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A social justice podcast combining hard-hitting journalism and interviews with hip-hop music and original lyrics from independent artists. Each episode delves into an important issue with an alternative take to widely accepted narratives, arming listeners with knowledge and insight they won't hear from mainstream media outlets.

News Beat Morey Creative Studios

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    • 4.9 • 64 Ratings

A social justice podcast combining hard-hitting journalism and interviews with hip-hop music and original lyrics from independent artists. Each episode delves into an important issue with an alternative take to widely accepted narratives, arming listeners with knowledge and insight they won't hear from mainstream media outlets.

    #SayHerName: Confronting 400 Years of State Violence Against Black Women [2021]

    #SayHerName: Confronting 400 Years of State Violence Against Black Women [2021]

    This episode was honored as Best Podcast at the 2021 New York Press Club Journalism Awards. We dedicate the win to the many voices -- both heard, and unheard -- represented in this episode.

    The 2020 rebellions sparked renewed discussions surrounding a host of racial issues, including police brutality toward black men. Advocates argue that black women are similarly exposed to excessive police violence yet routinely forgotten or ignored. Among their demands: Say Her Name.

    News Beat is an award-winning Morey Creative Studios podcast.

    Producer: Michael "Manny Faces" Conforti
    Editor-In-Chief: Chris Twarowski
    Managing Editor: Rashed Mian
    Episode Art: Jeff Main
    Executive Producer: Jed Morey

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    • 42 min
    The True Origins of the War on Drugs

    The True Origins of the War on Drugs

    If you pay attention to mainstream media, you’d notice that many outlets are recognizing June 17, 2021 as the 50th anniversary of the “war on drugs.”

    Actually, the racist and deadly drug war goes back much further than conventional wisdom suggests, and was originally waged by an authoritarian bureaucrat that most people likely have never heard of.

    We think it’s important to understand the REAL history, to understand how others, including Nixon and Reagan, built on its foundation over the many decades since the war on drugs truly began.

    Producer/Audio Editor: Michael "Manny Faces" Conforti
    Editor-In-Chief: Chris Twarowski
    Managing Editor: Rashed Mian
    Episode Art: Jeff Main
    Executive Producer: Jed Morey

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    • 16 min
    Justice Severed: Plead Guilty Or Else

    Justice Severed: Plead Guilty Or Else

    Guilty pleas have become the dominant way in which prosecutors in America secure convictions. In some cases, 99 percent of cases in various jurisdictions end in a plea bargain. While plea bargaining has been a function of the American justice system for nearly a century, the practice started taking hold in the 1970s following various Supreme Court decisions that upheld its constitutionality. Through the imposition of money bail and harsh sentencing practices, prosecutors across the country have wide leverage to convince defendants to accept plea deals—even if they’re innocent. This is the story about how guilty pleas have completely transformed the justice system.

    News Beat is a Morey Creative Studios / Manny Faces Media production: www.MoreyCreative.com / www.mannyfacesmedia.com

    Producer/Audio Editor: Michael "Manny Faces" Conforti
    Editor-In-Chief: Chris Twarowski
    Managing Editor: Rashed Mian
    Episode Art: Jeff Main
    Executive Producer: Jed Morey

    Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=EYkdQRkbZ6vNTGfNSGWZjx7_15orqqDl8vkmrAg3TkxLprft1OguFwxlheC3tAkNd-KVPG&country.x=US&locale.x=US

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    • 21 min
    Law & Order vs. Reform in L.A.

    Law & Order vs. Reform in L.A.

    Reform candidates are increasingly winning district attorney elections in the United States. The movement represents a  direct challenge to the decades-long tough-on-crime era, characterized by punitive sentencing laws, significant investments in police forces and prisons, and the criminalization of mental health—culminating in the highest incarceration rates in the world. Opponents are fighting back, with the most recent example being Los Angeles County, where a union representing hundreds of prosecutors has sued newly elected District Attorney George Gascon. We examine the fight over prosecutorial discretion—long cherished by self-styled law and order prosecutors—and what the contentious battle in Los Angeles means for reformers nationwide.

    News Beat is a Morey Creative Studios production: www.MoreyCreative.com

    Producer/Audio Editor: Michael "Manny Faces" Conforti
    Editor-In-Chief: Chris Twarowski
    Managing Editor: Rashed Mian
    Episode Art: Jeff Main
    Executive Producer: Jed Morey

    Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=EYkdQRkbZ6vNTGfNSGWZjx7_15orqqDl8vkmrAg3TkxLprft1OguFwxlheC3tAkNd-KVPG&country.x=US&locale.x=US

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    • 24 min
    A Special Episode From Our Friends at UNFTR

    A Special Episode From Our Friends at UNFTR

    As we work to deliver you more compelling social-justice-meets-music-and-lyrics episodes of News Beat proper, we want to put you on to another incredible podcast in our production universe, Unf*cking the Republic. This brilliant show is all about exposing political f*ckery -- from all sides -- while informing and entertaining along the way.

    It's also produced and audio edited by our very own Manny Faces, so if you dig what happens at News Beat, we think you'll dig this too.

    Check out this special drop featuring UNFTR: The Beatification of Ronald Reagan.

    And yes, there is adult language all throughout this joint. Plan accordingly. ;-)

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    • 21 min
    MLK: What They Won't Teach In School [2021]

    MLK: What They Won't Teach In School [2021]

    Like we always do at this time of year, we present an alternative look at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, examining how the civil rights icon was so much more than simply the “I Have a Dream” soundbite, which has become known as the cornerstone of his public perception. Along with Pastor Roger C. Williams of the First Baptist Church of Glen Cove, NY, Larry Hamm, of the People's Organization for Progress, hip-hop artist Silent Knight, and King’s own words, listeners learn of MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign, which he believed would be his true legacy. More than likely, it was this that got him killed.

    News Beat is a Morey Creative Studios production: www.MoreyCreative.com

    Producer/Audio Editor: Michael "Manny Faces" Conforti
    Editor-In-Chief: Chris Twarowski
    Managing Editor: Rashed Mian
    Episode Art: Jeff Main
    Executive Producer: Jed Morey

    Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=EYkdQRkbZ6vNTGfNSGWZjx7_15orqqDl8vkmrAg3TkxLprft1OguFwxlheC3tAkNd-KVPG&country.x=US&locale.x=US

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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

Brexit2016 ,

Second to none

Seriously, equal or better than any podcast I have ever listened to. A unique blend of investigative journalism and original lyricists. Pick any episode. They are all incredible. There is a lot of love and hard work behind these episodes and it shows. Should be required listening.

RC526 ,

A Must Listen for These Challenging Times

Current events aside, News Beat is an education for me, and as a regular listener, this podcast has brought important awareness measures to so many of today's issues. Everything from the guests and topics, to the accompanying original tracks and lyrics, provide a captivating production that you'll want to keep listening for more.

hiphopjc ,

Awesome Podcast! must listen!

Awesome podcast! informative filled with original content and music

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