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About Clinton Galloway, author of Anatomy of a Hustle: Cable Comes to South Central L.A.

ClintoGrowing up, Clinton Galloway and his family always felt it part of their responsibility to help the less fortunate in their community. After getting his CPA license, he moved from a large international accounting firm to a Beverly Hills investment bank in the late 1970s.

Seeing the violence, poverty and lack of education that were prevalent in South Central Los Angeles made Clinton and his brother, Carl, realize that they should try to make a difference for the area’s residents.

Cable television could be that difference. Cable would create jobs in L.A.’s poorest community and, with the right programming, could create better futures for its challenged residents. Clinton and Carl would devote their lives to making things better.

After nearly two decades, a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, and several small victories along the way, Clinton and his brother were unsuccessful. To make matters worse, in 1993, the U.S. Congress passed a law stating that regardless of the civil rights violations that had occurred during the cable television franchising - yes, ¬†there were many - there would be no damages allowed against any city in the United States. This ruling virtually terminated Clinton and Carl’s case and ended their cable TV journey. Once again, corporations had shown their immense power over our government.

It was after this final ruling that Clinton first considered writing a book chronicling his and his brother’s journey, but years of health issues in the family followed. The book was put on the back burner.¬†

Eventually, in Carl’s final days (he died from leukemia in 2008), he convinced Clinton to move ahead with the book. At his brother’s urging, Clinton shares their story in Anatomy of a Hustle: Cable Comes to South Central L.A. (Sept 2012).

“I had to tell our story. The treatment by the officials at City Hall was no different than being robbed by thugs on the street.” says Clinton. “But what’s worse: it hasn’t changed. The book confirms the public's suspicion that elected government officials are looking out for their own best interests and not those of the citizens. This is especially significant in an election year.”

Clinton continues, “The damage being done to black American communities by the dishonest elected political officials that have remained in office for decades may never be able to be corrected. For urban minority communities, the lack of employment and the lack of the ability to engage in the economic system lies at the feet of elected black officials and civil rights groups such as the NAACP who have forsaken their constituency for their own financial well-being.”

Clinton is now president of Galloway & Associates and continues to live in Los Angeles.

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