News & Features Editor: @DigBoston | Author of many books including '99 Nights with the 99%' | Founder: Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism (@BINJreports)

TALK KIN - BINJ Reports - Medium — here the heck have you all been my whole career?" I found myself thinking and saying such things repeatedly at the National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, which was held outside of Boston two weeks ago.

JUDGE DREAD: SINCE YOU’RE ALREADY WORRYING ABOUT TRUMP’S APPOINTMENTS … — For better or worse, one power of a polarizing presidential race is how it spurs everyday Americans to touch topics typically reserved for wonks. Like pensions. And healthcare. And the Supreme Court of the United States!

Guitar Hero: RIP Peter Belmonte, My Uncle — By Chris Faraone Even as a writer by trade who came of age in more than a couple of sketchy yet musical Queens basements myself, it is a daunting task for me to attempt to describe the average Rosedale cellar of the 1960s or '70s.

RE-RIGHTING HISTORY: WHY ARE CONSERVATIVES WHINING ABOUT A LACK OF ARCHIVES? — In his 2014 commencement speech at Harvard University, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made national headlines by checking the alleged political bias of the very institution he was speaking at. "It is just a modern form of McCarthyism," Bloomberg, a Harvard Business School grad himself, told the crowd.

RETURN TO DEWEY SQUARE – BINJ Reports — BY CHRIS FARAONE AND THE BOSTON INSTITUTE FOR NONPROFIT JOURNALISM There's yet to be a major motion picture about Occupy Wall Street. Perhaps there never will be.

DEAR READER: ABOUT THIS BRA NAME CHANGE BS — We knew the new BRA logo reminded us of something Dear Reader, You may have seen an article or TV news snippet this week about how the Boston Redevelopment Authority re-branded itself as the Boston Planning and Development Agency. Don't be fooled just because city officials are counting on it.

An Open Letter To Journalists About Pot Prohibition — The multilateral assault on cannabis hit a fever pitch last month, when the Department of Public Health (DPH) announced that nine of the initial twenty dispensary applicants failed to qualify for the next stage of their licensing gauntlet. It's a development that can be largely linked to the detective work of various reporters.

Ruthless People | Arts & Entertainment | Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City Weekly — click to enlarge One could argue, with the ease of claiming B.I.G. and Tupac's eternal rap game dominance, that music fans want every speck of background on their favorite hotshots. How else could one explain the everlasting cycle of celebrity worship and tabloids, or the slut-shaming and buzz around the selfie hacks of private panty shots snapped by the starlet du jour?

FOTOBOMB: 2016 BOSTON FREEDOM RALLY — Chris Faraone is the News+Features Editor of DigBoston and the Director of Editorial for the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism. He is also the author of four books including '99 Nights with the 99 Percent' and 'Heartbreak Hell.'

Western Lit: On This 20th Anniversary of Tupac's Death, an Important New Book Takes a Gritty Look at SoCal Hip-Hop — It's clear that many pop-culture fanatics like for the legacies of their heroes to be scrubbed and romanticized. For proof, you needn't look much further than most biopics and TV shows about the entertainment business, in which character flaws may occasionally factor in, but are typically eclipsed by brilliance.
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Oct 25, 2016

FB vid of me reading century old #Boston Globe articles shows consistency in their #cannabis coverage:  #mapoli

Oct 25, 2016

When Facebook recommends that you friend up with one of the media relations rats who lies to you regularly. No thank you.

Oct 25, 2016

I always wonder how people who work in marketing feel about spending their lives selling garbage for personal gain.

Oct 24, 2016

RT @DigBoston: The argument to turn #Harvard into UMass Cambridge like you've never heard it before ...  #mapoli

Oct 24, 2016

Sop saying 'This is the ____ election in American history.' You have no idea what you're talking about.

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