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The Truth About 'Chi-Raq': A Conversation With Spike Lee

Julian Mitchell | Posted 01.21.2016 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

Spike Lee has built an astonishing career as a multigenerational filmmaker, crafting some of the most iconic cult classics of the past four decades.

Waiting on the Commissary

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 12.21.2015 | Crime
Chandra Bozelko

Mississippi prisons are so rife with gang violence that a federal court ruled that it's cruel and unusual punishment just to have inmates reside in th...

60% of Sub-Saharan Africa's Population Is Under 25!

Trevor Waldock | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact
Trevor Waldock

What do the youth of a continent all have in common? Potential. Not just some vague sort of ideal that we call "potential." There is a story inside of each one of them waiting to be written and it's big and it is hard-wired into their brains to write it.

Disco's Out... Murder's In!

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 11.29.2015 | Books
Michael Nirenberg

It's easy to forget these days that punk used to be scary. It's true. Punk's original nihilism freaked out everyone from the squares to the hippies. Over time, some of that nihilism has been whitewashed with revisionist histories, rendering something more PC for TV.

TRIBE X - Ep.7

Spottoon | Posted 12.15.2015 | Entertainment
Spottoon

An action-packed fantasy about two young men raised in a crime den who are forced against their will to fight each other to confront their inevitable fate.

Former Philly Gang Member on Honor, Reform and the Next Generation

Peak Johnson | Posted 10.05.2015 | Crime
Peak Johnson

Kevin Wilkins remembers the summer day long ago when he stared down a member of The Valley, a notorious gang that inhabited the streets of North Philadelphia in the '60s and '70s.

10-Year-Old Boy Reportedly Sets Fire To Store For Gang Initiation

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.13.2015 | Crime

A 10-year-old New York City boy is accused by police of trying to burn down a local store so he could join a Brooklyn gang. The boy, who reportedly li...

Fear Pervades El Salvador As Gang Violence Reaches New Levels

AP | ALBERTO ARCE | Posted 06.22.2015 | World

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Word on the street is that only the girlfriends of gang members are allowed to be redheads or blondes. So in this v...

(W)right It Out

Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D. | Posted 06.16.2015 | Women
Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D.

I always knew I had a story to tell, but just didn't know when I could tell it without severe consequences.

Chiraq and the North Shore: A Tale of Two Summers

Elizabeth Lazar | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth Lazar

Tonight summer is in the air. My sons ran to the park up the street and I am left alone, with dappled light and open windows... I pour a glass of wine and position myself in the stream of dusk blushing the living room gold.

Evocative Photos Highlight New Zealand's Largest Street Gang

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 06.11.2015 | Arts

Artist Jono Rotman discovered that there's more to gang members than violence and mayhem when he photographed New Zealand's Mighty Mongrel Mob. The...

Want to Know How to Recruit a Terrorist? Just Ask a Gangster . . .

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 05.27.2015 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

In efforts to limit the radicalization of American youth by ISIS, it is wise to employ strategies that have been most effective in combating the recruitment of young people by domestic criminal street gangs.

Religion Doesn't Create Terrorists. Society Does

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

If the goal is to stop this sort of organized violence that plagues the world, then finding other ways to provide disaffected youth the money, protection, inclusion and social bonding they are missing that lead them to become outlaws in the first place should be our top priority.

Hyper-Masculinity, Twin Peaks, & Gendered Violence

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.22.2015 | Crime
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While is it common knowledge that dogs, in particular male dogs, urine scent mark their territories, human males often mark their territories in other forms more noxious and poisonous than urine.

Former PBOL (Proud Bandido Old Lady) On the Culture and Lifestyle of the Bandidos Biker Gang

Quora | Posted 05.20.2015 | Crime
Quora

Being a female, I can only describe what it was like being in the one-percenter culture, but not the actual club. Members must be men. But make no mistake, women who are the wives or girlfriends of these men still spend a great deal of time around club members doing club stuff.

The Community Roots of Mother's Day

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

All of these moms have taught us, regardless of the obstacle -- be it extreme poverty, gang violence, managing children with special needs or even living in a refugee camp -- that there is nothing that a mom can't do when it comes to nurturing her community.

Aspiring Rapper Gets Life Sentence After Rap Lyrics Used As Evidence

REUTERS | Nate Raymond | Posted 04.03.2015 | Crime

(Reuters) - An accused New York City gang member was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for a slew of violent crimes, including three murders, af...

From Gangs & 'Gladiator School' to L.A. Chamber of Commerce

Kent G. Mendoza Morales | Posted 05.30.2015 | Impact
Kent G. Mendoza Morales

Over the five years that I was incarcerated, I felt confused and often dehumanized. After dropping out of my gang, life became a daily struggle to survive. In no way was my incarceration an environment of rehabilitation. In fact, some even called our facility "gladiator school," because of the harsh treatments we faced daily.

Ann Brenoff

Behind LA's Dramatic Decline In Gang Violence

HuffingtonPost.com | Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.24.2015 | Impact

From 1988 to 1998 -- known to some as the “decade of death” -- close to a thousand people per year were killed in Los Angeles. Gangs didn’t run ...

This Man Faces Life in Prison for ... Rapping

David Loy | Posted 04.05.2015 | Crime
David Loy

I've heard free speech isn't free, and Brandon Duncan, who raps as Tiny Doo, has learned that the hard way.

Choice Is a Privilege

Michael Beyer | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

In a town like Chicago, "choice" isn't a right, but a privilege based on income, class, and skin color.

Mom Admits Helping Kids Hide Evidence In Gang Slaying Of Couple

AP | Posted 01.28.2015 | Crime

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A woman admitted on Wednesday that she helped two of her children conceal evidence of a gang-related double slaying that occurre...

This Controversial Policing Strategy May Be A Precursor To Gentrification

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.10.2015 | Black Voices

Since the 1990s, gang injunctions have been a widespread police strategy in many Los Angeles neighborhoods. But the controversial law enforcement tech...

Mexican Catholics Protest After Priest Is Reportedly Kidnapped From Seminary

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 12.24.2014 | Religion

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Dozens of Roman Catholic priests and hundreds of parishioners marched through the southern Mexico city of Ciudad Altamirano on We...

In Panama, Ex-Gang Members Lead Tours of Former Danger Zones

Mark Chesnut | Posted 02.08.2015 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

Jafet Glissant was 14 years old when he joined Ciudad de Dios, a gang named after Cidade de Deus, the Brazilian film about street gangs in Rio de Janeiro. Today, he's a tour guide with Fortaleza Tours.