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The "White Child" That Killed My Father

Torri Stuckey | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

The man I once viewed as "the strongest daddy in da' world" was now too weak to defend himself against the young dope boys in the community. Overnight he became less entertaining. His jokes became irritating. His singing and dancing morphed into buffoonery. He could do no right in my eyes.

John Legend Speaks to the Crack in the System Caused by Mass Incarceration

Antonio Moore | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Antonio Moore

Crack in the System's goal is simply to dig deeper, supply more facts, and provide the definitive story. We accomplished this by interviewing several individuals never seen on camera before speaking about the realities of their involvement with the reach of the contra scandal and cocaine epidemic.

The Gary Webb Story: Still Killing the Messenger

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 12.20.2014 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

For the first time the true story about the courageous investigative journalist, Gary Webb, is being told in movie theaters across the country where people can draw their own conclusions unhindered by the noise and static of establishment naysayers in the corporate media.

Ryan Grim

Key Figures In CIA-Crack Cocaine Scandal Begin To Come Forward | Ryan Grim | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- With the public in the U.S. and Latin America becoming increasingly skeptical of the war on drugs, key figures in a scandal that once r...

The Resurrection of Reporter Gary Webb: Will Hollywood Give Him Last Word Against the CIA's Media Apologists?

Jeff Cohen | Posted 12.06.2014 | Media
Jeff Cohen

Beginning this Friday, the ghost of Gary Webb will haunt his tormenters from movie screens across the country, with the opening of the dramatic film Kill the Messenger -- based partly on Webb's 1998 Dark Alliance book.

Keith Haring's 'Crack is Wack': NYC's Most Famous Mural?

Matthew Israel | Posted 10.15.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

Haring painted Crack is Wack without asking for permission. One morning, during the summer of 1986, he drove a rented van -- loaded with some ladders from his studio and some new fluorescent orange paint he had bought -- up to Harlem to paint.

SB 1010: Fixing California's Racist Drug Laws

Zachary Norris | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Zachary Norris

California may get one step closer to eliminating the racist laws that unfairly target low-income communities of color for incarceration. On Thursday, the California State Assembly will vote on a bill that would eliminate groundless disparities in punishment for possession of crack cocaine and powder cocaine for sale.

Eliot Nelson

A Strange, Confusing Evening With Marion Barry | Eliot Nelson | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON - On Friday evening, Marion Barry sat with a group of journalists and delivered a stirring defense of yogurt. "Yogurt is more healthy t...

Death by Imprisonment: America's War on Melanin Possession and the Indigent

MiAngel Cody | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
MiAngel Cody

Although the 1986 overdose death of 11-year-old Reynolds Allen Wintersmith Jr.'s mother, unlike that of all-American basketball standout Len Bias that same year, did not thrust our nation's legislators into reactive political pandemonium, the federal drug-sentencing policies of that year would later impact this motherless son's life in a most damning and undeniable way.

Matt Sledge

Prosecutor Tells Black Congressmembers The War On Drugs Isn't Racist | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

McGruff the Crime Dog and Nancy Reagan must have been busy. Two former federal prosecutors testifying at a House Judiciary hearing on Friday said the ...

Lydia O'Connor

San Francisco Crack Pipe Exchange Program Plans Expansion | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco’s brazen crack pipe exchange isn’t going anywhere, its organizers say, even if the city won’t condone -- let alon...

The War on Drugs

Bert McCracken | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Bert McCracken

With over $51 billion spent per year, the United States will arrest over 1.5 million people for nonviolent crimes, and the ethnic discrepancies are atrocious.

Obama's Opening to Mercy

Mark Osler | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Mark Osler

Shortly before Christmas, we saw President Obama employ this power in a meaningful and strategic way. He granted 13 pardons and commuted eight prisoners. The commutations were particularly significant, as they represented the largest number of commutations in a single day in over a decade.

Ryan J. Reilly

Man Sentenced To Die Behind Bars For Non-Violent Crime Describes The Day His Luck Changed | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Right after lunch, the warden called inmate number 07031-078 into his office. Jason Hernandez was worried. The last time he was called t...

Is Obama Channeling Mandela?

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

Obama successfully carried out what the White House constructed to appear as a magnanimous act of mercy. Is this really a generous Christmas gift to these men and women and their families when they won't be released until April?

President Obama Sends Powerful Message on Draconian Drug Sentencing

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The end result of the bloated, grotesque drug war is that the U.S., with five percent of the planet's population, has nearly 25 percent of its inmates.

Obama Makes Huge Move Against War On Drugs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

President Obama, expanding his push to curtail severe penalties for drug offenses, is expected on Thursday to commute the sentences of eight federal i...

Will the 'The Big Apple' Trump 'The Windy City' When It Comes to False Confessions?

Steve Drizin | Posted 02.04.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Anxious detectives did not have the luxury of waiting for DNA results. Their orders were to close cases. The easiest way for them to do that was to pressure witnesses to make identifications, coerce confessions from suspects, or rely on snitches.

These Photos Of Female Heroin Addicts Reveal The Power Of Addiction (NSFW)

Posted 11.26.2013 | Arts

Warning: This article contains imagery that may be disturbing to some. Most often, addiction and the struggles that accompany it stay hidden behind...

Review: Prequel Reveals How Rob Ford Came to Live in a Van Down by the River

Steve Kenning | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Steve Kenning

"It was really something," said former co-star David Spade, of Ford's reprisal of his marquee role from the '90s. "I only knew Rob as a nutty, coffee-table smashing, goofball. This new film goes much deeper, and I would say, darker."

Stephen Colbert Pulls A Rob Ford

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy

Upon the revelation that Rob Ford indeed had smoked crack ("in one of my drunken stupors") after months of carefully-worded denials, Stephen Colbert g...

Man Was Arrested After Cops Mistook Candy For Crack

DNAinfo | Posted 10.23.2013 | New York

STATEN ISLAND — The city paid a Staten Island man $42,500 after police accused him of crack possession after finding candy in his pockets, his lawye...

WATCH: 60 YO Former Crack Cocaine Addict Finds Art as New Drug of Choice

HooplaHa | Posted 10.30.2013 | Arts

Candyce Scott is a 60+ former crack cocaine addict who never thought she would one day be an artist. As part of her rehab, she chose to get involved w...

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing and Potential Pardons by President Obama

Anthony Papa | Posted 10.26.2013 | Crime
Anthony Papa

Last week I listened with great interest to a speech Attorney General Eric Holder presented in front of the American Bar Association.

WATCH: Bus RIder's Brazen Act Horrifies Passengers

Posted 08.16.2013 | Weird News

A YouTube video aired by Detroit television station WXYZ-TV appears to show one bus passenger doing the unthinkable -- smoking crack in plain sight on...