Stephen Cooper

Stephen Cooper is a former D.C. public defender who worked as an assistant federal public defender in Alabama between 2012 and 2015. He has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers in the United States and overseas. He writes full-time and lives in Woodland Hills, California.

Open Letter to the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles on Chris Revis

Santa Davis and the “Stalag 17” Riddim

A Kingston Reasoning with Legendary Guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith (The Interview: Part 2)

America is Burning

U.S. Dishonors Navajo with Death Penalty  

A Kingston Reasoning with Legendary Guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith

Covid-19 Exposes the Death Penalty’s Selfishness 

“The Soul Syndicate members dem, dem are all icons”: an Interview with Tony Chin

“Just Mercy” and Justice Don’t Exist in Alabama

Spreading Righteousness Across the World: an Interview With Julian Marley

A Historic Conversation with Legendary Drummer Santa Davis

Hey Los Angeles: More Public Restrooms, Please!

Another Death Penalty Horror: Stark Disparities in Media and Activist Attention

Sick and Shrouded in Secrecy: Alabama’s Contract to Gas Humans to Death

Talking with The Mighty Diamonds: “Harmony Can Never Go Out of Style”

Scientist vs. Cooper: The Interview, Round 3 

Tony Chin’s Tuff Gong Business

Hempress Sativa: “Rastafari Should be Protected”

Judge Marks and Mass Incarceration in the Middle District of Alabama

General Jah Mikey: “I Just Love That Microphone, Man”

Tony Chin’s Unstoppable, Historic Career in Music

Abolishing the Death Penalty Requires Morality

“Wheel! Of! Fortune!” (A Vegas Story)

The Fullness of Half Pint

Imbibe Culture and Consciousness with Cocoa Tea (The Interview)

Ska King Derrick Morgan Holds Court in L.A.

My Unforgettable College Stabbings

“How Do You Fight the Devil With a Lawyer?” an Interview with Reggae Legend Max Romeo:

Julius Jones’s Hail Mary to Avoid a 21st-Century-Style Lynching

“I’m a Nine-Star General Now”: an Interview with Black Uhuru’s Duckie Simpson

10 Minutes with Superstar Drummer Sly Dunbar

Why Twitter Brings Out My Worst Self (and perhaps yours)

Keith Tharpe and the Death Penalty’s Racist Roots  

Supreme Court Screw-Up Sullies U.S. Constitution 

Scientist vs. Cooper: The Interview, Round 2 

Alabama Executions: Strictly a Christian Affair

Scientist v. Cooper: the Interview (Round 1) 

When Will Journalism Grapple With the Ethics of Interviewing Mentally Ill Arrestees?

The Prospective Gassing of Human Beings in Alabama is an Abomination 

Raising Consciousness with Reggae and Rastafari: an Interview with Raging Fyah

“Reggae Is the Heartbeat of the Festival:” an Interview with Cali Roots’ Dan Sheehan

Vengeful Alabama to Kill 83-Year-Old Man

Reggae Star Etana Emphasizes Equality

Battling the Death Penalty With James Baldwin

Alabama Has Been Torturing Poor People for a Long Time

Rebel Talk with Nattali Rize: the Interview

Majestic Meditations with Jesse Royal: the Interview

Concerning Our Endless Quest for Self-Improvement 

Call Lethal Injection the Vile Torture It Is

A Revealing Conversation With Rocksteady Rulers Keith And Tex