Prison becomes big business.
The prison-industrial complex refers to interest groups that represent organizations that do business in
correctional facilities, such as prison guard unions, construction companies, and surveillance technology
vendors, who some people believe are more concerned with making more money than actually
rehabilitating criminals or reducing crime rates. Allegedly, this desire for monetary gain has led to the rise
of the Prison industry. Writing for The Atlantic Monthly in December 1998, Eric Schlosser said that "The
'prison-industrial complex' is not only a set of interest groups and institutions; it is also a state of mind.
The lure of big money is corrupting the nation's criminal-justice system, replacing notions of safety and
public service with a drive for higher profits. The eagerness of elected officials to pass tough-on-crime
legislation — combined with their unwillingness to disclose the external and social costs of these laws —
has encouraged all sorts of financial improprieties
Known for records that critiqued America. Tracks did over old Jazz. Very influential on Hip-Hop. From
the streets but has a strong Black Nationalist element to it. “Early rapper” “pioneer of hip hop”
Gil Scott-Heron (born April 1, 1949) is an American poet and musician known primarily for his late
1960s and early 1970s work as a spoken word performer. He is associated with African American militant
activism, and is best known for his poem and song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised".
Scott-Heron began his recording career in 1970 with the LP Small Talk at 125th and Lenox. Bob Thiele
of Flying Dutchman Records produced the album and Scott-Heron was accompanied by Eddie Knowles
and Charlie Saunders on conga and David Barnes on percussion and vocals. The album's 15 tracks dealt
with themes such as the superficiality of television and mass consumerism, the hypocrisy of some would-
be Black revolutionaries, white middle-class ignorance of the difficulties faced by inner-city residents,
and fear of homosexuals. In the liner notes, Scott-Heron acknowledged as influences Richie Havens, John
Coltrane, Otis Redding, Jose Feliciano, Billie Holiday, Langston Hughes, Malcolm X, Huey Newton,
Nina Simone, and the pianist who would become his long-time collaborator, Brian Jackson.
An American politician, educator and author. She was a Congresswoman, representing New York's 12th
District for seven terms from 1968 to 1983. In 1968, she became the first African American woman
elected to Congress. On January 23, 1972, she became the first African American candidate for President
of the United States. She won 162 delegates. To date she is the closest any woman has ever come to
winning the nomination for president by a major party. Other women who ran for President of the United
States in 1972 include Linda Jenness and Evelyn Reed.
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