African Americans and Los Angeles
Dr. Michael Cheers, Compton
Made famous in the late 1980s by N.W.A's Straight Outta Compton, Compton developed a reputation for gang violence and is known as the birthplace of gangsta rap. Though still higher than national averages, Compton's crime rates have dropped drastically since the 80s, thanks in part to initiatives such as Compton Empowered, which have helped reduce gang violence with an emphasis on mediation, leadership training, and employment training. Moreover, Compton is one of several areas in South Los Angeles experiencing a radical demographic change, from a rising Latino population, an influx of immigrants, and an accelerated process of gentrification.