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Filmmaker, Black Panther Historian Gregory 'G Bone' Everett Dies From COVID-19

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A screenshot of Gregory Everett from his documentary, 41st & Central. (Via Gregory Everett's YouTube page)
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We heard this week of the death of Los Angeles filmmaker and hip-hop historian Gregory “G Bone” Everett from COVID-19 complications. According to a statement from his family, Everett died Sunday at a hospital after weeks of struggling with the virus. He was 58 years old.

Everett was an important figure in South L.A. and West Coast hip-hop history. Everett is best known for the 2010 documentary 41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Chapter of the Black Panther Party. Everett was the son of a member of the Black Panthers himself.

We talked to activist Cliff Smith about Everett's legacy in South L.A.

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Smith compared Everett’s work with Nipsey Hussle, emphasizing the importance that Everett came out of the community himself.

Smith told LAist that they were both:

“Getting recognition and acclaim for their talent and their skills, but they still have a deep connection to this community of South Los Angeles — the history of it, and the struggle. It’s a different kind of loss than had it been some celebrity filmmaker that had done the same film from outside.”

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