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Blue Rage, Black Redemption

Author : Stanley Tookie Williams
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 416 pages
File Size : 40,9 Mb
Release : 2007-11-13
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781416554301

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A gripping tale of personal revolution by a man who went from Crips co-founder to Nobel Peace Prize nominee, author, and antigang activist When his L.A. neighborhood was threatened by gangbangers, Stanley Tookie Williams and a friend formed the Crips, but what began as protection became worse than the original gangs. From deadly street fights with their rivals to drive-by shootings and stealing cars, the Crips' influence -- and Tookie's reputation -- began to spread across L.A. Soon he was regularly under police surveillance, and, as a result, was arrested often, though always released because the charges did not stick. But in 1981, Tookie was convicted of murdering four people and was sent to death row at San Quentin in Marin County, California. Tookie maintained his innocence and began to work in earnest to prevent others from following his path. Whether he was creating nationwide peace protocols, discouraging adolescents from joining gangs, or writing books, Tookie worked tirelessly for the rest of his life to end gang violence. Even after his death, his legacy continues, supported by such individuals as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Snoop Dogg, Jesse Jackson, and many more. This posthumous edition of Blue Rage, Black Redemption features a foreword by Tavis Smiley and an epilogue by Barbara Becnel, which details not only the influence of Tookie's activism but also her eyewitness account of his December 2005 execution, and the inquest that followed. By turns frightening and enlightening, Blue Rage, Black Redemption is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and an invaluable lesson in how rage can be turned into redemption.

The Sháhnáma of Firdausí

Author : Firdawsī
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 438 pages
File Size : 41,6 Mb
Release : 1905
Category : Epic literature, Persian
ISBN : HARVARD:32044108749920

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Life In Prison

Author : Stanley "Tookie" Williams,Barbara Cottman Becnel
Publisher : Chronicle Books
Page : 90 pages
File Size : 44,7 Mb
Release : 2001-02
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN : 1587170930

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Life In Prison by Stanley "Tookie" Williams,Barbara Cottman Becnel Pdf

Williams, the cofounder of the Crips gang and a nominee for both the Nobel Peace Prize and the Nobel Prize in Literature, became an anti-gang crusader before he was executed in December 2005. In this work he debunked urban myths about prison life and challenged young people to choose the right path. Selected for the Young Adult Library Services Association's Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list.


Author : Yusuf Jah,Sister Shahkeyah
Publisher : KingDoMedia
Page : 128 pages
File Size : 44,9 Mb
Release : 2019-01-10
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 8210379456XXX

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Uprising by Yusuf Jah,Sister Shahkeyah Pdf

In the spring of 1992 the African American neighborhoods of Los Angeles — Compton, Watts, Gardena, South Central — were irrevocably transformed by the greatest domestic disturbance of this century: the “Uprisings,” as they were then described on the streets. In the aftermath of the violence emerged a powerful spirit of reconciliation and change, as gang members who had once fought each other for years came together in an attempt to rebuild their homes, businesses, families and most importantly themselves. This new sense of peace and cooperation continued to thrive in the inner city, and now, with uprising, thirteen former Crips and Bloods give voice to their fresh hopes for the future.What these men reveal is both provocative and profound: the rites of initiation, the pressure to commit crimes, the bonds of gang brotherhood, the significance of gangsta rap, the need for self-empowerment, and the durability of racism in our culture. But Uprising has a timely moral mission as well: Mean streets similar to those of L.A. can be found in cities across the country like Chicago, Baltimore, New York, Atlanta, and Newark. Gang warfare is escalating, spreading to the heartland — and here Yusuf Jah and Sister Shah’Keyah proclaim that lives and communities must be saved. An intricate mosaic of a nuanced and often turbulent world, Uprising defines issues that confront all Americans. It’s message cannot be ignored. Uprising is a powerfully raw, intimate history of gang life in South Central L.A. In detailed interviews, gang members of the Crips and Bloods open up on a wide range of issues, including the bonds of the gang brotherhood, the significance of gangsta rap, the despair of welfare, and the scourge of drugs. "Moments of brutal clarity…One finishes the book convinced of its authentic depiction of gang life." — The New York Times Book Review

T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E.

Author : Sanyika Shakur
Publisher : Grove Press
Page : 336 pages
File Size : 41,9 Mb
Release : 2009-08
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780802144249

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T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. by Sanyika Shakur Pdf

A novel depicting the violence and depravity of urban gang life profiles Lapeace, leader of the Eight Tray Crips in South Central L.A., whose battle with his arch-rival Anyhow kills innocent civilians and sends him on the run to escape retribution and the law.

Inside the Crips

Author : Ann Pearlman,Colton Simpson
Publisher : St. Martin's Press
Page : 352 pages
File Size : 43,6 Mb
Release : 2013-12-24
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781466860995

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Inside the Crips by Ann Pearlman,Colton Simpson Pdf

Inside the Crips is the memoir of the author Colton Simpson's life as a Crip--beginning at the tender age of ten in the mid-seventies--and his prison turnaround nearly twenty-five years later. Colton ("C-Loc") Simpson calls himself the only gang member ever allowed to quite the Crips--and one of the few to survive into his thirties. Simpson--son of a ballplayer for the California Angels and a mother who was relentlessly rough with her sons after their fathers left her--became a gang member at ten. Inside The Crips tells the remarkable--and at the same time, all too common--story of gang life in the 1980s in immediate and descriptive prose that makes this book a gripping true-life read. Inside The Crips covers the rush that comes from participating in gang violence and the years-long wars between the Bloods and Crips. Simpson's story also puts the reader in the middle of the struggle between the Crips and corrections officers in Calipatria prison. It covers gang life from the mid-seventies to the mid-nineties, and introduces characters it's impossible not to care about: Simpson's fellow gangbanger Smile; and Gina, the long-suffering friend and mother of two sons who married Simpson in prison.

Gangs and Weapons

Author : Stanley Williams
Publisher : Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 48,6 Mb
Release : 1997
Category : Firearms ownership
ISBN : 1568381328

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Gangs and Weapons by Stanley Williams Pdf

Discusses the violence that can occur when gangs have guns.

I Am Raymond Washington

Author : Zach Fortier
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 188 pages
File Size : 48,9 Mb
Release : 2014-12-29
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 0692359877

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I Am Raymond Washington by Zach Fortier Pdf

I Am Raymond Washington is the only authorized biography of the undisputed founder of the Crips and provides an unprecedented look into Raymond Washington's life. If you're looking for stories of gang violence and crimes committed by gang members, that's been done before, and this book isn't for you. But if you're looking for a factual and intuitive look into what made Raymond Washington unique in the mean streets of Los Angeles, this is the book you want to read. Filled with stories, many never-before-seen photographs, as well as interviews and eyewitness accounts of those who knew Raymond, what he represented, and how and why the Crips were formed-and why his name is still spoken on the streets of Los Angeles today with hatred, fear, awe, and reverence. Entering the world of Raymond Washington with an open mind was difficult for me; however, the story of who Raymond Washington was as a leader, warrior, tactician, and mentor became clear. Learn why the gang was so successful and how an unremarkable fifteen-year-old kid in the fall of 1969 sat down with his best friend and formed what later became one of the most successful, and yet feared and hated gangs in the world-the Crips.

Gangs and the Abuse of Power

Author : Stanley Williams,Barbara Cottman Becnel
Publisher : Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 47,6 Mb
Release : 1997
ISBN : 1568381301

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The cofounder of the Crips tells how gang members use the power they have to hurt others and ultimately hurt themselves.

Black Sheep

Author : Ray "BEN" Studevent
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 288 pages
File Size : 51,9 Mb
Release : 2021-05-04
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780757323812

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Black Sheep by Ray "BEN" Studevent Pdf

The odds were stacked against Ray Studevent from day one. Born to a White, heroin-addicted mother and a Black, violently alcoholic father, his childhood in Washington, DC, was a chaotic mix of substance abuse death, and neglect. Salvation came at age five when he was adopted into a loving, stable home by his father's uncle Calvin and his wife Lemell. But that is just the beginning of the story. ... A suddenly widowed Lemell must raise Ray and her two daughters as a single mother in Chocolate City. Each time she looks into Ray's blue yes, she sees the Klansmen who tormented her family as she grew up in segregated Mississippi. Ray is White on the outside and Black on the inside. Lemell does her best to keep him on the straight and narrow as he navigates the social minefield of living in the Blackest part of the Blackest city in America during a time of notorious racial tension. As Ray learns the hard way, there are guidelines if you re Black, different rules if you are White, but only confusing messages for mixed-race children who must fight for acceptance as they struggle to find their identity-long into adulthood. This unforgettable memoir reveals universal truths through faith and great humor. It is a search for who we are, where we fit, and who we can become. It shows us what is possible when we trust our hearts and follow path of love. Book jacket.


Author : S.J. Saunders
Publisher : Riverbank Publishing
Page : 128 pages
File Size : 55,8 Mb
Release : 2014-07-20
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 8210379456XXX

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Monster by S.J. Saunders Pdf

A young boy, his loyalties torn between the old world and the new, fights to save his family as he faces the monsters without, and those within.

Life After Life

Author : Evans D. Hopkins
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 304 pages
File Size : 55,6 Mb
Release : 2010-06-15
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781451603873

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Life After Life by Evans D. Hopkins Pdf

Life After Life is the haunting and gloriously redemptive tale of Evans D. Hopkins's many lives, a sweeping journey from promising middle-class youth to civil rights militant, from criminal and convict to celebrated writer and enlightened man. Evans D. Hopkins was born during the Jim Crow era in a second-rate, segregated hospital, and educated in segregated primary schools in Danville, Virginia, a town that proudly proclaimed itself the "Last Capital of the Confederacy." With parents who stressed the value of education, as a teenager he was in the forefront of desegregation and the Civil Rights Movement. At the same time, he fell in love with the traditionally white man's game of tennis, modeling himself after his idol, the legendary Arthur Ashe, only to be swept off the courts by the Black Panther Party at the age of sixteen. Just out of high school, Hopkins moved to Panther headquarters in Oakland, California, where he spent two years writing for the Party newspaper, covering the trial of the San Quentin Six, working with Party founders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, and taking part in their move into politics when Seale ran for mayor of Oakland. He became historian for the group, documenting the years when altercations with authorities resulted in the deaths of numerous Panthers. And he was witness to the internal strife within the Party that led to the group's decline and his own decision to leave in the fall of 1974. When he returned to Danville, Hopkins was a different man, disillusioned and filled with rage and a legacy of militancy. He was, in his own words, "the quintessential angry young black man." Convicted of armed robbery and given a life sentence, Hopkins would spend twenty of the next twenty-two years in the prisons of Virginia. Inside, fighting despair and isolation and dreaming of escape, Hopkins sought salvation in the written word, writing in his cell in the early morning hours to escape the noise of the prison. Focusing on issues of social and criminal injustice, Hopkins would begin reaching a national audience when his inside account of an execution, "Who's Afraid of Virginia's Chair," was published in The Washington Post. Paroled in 1997, Hopkins returned home, a free man at last, but facing the overwhelming challenges of caring for his aging parents and daily life in a world that was new after so many years of incarceration. In this stunning look back at a man's struggle with himself and the world around him, Life After Life is also about the influences that sustained Hopkins's development despite overwhelming odds, influences that allowed him to emerge from two decades of imprisonment an uncorrupted man, still able to give to his family and community. Finally, Life After Life is a searingly honest view of events in America in the second half of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of a child, a militant, a prisoner, and, most important, a writer.

Do or Die

Author : Leon Bing
Publisher : Harper Collins
Page : 308 pages
File Size : 41,5 Mb
Release : 1992-05-20
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9780060922917

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Do or Die is the first insider account of teenage gangs--the lives, loves, and battles of children who kill--from the only journalist ever allowed inside this closed and dangerous world. This is no West Side Story. Welcome to a world where teenagers wear colostomy bags and have scrapbooks filled with funeral invitations; where a young man, after being shot in the chest, drives himself to the hospital; where another youngster, caught in crossfire, uses his girlfriend as a human shield; where teenage gangsters are kidnapped, tortured, and held for six-figure ransoms; where kids hum the latest movie's theme music while killing people. It's a world of clickheads, sherms, bangers, ballers, and mummyheads; a world where the strongest feelings of family come from other gang members; a world where the most potent feelings of self-worth come from murder.


Author : Donald Bakeer
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 146 pages
File Size : 53,5 Mb
Release : 2021-09-30
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 1955363102

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Crips by Donald Bakeer Pdf

SOUTH CENTRAL L.A. CRIPS is the story of why nearly 10,000 people were destined to get killed during the 1970's, 80's and 90's in a social explosion that began in L.A. then spread across this nation and, indeed, the world. This is the story of O.G. Jimmie Black (aka O.G. Bobby Johnson in the movie), who evolves during those explosive years in South Central L.A. from the Watts Rebellion (1965) to just prior to the days that sparked the L.A. Uprising (1992). It is the story of a father and son's triumph in the midst of America's most deadly gang war. "Bakeer's story moves swiftly, and his writing is deft", Gayle Anthony, LA. Sentinel. "I loved the book and the movie." Tupac Shakur. "The novel CRIPS by Don Bakeer corrects your assumptions about the gangs." LA Weekly. Many of the characters personify the collective spirit of the Original Crips/ O.G.'s and specifically that of Raymond Washington, the founder. But, even more than that, the characters represent the rebellious spirits of Bunchy Carter, Stanley (Tookie) Williams, Ice T, Ice Cube, Tupac, Nipsey Hussle, and Sanyinka Shakur (aka Monster Cody), etc. Bakeer collaborated with Oliver Stone, Steve Anderson, and Warner Bros. to develop the classic fi lm, SOUTH CENTRAL (1992) from this book, yet, the movie only tells a small portion of the true story. Hajji* Donald Bakeer, 77 and father to 9, has been a poet in Los Angeles for over 50 years and taught secondary school English in South Central L.A. for 30 years. He is, now, retired from teaching and lives in Inglewood, CA. He made the pilgrimage to Mecca in 1997. His books: South Central L.A. CRIPS - The Story of the L.A. Street Gang ($8.99); PTSD! Who, Me? ($7.99), and his songs are available at

Blue Rage, Black Redemption

Author : Stanley Tookie Williams
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 128 pages
File Size : 49,8 Mb
Release : 2010
Category : Electronic
ISBN : OCLC:764531007

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