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Pimpin’ or gang-banging… Oakland can’t catch a break

By cburt
Monday, December 22nd, 2008 at 10:17 am in Crime/Courts.

Some folks are up in arms over word that HBO is filming a series about pimps, based in Oakland. They are worried that it’s portraying Oakland in a bad light, a la The Wire, HBO’s primo series about political graft, drugs, homicides in Baltimore and the often-flawed cops that investigate and solve the crimes.

Well, get ready, cuz pimps and the prostitution trade aren’t the only topics filmmakers are interested in.

A documentary film crew funded by the Discovery Channel has been prowling around West Oakland the past month for a three-hour series on gangs, interviewing folks and filming funerals.

They are focusing on the impacts from the deadly feud between the Acorn and Ghost town gangs that culminated in a big-time raid in June and the arrest of more than 50 gang members, including the alleged ringleader of Acorn, Marc Anthony Candler.

The film makers plan to come back to Oakland for more footage next year. So much for Oakland’s image.

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7 Responses to “Pimpin’ or gang-banging… Oakland can’t catch a break”

  1. JIM Says:

    Oakland has always been full of bullshit. Why stop the show from showing the world how not safe it really is.
    get real let the show go on. What do you have to hide. Have you been using his ho’s ?

  2. Cecily Burt Says:

    uh, no. sorry to disappoint

  3. V Smoothe Says:

    I have no interest in censoring or regulating speech or expression, so I personally have no problem with either of the shows.

    That being said…it seems like this documentary would much more likely to cast a stain on Oakland’s precious “image” than some fictional series about a retiring pimp on HBO. Why aren’t our leaders busy trying to deny them permits?

  4. Cecily Burt Says:

    True, especially as documentary should be based on facts. Or one would hope, anyway.
    Apparently the Oakland Film Office doesn’t know anything about the crew from the Discovery Channel. I only found out because they called me to ask for back issues of the paper. I guess they only need permits if they are blocking streets or need police patrols???

  5. Cecily Burt Says:

    One last comment about this hoopla… So how come nobody gives a heck about the Sons of Anarchy, the newish biker club/gang series on FX? It’s not based in Oakland, true, but the club’s rival black biker club is headquartered in Oakland, and some Oakland gang buys guns from the club.
    I haven’t heard any complaints…
    No idea where the series is filmed.

  6. Dedoceo Habi Says:

    All,

    So here is the perfect example of how the “nation-at-large” desires to perpetuate the notion that Oakland is such a tragic and uninviting place… please take the time to read the two bottom links to articles because this is how we are being exploited.

    One can see that those who WILL (unless we do something about it) prosper from the unfortunate demise of out brother, sisters, youth… families… are already underway and working their butts off to let the world know how corrupt things are in Oakland…

    I’m attaching my response to the writer of one of the articles below:

    From: Dedoceo Habi [mailto:dhabi@mindworksnet.org]
    Sent: Sun 12/21/2008 11:52 AM
    To: Rayburn, Kelly (kpfrommer@bayareanewsgroup.com)
    Subject: Dellums unhappy HBO drama about pimp set in Oakland

    Hi,

    As an filmmaker and Community Advocate with a long history of working
    with the HIV/AIDS community, and residing in the Bay area, I am strongly
    against this kind of production happening in Oakland. It will only
    glorify the very thing that is a scourge to many of our communities and
    the very thing so many have committed their lives to fighting against in
    order to build a true Model City here.

    I am quite concerned that this kind of production would even be
    considered to be shot in Oakland with all the problems we have with
    youth prostitution and crime.

    I firmly support the Mayor’s and Council member de La Fuente’s position
    on this project… it should not happen. We need to find other kinds of
    projects to shoot here.

    Regards,

    Dedoceo Habi

    Instead of asking what are we going to do about this I think the better question is how many are willing to take the time to call and write the papers, HBO, the Discovery Channel, and the Oakland Film Office (emails below) to let them know it is time for all this negative imagery to end because we will not stand by idly while our communities are exploited.

    Katherine Pfrommer, Bay area news group, kpfrommer@bayareanewsgroup.com
    Reach Kelly Rayburn at 510-208-6435 or krayburn@bayareanewsgroup.com
    Reach Ami Zins, Oakland Film Office, 510.238.4734 or amizins@filmoakland.com

    Dedoceo Habi

    The links:
    http://www.ibabuzz.com/westside/2008/12/22/pimpin-or-gang-banging-oakland-cant-catch-a-break/
    http://www.insidebayarea.com/oakland/ci_11280603

  7. david lundberg Says:

    I was born and bred in east oakland and I welecome a realistic show about my city, all you busters whining aren’t even natives of my great city, so shut up or leave my town, sincerely the king of High street

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