AZie - What's Going On Black
1991 No Cover
Azie (pronounced "AZ") Faison Jr. was born in the Bronx, New York on November 10, 1964. A fire destroyed his tenement in 1970, forcing the family to relocate to the famed Sugar Hill section of Harlem, New York.
While childhood friend Rich Porter began dealing drugs as early as 12 years old, Faison worked in a neighborhood dry cleaners. Faison maintains that the movie Scarface strongly influenced his decision to become a drug dealer. In that same year, a Dominican cocaine supplier approached Azie about selling the drug. By the time he turned 19, Faison became a cocaine wholesaler of sorts in his Harlem district, and regularly earned from $40,000 - $100,000 a week from his operations. In 1987, an attempt to rob Faisons stash house (place where he kept drugs or money) left 3 people dead and 3 seriously injured. He himself was shot nine times in the robbery attempt, but survived and left the drug game to embark on a mission to disavow his former life and steer youth away from the path he once chose. In 1989, he formed a rap group called MobStyle. Following the tragic murders of his friend Rich Porter and his little brother Donnell Porter in 1990, Faison began working on a movie about his life which eventually became Paid in Full which debuted in 2002. Around the same time, he teamed up with street documentarian Troy Reed to produce the much-acclaimed documentary about his life called Game Over.
In 2002, Faison teamed up with Agyei Tyehimbal to work on Azie's life story. The result, Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler, was published by Simon & Schuster's Atria Book imprint. At the 2007 Harlem Book Fair, the book's co-author Agyei Tyehimba appeared on a panel with Congressman Charles Rangel and others to discuss his book. The panel discussion was broadcast live by CSPAN's Book TV Channel.
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