Living in a New Jack State of Mind

Topics: African American, Black people, New York City Pages: 4 (1724 words) Published: July 23, 2013
Living in a New Jack State of Mind
Everyone has a favorite movie. Some people’s favorite movie might be a comedy or maybe even a scary movie. My favorite movie would have to be a “hood movie” meaning a movie based on the hood about the struggles and tough times, the characters had to go through. The title of the movie is New Jack City starring Ice-T as Scotty, Wesley Snipes as Nino Brown, Allen Payne as G-Money, and Chris Rock as Pookie. New Jack City and movies like it influence the way the world sees the African American community. However movies like New Jack City also show friendship and how you can destroy a community but still try to build it. Even though I am a fan of hood movies specifically New Jack City, I am still aware of the negative effects that hood movies have on the African American community. This movie to me is more than just a hood movie. New Jack City has not only the action portion that I tend to like in movies but it has meaning. I saw not only violence but I saw people that reminded me of myself. I saw friendship and what’s the meaning. One of my favorite lines in the movie is “Am I my brother’s keeper, yes I am”. New Jack City is a classic hood movie. The definition of a hood movie is a movie filled with violence and heavy gang activity. The movie is set in the time of the introduction of crack cocaine. The Cash Money Brothers also known as CMB and The Brotherhood were in control of New York; their leader was known as Nino Brown. The movie starts with a bang. Duh Duh Duh man has a man hanging off a bridge in broad daylight Nino explains to him that the Brotherhood doesn’t give second chance and the man is dropped into the river. Then Ice-T character whose name is Scotty is introduced and his connection to Nino is explained. Scotty is a cop trying to clean up the streets that he grew up in, and Nino is the man messing them up. Scotty develops this plan to go after Nino. He teams up with Nick played by Judd Nelson and he decides to...
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