If you’re a Compton native seeing N.W.A Biopic Straight Outta Compton may be difficult for you. The movie isn’t being featured in a movie theater in the city because there is none. It is reported that the city is so far undervalued that it can’t host the movie.
USC sociology professor Manuel Pastor commented on the nature of Compton stating, “It’s a low income area, it’s been heavily dis-invested in. When you live in a community that doesn’t have that kind of retail, it’s a sign that the community is devalued and people within the community feel devalued.”
It’s sad to know the people in Compton may not get to see a movie that features the city. Hopefully Dr. Dre royalties are enough to build the community center that he wants to build in the near future.