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Set in 1991 on the inner-city streets of Oakland, California, cocaine dealer Charles Cosby has his life changed forever when he writes a fan letter to the "Cocaine Godmother" Griselda ... See full summary »

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Set in 1991 on the inner-city streets of Oakland, California, cocaine dealer Charles Cosby has his life changed forever when he writes a fan letter to the "Cocaine Godmother" Griselda Blanco, who is serving time at a nearby federal prison. Six months later, Cosby is a multi-millionaire, Blanco's lover, and the head of her $40 million a year cocaine business. Also known as "The Black Widow" for her propensity to permanently dispose of her men when she's done with them, Blanco will stop at nothing to ensure that Charles is faithful to her. Cosby soon learns that he's in way over his head. Written by Magnet Releasing edited w/ some masala

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The coke, the chief, her life and her lover.
13 September 2010 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

A sequel to Cocaine Cowboys, the subtitle says it all. "Hustlin' With The Godmother" deals with the story of Charles Cosby and the relationship he somehow struck up with Griselda Blanco, the infamous figure who came to overshadow the latter half of the first documentary about the explosion of cocaine trade in Miami in the 70s/80s.

Cosby was a small-time drug dealer who managed to score big when he wrote to Griselda Blanco and became her friend and more. But anyone getting close to the woman who was once known as "The Black Widow" has to be careful, as Cosby learned during events he relates for the camera.

Almost as enjoyable as it's predecessor, Cocaine Cowboys 2 suffers because it's all about a relationship between two people who weren't all that nice to anyone else around them at that time. In fact, it's sad to hear Cosby's old cohorts talking about him with respect and awe because few people deserve it less (as, I hope, Cosby possibly believes now that he's a very different person).

Details revealing the troubled early life that Griselda Blanco had are supposed to explain some of her behaviours and attitudes but a lot of what she did, or ordered to be done, was still inexcusable and no amount of traumatic tales will ever change that so to have people providing these excuses for her way of living just doesn't cut it.

There is still plenty here that's fascinating, and disturbing, but it's harder to enjoy the tales when they're being told by less appealing (less charismatic? perhaps) talking heads.


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