimadi
With Dr. Brenda M. Greene, Executive Director
The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY
Listen at WMEC Radio: http://wmec.mec.cuny.edu
Dr. Brenda Greene interviews Milton Allimadi, author of The Hearts of Darkness: How White Writers Created the Racist Image of Africa (Black Star Books Co., Second Edition, 2016). Greene and Allimadi discuss his motivation for writing the book and the themes highlighted in the book. Originally from Uganda, Allimadi was disturbed by the negative depiction of Africa and Africans by the media. The book analyzes the genesis for the negative images of Africans and Africa and provides specific examples of how these Africans were portrayed in the media. Throughout his life, Allimadi has published critical essays that examine this subject. He ultimately obtained a degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. This book is an outgrowth of his graduate thesis in journalism. Much of the material for this thesis was obtained after reviewing the archives of The New York Times and interviewing various journalists who covered Africa during their tenure at The New York Times.
About the Author
Milton Allimadi was born in Uganda and educated there and in Tanzania. In addition to his journalism degree from Columbia, he has a degree in economics from Syracuse University. Allimadi publishes The Black Star News, a Pan-African media outlet that focuses on investigative journalism and political commentary. He also conducts a free weekly journalism workshop in the Bed-Stuy community of Brooklyn. His goal is to empower ordinary people with the skills to tell and write their own stories.