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Scientist vs. Cooper (The Interview: Round 1)

By Stephen A. Cooper Discussing his partnership with producer Phillip “Winta” James, reggae star Protoje said – in an interview with WaxPoetics, two years before the duo released “A Matter of ...

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Op-Ed: When will journalism grapple with the ethics of interviewing mentally ill arrestees?

By Stephen A. Cooper When, in a December 2016 column for The Hill, I accused the New York Times, the venerable “Gray Lady” of American journalism, of violating basic journalistic ethics in ...

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Larry McDonald Is “Fattening the Pulse of the Rhythm” (The Interview)

By Stephen A. Cooper If you’re a music lover the only thing better than interviewing Larry McDonald, one of the best percussionists in the world, is interviewing him ...

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OpEd: The prospective gassing of human beings in Alabama is an abomination

By Stephen A. Cooper When, in October 2016, I wrote “[d]eath row inmates in Alabama are human guinea pigs” because the state’s capital punishment regime — specifically its barbaric, often ...

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Sister Carol: “Reggae Inna Mi Blood” (The Interview)

Photos and Interview by Stephen A. Cooper Sister Carol, respectfully and affectionately known as the “Black Cinderella” and “Mother Culture,” is both a pioneer and pillar of reggae ...

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Rastalogy Respected at 1st L.A. Reggae Vegan Fest

By Stephen A. Cooper In an introductory essay to “Yes, Rasta” (Powerhouse Books 2000) – described by the New Yorker as “a book of dramatic black-and-white portraits of Rastafarians set against a ...

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Lee “Scratch” Perry: ‘Higher than Moses’ (The Interview)

Interview and photos by Stephen A. Cooper My reggae sixth sense told me it’d be a good idea to buy an extra Rasta-colored ring on the off-chance legendary ...

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Glimpsing Steinbeck’s “Collective Mind” Through Steve Hauk’s Stories

By Stephen A. Cooper Reflecting on “the soul of artists and writers,” nineteenth-century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche observed that art “performs the task of preserving, even touching up extinct, ...

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Protoje’s Penetrating Perspective (The Interview)

By Stephen A. Cooper As much or more than any album in recent memory, in any genre, reggae star Protoje’s “A Matter of Time” – released at the ...

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Toots Hibbert: “It takes time to build a mansion” (The Interview)

By Stephen A. Cooper In his rollicking tell-all book, “The Half That’s Never Been Told: The Real-Life Reggae Adventures of Doctor Dread” (Akashic Books 2015), Gary Himelfarb a.k.a. ...

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Rootsman Garth Dennis Reflects On Reggae’s Richness

By Stephen A. Cooper Rudolph “Garth” Dennis occupies a storied, honorific place in the history of reggae music: In addition to a lengthy stretch as a lead singer ...

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Reggae on the Mountain: Best Reggae Venue in Los Angeles (The Interview)

By Stephen A. Cooper In mid-July, when summer’s heat sears L.A., Angelenos and savvy outsiders know the best, most refreshing, rejuvenating thing to do is to go to ...

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Blaze Mob: “Musical Messages That’ll Last Forever” (The Interview)

By Stephen A. Cooper On a recent Tuesday as the sun descended in Los Angeles, disappearing in an earthy, caramelly glow, the Melody Lounge in Chinatown was set ...

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Op-Ed: Alabama has been torturing poor people for a long time.

By Stephen A. Cooper If you have a high-profile lawyer with powerful friends and you’re tortured while on death row in Alabama, everyone in the nation not only ...

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Majestic Meditations with Jesse Royal

By Stephen A Cooper Jesse Royal is one of the brightest stars in music today. Cutting edge and conscious, Royal, a Rasta singer “affectionately known” as “The Small ...

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