Film: Crips & Bloods: Made In America

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Stacy Peralta has produced two of the best documentaries “Dogtown and Z-Boys” and “Riding Giants,” exhilarating, informative works with reverence for the cultures (skateboarding and surfing, respectively) they chronicle. With the sobering “Crips and Bloods: Made in America,” Peralta goes outside subjects of personal expertise, tackling the gang war that has long convulsed Los Angeles’ African American community.The documentary film does paint a rather long history of this area of Los Angeles including immigration during Second World War, both riots and the civil rights struggles. The documentary is well shot with great music and narration by Forest Whitaker and a nice selection of both interview subjects and ideas. You very well may learn something and you cannot help feel for those that have senselessly suffered from the violence. With out much of a solution given, despite the enforced gang violence-prevention sequence, not much of an impression is left that anything will improve with the gang warfare. As one Crip makes the observation of, “It is what it is.” A bloody, chilling fact!?


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Posted on Mon, 17/08/2009 - 10:35

The Game & Big Fase's Sister, B-Fly Shot In CPT

B-Fly, the younger sister of the The Game was shot in her hometown Compton, California.

Born Sherani Capricia Taylor, B-Fly is, in her own right an aspiring rapper and is aligned with her brother Big Fase 100's Brazil St. Records label. She was caught in a cross-fire in her neighbourhood, struck by a bullet from a passing vehicle while standing on her front porch. The strongest rumour behind this incident states that B-Fly was a victim of an ongoing internal beef between family members associated with her older brother, Big Fase, The Game and G-Unit's Spider Loc. Spider Loc, who is a known member of the 97th Street Crips is allegedly reported as the shooter of B-Fly.

Here’s an excerpt from her myspace page:
Never did i think when i woke up it could really be the end of my days…But i truly believe in God!!!He has granted me another day at life , another day to love, another day to breathe, another day to bounce back, and anotha day to praise him for life. I have really found the true meaning of life and that is to” live it to its fullest” every second of the day, not to take things for granted ….and to bless everything that i have. I had so much to complain about until this brush with death surfaced but now i know that everything in my life has its purpose and place. People will always have their opinions but I know me and what im about.

“Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.”

After being shot once, B-Fly is reported to be in a stable condition.

Posted on Tue, 21/10/2008 - 08:51

Nipsey Hussle Represents RSC

Newcomer to the West, Nipsey Hussle bangin' Rollin Sixties Crip to the fullest. Peep this new gang-ode, "RSC For Life".

Posted on Fri, 29/08/2008 - 09:10

New Gang Flick Lines Up Hip-Hop Cast

A number of rappers are on board to star in I.E., a new anti-gang awareness film that is based on a true story about two opposing gangs in Southern California.

Daz, Kurupt, Sticky Fingaz, Fredo Starr, Bad Azz, Bokeem Woodbine and others star in I.E., which is being produced by Lola Jackson Productions.

Described as The Departed meets Training Day, the film is based on The L.A. Crips, who set their sights on territory controlled by The I.E. Mob in San Bernardino County.

I.E., which is being lensed by director Billy Wright, focuses on “Cory,” an imprisoned gang member from the Inland Empire area who is serving time in San Bernardino jail.

He hears about his brothers death and The L.A. Crips' incursion into I.E. Mob territory and the result is all out gang war in Southern California.

“As a result of Cory avenging his younger brother Alonzo‘s death, he is sent to prison for murder,” executive producer Lola Jackson said. “Seven years later after all the madness in the I.E. has ceased, Cory finally accepts his calling as a minister.”

The film, which is currently in pre-production, is scheduled to go into production this summer.

Others starring in I.E. include Melvin Jackson Jr., Jensen Atwood, Jade Yorker and others. Snoop Dogg is also rumored to be in negotiations to join the cast.

[Article by: Nolan Strong]

Posted on Wed, 28/05/2008 - 07:56