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BET’s documentary series “American Gangster” returns for another season on Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. with a lineup including “Monster” Kody, Larry Davis, Mutulu Shakur, and J. Edgar Hoover and COINTELPRO, among others.


       Now in its third year, this series reflects the life and times of American criminals, how their actions have affected the public at large, and the black community in particular.


       The first two seasons have included close-up views of the Chambers Brothers, drug-dealing emigrants from one of the America’s poorest rural counties; Stanley “Tookie” Williams, who was executed for murder in California amid controversy regarding his real role in the founding of America’s most notorious street gang, the Crips; Frank Lucas, the larger-than-life subject of the Hollywood blockbuster motion picture, also titled “American Gangster”; and “Freeway” Ricky Ross — L.A.’s homegrown crack king — a hustler and pawn within a complex international enterprise.


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