News Beat podcast clinched top prizes at the Long Island chapter of Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) awards recognizing journalistic excellence.
California has instituted a series of wide-ranging, significant mass incarceration and prison reform initiatives, serving as a model for others to emulate.
BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith, WaPo’s Margaret Sullivan, The Empire Files’ Abby Martin, and other writers and editors from across the media spectrum weigh in on the current state of journalism and fulfilling its critical mission.
Now that the much-anticipated midterm elections are over, will Congress re-examine a stalled prison-reform compromise bill?
Yes, we know, the Democrats took back the House. But the 2018 election was historic in many other ways. Social justice was also on the ballot.
Florida is one of four states that permanently bars ex-felons from voting, and its disenfranchisement law is one of the nation’s most stringent.
A new wave of progressive prosecutors hopes to reform the criminal ‘injustice’ system & dismantle mass incarceration by sweeping the midterm elections.
FBI’s COINTELPRO secretly targeted civil rights leaders, anti-war groups and more, for destruction. Its spirit and tactics are alive and well, and being deployed today against similar causes.
News Beat podcast earned high honors at Religion News Association’s national awards competition, ranking among top outlets from across the United States.
The newly forged partnership between Silent Knight and Innocence Project is just the latest collaborative project for the Brooklyn-born rapper.
News Beat is a social justice podcast melding journalism with hip-hop. Season 2 included episodes on money bail, youth prisons, MS-13 & much, much more.
Mohammed Alobahy and his wife Amal are but one family of countless torn apart by President Trump’s self-professed Muslim Ban—which could be a death sentence.
Six million Americans are literally barred from participating in the most basic function of democracy: voting. Why? The name’s Crow. Jim Crow.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman puts forth resolution calling on Congress to apologize for United States’ ineffective war on drugs and make reparations to those crushed by policies targeting minority communities.
All around the United States, peaceful protesters are being met with armed resistance from local authorities and restrictive anti-protest laws criminalizing Americans’ constitutionally protected right to assemble and speak out.
News Beat clinched top honors in the Podcast category at New York Press Club’s annual awards competition recognizing outstanding journalism in print, broadcast and online by media outlets across New York City and the United States.
Fifty years after the landmark Kerner Commission Report warned America was moving toward two ‘separate and unequal’ societies divided by race, a recently published update discovers things have only gotten even worse… Yet there is still hope.
The U.S. incarcerates more children than just about any other industrialized nation. And just like adult prisons, its black kids that are imprisoned at a disproportionate rate.
The United States’ press freedom ranking fell for the second consecutive year, marking a disturbing trend for a nation that purports to be the beacon of human rights and free speech.
A discussion about the notorious MS-13 street gang and its origins. Featuring a bonus interview with revolutionary hip-hop duo Rebel Diaz.
We talk to two former government insiders who warn about Haspel, who led a secret prisoner “black site” and covered up illegal torture.
Why are press freedoms so important? Who are the journalists being murdered? Are dictators now using ‘Fake News’ a la Trump? We discuss.
Obama waged his “War on Whistleblowers.” Trump unflinchingly attacks the media, daily. There’s also been arrests of reporters. How “free” is the free press?
Obama and Bush said Guantanamo Bay needs to close. Trump wants to keep it open. This is the story of a prison that has become known as a legal “Black Hole.”
More than 400,000 people toil in U.S. jails annually because they can’t pay bail. So why in the “Land of the Free” does freedom come at a debilitating cost?
MLK, Jr. once referred to “riots” as the “language of the unheard.” The reasons for such rebellions are myriad: political, social & cultural.
The News Beat team took to Facebook Live to discuss how this new podcast challenges conventional narratives through journalism and music.
Since 9/11, the U.S. government & mainstream media have impressed the dangers of radical Islamic extremism, largely ignoring domestic right-wing extremism.
Listen to the full episode of “BackBeat: AUMF – THE LATEST WEAPON IN AMERICA’S ILLEGAL, PERPETUAL WAR.” Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
LISTEN: The executive branch effectively wields all war-making power—an unprecedented coup that provokes little outrage from a war-exhausted nation.
The team elaborates on the Chelsea Manning leaks and expands on how the government, and some in the media, tried to obscure the revelations.
Although the “WISE Up: Knowledge Ends Extremism” report has been in the works for several years, in some ways, it’s more accurately 16 years in the making.
There’s no question that outward political acts, or even something as small as engaging in conversation about topics unrelated to an athlete’s profession, is almost universally considered blasphemous in the sports world.
Under the circumstances of which Manning has spent the last seven years of her life it’s equally mind-numbing and inspiring to witness her very public and incredibly honest transformation.