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Bonz Malone

Sometimes called the Hunter Thompson of Hip Hop, Malone is something of a legend on New York's streets. Born in the Bronx, he watched first hand as hip hop was born in the 1970s. After dropping out of high school at the age of 18 he became the youngest columnist in the country. A former gang member and graffiti writer, A&R executive, the voice of Nike television commercials, screenwriter and actor, his various life experiences have contributed to his compelling roles in four feature films.

Slam, a prison drama shot documentary style, was based on the real life story of Malone, who co-wrote and co-starred in the film, directed by Marc Levin. The story of a talented young man who discovers himself through his extraordinary talent at spoken word poetry slamming, the film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Malone currently writes a column for VIBE magazine, Tuph St. (formerly Stix and Stonz), which is consistently one of the magazine's most popular elements. Whether recounting a pilgrimage through Italy or taking readers inside Rikers Island, his column is straight talk for society's underdogs. His voice is funny, honest, hopeful, and above all, passionate. Malone's writing has a powerful international following, averaging a million readers a month and regularly generating tremendous response through letters, email and phone calls.

Malone will appear in the screen version of Danny Hoch's one man show, Jails, Hospitals & Hip Hop. He is currently working on a novel, God Squad vs. The Mob, several dramatic television pilots and recently appeared in Ted Demme's Life.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

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