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Musicians get political; the mother-son duo behind 'The Infiltrator;' life of a rock 'n' roll roadie

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TI_FL_D002_DL_00278_R_CROP(l to r) Director Brad Furman and actor Benjamin Bratt behind the scenes on the set of THE INFILTRATOR, a Broad Green Pictures release.Credit: David Lee / Broad Green Pictures
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TI_FL_D002_DL_00278_R_CROP(l to r) Director Brad Furman and actor Benjamin Bratt behind the scenes on the set of THE INFILTRATOR, a Broad Green Pictures release.Credit: David Lee / Broad Green Pictures

The recent spate of killings of African-Americans by police officers has inspired new protest songs and political acts by Jay-Z, the singer Miguel, Beyoncé, and Snoop Dogg; the writer and director of the new movie "The Infiltrator" are also mother and son; a top rock 'n' roll tour manager shares tales from his unglamorous life on the road.

Brad Furman talks about the challenges of directing “The Infiltrator,” which was adapted into a screenplay by his mother, Ellen Brown Furman.
He's traveled the world with The Black Keys, Wilco and Lucinda Williams, but the rock lifestyle definitely has its low moments.
Jay-Z and Miguel have each released protest songs in recent days, and Nas and Usher have revived and older but relevant track of theirs. Culture critic Lorraine Ali is surprised there hasn't been more.
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