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A longing look at 2011's lost liberties

Shit that got banned
You might already be outraged over San Francisco's Happy Meal ban.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 21, 2011


The year 'new battling' took over Boston

Plan of attack
There's one thing that most people know about battle rapping: 8 Mile .
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 20, 2011


Occupy Everywhere

After the decimation of Dewey, the movement finds new allies
Forget the plowed debris field left at Dewey Square. That space is no longer synonymous with Occupy Boston — the movement is pushing forward.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 14, 2011


Mass Takes Back the Capitol

Brown out
Social activists haven't reached Scott Brown by picketing his Boston office on New Sudbury Street.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 07, 2011


With support among police quietly growing, can Occupy cross over the thin blue line?

Silent partners
As Occupy camps from coast to coast face evictions — and in many cases have already been pushed out of parks and plazas like so much human trash — it's clear that the institutional response to the movement is escalating dangerously.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 30, 2011


From Seattle to Oakland, Occupy efforts are fighting back at establishment brutality

Wild Wild West Coast
Whether true or not, it's always been my vague impression that West Coasters take as much pride in relaxation as East Coasters do in being assholes.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 23, 2011


Frat rap is ready to graduate

It's been four years since "I Love College" -- now it's party time!
Despite whatever hip-hop's perceived "intended audience," it's never been a secret that rap music has long been adored by the Caucasian crowd.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 23, 2011


Click Animosity and the opposite of the frat rap game

Audacity of dope
In the epic hip-hop mockumentary CB4, Chris Rock's suburban MC wannabe character steals the name and image of a jailed thug rapper named Gusto.  
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 03, 2012


Are cities trying to freeze the Occupy movement to death?

The Cold War
As New York City police scrubbed Occupy Wall Street clean of its inhabitants and their belongings Tuesday morning, emotions ran high back in Boston .
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 16, 2011


The strange, sprawling tale of Paul Carnes

Odd man out
In his first few weeks at Occupy Boston, Paul Carnes was just another face in the horde, an affable 27-year-old with a sweet Southern accent.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 14, 2011


Jedi Mind Tricks | Violence Begets Violence

Enemy Soil (2011)
It's a daily struggle to avoid murdering Drake fans who bump that trash on the train in front of me, cliché Auto-Tune hooks leaking from their Skull Candy and polluting my perimeter.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 09, 2011


'Anonymous Boston' addresses the media's role in covering inner-city homicides

Paying Respects
Jermaine Perry was shot multiple times and left for dead on his Mattapan doorstep on December 29, 2008.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 02, 2011

OB media l

Inside the Occupy Boston media struggle

Up close and radical
It's a familiar scene outside the Occupy Boston media tent: a local television news reporter and her cameraman approach cautiously, looking for a clue.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 26, 2011


C.T. Butler is back on the front lines

Thirty years after he helped found Food Not Bombs, the consensus king returns
C.T. Lawrence Butler hasn't been to Boston in nearly a decade.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 19, 2011


Occupational Hazards

Our reporter sets out to see the revolution — five Occupations in five days
Zuccotti Park was first. Dewey Square followed.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 12, 2011


Occupy Boston gets serious

Report From the Front
While they're a long way from defeating American plutocracy, Occupy Boston has accomplished a great deal in its first week.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 07, 2011


Boston's housing crisis spawns a grassroots revolution

Fighting foreclosure
There are about 1500 pissed-off people lacing up their shitkickers around Boston right now.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 30, 2011


Prohibition drinking game!

Play along with the upcoming Ken Burns documentary
Leave it to Ken Burns and PBS to crash our romantic Boardwalk Empire fantasies with a scholarly five-and-a-half-hour, sepia-tinted tome about the rip-roaring Twenties.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 28, 2011


Evidence | Cats & Dogs

Rhymesayers (2011)
As competent as Evidence has always been with mic skills, he's no lyrical miracle.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 20, 2011


Rolling Rally: Our guide to the 22nd Annual Freedom Rally

Make the most of your freedom
It would have been impossible — or at least boneheaded — to print this sort of treasure map a few years ago.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 19, 2011


Steve James goes back to Chicago

Hood dreams
It would be wrong to say that Steve James produced the best documentary of all time and didn't look back.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 16, 2011

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