Def Poetry Jam Friday would like to present Basikknowledge's Numbers.
This is going to be short - we're heading out to a party in less than an hour.
Given the time constraints I thought this would be a nice little history lesson - I've heard the phrase 'running numbers' before but never really knew what it meant.
It turns out it originated from illegal lotteries organized by the mob back when lotteries were outlawed in the States. Number runners were mob lackeys who went around to the various establishments that collected bets and money to gather them up. The mob took their cut and paid out the winners promptly.
The only reason the government didn't like them was because they didn't get a slice of the pie, not because people were being scammed.
But back to the performance - it's a powerful piece with several great images, my favorite being his grandmother sitting behind the TV because her imagination was better than any show.
Alright, I best get a move on. Have a good night.