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Brooklyn-based author Mamadou Chinyelu spent two years and six days writing Harlem Ain’t Nothin’ but a Third World Country: The Global Economy, Empowerment Zones and the Colonial Status of Africans in America. And, over the phone, he will spend an hour calmly breaking it down. But it’s not that easy: What Chinyelu sees is another Trail of Tears-style gentrification project. This time, though, it’s a mass removal of black people from Harlem and other African-American communities. And instead of finding themselves on the business end of a rifle, African-Americans are pitted against a high-tech capitalistic “death machine.” There’s no need to ride as far away as New York for an example—just look at Chocolate City: Black businesses are placed in competition with big conglomerates and forced to shut down, just in time for pricey condos to go up. Hear Chinyelu make his case in person at 6 p.m. at Yawa Books & Gifts, 2206 18th St. NW. Free. (202) 483-6805. (Ayesha Morris)