The first black police chief in Jasper, Texas -- the East Texas hamlet best known for the dragging death of James Byrd, Jr. -- didn't last long. In fact, according to the federal lawsuit he just filed against city officials, and the city itself, he was forced out of his job by a not-very-sophisticat ... More >>
A Houston federal jury has convicted three men on hate-crime charges for beating up a random black man at a downtown bus stop.
Charles Cannon, 26, Michael McLaughlin, 40, and Brian Kerstetter, 32 were convicted under the James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act; a fourth man saw his case dismissed ... More >>
Alonzo Jordan/Texas African-American Photo ArchiveThe New York Times has a great slideshow up now called "The Hidden Half of an East Texas Town" featuring photos of black life in Jasper back in the pre-Civil Rights era.
They come from a new exhibit at the International Center for Photography ... More >>
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to introducingliston@ ... More >>