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Doc "Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots" Airing Tonight at 9pm ET on VH1 (Snoop Dogg Narrates)

by Vanessa Martinez
May 1, 2012 7:02 PM
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Uprising: Hip Hop & La Riots

A quick reminder...

The Snoop-Dogg-executive produced documentary UPRISING: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots is airing tonight on VH1 at 9pm ET/PT as part of its VH1 Rock Docs franchise.

Directed by Mark Ford, Uprising will feature well known figures, rappers and actual participants in the riots including: Rodney King, Arsenio Hall, Ice T, Professor Todd Boyd (USC), Connie Rice (Civil Rights attorney), John Singleton, Too Short, KRS-One, Nas, Henry Watson and many more.

Here's the full synopsis:

20 years after riots ripped through Los Angeles, UPRISING documents how hip hop forecasted – and some say ignited – the worst civil unrest of the 20th century. The film revisits the riots in gripping detail and draws from a diverse collection of voices – the rappers, rioters, victims, police officers, journalists and everyday citizens of South Central Los Angeles. The documentary traces the rise of dissent in Los Angeles in the 80's and 90's and explores why citizens chose to rise up violently against police abuse and perceived injustices.

Watch the clip from the doc below:

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  • HCi | May 11, 2012 1:16 PMReply

    J, I agree with you. The first Uprising documentary was about the Warsaw Ghetto. Unlike the Jews in held as work camp slaves waiting to be gased to death, black people in LA are free. Having said that throughout the world, darker skinned people really are discriminated against whether they are of African descent, Asian descent, or Middle Eastern/Caucasian. The rioters do have a valid point regarding discrimination, but it everywhere. I am sad to say that I have read research about and personally observed mothers treating lighter skinned children better than their own darker skinned ones. The more I bring it out into the conscious level of my mind, the more revolting it feels. They are just so frustrated that they don't realize that the legal system is improving little by little and black Americans have a vested interest in furthering it through scientific understanding of common human psychological vulnerabilities. Humans are terrible at guessing statistical liklihood accurately. We are terrible at noticing when our memories are being blended with new experience. Witness testimony procedures have improved with the aid of psych research and I believe that police compliance with laws against excessive use of force and racial discrimination can be improved with better police education and humane leadership. I also want you to know that lots of people carry around bias for reason other than race. Lots of women distrust men I've the discrimination they have experienced on the job, at school, or in the home. Lots of immigrants from Communist countries distrust liberals,min this country. Lots of Christian Armenians still remember the loss of loved ones when the Turkish government committed genocide against them. They have had time to heal, but distrust of Muslims goes back before 9/11. Still, lots of men are not sexist, lots of liberals here are also Capitalists, (politics varies from country to country even if the labels are the same), and lots of Muslims actually kept Jews hidden out for their safety during the Holocaust, although some Jews don't believe it's true. Some Muslims did not, at the time, want to admit it to others who might think they were weak or traitorous, that they kept Jews safe from Nazis in parts of Africa, I think Morocco. People, J., are just out of their minds. It has everything to do with how we acquire so called knowledge mixed with all kinds of conflicting instincts, like survival, territoriality, flight or fight response, anger displacement....
    I only like to point out that just as I am less biased than ever, despite myself having been held
    up at gunpoint by three black guys, lots of black people are not distrustful of white people. That incident was not statistically significant if I take into account all the black people who are my friends, doctors, employers, students and so on. We need to all challenge our gut reactions and try to look through the eyes of others if we want to be objective and get to the reality of our social world.

  • j | May 6, 2012 9:20 PMReply

    you have to understand that the police were using unneccessary force on not just rodney king but every black for years. ever since slavery all blacks wanted to do was be equal with the ehite man but since they kept being mistreateed they resulted to violence because theywere tired of talking about it. they didnt just destroy their neighborhood it was all of LA so to you racist people out their blacks werent being stupid and destroying themselves they destroyed EVERYTHING!

  • j | May 10, 2012 8:47 AM

    If blacks were tired of being mistreated, why not attack those responsible (police, judges, etc.)What did the store owners in LA have to do with the Rodney King verdict?

  • HC | May 10, 2012 1:54 AM

    Have you seen Portlandia's 'Women and Women First' skit? It is on YouTube. Well, they represent, to me, a brand of feminist that is sexually frustrated because they are too focused on the existential awfulness of sexism and not on the good aspects of life or the positive side of men, especially the one who are not sexist. It is one thing to be black or just dark skinned from any country and be treated like a low caste member (like in India) or just like a second class citizen like North and South America, Jordan, China, Japan, etc... One with dark skin could just avoid light skinned people to be happy. Well, what do you do if you can't get sexism out of your mind? What if you are traumatized or something? I'm not, but some extreme feminists have endured terrible injustice and even child molestation. What do they do if they want to start a family and have a relationship? Eventually, people with dark skin and women who acutely aware of discrimination and abuse of women have to to try to see that many, if not most, lighter skinned people and men of all all ethnicities & races are not really racist or sexist. Otherwise, what can you do? Fly to the moon?

    Also, much cruel and sadistic behavior, including racism and sexism stems from various cogntive fallacies. People are imperfect, and that includes people with power over you. The police department and training schools should require training in common errors in critical thinking. If people are, in this country, innocent until proven guilty, then they should be treated like like they are innocent. Police officers are not lawyers, judges or jury, and they should accept their role as is.

  • TTony | May 2, 2012 9:12 PMReply

    Unbelievable! The mentality of these guys talking about how that was a revolution . What koolaid were these guys drinking . Nothing positive came from it. A bunch of losers that think someone owes them something .
    All they did was burn thier neighborhood down. Guys like this will always be living in poverty . I pity thier kids.

  • Smart American | May 2, 2012 6:58 AMReply

    Caught this show last night. Wow...the mentality.... Wake up, people. It's pretty obvious that blacks are angry at anyone "not black". Angry at the police without knowing the full situation...just like the recent Martin case. Demanding a lynching just because you want to see blood, without knowing facts. What if, as it is today, there had been many interracial couples in those streets? Would you have killed the non-black just because, as those on the show testified, they were "not black"? How ignorant and uneducated. This country is full of interracial couples. Blacks and other races are the best of friends now. What you need to do is make up your mind if you like it that way, because if the facts are that you will turn on a dime and become violent, animalistic human beings when things don't go your way and you haven't waited for facts, then don't expect other races to be sheep and hope for the best. You need to decide if, like other races, you want to "get along" or not. We all suffer at times in this country, you are not special. No one is allowed to hurt and kill other human beings just because they are angry at the world. Get over the self persecution complex and move on. When things like the LA riot happen, it sets things back in a big way. The absolute non-feeling of any kind and the refusal of that animal who attacked Reginald Denny was shocking and disgusting. Arsenio Hall, finding humor in the violence of that day, spoke volumes. Incredible ignorance.

  • Gratis poorboy | May 1, 2012 10:40 PMReply

    Just kidding folks. My gay lover is out and I read this blog everyday but I don't want him to know. My penis is small and i live with my mother so I'm a little jealous. Forgive me. :)

  • Sean | May 1, 2012 10:36 PMReply

    The real reason for the riots was because of aYll the police abuse to the public - largely to blacks - but to everyone really. Their complete disrespect to the public aided by daryll gates' refusal to crack down and hold bad police officers responsible for their abuse was the reason it got to that point. And I am white!

  • Gratis poorboy | May 1, 2012 10:27 PMReply

    Need I say more!!!!!

  • A real human being | May 4, 2012 11:57 AM

    And this is why I call you DIRT.

  • Gratis Poorboy | May 1, 2012 9:46 PMReply

    All this "documentary" is doing is reaffirming why we call you all Niggers......

  • HC | May 8, 2012 3:31 PM

    All types of discrimination hurt like hell. This pain leads to people who are discriminated against having just as much trouble being objective as the people who were biased against them in the first place. It is very difficult to think clearly under duress.

    I want to tell you a story about when I was held up at gunpoint by three black guys on Christmas Eve, 2001. My boyfriend and his friend were chatting and facing towards the river while I people watched. I admired the outfits these three guys were wearing and fully expected them to say, "Merry Christmas." I am white, and my two companions are white, but I expected a polite and upbeat communication, not what I actually got.

    Here is where the story turns a bit comical. I had two wallets in my purse and no cash, so the one guy in front of me asked me to show him the contents of both wallets. I felt nervous and offered him gum. The guy to his left was busy just trying to get cash from my two companions when the one on the end asked the one in front of me to look more closely in my purse. The one in front of me said, "no man, she doesn't have anything" and he was actually smiling. I think my attitude of really not being angry, just having nervous energy seemed comical to him.

    In any case, I still don't expect to get held up, and I have nothing against any race. People of all races rob each other, use each other, and discriminate, often against sub-groups of their own race or ethnicity. I really just wish we could all focus on world problems and getting along. I am glad to have been able to share my story, because I think people need to know that even people who are held up at gunpoint by black-Americans, are not racist. I know that each person is unique. Even the three of those robbers ended up having different paths when they got out of prison. Oh, yeah, they went to prison for a while and I was not injured.

    They only got $40 out of us and I got a dramatic story to share.

    What is really sad, is that I have a couple of friends, who are also white who have been beaten and robbed by apparently black people in Fort Lauderdale, too. That is a completely different experience. That saddens me. Still, I also know of people of Jewish descent who have been passed up for jobs just because of their ethnicity. I even had a talk with a white female engineer who was frustrated by sexism on the job. By the way, discrimination against females often occurs in the classroom by female teachers who don't even realize they are being biased.

    Please just realize we lots of people endure some kind of injustice. Furthermore, I could have been shot that night, yet I lived to attend a Snoop Dogg concert, 11 years later, and have a blast! I was the one in green to whom Snoop said, "I see you looking at me baby girl." At that moment I was actually thinking about the awesome background beat of 'Drop it like it's Hot', which I've seen people try to duplicate for fun and it's really entertaining no matter who is doing it. I would like to see more of that kind of musical texture in Snoop's music. That way of performing rhythm has not been used as much as I would have expected, considering how successful it was.

    I'll see the documentary later.

  • David | May 2, 2012 11:11 PM

    hahaha very true

  • Snoop Doggy Dogg | May 1, 2012 9:59 PM

    Go fuck yourself.

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