South Central Los Angeles. For many, the words evoke images of fear and violence. For Malik Spellman, the words put forth hope. A violence prevention counselor by day, Spellman tours the streets of his hometown at night, on a mission to bring peace to the troubled neighborhoods he's lived in for 30 years.
For the last 20 years Spellman has dedicated his life to ending gang violence, putting it all on the line to mediate truces between rival gangs in Los Angeles – adversaries sometimes separated by less than one city block. Whether he’s in his classroom teaching life skills to middle school students, or riding through South Central on his bicycle, Spellman stays true to his purpose: keeping kids safe, out of trouble, and free from violence.
Each episode of THE PEACEMAKER™: L.A. GANG WARS executive produced by rapper and actor Ice-T, provides an unprecedented look at gang life, following Spellman as he coordinates and oversees tense moments of mediation between enemies with long histories of hate and violence.