This weekend Crips and Bloods: Made in America, a documentary executive produced by NBA point guard Baron Davis, will go up against a number of other documentaries for the title of Best Documentary at the 31st Annual Emmy Awards for News & Documentary.
While the Los Angeles Clippers star won’t be able to attend the awards ceremony due to training camp he has already expressed his enthusiasm at the documentary’s nomination.
“This is very prestigious,” Davis explained to the Associated Press. “We’ve really been able to tackle a subject that’s kind of been picked on, but we’ve been able to tackle it and really shed some light on it from both sides of the spectrum. We want to let people formulate their own opinions about what’s going on in this country and in the impoverished communities.”
Crips and Bloods: Made in America takes a look at gang life, what causes this kind of lifestyle and the negative effect it has on teenagers and young adults. The documentary is narrated by Forest Whitaker and features appearances from former NFL star James Brown and various gang members.
“The most surprising thing for me is that gangs have covered so much of our history. We’re taking about five generations of gangs,” said Davis. “When I was growing up, I saw it as a kid and then as a teenager. Now, I’m seeing it as an adult, the same things. It’s disheartening that there’s no road to success, no opportunities for success.”
The 31st Annual Emmy Awards for News & Documentary will take place in New York City on Monday, September 27.