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Grinding gears with Wheelchair Sports Camp

No filter
Unless you count Summer Jam and other shameless showcases of hack-rap sharecroppers, hip-hop never had a circus until B. Dolan stepped up to play ringmaster.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 25, 2012

UPDATE: BPPA responds to Pax furor; provokes questions about funding

BPPA Members Should Probably Read This
One week after the Phoenix featured the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association and its racist Pax Centurion newsletter on our cover, the union responded with a letter on its web site. It is not an apology letter.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 13, 2012


Apathy catches up to Occupy in Philadelphia

One Nation Under Whatever
It's the final day of the Occupy National Gathering in Philadelphia, and few people outside of the progressive bubble give a shit.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 11, 2012


A former porn star looks back on the life

Just Jennie
Formerly known as Penny Flame, California native Jennie Ketcham spent her young adult years grinding as one of porn's preeminent girls next door.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 11, 2012


Shit Boston Cops Say

The Boston Police Patrolmen's Association maligns blacks, Muslims, gays, and women — in plain sight, backed by some of the region's wealthiest brands
For at least six years, the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association (BPPA) has published a boldly bigoted official union newsletter, the Pax Centurion .
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2012


El-P keeps control of his alt-rap flow

End Game
When I interviewed El-P back in 2007, we had a meaty laugh over unfortunate scribes who'd pegged his sound "post-apocalyptic."
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 03, 2012


Interview: Gail Collins gets inside the Lone Star State

Talkin' Texas
Texas is a landfill of political insanity that's fast declining into a privatized wasteland for all but its wealthiest residents.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 05, 2012


Don't taze us, we're with the media

As the line between press and protester blurs, more and more reporters are getting cuffed--and worse--as they cover the counterculture
As the Veterans for Peace led marchers into the mayhem of last month's NATO protest in Chicago, photographers and cameramen from major media outlets rode ahead of the pack on a double-decker bus.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 01, 2012


ON-THE-GROUND UPDATES: Dispatches from NATO-Chicago

Blow-by-blow recaps of the protest action in the Windy City
I wasn't even at Daley Plaza for two minutes when I ran into Vermin Supreme ...
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 18, 2012


Michael Guglielmo soldiers on

Giovanni Guglielmo (2006–2012)
Despite his sickness and small stature, Giovanni Guglielmo was a bona fide celebrity.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 16, 2012


Rolling Thick with Ben Lashes, Scumbag Steve, and the Bad Boys of ROFLCon

Down with the memes
There's a jovial shit-mouthed wise-ass standing in an outdoor foyer at MIT, chain-smoking Newports and hitting on every girl who walks by.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 07, 2012


Herbal bliss at your doorstep

Breath of a Salesman
You squint through the peephole: your expected visitor appears trustworthy enough, with a tech-chic denim-and-boots look. It's not like he's up to anything too sketchy — just trying to match you with a weed vaporizer fit for your lifestyle — so you invite him in and offer a seat.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 26, 2012


As the weather heats up, so does the class struggle

Occupy in bloom
With spring protests planned from Boston to the Bay Area, Occupy remains an unwieldy and unpredictable animal.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 30, 2012


Thinking outside the box set

Reimagining the album — as object
Imagine a mysterious brushed-aluminum cube, big enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Its surface is studded with four unmarked buttons, and pitted with two holes, on opposite sides, that appear to be for earphone jacks. Etched on the side, a simple plea: "Don't break my love."
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 18, 2012


Music Hack Day Hall of Fame

Five music apps that rocked the NERD Center
Touring, merchandising, and marketing aside, the future of the entertainment industry is absolutely tech- and application-based.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 18, 2012


Review: The Revisionaries

Setting the bar
Here's a scary thought: Texas and its massive purchasing power set the standard for which school textbooks are used across the country.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 24, 2012


Review: Burn

BURN takes on Detroit
In case you haven't heard, Detroit is in shambles — 39 percent unemployment, 50 percent illiteracy.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 24, 2012


Occupy Cape Cod is showing the kids that experience pays off

Senior moment
I've seen the future of Occupy. It was wearing sensible beige walking shoes, boots of the non-combat variety, and, in some cases, sweater vests and pressed button-downs.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 10, 2012


Interview: J-Zone’s post-hip-hop life

Sweet villain
J-Zone retired from hip-hop somewhere south of the middle.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 05, 2012

ThePruittIgoe Myth

Review: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

On the sabotage of the American dream
The Pruitt-Igoe projects in St. Louis were supposed to be a means for poor farmers and field workers to find big-city opportunities.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 03, 2012


Standing their ground

In spite of the Trayvon Martin case, Massachusetts lawmakers are pushing for a controversial law that could promote violence as much as it prevents it
It seems like every decent person in America is scorching over the Trayvon Martin killing.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 02, 2012

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