Tuesday, February 4, 2014

On Crime and Fashion-- Frankie Bailey

Frankie Bailey, who shares the stage tonight with bestselling author Walter Mosley, discusses her forthcoming book on crime and fashion in an interview last year in the Times Union:

The police scanner crackles with a report of a liquor store stickup. The suspect was last seen fleeing on foot, wearing a black hoodie and Yankees cap.

It’s become a uniform of sorts for today’s young, urban street-level criminal with a hip-hop sensibility.

Frankie Y. Bailey, associate professor of criminal justice at the University at Albany, is not surprised by the scanner chatter. She’s been tracking the trend as part of her research for a book-in-progress, tentatively titled “Strip Search: Crime, Justice and Clothing in American Culture.”

More from Paul Grondahl in the Times Union:  http://blog.timesunion.com/localarts/author-revisited-frankie-y-bailey/29769/

More about today's events: http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/webpages4/archives/mosley_bailey14.html