Có nhiều cơ hội và điều kiện hiện đang mở ra cho cựu tù nhân và những thành viên từng có tiền án theo lời tường thuật của CNBC.com. Theo nhiều thống kê của các trại giam được ước lượng sự thiếu hụt việc làm cho cựu tù nhân lên đến 27%, nhưng hiện tại củng có nhiều công ty lớn và hội điều hành bên quảng lý nguồn nhân lực đang đưa ra những biểu hiện thích thú về việc thuê mướn các cựu tù nhân, theo thống kê và thăm dò của hội quảng lý nguồn nhân lực (S.H.R.M). Đây không phải là một vấn đề của khát vọng, mà là một vấn đề của cấu trúc bao … [Read more...] about Nhiều Cơ Hội Cho Cựu Tù Nhân
There was a time when it took rampaging terrorists to keep people from the polls, now it’s voter apathy discouraging many Americans from the ballot box. Emancipation left Blacks as the majority in the South. Freed Blacks in five Southern states outnumbered Whites. During this period, which was around 1867, African-Americans started electing Black senators, according to the history book Enduring Vision by Paul S. Boyer, et al. The Ku Klux Klan was formed in Tennessee back in 1866. It used violence and terrorism to stop Blacks from voting, … [Read more...] about Topic of Discussion: Felons’ Voting Rights, Part 2
The association of Islam with the massacres committed in Paris and San Bernardino has lead to a backlash against Muslims. Late last year, a young man threw a Molotov cocktail at a mosque in California. Muslim women are scared to wear their hijab (Islamic head covering) for fear of being accosted. Donald Trump wants all Muslims registered in a database. A panel of Muslims housed inside San Quentin State Prison met over several days to discuss how some people view and label Muslims. Al-Amin Dawud McAdoo said that the massacres were not … [Read more...] about Backlash Against Muslims After Massacre
What can be done to return mainstream rap music back to its positive roots? The Yard Talk panel discussed how this could happen. Eric Curtis: “We understand someone will always do what others want for enough money, but there is a way to force them to produce positive music. They either go with the flow or we close their doors.” Antwan Williams: “You can’t take it back. It needs a rebirth; it needs to start all over. What you can do is start fresh, start a whole new buzz, a new crowd. If your car is broke, buy a new one. Don’t try to fix … [Read more...] about Restoring Rap Music Back to Its Original Purpose
Can mainstream rap music return to its positive roots? The Yard Talk panel debated whether a paradigm shift was possible. Demond Lewis: “The Powers That Be won’t allow you to turn it around. They won’t give the airplay or push to positive music. How can we change something that society and the Powers That Be want? I can say I’m against that music, but I’ll buy their CD because of a cut I like.” John “Yahya” Johnson: “The media agenda is pushing cultural destruction. How do you deal with that? How do you fend off that when the Top-20 is … [Read more...] about Can Rap Music Promote Positive Change and Growth?
By Rahsaan Thomas Staff Writer Why isn’t gangster rap music viewed simply as entertainment? In a discussion about why gangster rap has such a harmful impact on the identities of young men, the Yard Talk panel considered artists’ self-imposed need to “keep it real.” Eric Curtis: “In the early ‘80s there was positive rap; people spoke with messages about how we can make things better. It just went bad when Mix Master Spade and Master Tee’s Batter Ram came out. It was about drugs and armored vehicles … was it the industry or the rappers … [Read more...] about ‘Keeping it Real’ With Gangster Rap
What kind of influence does rap music have? Is it just entertainment, politically driven or negative motivation? The Yard Talk panel discussed these issues, and their answers were mixed. J. “Killa Clown” Medvin, 30, is a Caucasian rapper from Santa Rosa, California. For Medvin, rap was an escape from life’s horrors, like his drug-addicted father. “Rapwas a positive influence for me,” said Medvin. “Songs like Tupac’s Dear Momma, Unconditional Love and Brenda’s Got a Baby showed me humanity and compassion.” David Jassy: “Rap was more … [Read more...] about Rap Music and the Influence it Has on Society
Green numbers 6-6-6 surround by red flames tattooed on the face of his 18-year-old son were the first thing Demond Lewis noticed in the picture. He sat on his bunk, bewildered, staring at the photo his sister had sent. He wondered why his son would think a tattoo on his face was a good idea. Then he remembered listening to Scarface’s Last of a Dying Breed. He remembered the influence rap music had on him growing up. He remembered that when the state sentenced him to 109 years to life for shooting a man in the leg, he left his son without a … [Read more...] about Is Rap Your Daddy? Was Rap Music My Dad?
In this issue the San Quentin News introduces a six-part series exploring the role rap music played in the turbulent early lives of many inmates within San Quentin’s walls. For the men who came of age in the late 1980s and ‘90s, gangster rap music filled the void left by their absent fathers and by the socioeconomic conditions in America’s various urban slums. The intro, Is Rap My Daddy?, launches a discussion of just how influential music can be. The “Yard Talk” group will share their insights as prisoners who grew up heavily affected by the … [Read more...] about Is Rap My Daddy?
When the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury chose not to indict White police officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed African-American Michael Brown, San Quentin prisoners watched television as protests erupted around the nation. Despite disappointment, the prisoners said they didn’t want to give in to helplessness. Inmates Demond Lewis, John “Yayah” Johnson and Eric Curtis met in San Quentin’s gym to discuss how to stop the next Michael Brown or Oscar Grant from being killed by the police. “If we can have a bad ripple effect, then we can … [Read more...] about S.Q. Inmates Offer Their Ideas on Dealing With Community Tension Between Blacks and Police