Tariq Ali Interview

June 30, 2011

Here’s Tariq Ali being interviewed on the Al Jazeera English program “One on One”.

Ali talks about his family and life growing up in Pakistan, his political activism, his books and lots more.

Jazz Blogs Roundup – June

June 30, 2011

Here are some of the latest notable items from the Jazz Blogosphere:

Can Jazz Save The World?

Chick Corea’s Five Song Playlist

Lenny White on the Bitches Brew sessions

New Book on Louis Armstrong

Latinos and The Grammys: The Death Of Musical Diversity?

Ornette Coleman & Thelonious Monk: One Revolution After Another

Confronting Torture in U.S. Prisons

June 30, 2011


Confronting Torture in U.S. Prisons: A Q&A With Activists/Journalists James Ridgeway and Jean Casella

Ridgeway and Casella, co-founders of Solitary Watch, discuss an upcoming prisoner hunger strike at Pelican Bay State Prison and the inhumane practice of solitary confinement.

Prisoners in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison in California have announced they are beginning an indefinite hunger strike on July 1, 2011 to protest the conditions of their imprisonment, which they say are cruel and inhumane. An online petition has been started by supporters of the strikers. While noting that the hunger strike is being “organized by prisoners in an unusual show of racial unity,” five key demands are listed by California Prison Focus:

1) Eliminate group punishments; 2) abolish the debriefing policy and modify active/inactive gang status criteria; 3) comply with the recommendations of the US Commission on Safety and Abuse in Prisons (2006) regarding an end to long term solitary confinement; 4) provide adequate food; 5) expand and provide constructive programs and privileges for indefinite SHU inmates.

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Beginning of the Great Revival

June 30, 2011

Michael Jackson in New York Subway

June 29, 2011

Well, just another day in the NYC transit system.

Alice Walker Interview

June 29, 2011

Michael Archer: Q&A with Alice Walker
June 15, 2011


The Pulitzer Prize-winning author on her impending trip to Gaza, “SlutWalk,” and The Chicken Chronicles.

By Michael Archer

Next week, Alice Walker will be among the passengers aboard “The Audacity of Hope” when it sails from Athens to Gaza to challenge Israel’s naval blockade. (The boat will carry letters from Americans to Palestinians, not aid.) The 67-year-old, Pulitzer Prize winner took a moment to discuss her impending voyage, along with some thoughts on the “Slutwalk” protests (and her understanding of the word “slut”), and the incredibleness of chickens.

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Convicted at 19, Freed at 51

June 29, 2011

Cornelius Dupree served 30 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He was exonerated this year.

Convicted at 19 years old and released at 51.


June 29, 2011

Five myths about Americans in prison

June 28, 2011

Very important points made in this article regarding the prison population explosion in the US.

Especially, the racial disparities in sentencing and in other areas of the criminal justice system.


Five myths about Americans in prison
By Marc Mauer and David Cole

No country on Earth imprisons more people per capita than the United States. But for America, mass incarceration has proved a losing proposition. The Supreme Court recently found California’s overcrowded prisons unconstitutional, and state legislators want to cut the vast amounts of public money spent on prison warehousing.

Why are so many Americans in prison, and which ones can be safely released? Let’s address some common misunderstandings about our incarceration problem.

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Miles Davis talking about his artwork on Nile Rodgers show

June 28, 2011

Another priceless YouTube video!