Crips and Bloods: Made In America (Movie Review)

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The way gang activity here in New York has peaked in the last decade or so, it made watching this almost feel like a civic duty. Reph dropped 'Crips and Bloods' (which was produced by the South Central-bred NBA star, Baron Davis) on me a few days ago and I sat down today to process it. One thing this documentary did for me was continue to fill me in on how much different L.A.'s inner-city is than ours over here in New York. This film puts you in the minds of the residents who've lived through this enduring wave of violence and allows you a first-hand look into the city's deadliest neighborhoods. Despite the film's title, the movie mainly focuses on the effect of gang violence, rather than on the origins of the Crips and Bloods. They used great archival footage to evolve the story from the earliest incarnations of the "street gang" to what we see today. It follows the story of various current and inactive active gang members/affiliates and illustrates the ways in which gang culture has affected their lives. Sifting through a montage of mothers whose children have been murdered in gang violence, it gives a very brutally honest depiction of gang life in Los Angeles and punctuates why its so necessary to stop spending money abroad and start fighting the war here at home... -Interstate P

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