Brian Josephs

police brutality

All Victims Should Be 'Ideal Victims'

An expert on criminology explains what it takes for black men brutalized by police to get the benefit of the doubt.
Brian Josephs
5.30.17
NYC

This Shop Is Where Hip-Hop and Ice Cream Collide

One former inmate turned a simple ice cream recipe into a booming business that’s attracting celebs like Jay Z and Hilary Clinton. But this ice cream maker’s story is the story of hip-hop.
Brian Josephs
8.4.16
Stuff

Mapping the Lost Nightclubs of New York City

Nightlife haunts close for all kinds of reasons, but it's usually because they're awful.
Brian Josephs
4.29.16
Stuff

Black Atheists Explain What It's Like to Be a 'Double Minority'

We talked to five black atheists about what it's like to be black in America and reject the the idea of a higher power.
Brian Josephs
4.22.16
Music

Rappers Talk About Their Struggles with Depression

We spoke to a few hip-hop artists to get their perspectives on depression, suicide, and the music they've dedicated their lives to.
Brian Josephs
4.12.16
Stuff

Great Secular Stories That Follow the Same Arc as the Passion of Jesus

Sacrifice, betrayal, death, and spiritual ascension aren't only found in the Bible, they're essential elements to so many great works of art, from the <i>Matrix</i> to the <i>Lord of the Rings</i>.
Brian Josephs
3.27.16
Stuff

Furries Love 'Zootopia'

<i>Zootopia</i> has been a hit with furries, but the community's love affair with Disney goes much deeper than that.
Brian Josephs
3.17.16
News

We Asked a Lawyer if Poisoned Flint Residents Can Win Their Lawsuit Against the Government

Earlier this week, a federal lawsuit was filed against a host of city and state officials implicated in the troubled city's water problems. But will it go anywhere?
Brian Josephs
3.11.16
News

When Can the Government Take Away Your Guns?

The answer is "basically never," even if you freak some people out by sending letters about how hundreds of CIA agents are watching you.
Brian Josephs
3.8.16
Stuff

Can 'Underground' Break Free of the Slave Narrative's Traditional Tropes?

'Underground' is a well-worn addition to the suddenly crowded genre of slave narrative.
Brian Josephs
3.8.16
The VICE Guide to the 2016 Election

We Asked an Expert What Donald Trump's Health Care Plan Would Do to America

Some of Trump's ideas might drive down health care costs, but they might also harm the poor and "rewind the clock" to the days when fewer people had insurance.
Brian Josephs
3.4.16
News

A Brief History of Katt Williams's Brushes with the Law

The talented comedian can't seem to stay out of police crosshairs.
Brian Josephs
3.3.16
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