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    Inside the Relationship Between Hip-Hop and the Criminal Justice System

  • Joe Manchin’s ‘utterly selfish’ third party bid is ‘putting money and ego’ ahead of democracy

  • Hip-hop has long indicted the justice system. The justice system has responded in kind

  • Florida state attorney suspended by DeSantis calls him out for ‘voter suppression and ‘race-baiting’

  • ‘Like a scene from a war movie’: Eyewitness reflects on Charlottesville rally 6 years later 

  • Judge Luttig: If Trump wins in 2024, 'we would have little hope of saving American democracy'

  • Why count four in Trump’s indictment could be ‘central’ to Jack Smith’s case 

  • Rep. Bennie Thompson: It was clear to Jan. 6 committee that Trump should be charged

  • 'He was too honest': Fmr. aide to Mike Pence reacts to new details about Trump's pressure on Jan. 6

  • Women’s healthcare clinics are taking Alabama to court 

  • The latest Trump indictment is not just about the Jan. 6 insurrection. It’s about the vote.

  • Senior Investigator for Jan. 6 Cmte reacts to 'incredibly damning' new indictment details

  • #VelshiBannedBookClub: 'Persepolis' by Marjane Satrapi

  • Historians explain why a second Trump presidency could do damage to America’s democracy

  • Two steps forward, two steps back. The Biden admin is sending mixed messages on climate. 

  • Velshi: When every eligible voter can cast a ballot, democracy is better for it

  • 'Donald is not going to protect you': Michael Cohen shares advice to Trump aides charged in docs case

  • Georgia’s RICO law could target the entire Trump campaign

  • #VelshiBannedBookClub: 'The Best At It' by Maulik Pancholy

  • Kimberlé Crenshaw and #SayHerName: Honoring the stories of Black women facing state violence


 #VelshiBannedBookClub: Resisting Book Bans with Lawsuits


Escambia County in Florida has removed or challenged at least 160 books in every single one of its 69 schools. There are traditional classics, contemporary masterpieces, and books that have contributed to the very fabric of this country -- including two that were featured on the #VelshiBannedBookClub -- George M. Johnson’s “All Boys Aren’t Blue” and "Out of Darkness" by Ashley Hope Pérez. These books are very different – in writing styles, authors, and genres. And yet -- both books grapple with the shattering realities of sexual assault, the searing pain of racism, and the complicated feelings of discovering whom you love. Publishing giant Penguin Random House, free speech organization PEN America, some parents, and numerous award-winning authors including Johnson and Perez came together this week and filed a federal lawsuit on the grounds of the First Amendment against Florida’s Escambia County School District. Perez says she won’t stop until everyone has access to the books, “All this means is lost access for readers who really need the books. [...] I am writing this for my former students. I am writing to make sure shelves are filled with a wide range of youth experiences that honor the complexity and challenge of their lives.”