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“Wheel! Of! Fortune!” (A Vegas Story)

By Stephen A. Cooper An unnaturally tan woman with metallic blond hair and garish makeup has hit a bonus. Automated applause, bells, whistles, whoops, and all manner of ...

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Imbibe Culture and Consciousness with Cocoa Tea (The Interview)

. Story and photos by Stephen Cooper “Cocoa Tea” is a popular Caribbean drink, but music fans know it’s also the name of one of reggae’s sweetest singers ...

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Ska King Derrick Morgan Holds Court in L.A. (The Interview)

By Stephen Cooper King of Ska Derrick Morgan, a still-touring music legend who helped launch the career of (King of Reggae) Bob Marley and the careers of many ...

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Op-Ed: My Unforgettable College Stabbings (Reacting to Violence: A Personal History)

By Stephen Cooper Violence can and does occur anywhere at any time to anyone. While our current mass shooting epidemic has thrust this fact of being alive into ...

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Op-Ed: Julius Jones’s Hail Mary to Avoid a 21st-Century-Style Lynching

By Stephen Cooper Recently, by filing a petition for certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States, Julius Jones, a black man condemned to death in Oklahoma, threw ...

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Black Uhuru’s Duckie Simpson: “I’m a Nine-Star General Now” (The Interview)

By Stephen Cooper After watching legendary reggae band Black Uhuru perform in September of 2016, I wrote: “Duckie Simpson is an ageless, still spry reggae icon; like fine wine, ...

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Op-Ed: Why Twitter brings out my worst self (and perhaps yours)

By Stephen Cooper As a full-time freelance writer – having transitioned from law practice at midlife, accursed with all the selfish, self-doubting sensibilities that kind of crisis entails – Twitter ...

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Op-Ed: Keith Tharpe and the Death Penalty’s Racist Roots

By Stephen Cooper Recently, the appalling spectacle of a black man condemned by a Georgia jury, a jury that included a racist bigot, reentered the American consciousness; if ...

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Op-Ed: Supreme Court Screw-Up Sullies U.S. Constitution

By Stephen Cooper Giving a speech at Georgetown University, late Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., said: “[T]he Constitution is a sublime oration on the dignity of man.” However, ...

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Scientist vs. Cooper (The Interview: Round 2)

By Stephen A. Cooper Honoring the 78th birthday of the late dub music pioneer Osbourne “King Tubby” Ruddock (1941-1989), Jamaica’s leading daily newspaper the Gleaner published an article ...

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Op-Ed: Alabama Executions: Strictly a Christian Affair

By Stephen Cooper Over 60 years ago, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote that “[t]he basic concept underlying the Eighth Amendment is nothing less than the dignity ...

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OpEd: The Deafening Drumbeat of the Unfree

By Stephen Cooper Above the din of disturbing news – that discordant banging you’re hearing, steadily getting louder and louder, that you can no longer ignore – that’s ...

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Raising Consciousness with Raging Fyah and Rastafari (The Interview)

By Stephen Cooper If Las Vegas were taking bets on which band will drop an album the world will soon be talking about – and singing, skanking, and ...

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Workshopping Myself with Writer Steve Hauk

By Stephen Cooper Because I’m blessed, but also, because I’m a writer and therefore accursed with all the selfish, self-doubting sensibilities writers share, this past Memorial Day weekend ...

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Monterey’s 9th Annual ‘Cali Roots’

By Stephen Cooper At page 273 of renowned reggae historian Roger Steffens’s highly acclaimed book “So Much Things To Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley” (Norton 2017), ...

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