Sunday, January 8, 2012

DVD Documentary Review: Motown Mafia: The Story of Eddie Jackson and Courtney Brown


In the early 1970’s, Detroit Michigan was the setting of a bloody and ongoing underworld war.  The violence that resulted knew no bounds and claimed many lives.  Amazingly, in the midst of the maelstrom stood two of the most unlikely generals one could imagine.  Eddie Jackson and Courtney Brown lorded over a heroin ring that grossed millions of dollars while maintaining a virtually non-existent body count.  This made them stand out from other heroin kingpins of the day, who by and large preferred gunplay to diplomacy.  At a time when Black gangsters around the country began to firmly establish themselves in the dope game, Eddie “Fat Man” Jackson and Courtney “Field Marshal” Brown were playing from an entirely different playbook.