California passed a law abolishing money bail. (Hurray.) It also grants sweeping powers to judges to lock up defendants at will, indiscriminately, however. (?!?!) Grassroots prison reform groups were bamboozled—and are now furious.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sadly, the country yet again has to confront a deadly shooting. There will be memorials, and necessary news coverage about how students and teachers acted with bravery while their school was being terrorized. And then the country will move on.
The News Beat team took to Facebook Live to discuss how this new podcast challenges conventional narratives through journalism and music.
Listen to the full episode of “BackBeat: AUMF – THE LATEST WEAPON IN AMERICA’S ILLEGAL, PERPETUAL WAR.” Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
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.
This paradigm of how people consume news and information and the manner in which its circulated to friends and family shifted a long time ago.
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.
It’s an incredible spectacle, really, to watch the corporate media and their favorite talking heads explore this notion of Trump’s so-called independence. This, only a month after Trump failed to issue a full-throated condemnation of a white nationalist invasion in Charlottesville, Va.
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.
Tick-Tock. Bannons’ out and Trump’s days are numbered. Trumpism is a cancer and the best way to fight cancer is to starve the tumor.
In the brief moment the door between our nations opened a crack, a flood of hope, optimism and cash flooded in. The genie is officially out of the bottle and the most interesting days are ahead. The young, vibrant, intelligent and wide-eyed youth we encountered will most assuredly make it so.
Ironic that the most powerful court in the land decided to hear the travel ban case just days after the supposedly non-Islamophobic administration broke with two-decade-old tradition and decided against hosting an Eid al-Fitr dinner at the White House to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan.