Basic Black: Rap, Race, Free Speech and Crimes
On Monday, the New York Times featured an Op-Ed entitled, "Rap Lyrics on Trial". As the title suggests, the issue at hand is whether rap lyrics can be used as evidence of a crime. That question will be before the New Jersey State Supreme Court next week, and there was also a case closer to home in Massachusetts a little over a year ago. This week on Basic Black, we'll look at what happens at the intersection of rap, race, free speech, and the criminal justice system.
- Callie Crossley, Host, Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, WGBH
- Phillip Martin, Senior Reporter, WGBH News
- Kim McLarin, cultural commentator and Assistant Professor of Writing, Emerson College
- Emmett Price, Associate Professor of Music, Northeastern University
- Frank Rudy Cooper, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School