What is the definition of a "Gangster"? or "Cholo"? If one has never killed someone,never spent time in jail, never been arrested, can one be considered a gangster or cholo?
A gangster is someone who does no give a fuck! Will do whatever they have to do in this life. Might mean, killing, might mean robbing, but they do what they have to do. A cholo on the other hand is an outcast. Its a very very old term that has roots in the spaniard and native times. Mestizos were considered cholos, neither recognized by natives or spaniards. Kind of like the Chicano of the last 75 years. In the old days a cholo could be a lowrider. Non-violent. Just someone who might like to party and chill with their homies. Over the years, the term has become increasingly more synonymous with violence than anything. Not sure if that really answers it or not. Its a very long subject to get into. I wrote up an srticle i never released before called “The Evolution of the Cholo”. Once i spice it up a bit i might let post it up if i dont get it in print.
The first MasterClass, which is set to launch live 6PM EST Tuesday, January 31st at Ghetto Film School’s South Bronx Post House (SBPH), features acclaimed filmmaker Lee Daniels, who will be joined by 8 young filmmakers from around the world (Venezuela, Rwanda, Ukraine, Israel, Belfast, Haiti, Sweden and Los Angeles) , as well as series moderator (and GFS Fellows Program graduate) Gloria Alvarez.
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UHHmazing! Get on this folks! Film making isn’t my thing but this is such a sweet opportunity!
Probably the most loving words i ever heard in my lifetime.
Walking around the neighborhood as a teenager, not many people wanted to give a ride. Whether it be fear of getting pulled over by a cop, lack of attention, or just plain selfishness, getting a ride is a hard thing to come by sometimes in a bad area. I remember walking home one day from school in the 7th grade. Drenched from the mile plus walk home i did to, and from. No ride from home because grandma didn’t drive and my uncle didn’t care.
A car pulls on the side of me. Primered up, it had a car full of the older homeboys bumpin oldies. “Ey lil homie, you need a ride”.I hear it come from the shotgun side of the ride. Its my older homie. “thats OG Ben’s Lil Nephew” someone says from the back seat. “Get in”.Im in the car before they can open the latch to let me in. “Hows your uncle?” he asked. “He’s cool, locked up but should be out soon”, i say. I dont even know if they remembered my name but i was just glad they picked me up from that storm.
To this day i remember the exact location i was picked up at.To some it was just a ride. To me it was Carnalismo. A brotherhood , only recognized by those raised with respect and care for their loved 1’s.To this day i still feel a huge debt to another person who may have just givin me a ride up the street. In Fremont , I knew every bus stop in the city. Knew just about every driver too. Going to a dance? lets hit the bus. Going to the mall? Lets hit the bus. GOing to ride on some enemies? Lets hit the bus.
You might not even overlook the fact that you gave a human being a ride up the street or to the other side of town. But in the mind of the recipient of the ride, you might have gained a whole new respect.
I have a disclaimer on my fb that reads: DONT ADD ME IF... I've never met you in person, never talked to you for more than a name introduction, or because we have mutual friends and you think im funny. This is not myspace so i dont need an army of friends i dont know and will never meet. I dont care how fine you are, were , or think u are. If i dont know you, leave me alone.