Posted on June 03, 2015
Congratulations to our good friend, ATW collaborator and New York legend, Benjy "Yellow Benjy" Melendez for the release of his new book, "Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker."
An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, a Bronx legend, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence. After initiating a gang truce, the Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildings, which fostered the emergence of hip-hop. Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family's dramatic crypto-Jewish background.
Your copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Ghetto-Brother-Peacemaker-Ju...