Jay Z: For Father’s Day, I’m Taking On the Exploitative Bail Industry

by Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay Z Seventeen years ago I made a song, “Guilty Until Proven Innocent.” I flipped the Latin phrase that is considered the bedrock principle of our criminal justice system, ei incumbit probatio qui dicit (the burden of proof is on the one who declares, not on one who denies). If you’reContinue reading “Jay Z: For Father’s Day, I’m Taking On the Exploitative Bail Industry”

Hip-hop music can improve mental health

by John Haltiwanger As a musical genre, hip-hop is often denigrated for seemingly condoning misogyny, materialism, violence and crime. But this is an unfair characterization and an overgeneralization. Yes, there are some rap artists who write songs containing nothing of substance. More often than not, however, hip-hop offers many of us an insightful view intoContinue reading “Hip-hop music can improve mental health”