Walter Ellis Mosley (born January 12, 1952) is an American novelist, most widely recognized for his crime fiction. He has written a series of best-selling historical mysteries featuring the hard-boiled detective Easy Rawlins, a black private investigator living in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California; they are perhaps his most popular works. In 2020, Mosley received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, making him the first Black man to receive the honor.
Mosley started writing at 34 and has written every day since, penning more than forty books and often publishing two books a year. He has written in a variety of fiction categories, including mystery and afrofuturist science fiction, as well as nonfiction politics. His work has been translated into 21 languages. His direct inspirations include the detective fiction of Dashiell Hammett, Graham Greene and Raymond Chandler. Mosley’s fame increased in 1992 when presidential candidate Bill Clinton, a fan of murder mysteries, named Mosley as one of his favorite authors. Mosley made publishing history in 1997 by foregoing an advance to give the manuscript of Gone Fishin’ to a small, independent publisher, Black Classic Press in Baltimore, run by former Black Panther Paul Coates.His first published book, Devil in a Blue Dress, was the basis of a 1995 movie starring Denzel Washington, and the following year a 10-part abridgement of the novel by Margaret Busby, read by Paul Winfield, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The world premiere of Mosley’s first play, The Fall of Heaven, was staged at the Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, Ohio, in January 2010.Mosley has served on the board of directors of the National Book Awards.Mosley is on the board of the TransAfrica Forum. Former literature professor Harold Heft argued for Mosley’s inclusion in the literary canon of Jewish-American writers. In Moment (magazine) magazine, Johanna Neuman writes that black literary circles questioned whether Mosley should be considered a “black author”. Mosley has said that he prefers to be called a novelist. He explains his desire to write about “black male heroes” saying “hardly anybody in America has written about black male heroes… There are black male protagonists and black male supporting characters, but nobody else writes about black male heroes.” In 2019, after working in the writers room for the series Snowfall, Mosley was hired by Alex Kurtzman for a similar role on the third season of Star Trek: Discovery. After working on the series for three weeks, Mosley was notified by CBS of a complaint made against him by another member of the writers room for Mosley’s use of the word “nigger” while telling a story about his experience with a police officer who had used the slur. CBS told Mosley this was usually a fireable offence, but said no further action would be taken and asked that he not use the word again outside of a script. Mosley chose to leave the series, quitting without informing Kurtzman and Paradise and explaining his decision in an op-ed for The New York Times in September 2019. He did not identify Discovery as the series he was working on in the op-ed, but this was confirmed in reports on the op-ed shortly after its release.
Mosley was born in California. His mother, Ella (born Slatkin), was Jewish and worked as a personnel clerk; her ancestors had immigrated from Russia. His father, Leroy Mosley (1924–1993), was an African American from Louisiana who was a supervising custodian at a Los Angeles public school. He had worked as a clerk in the segregated US army during the Second World War. His parents tried to marry in 1951 but, though the union was legal in California, where they were living, no one would give them a marriage license. He was an only child and ascribes his writing imagination to “an emptiness in my childhood that I filled up with fantasies”. For $9.50 a week, Walter Mosley attended the Victory Baptist day school, a private African-American elementary school that held pioneering classes in black history. When he was 12, his parents moved from South Central to more comfortably affluent, working-class west LA. He graduated from Alexander Hamilton High School in 1970. Mosley describes his father as a deep thinker and storyteller, a “black Socrates”. His mother encouraged him to read European classics from Dickens and Zola to Camus. He also loves Langston Hughes and Gabriel García Márquez. He was largely raised in a non-political family culture, although there were racial conflicts flaring throughout L.A. at the time. He later became more highly politicised and outspoken about racial inequalities in the US, which are a context of much of his fiction.
West was born on June 2, 1953, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and grew up in Sacramento, California, where he graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. His mother, Irene Rayshell (Bias), was a teacher and principal, and his father, Clifton Louis West Jr., was a general contractor for the Department of Defense. His grandfather, Clifton L. West Sr., was pastor of the Tulsa Metropolitan Baptist Church. Irene B. West Elementary School in Elk Grove, California, is named for his mother.
As a young man, West marched in civil rights demonstrations and organized protests demanding black studies courses at his high school, where he was student body president. He later wrote that, in his youth, he admired “the sincere black militancy of Malcolm X, the defiant rage of the Black Panther Party, and the livid black theology of James Cone.”
In 1970, after graduation from high school, he enrolled at Harvard College and took classes from the philosophers Robert Nozick and Stanley Cavell. In 1973, West was graduated from Harvard magna cum laude in Near Eastern languages and civilization. He credits Harvard with exposing him to a broader range of ideas, influenced by his professors as well as the Black Panther Party. West says his Christianity prevented him from joining the BPP, instead choosing to work in local breakfast, prison, and church programs. After completing his undergraduate work at Harvard, West enrolled at Princeton University where he received a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1980, completing a dissertation under the supervision of Raymond Geuss and Sheldon Wolin, becoming the first African American to graduate from Princeton with a PhD degree in philosophy.
At Princeton, West was heavily influenced by Richard Rorty’s neopragmatism. Rorty remained a close friend and colleague of West’s for many years following West’s graduation. The title of West’s dissertation was Ethics, Historicism and the Marxist Tradition, which was later revised and published under the title The Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought.
In his late-20s, he returned to Harvard as a W. E. B. Du Bois Fellow before becoming an assistant professor at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. In 1984, he went to Yale Divinity School in what eventually became a joint appointment in American studies. While at Yale, he participated in campus protests for a clerical labor union and divestment from apartheid South Africa. One of the protests resulted in his being arrested and jailed. As punishment, the university administration canceled his leave for the spring term in 1987, leading him to commute from Yale in New Haven, Connecticut, where he was teaching two classes, across the Atlantic Ocean to the University of Paris.
He then returned to Union Theological Seminary for one year before going to Princeton to become a professor of religion and director of the Program in African-American Studies from 1988 to 1994. After Princeton, he accepted an appointment as professor of African-American studies at Harvard University, with a joint appointment at the Harvard Divinity School. West taught one of the university’s most popular courses, an introductory class on African-American studies. In 1998, he was appointed the first Alphonse Fletcher University Professor. West used this new position to teach in not only African-American studies, but also in divinity, religion, and philosophy. West was also inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa in 1998 at SUNY Plattsburgh.
West left Harvard after a widely publicized dispute with then-President Lawrence Summers in 2002. That year, West returned to Princeton, where he helped create “one of the world’s leading centers for African-American studies” according to Shirley Tilghman, Princeton’s president in 2011. In 2012, West left Princeton and returned to the institution where he began his teaching career, Union Theological Seminary. His departure from Princeton, unlike his departure from Harvard, was quite amicable. He continued to teach occasional courses at Princeton in an emeritus capacity as the Class of 1943 University Professor in the Center for African American Studies.
West returned to Harvard in November 2016, leaving Union Theological Seminary for a nontenured position as Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy, jointly appointed at the Harvard Divinity School and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Department of African and African-American Studies.
In February 2021, reports circulated that West was denied consideration for tenure at Harvard and had threatened to leave the university once again. On March 8, 2021, West announced that he would leave Harvard and move to the Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
A jawbone fragment discovered in northern Spain last month could be the oldest known fossil of a human ancestor found to date in Europe. The researchers on Friday said the fossil found at an archaeological site on June 30 in northern Spain’s Atapuerca mountain range is around 1.4 million years old.
Until now, the oldest hominid fossil found in Europe was a jawbone found at the same site in 2007, determined to be 1.2 million years old. Atapuerca contains one of the richest records of prehistory.
This is Eko Atlantic City, built on 10 square kilometers of land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean, some called it the Dubia of Nigeria, created to help stop costal erosion at VI, Lagos, this basic idea turned into a huge project.
This project brought a lot of controversies, because More than a decade later, only a handful of buildings have been completed, large sections of the city are still empty and plots of land awaiting construction work. In this Video, we toured Eko Atlantic and answered some questions regarding the Eko Atlantic city project in Lagos Nigeria.
Conflict in northern Nigeria is once again on the rise. For more than three decades, clashes between different ethnoreligious communities have killed thousands of people, displaced countless others and wreaked havoc on local markets and livelihoods. From intercommunal conflicts and pastoralist-farmer violence in the Middle Belt to banditry in the Northwest, the most recent round of violence threatens to further destabilize the country and region if effective measures to prevent and mitigate conflict are not implemented.
Join USIP and Mercy Corps for a discussion of new research and evidence that examines the complex linkages between the political, economic and identity-based conflicts that are driving broader conflict in northern Nigeria — as well as the implications for policy and programmatic interventions. The conversation will pay particular attention to the multiple overlapping cleavages related to identity (including ethnicity and religion) and livelihood activities (such as farming and pastoralism) that continue to animate violence in the region.
Oge Onubogu, moderator
Director, West Africa Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace
Senior Researcher, Religion and Inclusive Societies, U.S. Institute of Peace
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager, Mercy Corps
List of Richest Hausa and Fulani Men & their Net Worth. Below is the roll call of richest people in Northern Nigeria, an areas dominated by Hausa and Fulani tribes.
Some of these richest Hausa-Fulani Men in Nigeria are very popular and well-known
because of their entrepreneurs prowess and achievements.
Without taking much of your time, we will be listing the top wealthiest men from the North, the list consists of 10 Hausa and Fulani men who are among the richest in Northern Nigeria through established business.
Here is our latest top 10 Richest Hausa and Fulani Men In Nigeria, as at april 20th 2022.
#1. Alhaji Aliko Dangote – (Net worth. $17.8 billion).
#2. Abdulsamad Rabiu. (Net worth. $6.1 billion).
#3. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. (Net worth. $2.5 billion).
#4. Theophilus Danjuma. Net worth. $1.5 billion.
#5. Atiku Abubakar. Net worth. $1.4 billion.
#6. Alhaji Dahiru Bara’u Mangal. Net worth. $1.2 billion.
#7. Ali Modu Sheriff. (Net worth $800 million).
#8. Sani Bello. Net worth $780 million.
#9. Mohammed Indimi. Net worth. $450 million.
#10. Alhaji Auwalu Abdullahi Rano. Net worth. $280 million.
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