This expose investigates the evolution of the Almighty Black P Stone Nation, a motley group of poverty-stricken teens transformed into a dominant gang accused of terroristic intentions. Interwoven into the narrative is the dynamic influence of leader Jeff Fort, who--despite his flamboyance and high visibility--instilled a rigid structure and discipline that afforded the young men a refuge and a sense of purpose in an often hopeless community. Details of how the Nation procured government funding for gang-related projects during the War on Poverty era and fueled bonuses and job security for law enforcement, and how Fort, in particular, masterminded a deal for $2.5 million to commit acts of terrorism in the United States on behalf of Libya are also revealed. In examining whether the Black P Stone Nation was a group of criminals, brainwashed terrorists, victims of their circumstances, or champions of social change, this social history provides both an exploration of how and why gangs flourish and insight into the way in which minority crime is targeted in the community, reported in the media, and prosecuted in the courts.
About the Author
NATALIE MOORE is the South Side bureau reporter for WBEZ, the NPR-member station in Chicago, where she's known as the South Side Lois Lane. Before joining WBEZ, she covered Detroit City Council for the "Detroit News". She has also worked as an education reporter for the "St. Paul Pioneer Press" and a reporter for the Associated Press in Jerusalem. Her work has been published in "Essence, Black Enterprise, the Chicago Reporter, Bitch, In These Times, "the "Chicago Sun-Times" and the "Chicago Tribune." She lives in Chicago, IL.
<B>MARK FAINARU-WADA</B> and <B>LANCE WILLIAMS</B> are investigative reporters for the <I>San Francisco Chronicle</I>. After fifteen months of covering steroid use in sports, in December 2004 they reported in the <I>Chronicle</I> on the secret grand jury testimony of pro baseball players Jason Giambi and Barry Bonds, making headlines around the world. Fainaru- Wada and Williams won the Dick Schaap Excellence in Sports Journalism Award, the George Polk Award, and the White House Correspondents Associations Edgar A. Poe Award for their reporting.