A Nation Of Lords

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Author: David Dawley
Publisher: Waveland Press
ISBN: 1478628030
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A Nation Of Lords by David Dawley


Original Title: A Nation Of Lords

An instructive and relevant look at an explosive period in urban history! This savagely moving autobiography of a violent street gang covers its heyday in the 1960s when it had perhaps ten thousand members in at least twenty-six branches on Chicago’s West Side. It is the story of a street gang that became a community organization, supported by private foundations and corporations and dedicated to social, economic, and political development. The gang’s violent neighborhood was transformed into Head Start’s most improved block where the crime rate decreased as did the number of gang-related killings.

Perspectives Of Black Popular Culture

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Author: Harry B. Shaw
Publisher: Popular Press
ISBN: 9780879725044
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Perspectives Of Black Popular Culture by Harry B. Shaw


Original Title: Perspectives Of Black Popular Culture

While blacks have made perhaps their most obvious and substantial contributions to Western popular culture through music and dance, they have developed a rich popular culture in a number of other areas, including the visual arts, mass media, health practices, recreation, and literature. Glimpsed through any medium, black popular culture is the DNA that runs throughout the various kinds of black—and American—artistic achievement and shared experience, helping to identify, explain, and retain Africanisms and the essential blackness that emanate from the everyday lives of black people.

A World Of Gangs

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Author: John Hagedorn
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 0816650667
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A World Of Gangs by John Hagedorn


Original Title: A World Of Gangs

"On the street with gangs in three world cities - Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, and Capetown - Hagedorn discovers that many of them have institutionalized as a strategy to confront a hopeless cycle of poverty, racism, and oppression. The mhilistic appeal of gangsta rap and its ethic of survival "by any means necessary," he argues, provides vital insights into the ideology and persistence of gangs around the world. Proposing how gangs can be encouraged to overcome their violent tendencies, Hagedorn appeals to community leaders to use the urgency, outrage, and resistance common to both gang life and hip-hop to bring gangs into broader movements for social justice."--BOOK JACKET.

This Is My Story

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Author: ToMack D. Johnson
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1462011721
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This Is My Story by ToMack D. Johnson


Original Title: This Is My Story

THIS GRITTY, BRUTALLY MEMOIR TELLS THE STORY OF AN ANGRY YOUTH WHO GOES TO PRISON AND, UPON RELEASE, BECOMES ONE OF OKLAHOMAS MOST PROMINENT DRUG DEALERS. This Is My Story is the brutally honest life story of ToMack D. Johnson. From his troubled childhood in Chickasha and Lawton, Oklahoma, to his initiation into the gang known as the Vice Lords, Johnson is brutally honest about the challenges that he faced. He describes his disturbing childhood and his rugged life as a teen gang member. In 1992, he began his ?rst prison term following his conviction for a drive-by shootingthus beginning the next troublesome period of his life as a hard head in prison. He left prison after spending over a quarter of his life there. Johnson explores his life as a businessman, street hustler, and drug dealer, trying to make money any way possible. He also talks about the battle for his life that he has fought since discovering that he had high blood pressure and devastating kidney failure. Finally, he talks honestly about his relationship with his daughter and her mother, as well as with all of the women in his life. By discussing the hardship of his abusive relationships with women, he recognizes the a?ect that being raped as a child had on his life.

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