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The Deafening Drumbeat of the Unfree

Above the din of disturbing news – that discordant banging you’re hearing, steadily getting louder and louder, that you can no longer ignore – that’s the drumbeat of the unfree. Dehumanized by the labels “prisoner,” “inmate,” and “convict,” even reduced […]

The Deafening Drumbeat of the Unfree

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Above the din of disturbing news – that discordant banging you’re hearing, steadily getting louder and louder, that you can no longer ignore – that’s the drumbeat of the unfree. Dehumanized by the labels “prisoner,” “inmate,” and “convict,” even reduced […]

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British waffling on death penalty will have global repercussions

For over half a century, abolitionists have wielded the United Kingdom’s conscientious, consistent, civilized opposition to capital punishment – in all cases and all circumstances – as a powerful

Toots Hibbert: “It takes time to build a mansion”

In his rollicking tell-all book, “The Half That’s Never Been Told: The Real-Life Reggae Adventures of Doctor Dread” (Akashic Books 2015), Gary Himelfarb a.k.a. “Dr. Dread” and the founder of

Rootsman Garth Dennis reflects on Reggae’s richness

Rudolph “Garth” Dennis occupies a storied, honorific place in the history of reggae music: In addition to a lengthy stretch as a lead singer for foundational roots reggae band

Reggae on the Mountain is the best reggae venue in Los Angeles

In mid-July, when summer’s heat sears L.A., Angelenos and savvy outsiders know the best, most refreshing, rejuvenating thing to do is to go to Reggae on the Mountain. Aptly

Blaze Mob: Moving Over Barriers

On a recent Tuesday as the sun descended in Los Angeles, disappearing in an earthy, caramelly glow, the Melody Lounge in Chinatown was set ablaze by a mob –

Workshopping myself with writer Steve Hauk

Because I’m blessed, but also, because I’m a writer and therefore accursed with all the selfish, self-doubting sensibilities writers share, this past Memorial Day weekend I drove from Los

DJ Yaadcore discusses Righteous Reggae and Raging Fyah

Q: I’m [at the Ninth Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival] speaking with Yaadcore, DJ for [reggae artist] Protoje and a founder of the “Dubwise” movement. Thank you for

Raising Consciousness with Raging Fyah and Rastafari

The Raging Fyah and Rastafari Interview If Las Vegas were taking bets on which band will drop an album the world will soon be talking about – and singing, skanking,

Cali Roots Festival continued

Photos from the California Roots Festival, featuring: Chronixx, Steel Pulse, Fortunate Youth, and Stephen Marley. From Monterey, California; May 25-27, 2018 Here are some of the pictures I took; I hope

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