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.

Real Black

Author: John L. Jackson Jr.
Editor: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226390017
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New York's urban neighborhoods are full of young would-be emcees who aspire to "keep it real" and restaurants like Sylvia's famous soul food eatery that offer a taste of "authentic" black culture. In these and other venues, authenticity is considered the best way to distinguish the real from the phony, the genuine from the fake. But in Real Black, John L. Jackson Jr. proposes a new model for thinking about these issues—racial sincerity. Jackson argues that authenticity caricatures identity as something imposed on people, imprisoning them within stereotypes: an African American high school student who excels in the classroom, for instance, might be dismissed as "acting white." On the other hand, sincerity, as Jackson defines it, imagines authenticity as an incomplete measuring stick, an analytical model that attempts to deny people agency in their search for identity. Drawing on more than ten years of ethnographic research in and around New York City, Jackson offers a kaleidoscope of subjects and stories that directly and indirectly address how race is negotiated in today's world—including tales of book-vending numerologists, urban conspiracy theorists, corrupt police officers, mixed-race neo-Nazis, and gospel choirs forbidden to catch the Holy Ghost. Jackson records and retells their interconnected sagas, all the while attempting to reconcile these stories with his own crisis of identity and authority as an anthropologist terrified by fieldwork. Finding ethnographic significance where mere mortals see only bricks and mortar, his invented alter ego Anthroman takes to the streets, showing how race is defined and debated, imposed and confounded every single day.

Gangsta Boos

Author: Latoya Jamara Jackson
Editor: iUniverse
ISBN: 1532053533
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From the time they were introduced as little girls, Tee-Baby and India have stuck to each other like glue while nurturing dreams of going to college and becoming lawyers. Their lives seem to be in perfect order, until they make it to high school and are introduced to Cino, the captain of the football team. When his brother, Twon, is murdered by his Mexican drug connection, Cino sets down a dark path that eventually leads the girls to meet Shawnee and La-La, Twons two female hitters. Soon, Tee-Baby and India are fully immersed in a street life fueled by drugs and murder. Although they are beautiful young women, they are gangstas in the making. After the four transform into cold-blooded, heartless murderers who will kill anyone who gets in their way, they decide to avenge Twons death by taking over all of his operations and eliminating those responsible for his murder. Now only time will tell who will live to tell about the perilous mission and who will make the ultimate sacrifice. In this urban tale of drugs, crime, love, and loss, four women must each decide whether to give up a dangerous game or live an evil, corrupt street life forever.

Droppin Science

Author: William Eric Perkins
Editor: Temple University Press
ISBN: 9781566393621
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Eleven essays analyze various aspects of hip-hop that are usually neglected, including coverage of female and Latino contributions to both rap and hip-hop culture.

Rap And Religion Understanding The Gangsta S God

Author: Ebony A. Utley
Editor: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313376697
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This book provides an enlightening, representative account of how rappers talk about God in their lyrics—and why a sense of religion plays an intrinsic role within hip hop culture. • A bibliography of cited sources on rap music and hip hop culture • An index of key terms and artists • A discography of rap songs with religious themes

She S A Savage For A Real Gangsta

Author: Vivian Blue
Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781978488540
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Willow Shaw was a 23-year-old woman who lived a relatively privileged life, thanks to a young street legend named O'Bannon who promised to take care of her after her mother was sent to prison for murder. The catch was that he made Willow promise to always remain loyal to him. But Willow didn't care what he demanded of her because she was in love with him. O'Bannon James was a successful street king who had worked his way up to the top of the food chain because he was known as a certified hustler. He was feared by many of his enemies because of his ruthless way of doing business. However, all of his homies and the people in his hood loved him dearly. After making so much money in the streets, he partners with his wife, Patsy, to make some legitimate money and they easily become successful together, promoting local talent. The only problem is that he runs the risk of losing out on time with Willow, his secret obsession. Cypher aka Jesse White is an up and coming rapper who had just signed a million dollar deal. When Cypher is sent to O'Bannon's town as a favor to his manager, he runs into the lovely Willow and his fate is changed forever. But will he be able to handle everything that comes with falling for O'Bannon's secret flame?

A Real Gangsta Love

Author: Maia Eagle
Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781539053705
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After being abandoned as an infant, Lira Zano, has been in the system all her childhood. Bouncing from foster home to foster home; she has never known what it feels like to be loved. At the age of 15, she runs away from home, right into the arms of a ruthless thug. Enduring years of abuse from him, mentally and physically, she decides to fight back. Knowing that it could cost her, her life, Lira flees. Xavier Wells is a crisp, clean cut, rough neck in disguise. He's not only successful, handsome, and charming, he's leading a double life. Using his security company as front, he makes his real money moving dope. Their two worlds collide when Lira ends up in Miami. Hoping to leave her past behind her and start fresh, she meets Xavier. They start a whirlwind romance that seems, almost, too good to be true; until Lira's past comes back to haunt her. Will she and Xavier be able to stay together and test the strength of their love? Or will they be torn apart by forces beyond their control?

A Real Gangsta Love 2

Author: Maia Eagle
ISBN: 9781540653376
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Abandoned as an infant, Lira Zano hasn't had an easy life. She's always had to take care of number one, but this time, it's not just her life at stake. Fleeing an abusive ex, she leaves Miami in hopes of keeping her loved ones safe. Xavier Wells is a man that has it all: flourishing businesses, a side hustle, and a woman he'd risk everything for. When she leaves him, he pulls out all the stops to locate her. Xavier isn't the only one who wants to find Lira, though. Will he find her before it's too late? Can she discover the courage to return home and face her past? Or will their worst fears be realized?

The Rise Fall Of A Gangsta Son

Author: Marlow Bates
Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781532802362
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Blood In my Veins from a Baltimore Legend...Birthed into the crucial drug game of the 80's in Baltimore City, MD Who would have ever thought that I would follow the path of my pops; a real gangster, a real hustler, a real man dedicated to the streets chasing a drug dealers dream, chasing millions and all while living a lifestyle filled with money, pussy and endless good times... yet coincidently ending with the heartache and pain from the incarceration and deaths of most of my team, my niggaz, more like my brothers