1. Luis Lugo Remembers Infamous Bronx Street Gang, the Royal Javelins (VIDEO).

    WATCH: Luis Lugo on Infamous Bronx Street Gang, the Royal Javelins.

    8 Million Stories: Luis Lugo from Andreas Vingaard on Vimeo .

    Filmmaker Andreas Vingaard's "8 Million Stories" series of video portraits of classic New Yorkers continues with its latest installment: an interview with Luis Lugo, an original member of notorious BX street gang, the Royal Javelins , now a NYC corrections officer and Bronx youth community outreach worker. Lugo revisits the site of the Javelins' club house on Vyse Avenue, not far from the famous Hoe Avenue Boys Club gang truce meeting of the early '70s. Seeing an old photo of the burnt out Bronx of the '70s, Lugo says, "When I see [those images of empty lots] it bothers me now more than it did before because I thought that was the way I had to live." Big ups to Andreas for another enlightening episode.

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    • http://freshskimmer.com freshskimmer

      "8 Million Stories" is a powerful piece. Gangs were in weird way, a part of the community. They still are today too, but seemingly more accepted or tolerated than today's gangs. It's good to see he is giving back to the community.

    • Jose Ortiz

      It was my understanding that the gang peace meeting was initiated by the Ghetto Brothers in honor of Black Benji who died in the attempt of breaking up a fight etc. Also as an ex Javelin member most of us knew of Black Benji. My name is Jose Ortiz, I was in the 3rd Division led by Comanche and Chief.