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Paid the Crime But Still Doing the Time: Challenges and Possibilities for Returning Citizens After Serving Time in Jail/Prison

Individuals returning to the community after serving jail and prison sentences are faced with a lifetime of stigma and discrimination, even after paying the 'debt' decided upon by a judge and/or jury. When returning, individuals should be able to do so with the full rights of any other citizen.  Doing otherwise is an injustice, and even undermines the well-being of the larger community and society.

Originally aired on Howard University Television (WHUT),  May 26, 2015.

If you ask most people what comes to mine when they hear the term criminal justice system, they say things like the police force and crime control or sentencing and the parole system. But for the returning citizen, those who have served their time and are eager to rejoin society-at-large it means much more. It means dealing with the challenges of education, facing housing and employment discrimination,and addressing healthcare issues, with the statistical cloud of recidivism hanging over their heads.


Brothers Hypnotic: Watch now; Through April 27, 2014

Brothers Hypnotic is an excellent documentary video, and I'd argue a must-watch for all music lovers! It's even more meaningful for all who understand and appreciate the importance of transmitting values and wisdom from one generation to the next.

It's a story of one father's passion for music, African culture and all of the family's children. It's also a story of the children's commitment to one another, their shared values, their musical craft and making their mark in the world.

You can watch it online at least through April 27th.

The brotherhood of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is literal. Through an unorthodox upbringing, the eight boys were forged into a band as children by their father, Chicago jazz maverick Phil Cohran. Now as young men, making their way on the streets of New York and in the music business, with stardom on the horizon, they must test their father's ideals against their own brotherly vision.


Remembering Mandela: Howard University Television (WHUT)

A very nicely done video honoring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.  Many thanks to the team at Howard University Television (WHUT), and Dr. Greg Carr (Chair of the African American / Africana Studies Department at Howard University) for putting this piece together.

If you have a moment, also read the really nice piece contextualizing aspects of Nelson Mandela's relationship to the Howard University community over the years.