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DC Go-Go Music: A Violent Trend, or A Symbol of Hope? (2010)

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Washington Go-Go (2010): A stone's throw from the White House, the angry beats of a new music genre define the real people of Washington. Black, poor, crushed by crime and drugs, and losing faith in Obama's promise of change. For similar stories, see: Fighting South African Poverty With Classical Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-xN6VbcCCU Dance For Obama - USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaE2gHuLPkI The War At Home: Washington DC's Gang Problem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGxE30E3XGU Subscribe to journeyman for daily uploads: http://www.youtube.com/journeymanpictures For downloads and more information visit: https://www.journeyman.tv/film/4928/washington-go-go Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/journeymanpictures Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JourneymanVOD https://twitter.com/JourneymanNews Follow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/journeymanpictures "You know they call DC the chocolate city and go-go is the soundtrack", Natalie Hopkinson says. Go-Go is the "heartbeat" of the community's identity, a constant in an ever-changing political landscape. It blares out on street corners, pumps out of cars, grim lyrics set against raucous beats. "We breathe it. We bleed it", Ali, a Go-Go band leader says. But many think Go-Go has a dark side, a link with violence and criminality. Ali himself used to sell cocaine on the streets, just a short bus ride from the White House. He talks of a world where death is the norm, bullets a part of life, drugs a regular sight. The authorities on the other side of the city are tackling the "Go-Go problem", but the community who live the music see it as a solution, not a cause. Former major Marion Barry is a giant on these streets, an inspiration long before Obama entered the White House. He sees the divide between the two sides of the city deepening, "it's getting worse". The community look to Obama to heal the rift and in many ways, Go-Go music has become a symbol of hope, identity and much-needed pride while they wait for the President to deliver his promises of change. ABC Australia – Ref. 4928 Journeyman Pictures is your independent source for the world's most powerful films, exploring the burning issues of today. We represent stories from the world's top producers, with brand new content coming in all the time. On our channel you'll find outstanding and controversial journalism covering any global subject you can imagine wanting to know about.