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Pushing an Anti-Gangster Message on the Air

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Pushing an Anti-Gangster Message on the Air

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Pushing an Anti-Gangster Message on the Air

Pushing an Anti-Gangster Message on the Air

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In Los Angeles, a former gang member has taken to the airwaves with a radio show that's become a listening post for some of the city's most troubled, gang-plagued neighborhoods. For many, the program has become something resembling 'community therapy' over the airwaves.

Bo Taylor, at 41 bald and tattooed, works as a gang interventionist, motivating young people to get out of trouble through the organization he founded, Unity One. With his new radio show, he invites folks in the community to give him a ring.

Taylor asks God to bless the mike, then lays down a few ground rules, like no cursing, and no hogging the line. He gives a shout out to his friends — like Rocky, Tick, Psyche, Dashe, Tracy, and others. Taylor turns it over to his callers, saying they don't have to give their full names.

Many nights, the talk revolves around gang violence in their neighborhoods.

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