April 29th marked the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots. Sad to say even though I was one years old at the time I am not caught up on my history. I spent that week wondering why many different television networks were covering the Rodney King beating and subsequent riots. Rodney King did extensive interviews on HLN with Dr. Drew and on CNN with Piers Morgan. In both interviews, King talked about the Trayvon Martin tragedy and discussed his new book, “The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption.” Although it was not an interview, one surprising documentary featuring King aired on VH1 entitled : “Uprising: Hip-Hop and the L.A. Riots.” It was very informative and I enjoyed the way they blended telling the story of Rodney King and the riots while still inserting hip hop culture. As far as I know, this has never been done before and they did an excellent job.
If you can, please check that out. In the meantime, here’s a video to a full CNN documentary on the Rodney King beatings, 21 years later.