Real Gangstas

Author: Timothy R. Lauger
Editor: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 081355375X
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Street gangs are a major concern for residents in many inner-city communities. However, gangs’ secretive and, at times, delinquent tendencies limit most people’s exposure to the realities of gang life. Based on eighteen months of qualitative research on the streets of Indianapolis, Real Gangstas provides a unique and intimate look at the lives of street gang members as they negotiate a dangerous peer environment in a major midwestern city. Timothy R. Lauger interviewed and observed a mix of fifty-five gang members, former gang members, and non-gang street offenders. He spent much of his fieldwork time in the company of a particular gang, the “Down for Whatever Boyz,” who allowed him to watch and record many of their day-to-day activities and conversations. Through this extensive research, Lauger is able to understand and explain the reasons for gang membership, including a chaotic family life, poverty, and the need for violent self-assertion in order to foster the creation of a personal identity. Although the book exposes many troubling aspects of gang life, it is not a simple descriptive or a sensationalistic account of urban despair and violence. Steeped in the tradition of analytical ethnography, the study develops a central theoretical argument: combinations of street gangs within cities shape individual gang member behavior within those urban settings. Within Indianapolis, members of rival gangs interact on a routine basis within an ambiguous and unstable environment. Participants believe that many of their contemporaries claiming gang affiliations are not actually “real” gang members, but instead are imposters who gain access to the advantages of gang membership through fraud and pretense. Consequently, the ability to discern “real” gang members—or to present oneself successfully as a real gang member—is a critical part of gangland Indianapolis. Real Gangstas offers an objective and fair characterization of active gang members, successfully balancing the seemingly conflicting idea that they generally seem like normal teenagers, yet are abnormally concerned with—and too often involved in—violence. Lauger takes readers to the edge of an actual gang conflict, providing a rare and up-close look at the troubling processes that facilitate hostility and violence.

Icons Of Hip Hop An Encyclopedia Of The Movement Music And Culture 2

Author: Mickey Hess
Editor: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313339042
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Profiles hip-hop artists and groups who made significant contributions to the music and culture of the genre, including Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Jay-Z, and Kanye West; and contains discographies and resources for each selection as well as interviews with DJ Premier and DJ Scratch.

The Real Gangster S Wife

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Editor: Pageturner Publishing House
ISBN:
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Icons Of Hip Hop

Author: Mickey Hess
Editor: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313339023
Size: 18,25 MB
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Real Gangster Play The Game Of Blood Sacrifice

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Editor: Lulu.com
ISBN: 9810810571
Size: 14,35 MB
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Somebody Scream

Author: Marcus Reeves
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1466822155
Size: 14,31 MB
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For many African Americans of a certain demographic the sixties and seventies were the golden age of political movements. The Civil Rights movement segued into the Black Power movement which begat the Black Arts movement. Fast forward to 1979 and the release of Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight." With the onset of the Reagan years, we begin to see the unraveling of many of the advances fought for in the previous decades. Much of this occurred in the absence of credible, long-term leadership in the black community. Young blacks disillusioned with politics and feeling society no longer cared or looked out for their concerns started rapping with each other about their plight, becoming their own leaders on the battlefield of culture and birthing Hip-Hop in the process. In Somebody Scream, Marcus Reeves explores hip-hop music and its politics. Looking at ten artists that have impacted rap—from Run-DMC (Black Pop in a B-Boy Stance) to Eminem (Vanilla Nice)—and puts their music and celebrity in a larger socio-political context. In doing so, he tells the story of hip hop's rise from New York-based musical form to commercial music revolution to unifying expression for a post-black power generation.

The Brotherhoods

Author: Guy Lawson
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416547886
Size: 19,16 MB
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INSIDE THE MOB. INSIDE THE NYPD. THE LAST GREAT MAFIA BOOK OF OUR TIME. The Brotherhoods is the chilling chronicle of the shocking crimes of NYPD detectives Stephen Caracappa and Louis Eppolito, notorious rogue cops found guilty in April 2006 of the ultimate form of police corruption -- shielding their criminal deeds behind their badges while they worked for the mafia. Their crimes include participation in the murders of at least eight men, kidnapping, and the betrayal of an entire generation of New York City detectives, federal agents, and prosecutors. "One of the most spectacular police corruption scandals in the city's history," proclaimed the New York Times in its front-page coverage of the jury's verdict. This gripping, true-life detective story is remarkable for its psychological intrigue, criminal audacity, and paranoid, blood-soaked fury. Written by prize-winning journalist Guy Lawson and William Oldham, the brilliant detective who quietly and relentlessly investigated the rogue cops for seven years, The Brotherhoods provides unparalleled access to the secretive workings of both the NYPD and organized crime -- their hierarchies, rituals, and codes of conduct. Sprawling from Manhattan to Las Vegas to Hollywood, this incredible story features wiseguys, hit men on the lam, snitches, cops on the take, girlfriends who should know better, a crooked accountant, corrupt jewelers, streetwise detectives, flamboyant defense attorneys, ice-cool prosecutors, a distinguished federal judge, and a gallery of other unforgettable characters, many hiding secrets they are afraid to reveal. In yet another turn of events, in June 2006 a federal judge vacated the convictions on statute of limitations grounds, even as he cited overwhelming evidence that Caracappa and Eppolito had committed "heinous and violent crimes." The U.S. Attorney's Office, which had won the convictions, has appealed the ruling. The conviction of the two men by a jury and the judge's reiteration of their guilt underscore the amazing story of The Brotherhoods. Destined to rank with such modern crime classics as Serpico, Donnie Brasco, and Wiseguy, this quintessential American mob tale goes to the hearts of two brotherhoods -- the police and the mafia -- and the two cops who belonged to both.

Carrentein Poochiona Ponderas

Author: Amun
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469172038
Size: 20,79 MB
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Volume 1: C.C.P. The Untold Story, Black Mafia: Self Made Men, Bloodline: From the Cradle to the Grave Summary: Carrentein Ponderas is a black a familys need and desire to survive in the rat race by any means necessary. From the unity, compassion, and guts of some to help others succeed arose what became known as the Black Mafia. Led by C.C.P., a mirror of S.B., he sprung up to become a shady tree for others, and with a heart bigger than they were that bred, a.k.a. urban legends, where cash ruled then, now, and forevermore. Long live the street legends of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, for the gangster living in each of us. Enjoy. Volume 2: Tru Blood: Til Death Do Us Part, Treeses Block, Ghost in the House Summary: Fetti makes mo fetti, gangsters mo gangsters. Dont hate, get like the competition or become bait. In the jungle only the strong survive. The name of the game aint checkers no mo, its check-mate. A new breed of dons run this here. Meet the new deputy mayors. They took over where the old economy left off. Not Caddys, but Benzos and Porsches are the order of the day. In their world every day is a good day to die. Their motto is watch your back money, dont get short changed. Meet the Gs of the new economy.

Black Picket Fences

Author: Mary Pattillo-McCoy
Editor: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226649283
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The author takes a stark and candid look at a section of America often ignored by both scholars and the media: the black middle class.

The Cultural Matrix

Author: Orlando Patterson
Editor: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674967305
Size: 13,15 MB
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The Cultural Matrix seeks to unravel an American paradox: the socioeconomic crisis and social isolation of disadvantaged black youth, on the one hand, and their extraordinary integration and prominence in popular culture on the other. This interdisciplinary work explains how a complex matrix of cultures influences black youth.