The BET Larry Davis Bronx Tale documentary 

First of all, I wasn't contacted, and BET was/is in same location as myself. Apparently, BET didn't google enough info, or given the family members in the documentary, I was conveniently omitted. Crime and glorification sells better, I guess.

I should have been contacted because I was the reason Davis was transferred from Sullivan to Shawangunk where he was killed. I shut down Larry's nonsense and at the same time discovered the lies, including from his own family and friends. However, it was clear Davis picked up the nonsense again by contacting BET to air his story after someone advised him of the BET American Gangster series. Larry wanted the recognition of being a gangster, always. A Napoleonic complex, I guess. Larry Davis is 5'7", like a little wild pitt bull.

Funniest thing I heard from someone on the street after the BET documentary originally aired: "that one was different from the one my mom bought" (referring to the organized crime version distributed by Reed and Larry Davis' niece). No shit it was different because the BET documentary included facts! The irony is Larry would have threatened BET over what was aired. Larry wanted one version aired: the myth of Davis as if he was some great person to society.

Larry was commonly called "crazy", but I'm crazier! Larry learned this the hard way. I didn't have time for Davis' nonsense, esp. after the Drawdy nonsense. We were not family nor involved or long-time acquaintances, therefore, in my mind, Larry should have been lucky to see me when he did. But strangely, Larry thought I was the fortunate one, as in fortunate to be in his presence. Huh?! How do you figure that?!

Larry was hustling people who geniunely cared about him or people who didn't like to see people victimized while believing Larry was the victim. But Larry was the predator.

The "cops tried to set me up" story: fake, confirmed by his own family. This story was re-opened to drum up enough support for Larry's release. But just one problem: Davis was walking around prison as if he was in his living room, and planning one crime after another ON recorded prison phone calls. The most comical, yet Larry was very serious: kidnap another prisoner's mother to hold her until the wealthy inmate coughs up cash to produce his documentary - the documentary organized criminal Reed released. The sad part is the $$ made from that documentary has black folks in the hood really believing the nonsense such that now ANYTHING a cop does in NYC is seen as "they're out to get us", while playing the "don't snitch" card when their own neighbor is shot, stabbed, robbed, raped, etc.!!!! Crimes against other blacks are justified and excused.

Davis was killed in prison because he broke his word. THAT I'm sure of. For years, Davis played one prisoner against another and promised each things in lieu of his fame to come. In prison, all you have is your word. They don't care if you're "cop shooter number 25" or "saint wrongly convicted". Your word is it. You break your word, that's it! Ain't no do-overs or let's work it out in prison. Or the "work it out", you don't want. Davis was even held down and shit on by other prisoners because he double-crossed them. This was same double-crossing person Davis was as a kid willingly selling drugs.

Now speaking of family, I met Davis' niece, Cat, who talked with her uncle daily, but she was not present in the BET documentary. The nephew, Amen, was. His comments were about the treatment of Larry after his initial arrest, and how his family was inconvenienced during search for Larry after the shootout. Larry Davis had a lot of complaints about how the cops treated him, but never cared about how he treated the same persons simply showing up to do a job to legally take care of their families. (yeah, insert the all cops are bad nonsense. *rolling eyes*) Larry permanently altered lives of six cops, including permanently disabling and disfiguring, while Larry himself faked paralysis and was/is sympathized with. What Larry did to six cops was far more inconvenient than being held at a laundry mat while your home is searched for a man who would kill anyone in the neighborhood if it meant his fame and glory would be the outcome.

The organized criminal Reed's documentary uses the footage of Davis being beaten in his cell, but omits the facts surrounding it for a reason (to spread the hype of Davis' fake claim). BET extended the information to include the credible information behind the beatings: Davis provoked and taunted officers daily. But hey you're locked up like an animal, so always a good excuse to behave like one right? (bullsh*t cough)

The most credible statements in the documentary came from Len Levitt. Levitt met the real Davis.

With Davis when you met him, which was easy for ANYONE who believed the hype to do, it was always the same scenario. For persons who met Larry Davis, Davis is "charming" and polite in a devil sort of way, but the charm and politeness lasts about a minute, then comes the hustle, which consistently played out as follows:

1. Give person a list of celebrities' personal home numbers and drop big names (Wesley Snipes, Spike Lee, Dead Prez, Bob Law, Al ("Grandpa" from The Munsters) Lewis, etc., etc.) However, because I wasn't impressed with just names (it's not who you are, but how you are that matters to me), Al Lewis phoned me directly, Davis's coercing to show me he was "important". Nice surprise to come home and hear Lewis' voice and talk and meet with him personally. Lewis was a great guy down with the Cuba cause which has me wondering who is carrying that torch since his passing. Lewis also served time in prison, which would explain his compassion for Davis.

To gold diggers, dropping big names sends them on a chase. Me, I wanted the truth - how'd you get these names, why does this person believe you, what facts do they have to support your claim, only to find out a myth was being over-hyped. The majority of persons lending their name didn't EVER meet Larry Davis, but knew of the Larry Davis myth.

But little did each person know Larry Davis gives the same list to another visitor and plays them against each other without advising of the other. This is why certain celebrities were irritated by being called repeatedly by different persons, some of whom didn't appear to be on the "up and up". Larry was handing out celeb info like candy to anyone who listened to him. He dropped Jay Z's name constantly because Jay rapped about Larry. He dropped Jay's name so much, I thought they were close friends. One day while hanging out with a friend visiting NYC, I saw Jay @ his club in NYC and (for me, if the truth lies with other person, ask instead of believing the hype!!) I asked Jay directly if he knew Larry Davis. He knew of him, not him directly.

The little attention that celebrities gave to Larry Davis made Larry think that he was "important" to the black community. So much so that Larry thought the day of his infamous shootout, which Davis repeats like Dustin Hoffman in Rain Main, was a day of mourning in black communities, esp. NYC communities. The day of his shootout is just another typical day in the hood, as some mofos can't even spell calendar! What Davis is remembered as in urban communities by thug wannabe's is a "bad dude". Yup. Bad. Bad for himself, bad for us.

2. Larry also presents a standard contract - Larry typed himself in his little cell like a businessman @ his office but with about 10+ prison guards directly around. Larry was also not supposed to be conducting business from prison, and the Son of Sam law prevents Larry or his family from profitting from his story. BET has probably been flooded with complaints from persons with copies of contracts signed by both Larry Davis and theirself. Davis presented me with a contract. I laughed about it and filed it with other Larry Davis letters, because why would I enter into an agreement with a prisoner, and on the spot, etc. It's called doing your homework.

3. Ask for care packages while asking for vending machine $$.

4. Larry Davis also presents each female visitor with an offer of marriage, including me and I didn't even know the guy for 30 seconds. Davis even put it in writing for me, in a charming letter. My response directly to Larry: let's do the divorce first, yanno, get it out the way. Reason being for marriage proposals: so he could tell his story to her without retribution, oh and of course, good 'ol conjugal visits! Sad, Davis was locked up as a young man, maybe the lack of sex bugged his mind out! Some guys need sex like medicine to calm down. :| But Davis would fill gold diggers' head with dreams of being rich. That stuff goes in one ear and out the other, because I know from ACTUAL hard work, nothing is that easy or it's illegal or deceptive.

I also know from my family, $$ doesn't mean happiness and best times of my life were when I was broke and with friends just enjoying the minutes as if they were our last. Stomach aching laughs, getting into trouble after having a good time, having your mom show up in rollers and slippers to drag you from a party that is bumping - you can't put a price on that. Although, I wish I could have given my mom $100 or more to make her go home. LOL

Now back to Davis' family who spoke in the BET documentary:

Bonnie Reiders (his white cousin): For the year I spent with Davis, didn't see or hear ANYTHING about her. Most of Davis' family avoided him because he was annoying. All of a sudden, Bonnie's an expert on the daily life of Larry in prison.

Shams DaBaron: When I first met Shams, the first words out of his mouth was Larry was a knucklehead, Larry was boldly on the phone bragging about shooting/killing other drug dealers. Shams was also homeless THEN with a child in Maryland, yet Larry's mom took him in as a homeless kid. Shams' child with him in the shelter was a very smart child. I do hope the child rises above the nonsense and learns to think for himself and not jump on lost cause bandwagons. But as for Shams' new praise and glorification of Davis: $$$$$$$.

9 Jan 09: Shams Da Barron sent me an e-mail. Claims he never called Larry a knucklehead and "has always had love and respect for Larry, they are brothers, family". And he doesn't understand why I would be attacking Larry because Larry was a good person who did a lot for the community. *my eyes popped out and literally had to reread it to believe it*

Apparently, Sham wasn't too involved in Larry's life as Larry would have confided in him about why Larry was so abruptly transferred from Sullivan to Shawangunk given Larry was "his boy", "his brother". Sham knows damn well why I write what I do about Larry: because I'm not one of the hoodwinked ones spreading myths to glorify being a gangster, which is the main thing Larry HAS ALWAYS wanted notoriety for, even as a kid. So don't even go there with me.

But um ok... do what you have to do for the Larry Davis name bandwagon for his business. Funny, Larry didn't speak anything at all of Sham other than ask about where he was living, and again knew Larry for a year and talked with him daily (with a $2900.00 phone bill and letters to match!).

And it's interesting at how Larry's family - Troy Reed and others related stalk what I write, but no one gave a shit about me after their hustle. Given every word out of Larry's mouth, plus Cat's (Larry's niece) and Reed's were boldfaced lies, I have to question why Sham is recalling a different version of our conversation about Larry AFTER his appearance in the BET documentary. Because I sure didn't follow the Larry Davis case or know anything about the story prior to meeting Reed, therefore, I could not have known about Larry bragging boldly on phones about killing other drug dealers as well as other crazy behavior of Larry's as a kid unless it came from someone who knew Larry then - Sham. Reed's only words about Larry were "Larry's crazy" while carrying out Larry's hustles and going after celebrities for support.

Robert Goins (cousin): Larry was a good dude. Yeah, if you mean by shaking down others to help out family, I guess. Everything Larry obtained or did for others was by means of theft, deception or coercion. Even in prison. Why would Larry work a prison job when he could earn more via theft, deception or coercion? If Larry ever worked an honest day in his life, please someone show me a tax record of it!

Melody (Fludd): Larry's girlfriend at the time of the shooting and mother of Larry's only child. AGAIN, didn't see or hear from her during the entire year I knew Davis. And Larry had nothing nice to say about her. But what I found interesting is Melody stated the shootout really changed her life. WOW. Really?! You mean changed you from one drug dealer to another. Because Melody hooked up with another dealer and did time because of him. In the process, Melody kept Larry's daughter away from him. Larry's daughter, Larrima, was with Larry when he used her as a shield to block shots during the shootout. Yeah, the cops, coming to serve a warrant after Larry bragged boldly about killing, are soooo bad, they refrained from shooting while Larry had HIS baby in his hands to protect himself while opening fire. That's Larry. Thinking about himself always. <<< Ok, that was a little mean, Davis did care about his mother, who would have done anything for her son, no matter what Davis did. Because of the Davis I knew, I had a hard time believing anything his mother said in the documentary, esp. a mother who turns a blind eye to drug $$ and a gangster child right under her roof as Larry was shaking down other kids in their own neighborhood. Yet, Larry is respected in urban areas for this!!

Larrima Davis: OMG, that poor "child" is all I can say. Yup, that's her daddy. True. As soon as she turned 18 a few years ago, with her own dreams of fame, she was free to do what she wanted. So she headed to Larry. I suppose Larry told her the whereabouts of the $200,000.00 plus in crack drug dealing cash Larry repeatedly stated he had buried somewhere, which *could* explain her foundation to honor Larry's nonsense.

But my father was an original gangster too. Served most of my childhood in and out of Angola Penitentiary and fought all his life, even up to his death just recently (Oct. 24, 2008). He did so many horrible things, including to his own family. And 50 Cent shot mulitple times. Chile, pluh-eazzzeee. See my dad (well in the afterlife) on that one. My dad was shot multiple times and once brought handcuffed to the hospital. In a separate unrelated incident, a cousin was shot by a stray bullet and died, and he was a good person, hard worker and great father. Because of my dad, I thought this world was hell and all the good people were taken away to a better world because soon after my grandmother, his mother, died of health related problems at only 59 years of age. As a 12-year old, my heart sank hearing the news of my grandmother dying, and I still remember everything about that day, esp. that I lost my favorite best friend but my dad was alive in prison over nonsense.

For almost 30 years, I had no contact with my father because of his horrific actions which nearly destroyed me. But watching someone literally go through the process of dying over a couple of years time makes you have some compassion. Not worship, but compassion.

But I'm not setting up a site to honor my father's horrible deeds, no matter how intelligent he was. And unlike Larry, my father did work many honest days in his life, with tax records to match!! My father made choices, but had options. His mother (my grandmother) and my maternal grandfather owned their own businesses, and for blacks to own successful businesses during Jim Crow is a damn good accomplishment. Both owned nice homes and could afford well for their eight children each, and all of them were successful in a variety of local, state and federal fields with four of my father's brothers and sisters becoming law enforcement officers, 2 of which had over 20 years service as sheriff's officers until retirement. Why my dad chose a life of crime that goes as far back as Harry Connick, Sr. starting office as D.A. is a mystery to me.

My mother chose not to be a thug miss. She alone raised 4 kids while working @ a federal job with 2 jobs on the side, and kept track of our asses @ all times, and this was pre-cell phone days. :)

Speaking of choices and $$$$$$, I'm so glad BET shows the aftermath of black communities after glorified gangsters are no longer a part of the picture, as in after the gangster has made his name and $$ in the community. No black buying power. No black unity. Dog eat dog world. More focus on putting $$ into hands of non-minority business owners than pooling resources to become a viable community. And the glorified gangster is dead, in jail, or sitting around reliving the old days in his mind while thinking about their family and friends they lost time with as a result of being stupid. Or the gangster is now back in the same community penniless trying to undo his damage by talking to the same youths which idolized his transgressions of the past!

Thriving black communities became nightmares as a result of some gangsters' activities. And now some areas are opportunities for others with no ties to its history to capitalize on it. However, whites are reclaiming the Bronx, they are moving back in, esp. around Yankee Stadium area.

But when I see Harlem being gentrified daily, I think it's disgusting because it's a reminder of how little we've accomplished as a community and how much has been destroyed as a result of praising and protecting thugs like Larry Davis. Because we as a people can't gentrify into, hell rarely even drive through, Greenwich, CT without all hell breaking loose for various reasons. The gentrification of Harlem - where Frank Lucas and Guy Fisher made their names, and where Larry Davis is so loved - is an insult to all the black leaders of the past who kept us going and gave us dignity when we needed it: Duke Ellington, Paul Robeson, Madam C.J. Walker, Moms Mabley, A. Whitney Young, Ralph Bunche, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong (who settled in Queens), Lionel Hampton, James Baldwin, Diana Sands, Thelonius Monk, Ossie Davis, Adolph Caesar, Marcus Garvey, Harold Nicholas and Malcolm X and Sister Betty, as well as so many other infamous and unnamed positive examples.

What legacy has Frank Lucas, Guy Fisher or Larry Davis left behind?? How are urban areas benefitted by worshipping and idolizing persons like this?
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