MTV Unlocks The Truth, Then Buries It Late At Night

MTV’s Unlocking the Truth debuted two and a half weeks ago. It’s an hour-long docudrama examining wrongful convictions. But unlike Making a Murderer and the podcast Serial, Unlocking the Truth indicts the entire legal system for allowing wrongful convictions to occur and making them almost impossible to overturn. Of the over two million people incarcerated in the U.S. it’s estimated that 3-5% of those prisoners are innocent. That means 60,000 people are behind bars through no fault of their own. Given the scope of the problem, wrongful convictions deserve the media’s spotlight.

Darryl Hunt And Donald Trump

I was standing outside of Donald Trump’s political rally a couple of weeks ago, protesting hate, misogyny and xenophobia-when my thoughts turned to Darryl Hunt.  Standing at the corner of University and Deacon Boulevard, my gaze was on the other side of the street. Across University Parkway, to the College Plaza shopping center, where Darryl Hunt tragically took his life earlier this spring. Between anti-Fascist chants, I thought about the common denominator between Darryl Hunt and Donald Trump; the Central Park Five. Before Donald Trump was condemning Mexicans as rapists and Muslims as future terrorists he called for the execution of the Central Park Five.

What Does The Fourth Of July Mean To An Innocent Prisoner?

On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, Frederick Douglas  gave one of his most famous speeches, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” Former slave turned public intellectual and activist Frederick Douglas eloquently wrote that the Fourth of July had little meaning for African Americans as long as the institution of slavery endured in the United States. Today, on this Fourth of July we honor our nation’s independence by setting off firecrackers, eating hot dogs and watching baseball. But we can’t blindly sing our nation’s virtues and forget about its many faults. On Friday president Obama released a report on the number of civilians killed by aerial drones. Everyone knows the Obama Administration is low-balling the number.

Winston-Salem Law Enforcement Got A Case Wrong And Reversed Course…This Time

Last Thursday, June 2nd the Winston-Salem Journal reported that shots were fired at Winston-Salem Police Officers while they were refueling at City Yard, off of Rams Drive. The thought of a potential “cop-killer” sniper on the loose caused  nearly every cop in town to mobilize at the nearby Gateway YWCA. The WSPD set up a temporary command center at the YWCA to deal with the threat. It didn’t take the WSPD long to locate suspects. Three men were initially detained. Ravon Rousseau alone was charged with a laundry list of crimes: “attempted murder, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, discharging a firearm in city limits and injury to real property.”

Remember Darryl Hunt-Fight For The Innocent This Easter

Easter to Christians is a time of hope and renewal. Easter is celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the grave after suffering three days on the cross. According to the Christian tradition, Jesus Christ died for our sins so that we might have eternal life (John 3:16). Right now, throughout Winston folks are putting on their Sunday best and heading to church. I’m not the church-going type. But Thursday I drove down to Raleigh’s historic St.