“It wasn't just that they were good. They had style and they had swagger: the silver-and-black uniforms, the pirate logo, the players who played tougher and looked cooler than anyone else….my team was now in my city -- and everything was about to change.” Director Ice Cube.
From the critically acclaimed series ESPN’s 30 for 30, two forces collide in Los Angeles in the 1980s. The Raiders move to Los Angeles from Oakland and West Coast hip hop music moves from a West Coast phenomenon to nationwide sensation.
Rapper-turned-filmmaker Ice Cube was not only witness to this phenomenon; he was also a part of it. As a member of the hip hop group N.W.A, Ice Cube helped make the Los Angeles Raiders and their colors culturally significant. This film shows the complexities of sports, music, violence, politics and culture.
The viewing guide contains 50 questions that closely follow the film text with a complete answer key, and links to relevant reading sources.
Key words: AP English Language, African American Studies, football, NFL, hip hop, Los Angeles, sociology, economics, global civics, social justice, journalism, violence