It's the latest in VH-1's Rock Docs series and so far it's shown some great archival footage from the 80s and 90s. How fucked up is it that 80s and 90s constitutes archival anything? Check out Ice Cube and Ice T before they were well-fed millionaires and "living room friendly". Footage is broken up by interviews with hip hop luminaries like John Singleton and KRS-One. Shout out to the Boogie Down.
For those of you, like my little sister, for whom the name Reginald Denny means nothing, take a little time to know this history. This was the last time a large group of people in America were so angry they took to the streets not to occupy,but destroy.
This exchange from Uprising is a striking encapsulation of the senselessness that all of that righteous rage devolved into once the match was lit after the not guilty verdicts:
Interviewer: Who did you assault?
Subject: Anyone that wasn't black.
Subject: Why? Because I was upset.
Subject: So to speak.
Here's how you would have seen it then on CNN.