Happy Monday to you! Hope your holiday was awesome and you are getting ready for the onslaught of Christmas. I was off last week but I was still reading good stuff. Let’s get to it:
- Chris Rock has been a tear lately while promoting his new movie “Top Five”. All 3 of these interviews/essays about or by him are worth your eyeballs: Rolling Stone/Vulture/The Hollywood Reporter.
- A profile of the man behind World Star Hip Hop.
- The book about the stories behind some of hip hop’s greatest albums.
- How NYC’s high school cell phone ban inspired an unexpected local industry.
- A profile of Ava DuVernay, director of the new movie about MKL, “Selma”.
- Hall of Fame women’s basketball player Cheryl Miller is now coaching at Langston University, a small HBCU in Oklahoma. Here’s why.
- The secret life of a crime scene cleaner.
- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are using the homeless as labor and not paying them.
- An analysis of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and how it made it to 100 episodes, rare for a sitcom, let alone a black one.
- Why it’s damn near impossible to indict a police officer.
- A candid conversation about race in St. Louis.
- Two interesting articles about “broken windows policing” from Slate and The Atlantic.
- A transcript of an interview done earlier this year with the late DC Mayor Marion Barry.
- Why “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” is bigger than Mike Brown and Ferguson.
- I just love this dude: a profile of former Carolina Panther and current Baltimore Raven player Steve Smith.
- Mississippi’s Top Prison Reformer Is Facing 368 Years Behind Bars.
Have a great week of reading!!