All Articles: Book/Movie Reviews

Living in a Perpetual State of War

By Juan Haines Staff Writer Whether or not Americans know it, we have been living in a state of perpetual war since the 1950s. We have gotten used to it and it has a distinct affect on how we think about everything from what’s good or bad, right or wrong, or how we treat each […]

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Police Dramas Skew Views of the Justice System

By Emile DeWeaver Staff Writer The new FOX series “Lucifer” depicts a lopsided view of America’s criminal justice system, but that may be the least of its sins. In “Lucifer,” Laura German plays Chloe Decker, a homicide detective who struggles to be taken seriously by her male co-workers. Tom Ellis plays Lucifer Morningstar, the fallen […]

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Ethnographer Studies the Problems in Schools

By Juan Moreno Haines Managing Editor On the surface, people might be surprised to learn that high-poverty schools in South Bronx and Amsterdam have a lot in common. In Toxic Schools: High-Poverty Education in New York and Amsterdam (2013), Dutch ethnographer Bowen Paulle lands a job as a teacher in a South Bronx high school, […]

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Love’s Roller Coaster Ride

By Rahsaan Thomas Staff Writer Paula Patton stars in Baggage Claim, a funny romantic comedy about the antics a girl named Montana goes through trying to land a marriage-worthy man in 30 days. Montana’s mother is pressuring her to come to the wedding of her sister, Sheree (Lauren London). Montana feels compelled to produce a […]

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Fire Inside Tells Women Prisoners’ Stories

By Juan Haines Managing Editor For the San Quentin News staff, reporting news from the perspective of women prisoners is challenging. So reading an authentic source, such as The Fire Inside, became a portal into their world. “The transformation that prisoners’ words go through from being a spoken ‘gripe’ to a printed article validates the […]

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The Walking Dead Is a Hit Television Show In San Quentin

By Emile DeWeaver Staff Writer For years, the members of SQ Reviews have heard stories about the A&E sensation, The Walking Dead. We gnawed our pillows in envy. Finally, we joined the land of the living in 2014 when KRON 4 syndicated Walking Dead (WD). We could then put our pillows to proper use – […]

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Life Compared to a Game of Chess

By Rahsaan Thomas Staff Writer Life of a King does an outstanding job of portraying the realities of using chess as a means of saving young men who come from dysfunctional homes with drug-addicted parents. First, studies show that juveniles lack the ability to understand long-term consequences; chess teaches them to think four moves ahead, […]

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What I Wish I Knew When I was 20, Honored for Top Book in 2015

By Juan Haines Managing Editor It was the experience of reviewing Makes Me Wanna Holla: A Young Black Man in America, by Nathan McCall for a 2012 college class that made me want to write book reviews for San Quentin News. After reading McCall, and re-living all his mistakes in life, I became hopeful and […]

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James Kilgore Gives Instructions on Mass Incarceration

By Juan Haines Managing Editor James Kilgore’s instructional breakdown about mass incarceration in America preaches to the choir. That being said, doesn’t every choir need a strong melody and a conductor who knows what he or she is doing? Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People’s Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time (2015) […]

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The Bad and Good News About ‘Empire’

Emile DeWeaver Staff Writer The most popular showon FOX widens the racial divides in America every Wednesday at 9 p.m. Empire tells the story of Lucious Lyon, a hip-hop music mogul played by Terrence Howard, who’s as cold and murderous as a Roman emperor conquering continents. Some White viewers may not have another frame of […]

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