"GANGrene: The Gang/Hip Hop Trivia Game"
"GANGrene: The Gang/Hip Hop Trivia Game" is designed to train police officers, teachers, psychologists, sociologists, lawyers, clergypersons and others to understand and successfully interface with today's youth under the influence of the gang and Hip Hop cultures, which have married and show no signs of soon divorcing.
Hip Hop icon Fifty-Cent has been shot with real bullets how many times? What “thug rapper” (as he called himself) wrote the hit Rap song, “I Love You Mama”? What is the annual worldwide sales revenue of the Hip Hop industry? What “bad boy” Rapper changed his Rap name a few times before coming out with his own brand of cologne? True or false: Lee Iococca used to make Chrysler commercials with a Rap star. What is the name of the hit cable/satellite TV show whose title is a gang term meaning conned/humiliated/used? What is the favorite athletic event of both gangbangers and members of the Mafia? What Rap records exec arranged an audition for the daughter of a deputy district attorney? Nickname of the Mafia don, loved by today’s ‘gangstas’, who had a disfigurement he could not hide?
These are just some of the thousands of questions found in an innovative gang/hip hop trivia game designed by Dr. James E. Shaw, a nationally-renowned Criminal Court Gang Expert, whose clients have included the West Point Military Academy and the United States Navy. Shaw intends his game, called “GANGrene: The Gang/Hip Hop Trivia Game”, to be a training tool for, among other professions, law enforcement agencies. “Law enforcement agencies either face gangs on a daily basis or have to confront, suppress or clean up the destruction gangs cause,” says Shaw. Shaw works for lawyers and clients’ defenses. “Hip Hop culture and the ‘gangsta’ lifestyle are happily married and divorce does not seem likely,” says Shaw. Youth, whether rich or poor, and of all ethnicities, are infatuated with and influenced by “what gangsters do, and how and when they do it. Hip Hop music is the symbolic airport, bus depot, and entertainment pavilion where all America’s youthful and multi-cultural travelers meet,” says Shaw.
For a number of years Shaw taught the law course, “Administration of Justice: Juvenile Delinquency and Legal Procedures,” at the El Camino Police Academy (CA). He feels that police officers need to know much more than they currently do about the attitude and “behavior drivers” that bind the Hip Hop culture and the gang culture. Police, Shaw says, “usually have a middle class world view with values built on an enforcement model.” Today’s young people increasingly are relating to the world from a gangster mentality and anti-authority model. Shaw states, “And like the trumpets of ancient Troy, Hip Hop music is often the war cry of today’s gangsta.” He adds: “In gangdom, the Hip Hop community is the equivalent of the United Nations.” Shaw says that what Rap icon Snoop Dogg told CNN’s Larry King, in a televised pre-election (’08) interview, “was a wake-up scream.” Said Snoop Dogg: “I ain’t interested in the Democrat or Republican party. I’m only interested in the Gang Party.”
“GANGrene: The Gang/Hip Hop Trivia Game” is also for the general public. Shaw says, “It is a tool for helping to break down certain barriers and improve positive understanding about and current practices for successfully interfacing with all youth, whether ‘gangstas’ or not, on a daily basis.”