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For the record, with all this talk about Ayers, the Weathermen documentary is pretty amazing. You have to understand how I come at this. My Dad was in the Panthers, and the two groups were "allied" for a time in Chicago. I'd read some on them as a kid, and was--quite frankly-- fascinated. What struck was while I could understand the Panthers and their beefs with the cops, I never could get what would drive a bunch of rich white kids to start setting off bombs. It just didn't add up. The doc does a great job of putting you inside, not just their heads, but inside minds of young people at that time. It's a lovely piece of work best viewed as sort of a companion to Fog Of War.


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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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