Anatomy of a Hustle: Cable Comes to South Central L.A.

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In the early days of cable television, two brothers set out to better the predominately black community of South Central Los Angeles by establishing the first black-owned cable franchise in the country. Along the way, they are thwarted by the most famous black American politician and the corrupt city council over which he presides. The players in this true story include people as disparate as the world’s richest man and our nation’s first black Supreme Court Justice. In 2012, in our media-as-king land, this story illustrates the corruption of government and how our poorest citizens bear the brunt of that horrible burden.

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Seeing the violence, poverty, and lack of education that were prevalent in South Central Los Angeles made Clinton Galloway and his brother, Carl, realize that they should try to make a difference for the area’s residents. Cable television could be that difference. Cable would create jobs in L.A.’s poorest community and – with the right programming – could create better futures for its challenged residents. Clinton and Carl would devote their lives to making things better. After more than a decade of work, a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, and several small victories along the way, Clinton and his brother were unsuccessful. To make matters worse, in 1993, the U.S. Congress passed a law stating that regardless of the civil rights violations that had occurred during the cable television franchising - yes, there were many - there would be no damages allowed against any city in the United States. This new law virtually terminated Clinton and Carl’s case and ended their cable TV journey. Corporations had shown their immense power over our government. It was then that Clinton first considered writing a book chronicling their journey, but years of health issues in the family followed. The book was put on the back burner. Eventually, in Carl’s final days (he died from leukemia in 2008), he convinced Clinton to move ahead with the book. At his brother’s urging, Clinton shares their story in Anatomy of a Hustle: Cable Comes to South Central L.A. (Oct 2012). “I had to tell our story. The treatment by the officials at city hall was no different than being robbed by thugs on the street.” says Clinton. “And what’s worse: it hasn’t changed. The book confirms the public's suspicion that elected government officials are looking out for their own best interests and not those of the citizens. This corruption is especially significant in an election year.” Clinton continues, “The damage being done to black communities by the dishonest political officials – who have remained in office for decades, by the way – may never be able to be corrected. For urban minority communities, the lack of employment or ability to engage in the economic system lies at the feet of elected black officials and civil rights groups, such as the NAACP, who have forsaken their constituency for their own financial well-being.” Clinton is now president of Galloway & Associates and continues to live in Los Angeles. Learn more at: www.anatomyofahustle.com.

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