In a new installment of her Black in America series, award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien uses graphic videos and incisive interviews to show how the lives of young men are fractured by aggressive policing. Her documentary film, BLACK & BLUE, takes us into the lives of men frisked without cause as many as 100 times, and the police officers who insist they're just fighting crime. Between 2002 through mid-2013, the New York Police Department (NYPD) reported making more than 5 million stops. More than 80 percent of those stopped were African American or Latino, and 88 percent of the stops did not result in arrests, summons, or evidence of any crime, O’Brien reports with her co-directors Ross Tuttle and Steve Maing.
A novel by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist about a woman who flees with her ten-year-old son from an abusive husband. Fran Benedetto begins a new life in Florida, and gains in confidence as she enjoys new friendships and a new job. But then fears that her husband is pursuing her begin to grow.
The Rolling Stones recorded Black and Blue while auditioning Mick Taylor's replacement, so it's unfair to criticize it, really, for being longer on grooves and jams than songs, especially since that's what's good about it. Yes, the two songs that are undeniable highlights are "Memory Motel" and "Fool to Cry," the album's two ballads and, therefore, the two that had to be written and arranged, not knocked out in the studio; they're also the ones that don't quite make as much sense, though they still work in the context of the record. No, this is all about groove and sound, as the Stones work Ron Wood into their fabric. And the remarkable thing is, apart from "Hand of Fate" and "Crazy Mama," there's little straight-ahead rock & roll here. They play with reggae extensively, funk and disco less so, making both sound like integral parts of the Stones' lifeblood. Apart from the ballads, there might not be many memorable tunes, but there are times that you listen to the Stones just to hear them play, and this is one of them.