By Sam Staley | Thursday February 16, 2017 at 3:31 PM PDT | Comments Off on Review: Moonlight’s Focus on Drugs, Sexuality Make It a Film for Our Times
On the surface, Moonlight is a heart-wrenching film about a young African-American boy coming to terms with his sexuality while growing up in the impoverished public housing projects of Miami. But the Golden Globe winner (Best Motion Picture—Drama) is much more than a compelling, poignant, and uncompromisingly relevant movie; it’s a provocative portrayal of...
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Tags: Barry Jenkins, drug addition, drug trafficking, drug violence, film review, homosexuality, inner cities, Moonlight, urban policy, urban poverty
By Melancton Smith | Monday May 24, 2010 at 1:11 PM PDT | 1 Comment
Today the Supreme Court decided United States v. O’Brien. Under 18 U.S.C. 924(c) certain mandatory minimum sentences apply for carrying/using/possessing a firearm during a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime. The typical mandatory minimum is 5 years, but if the weapon is a machine gun, then the minimum becomes 30 years. The Court, in a unanimous...
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Tags: Constitution, Criminal Justice, drug trafficking, firearm, Gun Control, Law, mandatory minimum sentence, Supreme Court, United States v. O'Brien, Violent Crime