Policing For Profit: Ferguson Paying Their Bills Through Traffic Stops, Tickets & Fines
St. Louis Univ. Law Professor Brendan Roediger, Legal Expert Erick Gracia and NewsOne Now guest host Troy Johnson discuss Ferguson and surrounding municipalities generating millions of dollars in revenue through traffic stops, tickets and court fees.
“Straight Outta Compton” Preview
NewsOne Now host Roland Martin recently spoke with Jason Mitchell (Easy-E), Corey Hawkins(Dr. Dre) and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. (Ice Cube) about their experiences channeling NWA for the new hip-hop biopic Straight Outta Compton.
About Straight Outta Compton from the film’s official Facebook page:
In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.
Mitchell told Martin there were many aspects of NWA that no one knows about, while Hawkins said the iconic group “had their finger on the pulse.”
“I feel like they were at first creating music for their neighborhood. They wanted to be hood-stars. They wanted to make Compton proud, and then when they started rapping about the things that started becoming hot-button issues — that’s when it became an issue. That’s when usually people pull they foot off the gas — that’s when they (NWA) put their foot on the gas,” he said.
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast