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Morality is required to abolish the death penalty

In“How to Convince Americans to Abolish the Death Penalty,” Amherst Professor Austin Sarat asserts “important lessons about how abolitionists can be successful around the country” can be learned from New Hampshire — which just last month became the twenty-first state […]

Morality is required to abolish the death penalty

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In“How to Convince Americans to Abolish the Death Penalty,” Amherst Professor Austin Sarat asserts “important lessons about how abolitionists can be successful around the country” can be learned from New Hampshire — which just last month became the twenty-first state […]

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“Wheel! Of Fortune!” A Las Vegas Story

An unnaturally tan woman with metallic blond hair and garish makeup has hit a bonus. Automated applause, bells, whistles, whoops, and all manner of artificial sounds ring out. Flashing

Immersed in the Fullness of Half Pint

Half Pint (né Lindon Andrew Roberts) is one of the most famous, gracious, and conscious of the cadre of iconic reggae singers in the world. His songs have been

Imbibe Consciousness and Culture with Cocoa Tea

“Cocoa Tea” is a popular Caribbean drink, but music fans know it’s also the name of one of reggae’s sweetest singers and best live performers. After more than four

Reacting to violence, a personal history: My unforgettable college stabbings

Violence can and does occur anywhere at any time to anyone. While our current mass shooting epidemic has thrust this fact of being alive into our daily consciousness, I

Reggae icon Max Romeo: “How do you fight the devil with a lawyer?”

In a career spanning fifty-five years, legendary reggae star Max Romeo’s many hit songs have brought joy to millions of fans and influenced generations of artists, including rap mogul

Julius Jones’s Hail Mary to escape a 21st-Century-style lynching

Recently, by filing a petition for certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States, Julius Jones, a black man condemned to death in Oklahoma, threw the legal equivalent of

Black Uhuru’s Duckie Simpson: ‘I’m a Nine-Star General Now’

After watching legendary reggae band Black Uhuru perform in September of 2016, I wrote, “Duckie Simpson is an ageless, still spry reggae icon; like fine wine, his artistic beauty

Sly Dunbar: 10 minutes with the superstar drummer

Sly Dunbar is one of the most innovative and influential drummers of all time. Individually and together with his “riddim twin” bassist Robbie Shakespeare, Dunbar has played with the

Why Twitter brings out my worst self (and perhaps yours)

As a full-time freelance writer — having transitioned from law practice at midlife, accursed with all the selfish, self-doubting sensibilities that kind of crisis entails — Twitter brings out my absolute

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