1. Jerry Reaper Remembers ’60s/’70s Bronx Gang, The Reapers (VIDEO).

    Andreas Vingaard’s excellent 8 Million Stories series – which consists of short video portraits of longtime New Yorkers – returns with a profile of Jerry Reaper, former member of one of the most notable street gangs to ever call the Bronx home, The Reapers. Interviewed on the turf of the Reapers’ 1st division, Bronx River Houses, where he was born and raised, Jerry thoughtfully recalls the ethnic transformation of his old stomping ground, the evolution of The Reapers’ colors over the years, the club’s procedure for stashing weapons, and how hip-hop turned so many street kids – like fellow Bronx River resident Afrika Bambaataa – from gangbangers to “Disco Dannys.” Real deal oral history from those who lived it. Check it out, after the jump…

    And for more on the history of Jerry, as well as The Reapers, consult Andreas’ write-up and suggested links, HERE .

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