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Cali Roots’ Dan Sheehan: “Reggae Is the Heartbeat of the Festival” (The Interview)

By Stephen Cooper Last summer the New York Times reported that Grammy-nominated reggae star Chronixx told a crowd during one of his electric performances: “This is the beautiful ...

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Op-Ed: Vengeful Alabama to Kill 83-Year-Old Man

By Stephen Cooper Barring intervention by courts or its governor, Alabama will kill an 83-year-old man on April 19; long-incarcerated for the 1989 mail-bomb killings of United States ...

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Reggae Star Etana Emphasizes Equality (The Interview)

By Stephen Cooper Lauded by the BBC as the “greatest music teacher who ever lived,” Nadia Boulanger once described the ecstasy that listeners of reggae star Etana’s new ...

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Op-Ed: Battling the Death Penalty with Baldwin

By Stephen Cooper If you’re thirsting to understand our increasingly cold, jaundiced, at times carcinogenic society, James Baldwin’s singular insight about America and his dizzying, divine command of ...

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Rebel Talk with Nattali Rize: The Interview

By Stephen Cooper Since moving to Jamaica from Australia in 2014, Nattali Rize has taken the reggae world by storm. Already Rize has worked with many of the industry’s biggest ...

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OpEd: Call lethal injection the vile torture it is

By Stephen Cooper In a New Year’s Eve display of liberal newspaper death penalty abolition harmony – buoyed by the release of the Death Penalty Information Center’s (DPIC) ...

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Wiping the stain of capital punishment clean

Soon the Supreme Court will decide whether to hear a case with the potential to end this nation’s abominably long and freakish experimentation with the death penalty. That’s ...

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Op-Ed: Alabama’s “Baghdad Bob” of Death Row

By Stephen Cooper By training, retired Air Force colonel Jeff Dunn is not an actor, an anesthesiologist, nor as pointed out when he was tapped by disgraced former ...

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Op-Ed: When racism lurks in the heart of a death penalty juror

By Stephen Cooper “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” This single, sinister question, asked over a sepulchral-sounding musical score, was rhetorical; for after a ...

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Op-Ed: Celebrating Oktoberfest in Alabama with Executions

By Stephen Cooper October is a pleasant time of year to be in Alabama – especially if you love killing. Sure, happening times can be had in pumpkin ...

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Forensic Science Evidence Trending Towards Less Reliable

By Stephen Cooper In January 2016, bemoaning that “the more people talk about improving the use of forensic science in the courtroom, the more things stay the same,” ...

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Safeguarding Bob Marley with “So Much Things to Say”

By Stephen Cooper In reviewing Roger Steffens’s latest book, “So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley,” Hua Hsu asserts in The New Yorker that ...

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Candid Interview with King Yellowman

Defends Gay Rights at Reggae on the Mountain By Stephen Cooper Born with albinism in 1956, dancehall music legend King Yellowman was rejected from birth. As a baby, ...

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Music Royalty and Raging Fyah Figure Prominently at Reggae on the Mountain 2017

Photos and story By Stephen Cooper When Yellowman, the perennially provocative “King of Dancehall Music,” pointed at the assembled crowd at this year’s eighth annual Reggae on the ...

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It’s way too hot

In Arizona, where temperatures now routinely muscle their way to 120 degrees or more, folks can fry eggs on the sidewalk and bake cookies in cars giving new ...

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