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Sister Carol: “Perfect Love Casts Away All Fear” (The Interview)

By Stephen Cooper With a legendary career spanning over forty years – during which she’s toured the world several times, acted in Hollywood movies, and recorded countless hit ...

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Bob Marley Still Really Wouldn’t Want You Voting for Trump

By Stephen Cooper In August 2019, in an opinion piece for the Tennessean, I wrote: “You don’t have to listen to reggae in order to navigate the perilous times ...

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A Kingston Reasoning with Legendary Guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith (The Interview: Part 2)

Interview and multi-media by Stephen Cooper In part one of my March interview with legendary guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith – conducted at Chinna’s house in Kingston, Jamaica – ...

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A Kingston Reasoning with Legendary Guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith (The Interview: Part 1)

Photos and Interview by Stephen Cooper Back in early March, before “social distancing” and travel restrictions became the norm, before in many ways literally and figuratively (except online, ...

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Covid-19 Exposes the Death Penalty’s Selfishness

By Stephen Cooper Capital punishment has always been perverse, but during our country’s struggle with the coronavirus, its selfishness sticks out like a sneeze, its sickly aerosols joining ...

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“The Soul Syndicate members dem, dem are all icons”

Interview and multi-media by Stephen Cooper On February 26, before coronavirus disrupted normal rhythms of life all over the world, I spoke for twenty minutes with my friend, ...

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Op-Ed: “Just Mercy” and Justice Don’t Exist in Alabama

The chance of there being “just mercy” for Nathaniel Woods—facing lethal injection on March 5 for the killing of three Birmingham police officers—is as good as the chance ...

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Julian Marley Is Spreading Righteousness Across the World (The Interview)

Photo and interview by Stephen Cooper High up in the Hollywood hills overlooking Babylon, on the cusp of Bob Marley’s 75th earthstrong, I interviewed his son, Julian Marley, ...

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A Historic Conversation with Legendary Drummer Santa Davis (The Interview—Part 1)

Media and interview by Stephen Cooper On December 1, 2019, I interviewed drummer Carlton “Santa” Davis—at his house in Los Angeles—for over three hours about his legendary career. ...

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The Mighty Diamonds: “Harmony can never go out of style” (The Interview)

Multimedia and interview by Stephen Cooper On September 25th at the Dub Club in Los Angeles, I interviewed one of the best reggae bands ever, the Mighty Diamonds. ...

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Hempress Sativa: “Rastafari should be protected” (The Interview)

Interview photos and multi-media by Stephen Cooper Hempress Sativa is one of the most dynamic and talented performers – male or woman – in reggae music today. Currently ...

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Op-Ed: Judge Marks and Mass Incarceration in the Middle District of Alabama

By Stephen Cooper In 2016, together with former colleague Assistant Federal Public Defender Donnie W. Bethel, I wrote, “[p]eople of all persuasions, political parties, and philosophies have awakened ...

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General Jah Mikey: “I Just Love That Microphone, Man” (The Interview)

By Stephen Cooper Due in part to my friendship with legendary sound engineer Scientist I’ve been blessed to meet and interview some of the most famous names in ...

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Tony Chin’s Unstoppable, Historic Career in Music (The Interview: Part 1)

By Stephen Cooper On his forthcoming solo album, “Unstoppable,” Tony Chin – one of the greatest rhythm guitar players ever and a founding member of “Soul Syndicate,” the ...

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Tony Chin’s “Jah Army” Backpack: A Piece of Jamaican Music History

By Stephen Cooper When Tony Chin, who history will record as one of the greatest rhythm guitar players ever, told me I could borrow and photograph the contents ...

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