In the 1970's, a group of ruthless Irish punks called the "Westies", managed to terrorize Hell's Kitchen in New York City. They had a penchant for violence and a desire to control the illegal activities on Manhattan's west side. Young Irish thug Jimmy Coonan teamed up with Mickey Featherstone, a Vietnam veteran with a reputation for being a ruthless killer. The "Westies" ruled the streets, protecting their various rackets, including drug dealing and extortion, through extreme violence. They were so powerful they were able to work as contract killers for the Gambino crime family.
Bowman, as international president of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, ordered kidnappings, firebombings, assaults and murders. He joined another exclusive club in 1997, the "FBI Ten Most Wanted" list. Bowman was brought to justice with the help of an informant on the inside of the Outlaw brotherhood.
Although Madam C.J. Walker was best known for her successful hair care business, she was also a passionate activist who used her power to raise political consciousness.
Although Madam C.J. Walker was best known for her successful hair care business, she was also a passionate activist who used her power to raise political consciousness. Her great-great granddaughter and biographer A’lelia Bundles speaks about Madam Walker’s work to promote equal rights for African-Americans.
Read On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker by her great-great-granddaughter A'Lelia Bundles.
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