Aug 11, 2011



It's like commentator Gregory Kane was reading my mind when he wrote his latest commentary for BlackAmericaWeb.com. For the longest time I have wondered what is up with the obsession of 'Scarface'?

Kane further illustrates the obsession in his commentary:

“Scarface” was released in 1983. For reasons that continue to boggle my mind, it has gained cult status among many young African-Americans, especially black males. I haven’t seen a sister yet rocking a Tony Montana T-shirt. But brothers?

Oh, I’ve seen plenty of ‘em. I’ve seen more brothers – young black men – in Tony Montana T-shirts than I’ve seen in Malcolm X T-shirts. Or Frederick Douglass T-shirts. Or Bob Marley T-shirts. Or fill-in-name-of-black-historical-figure-or-icon-here T-shirts.


I remember watching MTV Cribs and I swear every rapper on the show had to display their copy of 'Scarface' when it came to showing their DVD collection. They displayed it as if it was a badge of honor. I just did not understand it. I mean don't get me wrong, I've seen the movie. It's okay, but it's not something I would want to tailor my life around.

I just don't get black men's infatuation with 'Scarface' or the mob, period. Our brothers have placed these gangsters on pedestals in our community and our music. The question is, WHY?

2 comments:

  1. I think it has to do with a herd mentality. Some folks liked Scarface and bragged about it, and it became part of the style to be a scarface video fan. Meaning they have the video on their shelf. I dont believe that they all cared that much for it.

    It's like how these same guys bragged about having Cristal in their fridge or having diamond grille in their mouth. It has nothing to do with anything but making sure they look like everybody else. It was FEAR, basically.

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  2. i think it would ge good if you parallel the move to the plite of the African mail this guy came up from nothing / very little then made it rich this could have several reasons . look up the stats and statics of the black male and parallell them to the move

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