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Ludacris, Al Pacino Celebrate ‘Scarface’ Blu-Ray Release: Does the Film Negatively Impact the Black Community?

Ludacris joined Al Pacino and other stars and producers of the film Scarface to celebrate its release on Blu-Ray. Held at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Ludacris performed his hit, “Take a Look.”

Released in theaters in 1983, Scarface opened to disappointing sales at the box office, but it gained a cult following and has remained popular.

Many in the hip-hop community embraced the film’s theme of a poor immigrant who attained wealth by selling cocaine. The film’s rags-to- riches story line is its only redeeming feature. Scarface is an overblown depiction of a drug dealer who makes irrational choices, uses his own product and dies in an over-the-top shootout. Any person who follows Tony Montana’s model is doomed from the outset.

Unfortunately, many rappers glorify Tony Montana as blacks across America continue to suffer tremendously from the drug epidemic. Each day, young black males get involved with the drug trade with the hopes of rising from poverty. But most drug dealers from poor neighborhoods will never become kingpins. Few have profited mightily from the drug trade; the average drug dealer makes below minimum wage and has a higher chance of becoming a convicted felon or dying before the age of 30.

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse,  black males make up 50 percent of all drug possession arrests. As result, thousands of young black males who could have enhanced their business skills at a college or trade school, find themselves behind bars during their prime years. And once they are released from prison, they struggle to find employment because of their felony record and lack of formal education.

The drug game has left a multitude of black people dead, incarcerated and has turned drug users into dysfunctional adults who are a drain on society.

But rappers continue to spew false drug tales while praising Tony Montana as their god. All hail to coke, dope and stupidity. –amir shaw


  1. The Student on August 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Sad but true…But if young Black Males are given a opportunity to succeed I think the stats would change. As a college grad I find it difficult to find opportunities for myself. Every day I fight to keep my head up and pursue my dreams. Even men with education are turning to crime because they cannot find employment or even get a business loan. It’s a very frustrating situation. With this being said, I continue to stay positive and try to help others fulfill their dreams. This is what we need to do as a community. To often, those that make it fail to reach back into the community and mentor someone is trying to make it to their level of success. As African Americans we need to stop trying to protect our spot in the crab barrel and push people out of it. There is enough success for everyone. There is nothing worse than seeing talent being ignored due to fear of being out- shined.

  2. Uncle Chuck on August 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I’ve often wondered what the “ghetto” would be like if young guys would pursue their REAL dream instead of imitating characters like Scarface. A lot of “dealers” are actually intelligent people who succumbed to the hype perpetrated by mainstream rappers, violent video games, Scarface-type movies, and the industry behind them.

    The reality is, however, most dealers live with their mothers and are in and out of the justice system, making LOTS of money for the legal system, while keeping the “dealers” at less than minimum wage, in check by the “system” (on probation), and very frustrated, so they take it out on each other (Black on Black crime). The “entertainment” industry makes ALL the money, the “dealers” go to jail, and they’re proud of it.

    We elders have got to teach our kids the difference between fantasy (movies, videos, etc) and reality and that it’s OK to pursue their REAL dreams instead of trying to make “fast money” and ending up in prison disillusioned, or dead, neither of which serves the Black community well.

  3. Nick Wright on August 25, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    If these so-called rich rappers would hire some of these young men, maybe they wouldn’t want to be like Scarface

  4. Davideternity99 on August 30, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Seems like whenever crime among young black men is on the rise…first thing black folks wanna do is point the finger at scarface! Scarface is simply a film, an old film at that..made before a lot of these young people were born. Movies are simply art imitating life, and sometimes vice-versa. Let’s stop holding tony montana responsible for the mistakes of our people and wake up.

    • Uncle Chuck on August 30, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      “Movies are simply art imitating life, and sometimes vice-versa.”

      And it’s the “vice-versa” part (where life imitates art) that we succumb to. Look in any commercial “Black
      art” shop and count how many Tony Montana pictures/posters you see. He continues to influence us to this day!

  5. bebop on August 31, 2011 at 12:19 am

    ASE, Amir! Well said. It’s quite telling…and sad that so many of our men STILL in 2011celebrate this madness. I ‘get’ it …to an extent…but on the real…let’s celebrate folks like  Johnnie Cochran’s rags to riches story. His story is precious and powerful…let the mafioso-types cease…and truth be told, I really wish brothas would face and embrace the REAL…MOST ITALIANS…especially the  Mafia et al back then…HATED NIGGAS. They brought cocaine into our communities and heroine so that THEY could own mass properties, business, etc…and send THEIR sons and daughters to top institutions of higher learning. They RUINED our numbers hustle before the lottery…and used our women as sexual toys…disguised in some cases as love…yet many of us idolize these folks like living Gods…smh 

  6. JAYNE DOH! on August 31, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    If you own a Scarface poster  your a ni**a