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HBO special delves into history of LA gangs

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 4th 2007 1:02PM

cle sloanThis Tuesday, February 6 at 10 p.m., HBO will air a documentary that attempts to chronicle the history of gangs and gang violence in Los Angeles. Bastards of the Party, directed by former gang member Cle "Bone" Sloan, pinpoints the origin of gang formations as far back as the 1940s, when blacks began moving from the south into mostly white areas of Los Angeles, a fact unknown to many who assumed it was the turbulent '60s and '70s that gave rise to the gang culture. Of course, that era will also be chronicled in the documentary, along with the escalation in violence that continued throughout the '80s and '90s.

Sloan, who now works in the film business, became a member of the Bloods at the age of 12 and learned about the history of the gangs from older gang members, and also read about that history while in jail. This isn't the first documentary to cover this subject, and it certainly won't be the last, but what will make it worth checking out is seeing it through the eyes of someone who actually lived it.

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You can look at Bastards of the Party if you have Comcast digital cable and have on demand. With on demand here in Nashville, you press 1, then press premium channel, then HBO movie, then press documentaries, then Choose if and off you go.

March 03 2007 at 2:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Christopher, the documentary is probably airing at multiple times on HBO. Here's the schedule:


If you don't have HBO, you'll probably have to wait for it to come out on DVD (wait a few months).

February 13 2007 at 12:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Christopher Wellington

Please forward info. regarding how one can attain a copy of the documentary.

February 13 2007 at 12:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Christopher Wellington

I heard that "Bastards of the Party" was aired Feb. 6th. I would like to buy the the documentary. Is this possible?

Christopher Wellington

February 13 2007 at 12:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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