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Can an African Pride-Themed Crosswalk Help Reduce Violence? A Durham Activist Thinks So | Atlanta Black Star A local activist is looking to address the violence plaguing a Durham, N.C., community in a new and unique way.">Can an African Pride-Themed Crosswalk Help Reduce Violence? A Durham Activist Thinks So | Atlanta Black Star A local activist is looking to address the violence plaguing a Durham, N.C., community in a new and unique way.

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A local activist is looking to address the violence plaguing a Durham, N.C., community in a new and unique way.
Can an African Pride-Themed Crosswalk Help Reduce Violence? A Durham Activist Thinks So | Atlanta Black Star A local activist is looking to address the violence plaguing a Durham, N.C., community in a new and unique way." class="btn btn-sm btn-link"> Read More

Bail Project opens office in St. Louis, offers solidarity for those who cannot afford to post bail | The St. Louis American Many will eventually plead guilty without a chance to have their day in court, because the other option is remaining in jail until their trial date, which could be years in the future.">Bail Project opens office in St. Louis, offers solidarity for those who cannot afford to post bail | The St. Louis American Many will eventually plead guilty without a chance to have their day in court, because the other option is remaining in jail until their trial date, which could be years in the future.

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Many will eventually plead guilty without a chance to have their day in court, because the other option is remaining in jail until their trial date, which could be years in the future.
Bail Project opens office in St. Louis, offers solidarity for those who cannot afford to post bail | The St. Louis American Many will eventually plead guilty without a chance to have their day in court, because the other option is remaining in jail until their trial date, which could be years in the future." class="btn btn-sm btn-link"> Read More

How The ’80s Crack Cocaine “Epidemic” Really Started | Refinery29 Around 30 years ago, the U.S. saw a rise in the use of crack cocaine that was termed the "crack epidemic." Now, FX's new show Snowfall is bringing this period of time and all of its complex issues back to the front of our consciousness — at a time when our country is in the midst of yet another drug crisis.">How The ’80s Crack Cocaine “Epidemic” Really Started | Refinery29 Around 30 years ago, the U.S. saw a rise in the use of crack cocaine that was termed the "crack epidemic." Now, FX's new show Snowfall is bringing this period of time and all of its complex issues back to the front of our consciousness — at a time when our country is in the midst of yet another drug crisis.

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Around 30 years ago, the U.S. saw a rise in the use of crack cocaine that was termed the "crack epidemic." Now, FX's new show Snowfall is bringing this period of time and all of its complex issues back to the front of our consciousness — at a time when our country is in the midst of yet another drug crisis.
How The ’80s Crack Cocaine “Epidemic” Really Started | Refinery29 Around 30 years ago, the U.S. saw a rise in the use of crack cocaine that was termed the "crack epidemic." Now, FX's new show Snowfall is bringing this period of time and all of its complex issues back to the front of our consciousness — at a time when our country is in the midst of yet another drug crisis." class="btn btn-sm btn-link"> Read More

Can Baltimore curtail police killings by defying Trump? – The Guardian Kevin Cooper was killed by city police at age 14 in 2006, but his death has vanished into obscurity. Now there’s hope for reform to prevent such cases – if it can withstand Trump’s insistence on ‘law and order’">Can Baltimore curtail police killings by defying Trump? – The Guardian Kevin Cooper was killed by city police at age 14 in 2006, but his death has vanished into obscurity. Now there’s hope for reform to prevent such cases – if it can withstand Trump’s insistence on ‘law and order’

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Kevin Cooper was killed by city police at age 14 in 2006, but his death has vanished into obscurity. Now there’s hope for reform to prevent such cases – if it can withstand Trump’s insistence on ‘law and order’.
Can Baltimore curtail police killings by defying Trump? – The Guardian Kevin Cooper was killed by city police at age 14 in 2006, but his death has vanished into obscurity. Now there’s hope for reform to prevent such cases – if it can withstand Trump’s insistence on ‘law and order’" class="btn btn-sm btn-link"> Read More

For Black homicides, Pa. ranks 5th deadliest in nation – The Philadelphia Tribune Pennsylvania ranked the fifth-highest in the nation tallying Black homicide victims — with more than 26 deaths for each 100,000 Black residents, according to a study released this week by the Violence Policy Center.">For Black homicides, Pa. ranks 5th deadliest in nation – The Philadelphia Tribune Pennsylvania ranked the fifth-highest in the nation tallying Black homicide victims — with more than 26 deaths for each 100,000 Black residents, according to a study released this week by the Violence Policy Center.

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Pennsylvania ranked the fifth-highest in the nation tallying Black homicide victims — with more than 26 deaths for each 100,000 Black residents, according to a study released this week by the Violence Policy Center.
For Black homicides, Pa. ranks 5th deadliest in nation – The Philadelphia Tribune Pennsylvania ranked the fifth-highest in the nation tallying Black homicide victims — with more than 26 deaths for each 100,000 Black residents, according to a study released this week by the Violence Policy Center." class="btn btn-sm btn-link"> Read More

House votes to rescind Obama gun background check rule – Politico The House voted Thursday to rescind an Obama administration rule that heightened scrutiny of mentally impaired seniors who seek to purchase a firearm — but that critics said would strip law abiding citizens of their constitutional rights.">House votes to rescind Obama gun background check rule – Politico The House voted Thursday to rescind an Obama administration rule that heightened scrutiny of mentally impaired seniors who seek to purchase a firearm — but that critics said would strip law abiding citizens of their constitutional rights.

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The House voted Thursday to rescind an Obama administration rule that heightened scrutiny of mentally impaired seniors who seek to purchase a firearm — but that critics said would strip law abiding citizens of their constitutional rights.
House votes to rescind Obama gun background check rule – Politico The House voted Thursday to rescind an Obama administration rule that heightened scrutiny of mentally impaired seniors who seek to purchase a firearm — but that critics said would strip law abiding citizens of their constitutional rights." class="btn btn-sm btn-link"> Read More

Baton Rouge settles with DeRay Mckesson and Alton Sterling protesters Metro Council approves payment of no more than $25,000 for each protester who filed lawsuit for arrest while demonstrating after black man’s shooting.">Baton Rouge settles with DeRay Mckesson and Alton Sterling protesters Metro Council approves payment of no more than $25,000 for each protester who filed lawsuit for arrest while demonstrating after black man’s shooting.

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Metro Council approves payment of no more than $25,000 for each protester who filed lawsuit for arrest while demonstrating after black man’s shooting
Baton Rouge settles with DeRay Mckesson and Alton Sterling protesters Metro Council approves payment of no more than $25,000 for each protester who filed lawsuit for arrest while demonstrating after black man’s shooting." class="btn btn-sm btn-link"> Read More
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The director talks about what inspired him to revisit his past and how Spike Lee helped him make his autobiographical documentary.


Darius Clark Monroe robbed a bank in Stafford, Texas, at gunpoint with two friends in 1997 when he was just 16 years old. (His parents were having money troubles, and he says he naively thought this would be a good way to help them.) He was tried as an adult and served three years in prison for the crime.

Now, you’d think Monroe might want to distance himself from his criminal act, but years later, while a student at NYU film school, Monroe was compelled to revisit his past and began shooting the documentary Evolution of a Criminal with one of his NYU professors—Spike Lee—on board as executive producer.

The introspective film is made up of interviews with Monroe’s family members, teachers and law enforcement officials. Monroe also talks to the two guys who robbed the bank with him and stages a reenactment of the crime. Some of the most intense moments come when Monroe shows up unannounced at the homes of the people who were in the bank that day, hoping to apologize for what he put them through.

Co.Create talked to Monroe about the making of the film, which was first screened at SXSW last year and will make its television debut on January 12 as part of PBS’ Independent Lens series.

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Airing weekly on the PBS primetime schedule, Independent Lens is television’s largest showcase of independent documentary film. Each week we bring you another original documentary film, made by one of the best independent filmmakers working today. Independent Lens has received 10 News & Documentary Emmy Awards, two Primetime Emmys, 16 George Foster Peabody Awards, five Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Awards, and seven Academy Award nominations. In addition, Independent Lens was the winner of the 2013 International Documentary Association Best Continuing Series Award and of the 2014 and 2015 International Documentary Association Best Curated Series Award.


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From Bank Robber To Filmmaker, Darius Clark Monroe Tells A Personal Story In “Evolution Of A Criminal”