Ice T famous Rapper and Television star is producing a new reality show highlighting gang wars and the use of mediation (on A&E...check local listing for times). When I came across this, I was very excited as the use of mediation and gangs has always been very interesting to me.
However, more interesting to me, is the use of mediation on television. It seems that there is a continuing conversation amongst many of us to how we effectively create awareness to the ADR field. So my question is what kind of impact, if any will this have in creating awareness? I am also curious about the following: watching Mr. Spellman's (mediator...see below) process through a mediators lens, how and in what way will that be captured/portrayed on camera, and what kind of "light" will this have on the world of mediation and ADR?
Malik Spellman has gone from the streets of Jamaica, Queens, to being an ex-con in Los Angeles and now a TV star.
Spellman, who left New York in 1980 as a teenager and landed in the heart of Los Angeles gang country, is the centerpiece of "The Peacemaker: L.A. Gang Wars," a new half-hour reality show that follows his efforts to settle beefs between warring gangs.
"If I waste a day or even an hour, that's enough time for a battle to start," Spellman says early in the first episode, airing Thursday at 10 p.m.
Spellman is a gang mediator, which surely doesn't come up often in Yahoo job searches or turn up in the placement offices of elite colleges.
His goal is to stop fights, often deadly ones, between rival gang members before guns are pulled from waistbands.
Think about that: He tries to get guys who carry guns and occasionally use them to, well, not shoot. And he does this on their turf. Add in television cameras, which film his work with folks who don't really seek Lindsay Lohan-like publicity, for a reality show produced by rapper-actor Ice T.
It's no wonder that at one point, Spellman puts on a bulletproof vest to go talk to the guys.
[read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2010/12/14/2010-12-14_f...
I will be tuning in to this new reality show and hope to write more about my observations. Let me know your thoughts now and after watching the show. I am interested in reading what others think!!
Until next time.....