Cover to Cover Open Book

Cover to Cover Open Book – March 31, 2006

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Homeboys to Hollywood

This 30-minute radio documentary chronicles the struggle of ex-gang member Manny Jimenez and friends to build a talent management company in Hollywood. The company, Suspect Entertainment, recruits and trains ex-gang members to work as actors and extras.

With a foot in both the mainstream and gang subculture, the men of Suspect Entertainment offer hope to kids in trouble, speaking at group homes and probation camps. "You know," said Suspect’s CEO Manny Jimenez at a recent talk, "selling drugs and all that –it’s hustling. But we’re just doing it in Hollywood now. It’s a bigger reward, it’s bigger money and a better feeling." Produced by Robin Urevich