Urban youth gangs are typically viewed as no more than training grounds for thugs and felons. This breakthrough anthology presents a far different picture, revealing present and former gang members' and street activists' artistic impulses, emotional sensitivities, political beliefs, and capacities to assess the social conditions that created them.The Bandana Republic contains powerful writing: fiction and essays, poetry, and polemics written by adolescents from gangs like the Crips and Bloods and the Mexican Mafia. There's also creative work by ex-gangbangers who have become activists, artists, musicians, and movie stars.J. Sheeler's "Seven Immortals" finds grim poetry in a young girl's gang initiation. Jaha Zainabu's "The Jungle (Blood Territory)" is a lacerating portrait of an L.A. Blood. Commander's "The Brothas Gunnin'" piercingly profiles a neighborhood - and a world - under siege.These writings give voice to an American subculture far richer and more complex than the headlines indicate.More
"The energy and emotion in this anthology are maintained throughout the production in a myriad of ways. The mix of vocal talent adds to this collection of essays, poetry, fiction, and memoirs on what it means to survive in the world of gangs, violence, and drugs. Many of the narrators are activists, survivors, and icons from within the community, thus legitimizing both the book and audiobook." (AudioFile)
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It surprised me in a good way
Couldnt stand the reader..
I thought it was gonna be read by the actual gangmembers, and have a foreword read by Jim Brown. Im new to audiobooks, only listened to Rosebudd's American Pimp before and that was read by Rosebudd, it felt authentic and actually took you there, not read by some academic type dude who sound like a accountant or some shit. Couldnt really listen to it...even with the Iceberg Slim: Pimp audiobook who was read by a square, it was actually listenable, but this wasent. Not hating on the book but they shoulda had somebody else read it cause its really hard to focus, i would recommend getting a paperback copy imstead of the audiobook most definitely.
Morgan Freeman... Or Ice-T. Lol
Nah, just playing. But anybody with a street background who actually lived that life would sound more authentic. Not some number crunching dude from accounting.
I dont know. Not reviewing the book im sure its great. Just the narrator i couldnt stand.
Its cool if you dont find my review useful since im not actually reviewing the book. I would recommend everybody to get it as a paperbavk copy because the narrators voice really ruins it and takes the authenticity away from it, at least for me.