South Central LA CRIPS Testimonials by Students

SOUTH CENTRAL L.A. CRIPS was a book that described how life was through the eyes of all CRIPS. It explained how they got caught up in the game and how you could spend life in and out of jail. It, also, explains how South Central L.A. was cursed because of fathers losing custody of their children and their families. I think CRIPS was a good book and showed how a person doesn't have to give up on life but can change if they put faith in Allah (God) and have a desire to do so. I would recommend this book to people of all ages. Gerald Jerkins, 16

This story is about how Crips originated in South Central L.A. and how a family had to grow, strive, learn, hurt, and survive through the problems that were thrown in their path in the society. Jimmie African American Sr. was a member of one of the first Crip gangs in South Central L.A. called the 107 Hoover Crip Gang. 107 HCG was started and ruled in the spirit of Bunche Carter and the L.A. Black Panther Party. But, when Jimmie went to prison for murder, he was saved by Muslims who made him read. Reading made Jimmie change his view of life. The Muslims taught him self-respect, self-love, and self-discipline. Jimmie was in a bad situation but found his way out of it through the strength of Allah. Overall, this book is excellent; I think everyone should read it!!!!!
Tiffinie Benson, 16


CRIPS is about a young boy trying to make it growing up in South Central Los Angeles. He didn't have anyone to tell him to do the right thing, so he had to make it the only way he knew how. CRIPS also talks about love. Little Jimmie didn't love his mother. He didn't know what love was. The closest thing he felt to love was "Crippin". I really enjoyed reading CRIPS.  This is the type of book that people can relate to, especially people living in South Central and other "hoods" in L.A. The things that are going on in the book are happening all around us, the gang was in particular. A lot of people are getting killed, and it is because of the gangs. Reading this book feels like déjà vu.

I recommend this book to everyone, especially people that don't think reading is interesting, because a book like CRIPS would definitely change their opinion.
Domonique Paul, 15


This story is about how the Crips started. Jimmie and Ray Ray were talking one day, and they started a whole new epidemic, an epidemic which brought Jimmie down, but with the strength and faith of the Islamic community he brought himself back up. The book and the movie made a lot of sense to. The made a valid point as to how Crips originated. The movie told one version and the book told another, but both made the same point just in different ways. When and if I decide to write, I would want to be a writer like Donald Bakeer.
Tierra Crawford, 17


Jimmie Black Sr. was a cool character, but he was in trouble in the beginning of the story. He was an O.G. from 107 Hoover Crip Gang. He and Ray Ray were the two leaders of the gang. Jimmie had been in trouble with the police. He killed 3 people a hustler; a pimp; and a serial killer. But, he wanted to get his life straight and stop banging, so he found a job and bought a house. He wanted to become a legitimate person so his son could be legitimate when he grew up. Everything was working until the cops found the gun Jimmie used to kill the pimp. I believe that this book is great; it should become an award winning book because it is so cool that I would buy it if I see it in the store. It's easy to read, too.
Christopher Gonzalez, 15


The novel, CRIPS, is about the South Central L.A. gang and the lives of the people around it. The story mainly focuses on one family and the environment which makes it deteriorate. This book is interesting because it brings to light what some people think just happens on TV and in movies. It, also, brings a better understanding to a lifestyle that is looked upon as irrelevant because the ones who live it, gang members, really have no say in society and are too poor to dictate the way they would like to live. For this group of people this is a way of life. Most people are born into these credos and trapped, as you can see in the book.

Some are slaves to their own mentality and usually end up victims of society. No one can really fully understand growing up in South Central unless they lived it, but this book gives you a kick of reality. By reading this book you tap into the lives of just one in millions. People are dying in a gang war and thousands are being slain.

Could you survive if you had to walk through six different "hoods" to get to school? There are no handouts in this world. No one cares if you are hungry. You can easily get trapped in this cycle of hate, especially if you're from South Central L.A.
Shanita Burns, 16