Aug 11, 2011

It's like commentator Gregory Kane was reading my mind when he wrote his latest commentary for 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?


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