• Inmate Stock-Picker Called ‘Oracle of San Quentin’

    Man serving 54-years-to-life for murder has uncanny ability with investing. A MarketWatch (Wall Street Journal) article about an inmate at California’s San Quentin prison bears similarities with lead character Andy Dufresne in the Stephen King novella, “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” and the hit movie the “The Shawshank Redemption.” The Wall Street Journal says 35-year-old Curtis Carroll, who is African American and

  • Public Enemy: Flint, an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic play: A remarkable artistic event

    Written, directed and produced by Purni Morell, based on An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen A remarkable cultural event took place last week in the devastated city of Flint, Michigan, whose 100,000 inhabitants have been systematically poisoned with dangerous amounts of lead and other deadly contaminants. Actors from across the

  • Short ‘For Flint’ takes different angle on water crisis

    From his home in Brooklyn, New York, Brian Schulz was watching coverage of the Flint water crisis on the news and couldn’t believe what he was seeing. So he did something about it. The documentary filmmaker came to Flint to see what was happening for himself. He decided to make

  • The Trump administration just handed the private prison industry an enormous gift

    On Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Department of Justice officially rescinded its policy barring the use of private prisons—an order that had been put in place by the Obama administration last year. A memo sent by current Attorney General Jeff Sessions explained that the August 2016 order to end the DOJ’s use of private prisons,

  • Mass incarceration and children’s outcomes

    Executive summary As many as one in ten African American students has an incarcerated parent. One in four has a parent who is or has been incarcerated. The discriminatory incarceration of African American parents is an important cause of their children’s lowered performance, especially in schools where the trauma of

  • Ex-con helps other former inmates get a second chance at life

    AA FLINT — Leon El-Alamin isn’t shy about his past. He’s a convicted felon who served seven years in prison for dealing drugs and weapons charges. “My father wasn’t around, and I just got addicted to the streets,” said El-Alamin. After moving back home to Flint after he was released, the

  • Flint Water Crisis Documentary In The Works From Paul Haggis

    The issue began in 2014 when Flint switched its water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. The water from the river was not treated with corrosive inhibitors, and as a result thousands of children were exposed to lead contamination. A number of people involved with the conspiracy and cover-up

  • Tribeca Film Festival premieres short movie on Flint water crisis

    There is no glossing over of the Flint water crisis in “For Flint.” As one of its subjects says early on: “You  poisoned a whole city and left us to fend for ourselves. I’m feeling like we’ve been placed in a position to die slow. Without water,  how can you survive? How can

  • An Insightful Documentary “For Flint” Discussion about Water Crises with Creators and Mayor Karen Weaver

    The Flint water crisis began in 2014 when the Flint River became the drinking water source for the city of Flint, Michigan. Due to insufficient water treatment, over 100,000 residents were exposed to high levels of lead in the drinking water. A federal state of emergency was declared in January

  • Politics as Usual: Mike Muse Gives Flint Water Crisis Update, Respectable Move on the Donald Trump Campaign Trail, the Bernie Sanders Crowd and More!

    Politics with Mike Muse: important. informative. interesting. The always sharp Mike Muse stopped by to discuss a few topics within the political arena and share a respected perspective on issues such as the Flint water crisis. Although the investigation surrounding its cause is ongoing, it is important to keep the conversation going