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Straight from the Streets

Six years in the making, this film begins with footage of the 1992 Los Angeles uprising, and concludes with the Million Man March. It explores the realities of urban life for Afro-Americans focusing on the positive role rap music has played in bringing messages from popular culture to mass audiences. It looks at community self-empowerment, the prevention of gang formation and violence including interviews with rap artists, community leaders and Afro-American citizens. Featuring: Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Cypress Hill, Rage, DJ Quik, KAM, Kurupt, Maxine Waters, Louis Farrakhan, Denzel Washington, Supreme, Jorge Rivas, SLIP, Tony "Bogard" Thomas, Sen Dog, Lady of Rage, April, Big Ship, Cliff Stearns, Dick Gregory. A documentary film by Keith O'Derek and Robert Corsini. c1999. 110 min.