American Gangster


American Gangster
American Gangster chronicles the life and times of some of Black America’s most notorious crime figures. The show will explore without glorifying, and investigate without celebrating these criminal-minded men and women.

Genre: Documentary

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  • Watch American Gangster Season 3

    • Episode 10

      Season 03 Episode 10 Mutulu Shakur

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Mutulu Shakur, Tupac Shakur’s step-father and the father of rapper Mopreme, has spent the past quarter century in federal prison, thanks in part to his conviction for helping to plan and execute the $1.6 million robbery of a Brinks armored truck in New York in 1982 that left three people dead. In addition to the robbery, Mutulu was later accused of helping his sister Assata Shakur escape from prison, enabling her to flee to Cuba where she lives today.

    • Episode 9

      Season 03 Episode 09 Romper Room Gang

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      The Romper Room Gang was a group of notorious home grown bank robbers from the troubled Bay Area suburb of Vallejo including rapper Mac Dre. Mac Dre emerged as a major underground figure in the Bay Area hip-hop scene and nurtured the careers of several other Romper Room robbers-turned-rappers before his murder in 2004.

    • Episode 8

      Season 03 Episode 08 Willie Lloyd

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      In 2003, Willie Lloyd, a gangster who came to prominence in the '60s, was shot on the street by gang members unhappy with his epiphany about gang life and its consequences.

    • Episode 7

      Season 03 Episode 07 The Jamaican Shower Posse

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      An incredibly violent gang with operations in the 1980s that stretched from Jamaica to New York to Miami and beyond, the Shower Posse got their name thanks to their frequent skewering of victims with rounds of automatic weapons fire. From their beginnings in the ghettos of Kingston Jamaica, the Shower Posse and their main posse rivals, the Spanglers, came to prominence as the muscle behind Jamaica's two political parties.

    • Episode 6

      Season 03 Episode 06 Guy Fisher

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      The first Black owner of the Apollo Theater in Harlem was a dashing ladies’ man, sports fan, bon vivant – and drug lord. Growing up in the rough and tumble Patterson projects of the South Bronx, Fisher became the youngest and most flamboyant member of “the council,” a consortium of top drug dealers in Harlem in the 1970s headed by Nicky Barnes. Both friends and foes paid tribute to Fisher’s sharp intelligence and organizational skills, which kept “the council” going long after Barnes’ own conviction and life sentence for trafficking in 1977.

    • Episode 5

      merican Gangster Season 03 Episode 05 J. Edgar Hoover

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      The first and most famous director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, consolidated his power through a combination of brilliant Public Relations moves and compromising personal files he kept on politicians. Hoover was also often at odds with left-leaning Black leaders throughout his reign, including Marcus Garvey and Paul Robeson. He undertook a virtual counter-revolution against the civil rights movement, enabling the Bureau to employ blackmail, smear campaigns, “dirty tricks,” and even armed attacks on several leaders. The most notorious bureau program, Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO), was implicated in the framing and even murder of several prominent activists.

    • Episode 4

      Season 03 Episode 04 Cornell Jones

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      As D.C. drug kingpin Rayful Edmond's predecessor, Cornell Jones was a native son who quietly plied his trade in the shadow of the Capitol, and ultimately developed a network that funneled drugs throughout the major cities of the Eastern seaboard and even throughout Europe. For years Jones stayed under the radar of law enforcement by developing a business model that emphasized harmony over violence, while keeping a low personal profile and funneling his own profits into legitimate businesses. He did it so well that his arrest and incarceration in 1985 created a huge vacuum in the D.C. drug trade, leading to unprecedented murder rates.

    • Episode 3

      Season 03 Episode 03 Midget Molly

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      The son of a minister, this former drug lord of Atlantic City was once said to have earned over a million dollars a month, a position he flaunted in public by literally wearing a gold crown on his head. Busted in 1989, he spent nearly 20 years in prison, during which time his oldest son was killed on the streets. Deeply chastened by that experience, Molley renounced his former trade, and now toils as a high-profile advocate for the rights of fellow Muslims in prisons, whom he believes are routinely oppressed for their beliefs in the wake of 9/11.

    • Episode 2

      Season 03 Episode 02 Monster Kody Scott

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Few gangsters emblemize the tragedy of gang life – and the failed promise of so many who follow that path – more than "Monster" Kody Scott, a best-selling author and career criminal. A legend in south central Los Angeles for his fearsome devotion to gang violence, Scott became a subject of mainstream fascination after the 1992 L.A. riots cast a national spotlight on the conditions which led to that uprising.

    • Episode 1

      Season 03 Episode 01 Larry Davis

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Larry Davis made headlines when he wounded six NYC police officers in a dramatic 1986 shootout! Was it self-defense against crooked cops or a drug dealer's last ditch effort to escape the law? American Gangster Season 3 explores the controversial events that sent Larry Davis to prison for nearly 20 years.

  • Watch American Gangster Season 2

    • Episode 10

      American Gangster: Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff

      aired: Wed, Dec 5, 2007

      The police called him a drug lord, but he saw himself as a business man and hip hop player. He was Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, an admitted gangster. When the street hustle changed, he took on a new hustle as a key player in hip hop entertainment. But, against the backdrop of conflicts and violence and after years in the drug game, was Supreme just a misunderstood hustler?

    • Episode 9

      American Gangster: Rayful Edmond III

      aired: Wed, Nov 28, 2007

      Rayful Edmond III was Washington D.C.'s most notorious drug kingpin in the 1980s. As his business grew, so did the violence and murders. Eventually the feds convicted Edmond to two life without parole sentences, but prison only served to advance the kingpin's criminal career.

    • Episode 8

      American Gangster: Charles "Chaz" Williams

      aired: Wed, Nov 21, 2007

      In the 1970s, Charles "Chaz" Williams went well beyond traditional hustles by robbing over 60 banks in several states. After going to jail, Chaz continued his bank-robbing career under the blanket protection of the prison work release program. Years later, Chaz found a new hustle but was it really legal?

    • Episode 7

      American Gangster: Jeff Fort & the Blackstone Rangers

      aired: Wed, Nov 14, 2007

      The streets hailed him as a hero, the law hailed him as a gangster and a terrorist. Jeff Fort ruled the streets of Chicago as the notorious leader of the Blackstone Rangers and later the El Rukns. He organized the hood his way and motivated thousands of frustrated youths to follow him. Was Jeff Fort a misunderstood leader as some claim or was he straight up bad news for the U.S. government?

    • Episode 6

      American Gangster: Felix "the Cat" Mitchell

      aired: Wed, Nov 7, 2007

      Felix "the Cat" Mitchell ran the well-organized and ruthless drug trafficking empire, My Other Brotha. If you went against his rules, you were dealt with. His armed lieutenants and child lookouts helped to make Oakland, CA an outlaw culture. His passion for style, glory and power made him a major player on the drug scene and with the ladies. But after Bloody August, the charismatic drug czar was exposed as a dangerous and ruthless drug dealer.

    • Episode 5

      American Gangster: Frank Lucas

      aired: Wed, Oct 31, 2007

      From notorious driver and muscle man to Harlem's most powerful gangster, Frank Lucas ran the powder game with ruthless determination. A no-nonsense business man, Frank couldn't read or write but with the help of the Vietnam War, the CIA and corrupt officials he built a smack empire. He was a man so powerful he took on the American army, the Mafia and crooked cops.

    • Episode 4

      American Gangster: Serial Killers: DC Snipers

      aired: Wed, Oct 24, 2007

      They were supposed to be single, middle-aged white men. Instead the DC Snipers were two Black males bent on murder and terror. Their deranged killing spree resulted in 10 dead, 3 wounded and millions terrorized. Their wrath would stretch from innocent children to the White House and innumerable targets between. But the truth behind the rampage proves as shocking as the DC Snipers serial killing spree.

    • Episode 3

      American Gangster: Melvin Williams

      aired: Wed, Oct 17, 2007

      Criminal genius and master of the hustle, Melvin Williams owned the gambling and heroin addicted market of Baltimore's Pennsylvania Ave for decades. With the help of mob leader Lord Salisbury, Melvin becomes hooked on drug money, hooked on the power and hooked on the status of his political and street influence. With a business plan, 4 rules of survival and 40 packages, the game began!

    • Episode 2

      American Gangster: Larry Hoover "Gangster Disciples"

      aired: Wed, Oct 10, 2007

      At the helm of the Gangster Disciples, Larry "King" Hoover reigned as the notorious 1970s gang leader. Incarcerated for over thirty years, King Hoover advocates insist he is a friend to the people, not a violent criminal. As an imprisoned gang leader, King Hoover made a positive impact on other incarcerated gang members and began a long struggle to help reform underprivileged children. But is he a beacon of hope, a visionary delivering encouragement to an abandoned community or is he a ruthless gangster bent on once more taking over the streets of Chicago?

    • Episode 1

      American Gangster: Philly Black Mafia

      aired: Wed, Oct 3, 2007

      Black Inc. became code for Murder Inc. on the street of Philadelphia in 1970s. American Gangster explores the mentality, ruthless precision and deranged violence that was associated with the infamous Philly Black Mafia. For over two decades, during the rise of Black power in cities across America, the reputed Black Mafia reigned through fear tactics and cold-blooded determination. Their crimes would stretch from Washington, DC to New Jersey. In what was described as a vicious circle, the very motto that helped the Philly Black Mafia rise also broke down the gangster bond. Even victims of the Black Mafia were unwilling to testify to the brutality and control these gangsters held over the city of Philadelphia.

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