Hakim Jamal was a Boston original—an engaging author and activist who identified as a recovering alcoholic and addict. He founded the group that created Kwanzaa. His controversial romances with movie stars and models inspired movies decades later.
“Everyone knows we are a mosquito on the butt of an elephant … I’ve had cops see my shirt and get inches from my face about it.”
Among the nightmares of an unprecedented epidemic, sex work gets more dangerous for opioid addicts
In a time when everybody from the FDA commissioner to politicians in Mass are pushing for more medication-assisted treatment for people in recovery, Spofford says, “The doctor and the pharmacist are going to tell you that these drugs are the only way that people can get better from opiate addiction, and I’m just here to tell you that that’s not true.”