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The book looks into the harmful consequences of the racist depictions of Africans,

such as condoning the enslavement and colonization of Black people, genocide,

contempt, hatred and racism towards Africans and people of African descent.



Step Aside Joseph Conrad!


The Hearts of Darkness

By Milton Allimadi


Explosive Book Exposes some Newspapers', including The New York Times’, culpability in racist representation of Africa in early news coverage.

Milton Allimadi, graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, investigative reporter and publisher of The Black Star News, has written an explosive investigative book that digs deep into the history of the negative, racist media representations of Africans and people of African descent that persist in contemporary America.

The Hearts of Darkness, How White Writers Created The Racist Image of Africa, (Black Star Books, 2003, ISBN 0-9740039-0-5 $12) is an exploration into Western media’s historical demonization of Africa over the last several centuries – from Herodotus’ “The Histories,” the journals of the so-called explorers such as Samuel Baker, and the 20th century reportage by journalists with American news publications, including The New York Times

The book looks into the harmful consequences of the racist depictions of Africans, such as condoning the enslavement and colonization of Black people, genocide, contempt, hatred and racism towards Africans and people of African descent. It also examines the inferiority complex and self-hatred that some Black people suffer as a result of bombardment by negative media images.

Allimadi takes readers on a journey of discovery where he encountered many gatekeepers that would have preferred his work never be published, including The Columbia Journalism Review a publication that masquerades as “the bible of objective journalism.”

In this powerful book, spiced with rich and compelling anecdotes and examples, Allimadi offers insight into the process behind the “tribalization” of Africa and African peoples. He explains how and why Western media were able to dismiss the Rwanda genocide as merely a “tribal” affair when the massacres erupted in 1994, while ignoring underlying factors including the 1990 invasion from Uganda. 

He shows the similarities between how Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta was demonized in the 1960s by Western media for leading the so-called Mau Mau uprising when Kenyans battled British settlers who had stolen their lands and the way Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe has been similarly derided once he started seizing land from British settlers for redistribution to Africans.

The book includes a historical analysis of The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, National Geographic and The New Yorker. It contains exclusive letters from The New York Times' archives exposing the racism of some editors and reporters involved in that newspaper's early African coverage, including two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, the late Homer Bigart. The Pulitzer committee should consider revoking the awards posthumously.

Allimadi candidly explains how news organizations were often accomplices and apologists for the negative stereotypes. The book is also an engaging tour of European travelers who went to “explore” and “discover” Africa between the 18th and 19th centuries. He shows how Africans were merely backdrops in the Europeans’ accounts, as they often still are today.

Allimadi shows that these travelers’ publications served as the original media responsible for disseminating the racist images of Africa around the world. Allimadi discusses how centuries of racist representations have created inferiority complexes and Black self-hatred. The book is an educational weapon against racism globally. The book is already on its third print run and has sold 20,000 copies.

Some of the people who have praised The Hearts of Darkness --

Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe

Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Economist and leading social commentator

Imhotep Gary Byrd, leading WBAI radio commentator

Elombe Brath, WBAI/founder Patrice Lumumba movement

Jill Nelson, commentator and author “Sexual Healing”, “Volunteer Slavery”

Glen Ford, Publisher

Hon. Charles Barron, New York City councilmember

Baffour Ankomah, Editor, New African magazine

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You can order the book by sending a Money Order for $15 (which includes postage and handling) made payable to Black Star Books, P.O. Box 64, New York, N.Y., 10025, or calling (212) 481-7745. The book is available at Barnes & Noble and can also be ordered through

For speaking engagements or book signings: Please contact Milton Allimadi through (212) 481-7745 or

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