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The Ghetto Brothers' Elusive Record Resurfaces, Four Decades Later

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

In the late 1960s, the Ghetto Brothers gang formed in the South Bronx. The primarily Puerto Rican and African-American club eventually grew to include several thousand members in the borough alone, and factions of the group spread throughout the U.S. But the Ghetto Brothers wasn't just a gang. They were also a rock band, formed by founding members Benjy, Robert and Victor Melendez.

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Get To Know: Chief Keef

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The top contender for buzziest newcomer in hip-hop this year is Chicago's Chief Keef, the recording moniker of 17-year-old Keith Cozart. Chief Keef has steadily built a local following through a slew of mixtapes and viral music videos, notably "Bang," "I Don't Like," and "3Hunna," which each racked up millions of downloads and views online.

Rapper Pusha T (one-half of the duo the Clipse) stumbled upon the video for "3Hunna" on the website Worldstar Hip Hop and in turn brought the ascendant Keef to the attention of fellow Chicago native Kanye West. 

West was entranced by the youngster's aggressive flow and true-to-life imagery that depicts the often violent and bleak circumstances of Chicago's South Side. When West and his G.O.O.D. Music collective remixed the track "I Don't Like" with Keef’s verse intact, Keef was catapulted from local star to the national stage. Since then, Chief Keef has since inked a deal with Interscope Records and kicked off a myriad of performances including 2012’s Lollapalooza music festival. Chief Keef's major label debut is slated for November 2012.

 

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The Takeaway

Ioan Grillo on Mexico's Violent Drug Industry

Monday, November 28, 2011

Since 2006, when President Felipe Calderón declared war on Mexico's drug cartels, 45,000 Mexicans across the republic have been disappeared, murdered, or mass-executed. Victims of this violence include journalists, over two thousand public officials, and bystanders. While drug-related activity was previously relegated to only a few Mexican states, the dramatic spread of violence — and its severity — is attributable to governmental policy north and south of the border.

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The Takeaway

Addressing Gang Violence Through the Courts and on the Streets

Friday, November 12, 2010

For decades, cities across the country have tried a variety of approaches to reduce gang violence. Recently, Long Beach, California has implemented court-ordered civil injunctions, allowing law enforcement to arrest known gang members in particular neighborhoods for minor infractions. These infractions include wearing gang colors, carrying a cell phone in a car, or leaving the house after 8 p.m. Is it working? 

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WNYC News

Uptick in City's Murder Rate Reverses Ten-Year Trend

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

For the first nine months of this year, murders are up in New York City over the same period last year. A broad coalition of Brooklyn-based pastors has sought out the NYPD in hopes a finding a way to reduce the toll gun violence is exacting on their communities.

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The Takeaway

Prominent Mexican Politician Kidnapped, Feared Dead

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A former Mexican presidential candidate, and close friend of Mexican President Felipe Calderon, is feared dead after he went missing over the weekend. Authorities believe Diego Fernandez de Cevallos was kidnapped by organized criminals in what may be a direct attack on the government. We talk with Inma Gil, a reporter with the BBC who is Mexico City, for reactions to the kidnapping.

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