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For Beginners® is a documentary, graphic, nonfiction book series. With subjects ranging from philosophy to politics, art, and beyond, the For Beginners® series covers a range of familiar concepts in a humorous comic-book style, and takes a readily comprehensible approach that’s respectful of the intelligence of its audience.
The Diary of Malcolm X’s publication has been halted, days before its release. The book, coedited by Herb Boyd and Macolm X’s third daughter, Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, is a compilation of Malcolm X’s personal diary entries about his activities in Africa.
“X Legacy LLC, a corporation representing the heirs of Malcolm X, secured a temporary restraining order in Manhattan federal court against the book’s publisher, Third World Press, to halt its publication.”
X Legacy is claiming that Third World Press does not have the rights to publish the book. However, according to Third World Press, the publisher has a signed contract. Both sides of the suit declined to speak to Publisher’s Weekly “but according to a source with knowledge of the suit—who spoke with PW on the condition of anonymity—the plaintiffs with X legacy, ‘are probably [Ilyasah’s sisters] Attallah, Quibilah, and Gamela Shabazz,’ noting that ‘Malikah Shabazz has self-exiled herself from the family.’ Another sister, Malaak Shabazz, supports Ilyasah.”
“In a promotional video produced by Third World Press as part of a crowdfunding campaign to publish the book, Herb Boyd said, ‘This particular book … which he compiled over two trips to Africa and the Middle East, will add to the literary canon. The Diary humanizes him in a way that some of these other scholars set out to do. This is Malcolm uninterrupted, without any kind of editorial interference.’”
Herb Boyd is the author of African History For Beginners, which is “a unique documentary portrait of the Africans’ struggle to preserve their cultural heritage and homeland.” The For Beginners team wishes him the best of luck in winning this case, so that
Any opera fan (as well as many non-fans) will know the name of Plácido Domingo. Domingo was born in Madrid in 1941 and moved to Mexico when he was eight. He attended Mexico City’s Conservatory of Music where he discovered his talent for singing.
Being known as a multi-faceted artist, Domingo has sung in over 140 stage roles as a tenor, won eleven Grammys, two Latin Grammys, and has conducted operas at most of the famous opera houses. He is also the General Director of Los Angeles Opera and Washington National Opera. Read more about Domingo’s background on his official website.
Being such an influential and important name in not only opera but all of the music world, it’s no surprise that the Grammy Museum in LA is honoring Domingo with an exhibit that runs from October 2013 until May 2014.
The exhibit features:
-Costume worn by Domingo during LA Opera’s 1986 production of “Otello,” costume design by Jan Skalicky
-Parsifal costume worn by Domingo in LAO’s 2005 production of “Parsifal,” costume design by Frida Parmeggiani
- Kennedy Center Honors 2000 award
-Various GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY Awards
- Formula 1 racing helmet of driver Alonso Fernandez dedicated to Domingo
- Hollywood Walk of Fame plaque
-Various awards, medals and personal ephemera
Any opera fan will be lucky to attend. You can get more information here.
If you’d like to learn more about the history of opera, be on the lookout for The History of Opera For Beginners, when it is released November 26.
Marcie Gainer, Social Media Manager