alexalonso
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Alex Alonso is an professor of Sociology & Geography, author and TV producer. He has been covering street gangs in Los Angeles for 2 decades and is the founder of Streetgangs.com

Former LAPD Officer calls for Frank Lyga investgation into Kevin Gaines killing

By Alex Alonso STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER June 24, 2014 | 11:51 p.m. Earlier this month, former LAPD officer Brian Bentley, posted an audio file, that was surreptitiously recorded by an unidentified employee of the LAPD of current LAPD detective Frank Lyga. During a training session, Lyga was speaking to a room of 38 other LAPD […]

Sneezy Tweet from Suicidal Town posted up on 12th Street – Long Beach

Long Beach – Sneezy Tweet from Suicidal Town 12th Street posted up in Long Beach talking about life, gangs and music. This is part 2 of a 2 part interview we did with the Long Beach rap artist. Part one of the interview: http://www.streetgangs.com/video-clips/092413-sneezy-tweet Date: August 2013 Location: Eastside, Long Beach, CA Related posts: Suicidal […]

Veebo from Exotic Family talks about growing up in Long Beach

Long Beach – Veebo from Exotic Family City Crip from Long Beach talks about SEA, rapping and growing up in Long Beach, California. SEA is an acronym for South East Asian and Suicidals / Exotic Family / Asian Boyz, which are three Asian gangs, mostly Cambodian, allied together in Long Beach. Location: Cal Rec Park, […]

$tupid Young hangin’ in the Eastside Long Beach – Asians Boyz

August 31, 2013 – $tupid Young hanging in his neighborhood with the Asian Boyz, discussing Asians in hiphop, independent versus signed artist. Date: July 2013 Location: Long Beach, CA Related posts: $tupid Young from Eastside Long Beach, Asian Boyz, rap artist Veebo from Exotic City on the Eastside of Long Beach – Pt. 2 Police […]

Red Rum talks about Bangin on Wax & gang influence on early West Coast Hip-hop

August 31, 2013 – OYG Redrum from bangin’ on wax talks about early west-coast hip-hop during the early 1990s and how gang culture has had an impact on Los Angeles and California hip-hop. Interview date: July 2013 Related posts: Mister CR from Eastside Hustler Crip talks about early influence & being indy artist in Los […]

Freeway Ricky Ross on lawsuit against rapper Rick Ross (Rozay) & how he got his name Freeway

August 24, 2013 – Freeway Ricky Ross talks about his early days when he was stripping cars on 87th near Figueroa where he grew up next to the 110 Harbor Freeway in 83 Hoover turf. This was before he began making million of dollars in drug trafficking. He also explains the status of his law […]

Gang injunction curfews in Los Angeles are now illegal to enforce

July 12, 2013 – Civil Rights Attorney Olu Orange, talks about how he and his firm successfully challenged the curfew clause of several Los Angeles City gang injunctions. They were challenged not in State Court but rather in Federal Court because of the overwhelming support that Los Angeles based State judges have for gang injunctions. […]

Lil Sodi started writing music in Youth Authority & prison, Brims & Pirus cool

June 30, 2013 – Rapper Lil Sodi from Eight Tray Gangster talks about collaborating with Brims and Pirus who were traditional enemies, his experience in Youth Authority and prison, and how he started writing music. Interview Date: May 17, 2013 Location: St. Andrews Park, South Los Angeles Related posts: Lil Sodi on the definition of […]

Undercover LAPD officers shot directly in front of police station

June 30, 2013 – On Tuesday, June 26, 2013, two undercover Los Angeles police detectives suffered minor injuries in what the LAPD is calling an “ambush shooting” early Tuesday morning after 4:00 a.m. They were in their car, returning to the Wilshire police station when an African-American, dressed in all black, confronted the vehicle and […]

Big Paybacc from Whitsett Avenue Gangster Crips represents the Valley

Posted June 25, 2013 – With Big Paybacc in North Hollywood. Rapper from Whitsett Avenue Gangster Crip in the San Fernando Valley in the City of Los Angeles. Quote of the interview: “you get a group of niggas on the corner, they [LAPD] comin” Interview Date: June 20, 2013 Location: Valley Plaza Park, North Hollywood, […]

Homeless man explains why he became a crack cocaine addict

Keith, 46, has been addicted to crack cocaine for 12 years and has been living in a make-shift tent on the streets in the Hyde Park community of South Los Angeles. He has found a quiet spot next to the non-operational Burlington Northern/Sante Fe railroad tracks by Brynhurst & 71st Street. These tracks will soon […]

Rap groups, Cash Me Out (CMO) & First Family,from South LA perform in Hollywood

Rap groups Cash Me Out (CMO) and First Family out of South Los Angeles perform at the Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill in Hollywood, CA. The main song, “I young and I’m Black and my hat real low” was performed. Posted: April 17, 2013 Artists: Buc Wild, K-toe (Kadiyah Movement), Chuc Crazy, Tay Tay, Related […]

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