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American Gangster
January 10, 2007

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Don't know how many of you have checked out BET's new show American Gangster, but I've been watching for the last couple of weeks and I'm a fan.  To be honest, I'm pissed that I missed the first couple of episode featuring Tookie Williams, Freeway Ricky Ross, and Fat Cat Nichols.  For those who haven't heard, American Gangster is BET's new documentary series that focuses on African American Gangster's that reached big-time status.  I know it's not good for the youth to see gangsters glorified, but it's about time famous African American gangsters be looked at.  Until now, the only criminals that have had major TV exposure have been Italian crime bosses and South American drug lords, famous black gangsters rarely get the same attention. 

On to the show.  The first thing that stood out to me was the quality of the production.  In the past, some of BET's original programs have come off looking cheap and thrown together, but they must have stepped up their budget for American Gangster because the show is well put together.  The three episodes I've watched have featured narrating by Ving Rhames, and commentary from a lot of people connected to the stories/cases/trials of the various gangsters. 

Last night I watched Episode 6 which featured the story of the Chambers brothers.  They were 4 brothers from a town of 250 people in Arkansas that moved to Detroit and eventually rose to the top and had the Detroit crack game on lock.  Until last night, I never knew the Chambers brothers were the inspiration for the move "New Jack City". At their peak, these dudes were earning 50 Million a year, and took the idea of drug distribution to another level.  Anyone who has seen "New Jack City" will remember "The Carter", the apartment building that Nino Brown took over to traffic product.  Well, these cats were the originators, they overtook an entire apartment building and used the different floors to sell product.  $5 dollar rocks were on the first floor, $10 dollar rocks were on the second, and... you get the picture.  These cats ran the Detroit crack scene for years until 1988 when the Federal Government finally began to pay attention.  Eventually like all gangster dynasties, they were taken down, but their story was something to see. 

You can catch American Gangster on BET, Tuesdays @ 10 P.M. Eastern Time, replays air throughout the week.  If you've seen the show, holla back and let me know how you like it.


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