Prisoner-turned-poet Dwayne Betts shares Reagan-era q playlist

Dwayne Betts says music inspired his new book of poetry, which explores the connection between the Reagan era and his own jail sentence.
Dwayne Betts is a poet, teacher, and 2016 Yale Law candidate. His latest collection of poems is called Bastards of the Reagan Era. (Rachel Eliza Griffiths)
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In the latest instalment of q's playlist series, Dwayne Betts walks Shad through the music that inspired his new book of poetry:Bastards of The Reagan Era

Betts' work explores the mass incarceration of black men during the Reagan era — including his own jail sentence. He explains how he went from good student to inmate to community leader to Yale law student, and the personal soundtrack that played in the backdrop. 

His newly released book is receiving critical praise.

Dwayne Betts takes a poetic approach in exploring the effects of the Reagan era on black America. (Scott Stewart/Associated Press)

WEB EXTRA | In order of on-air play, here are the songs that Betts selected for his playlist. (Please note: the videos contain explicit language.) 

Killer Mike — Reagan
 
Nas — One Love
 
Public Enemy — Night of The Living Baseheads

Scarface — I Seen A Man Die
 

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