BET just began running it's second season of the American Gangster Series. Episode #1 is the story of Philly's Black Mafia. I highly recommend the book "Black Brother's Inc. " as a companion to this episode. It provides a one sided but very thorough and comprehensive look at the organization from a "law enforcement" perspective.
The DVD of American Gangster Season #1 was also recently released. I hate supporting BET (I've attended and will continue to attend the recent protests), but the story on the Smith Brother's was phenomenal. There is a deliberate attempt by the mainstream media to dissassociate black crime with "Organized Crime". There is an unwwritten rule that the criminal actions of black men must, under no circumstances, be interpretted as sophisticated or thoughtful. Hence, black criminals are simply presented as bumbling fools, who perpetuate violent crime, for petty treasures. The Smith Brother story defies these media conventions.
(((((MAN KNOW THYSELF)))))
"When we get into social amnesia - into forgetting our history - we also forget or misinterpret the history and motives of others as well as our motives. The way to learn of our own creation, how we came to be what we are, is getting to know ourselves. It is through getting to know the self intimately that we get to know the forces that shaped us as a self. Therefore knowing the self becomes a knowledge of the world. A deep study of Black History is the most profound way to learn about the psychology of Europeans and to understand the psychology that flows from their history. If we don’t know ourselves, not only are we a puzzle to ourselves; other people are also a puzzle to us as well. We assume the wrong identity and identify ourselves with our enemies. If we don’t know who we are then we are whomever somebody tells us we are." —The immortal OG Dr. Amos N. Wilson (The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness," Afrikan World InfoSystems, New York (1993) p. 38)