I saw Tilda Swinton give a talk about her upcoming movie Julia at the Apple Store in SoHo last night. I happened to be in there after getting my hair cut and saw that she was going to be giving a talk, so I stayed to listen.
Then I had an impromptu dinner at Kelly & Ping. The Lemongrass Chicken was really good, but on a whim I decided to order a Cucumber sake (酒) because I LOVE cucumber for some reason… It was super tasty and light. I liked it so much I had to take a (bad) photo of it. Cucumber sake, who knew?
ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson and New York legislative leaders have reached an agreement to dismantle much of what remains of the state’s strict 1970s-era drug laws, once among the toughest in the nation.
The deal would repeal many of the mandatory minimum prison sentences now in place for lower-level drug felons, giving judges the authority to send first-time nonviolent offenders to treatment instead of prison.
The plan would also expand drug treatment programs and widen the reach of drug courts at a cost of at least $50 million.
New York’s drug sentencing laws, imposed during a heroin epidemic that was devastating urban areas nearly four decades ago, helped spur a nationwide trend toward mandatory sentences in drug crimes. But as many other states moved to roll back the mandatory minimum sentences in recent years, New York kept its laws on the books, leaving prosecutors with the sole discretion of whether offenders could be sent to treatment.
What are the Rockefeller Drug Laws? Enacted in 1973 under Governor Nelson Rockefeller, the Rockefeller Drug Laws mandate extremely harsh mandatory minimum prison terms for the possession or sale of relatively small amounts of drugs. Supposedly intended to target major dealers (kingpins), most of the people incarcerated under these laws are convicted of low-level, nonviolent offenses, and many of them have no prior criminal records. As of 2008, approximately 14,000 people are locked up for drug offenses in New York State prisons, representing nearly 38% of the prison population and costing New Yorkers hundreds of millions of dollars every year.
I want to be as free as the spirits of those who left
I’m talking Malcom, Coltrane, my man Yusef
Through death through conception
New breath and resurrection
For moms, new steps in her direction
In the right way
Told inside is where the fight lay
And everything a ni**a do may not be what he might say
Chicago nights stay, stay on the mind
But I write many lives and lay on these lines
Wave the signs of the times
Many say the grind’s on the mind
Shorties blunted-eyed and everyone wanna rhyme
Bush pushing lies, killers immortalized
We got arms but won’t reach for the skies
Waiting for the Lord to rise
I look into my daughter’s eyes
And realize that I’m gonna learn through her
The Messiah, might even return through her
If I’m gonna do it, I gotta change the world through her
Furs and a Benz, gramps wantin ‘em
Demons and old friends, pops they hauntin’ him
The chosen one from the land of the frozen sun
When drunk nights get remembered more than sober ones
Walk like warriors, we were never told to run
Explored the world to return to where my soul begun
Never looking back or too far in front of me
The present is a gift
and I just wanna BE
I saw K’Naan in concert a few years ago at BB Kings. I think that was the concert where I got Talib’s autograph… But he was there, so was Pharoahe Monch, Mos Def, Jean Grae. I think it was in December of 08. That was a great concert! I think this is also the concert where Kal Penn (Kumar of Harold and Kumar) was in the audience.
Long story short K’Naan got on stage and tore it UP! His song Soobax was incredible to hear live and my brothers and I have been diggin on him since. He released a new album last week and I can’t wait to listen. You should check it out.