Street Lit & True Crime

Gorilla Convict has been interviewing and writing about street lit authors from the jump. Check out these exclusive interviews with your favortie urban fiction authors and true crime writers who pen stories on American gangsters.

Inside the History of the Black Guerrilla Family


The Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) formed at a time when the California Department of Corrections (CDC) was a hot bed of gang activity. There was a black power movement going on, the prison reform movement going on and the drug game and street culture were at the beginnings of what it would turn into over the next several decades. That being said the ... [Continue Reading]

From the Hood to Hollywood


From the Hood to Hollywood If there is one thing Al-Saadiq Banks wants you to know it’s that he didn’t start writing books for the money. He didn’t even set out to be an author. “I didn't start writing with the intentions of being an author or to sell books.” Al-Saadiq says. “I started writing basically to challenge myself and prove that I could ... [Continue Reading]

White Boy Rick


 It’s hard to summarize the story of Richard “Rick” Wershe, Jr., also known as “White Boy Rick”, because there is so much to tell. He has spent his entire adult life behind bars, yet he’s been involved in more adventures—or misadventures—than just about anyone that comes to mind. So I’ll recount his early journey into controversy in several posts. ... [Continue Reading]

Transitions Crime Series- Meet Hanibal Chancellor


    Creator, writer, director, producer- these are only a few words to describe Hanibal Chancellor and all that he brings to the world of entertainment. The CEO of Overdose Entertainment has been doing it for over 15 years now. Producing videos-check, acting in movies-check, to now creating and producing a web and TV ... [Continue Reading]

The Saga of Michael Brown and the Ferguson Protests

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I’ve kept a pretty close eye on Ferguson from here in St. Louis these past two months. After Michael Brown’s shooting, I expected the worst, especially since I was living in a halfway house in the city, just released from federal prison, and knew how enraged people were. My first thought was actually fear for my own safety: that as one of the few ... [Continue Reading]

Finally Home After 21 Years

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About six weeks ago on July 31, 2014 I was released from FCC Forrest City in Arkansas. It was my first taste of freedom in 21 years. I got locked up when I was 22, way back in 1993 and finally the BOP decided to release me. Well, kind of. I am in the halfway house and still under BOP custody, but I am allowed to work and now that I have been ... [Continue Reading]

Lucky Luciano: Mysterious Tales of a Gangland Legend

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Charles “Lucky” Luciano is one of the most researched, discussed and dissected American mobsters of all time. His name has become synonymous with New York City’s high drama gangland days of prohibition bootlegging, the formation of the infamous five families, and controversy over his alleged ‘Last Testament’. Yet, there exist many fascinating ... [Continue Reading]

Buccaneer: The Provocative Odyssey of Jack Reed- Adventurer, Drug Smuggler and Pilot Extraordinaire


I’m no God damn rat! I’m a player. I’m a pirate. I’m a hedonist; and one hell of good smuggler, but I’m no rat! This is the true story of the events of my life. It involves arriving at the infamous Norman’s Cay in the Bahamas*, participating in the island drug smuggling business, and the subsequent consequences that include stunning punishment ... [Continue Reading]

World’s Most Wanted Cartel Boss “El Chapo” Guzman Caught


By David Amoruso ( Gangsters Inc.) Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been captured by U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials. He had been on the run since 2001 when he escaped from a Mexican prison. Guzman is considered to be the most powerful drug lord in Mexico and was even named on Forbes ... [Continue Reading]