Ten questions I want to ask Cle Sloan, maker of ‘Bastards of the Party’


  1. How can gang violence be stopped in a way that will compromise both the gangs and the surrounding community?
  2. Why do rappers use the type of equipment that they do? Is it cheaper to buy a synthesizer than to take up another instrument?
  3. How can these communities get more income?
  4. When do most of the shootings take place? Can you identify potential shooters in anticipation of an occurrence?
  5. Can these communities protect juveniles from bad influences by adding more inspiring elements to their surroundings? ie. more job opportunities, better education, capital, more “aesthetically pleasing” surroundings?
  6. How much political involvement is there in these areas? Are there any heroic figures to look up to like Malcolm X or Martin Luther King Jr.?
  7. Do hip-hop and rapping help contribute to communities’ financial situations?
  8. What does the community think of gangs?
  9. Affordable musical education opportunities?
  10. Why are hispanic gangs moving into black gang-occupied communities?
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