February 1, 2012 - Ameena Matthews

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Mitt Romney beats Newt Gingrich in Florida, Stephen announces Americone Dream's 2012 election edition packaging, and Ameena Matthews strives to end gang violence.

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>> Stephen: TONIGHT, MITT

ROMNEY WINS A LANDSLIDE.

MEANWHILE, NEWT GINGRICH IS A

LANDFILL.

( LAUGHTER ).

THEN BIG NEWS ABOUT MY ICE

CREAM.

HEAR IT HERE BEFORE YOU SEE IT

ON YOUR THIGHS.

AND AMEENA MATTHEWS CALLS

HERSELF A GANG VIOLENCE

INTERRUPTER.

I CERTAINLY HOPE SHE SAYS EXCUSE

ME.

THIS IS SHAPING UP TO BE THE

SECOND WARMEST WINTER IN U.S.

HISTORY.

FINALLY, I CAN WEAR MY DOWN

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: THANK YOU, LADIES

AND GENTLEMEN.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

WELCOME TO THE REPORT.

>> STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

>> Stephen: THANK YOU SO

MUCH.

( CHEERS )

THANK YOU, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

WELCOME TO THE REPORT.

GOOD TO HAVE YOU WITH US.

FOLKS, ANYBODY KNOWS ME KNOWS

I'M NOT A RACIST.

I MEAN, DO I LOOK ITALIAN?

( LAUGHTER )

IN FACT, I AM SO FAR FROM BEING

A RACIST, I DON'T EVEN SEE RACE.

I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT RACE I

AM.

( LAUGHTER ).

PEOPLE TELL ME I'M WHITE, AND I

BELIEVE THEM BECAUSE I DID NOT

KNOW IT'S BLACK HISTORY MONTH.

( LAUGHTER )

IT REALLY SURPRISED ME, IN FACT,

BECAUSE I ALWAYS THOUGHT THE

NAME "FEBRUARY" SOUNDED MORE

JEWISH.

STILL, I HAVE TO TAKE A MOMENT

TO CELEBRATE BLACK AMERICAN

HISTORY, ALL THE GREATS, BLACK

GEORGE WASHINGTON.

( LAUGHTER ).

WHO AS A CHILD FAMOUSLY CUT DOWN

THE CHERRY TREE, WHICH IS WHERE

BLACK CHERRIES COME FROM.

AND LET'S NOT FORGET THE

ACCOMPLISHIMENTS OF BLACK

ABRAHAM LINCOLN WHO, FREED

HIMSELF, I ASSUME.

GOOD MAN.

AND, OF COURSE, BLACULA.

( LAUGHTER )

TRAGIC STORY.

STAKE TO THE HEART.

WHY?

BECAUSE HE'S BLACK?

( LAUGHTER )

THEY WOULDN'T HAVE DONE THAT TO

A WHITE VAMPIRE.

AND FINALLY THE "DAILY

LEWIS BLACK.

STAY STRONG, MY BROTHER.

THERE YOU GO.

YOU'RE WELCOME, BLACK PEOPLE.

NOW, NATION, TONIGHT, WITH

ROUGHLY 100% OF PRECINCTS

REPORTING, THE "COLBERT REPORT"

IS PREPARED TO PROJECT THAT MITT

ROMNEY WILL WIN THE FLORIDA

PRIMARY 24 HOURS AGO.

( LAUGHTER )

YOU CAN BANK ON THAT.

WE'VE GOT THE BEST ELECTION TEAM

WATCHING TIVO.

( LAUGHTER )

FOLKS, MITT DIDN'T JUST BEAT

NEWT GINGRICH.

HE STOMPED HIM BY A DEVASTATING

14% MARGIN, 14%.

THAT IS HIGHER THAN MITT'S TAX

RATE.

( LAUGHTER ).

( APPLAUSE )

( CHEERS )

YEAH.

ROMNEY KICKED NEWT TO THE CURB

LIKE A PLANT MANAGER WHOSE JOB

HE JUST MOVED TO ANOTHER

COUNTRY.

( LAUGHTER )

AND THE QUESTION IS HOW DID MITT

DO IT?

BY LAYING OUT HIS POSITIVE

VISION OF A NEGATIVE VISION OF

NEWT GINGRICH.

JIM?

>> WE HAVE A NEW STUDY THAT'S

OUT AND IT SAYS THAT THIS IS THE

MOST NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN IN

HISTORY.

>> WE KNOW THAT IT WAS THE MOST

NEGATIVE ADS EVER IN THE HISTORY

OF FOREVER.

>> THIS IS UNQUESTIONABLY,

CHRIS, THE NASTIEST, DOWN DIRTY,

GUT-FIGHTING, ALLEY-FIGHTING

CAMPAIGN.

>> WHY ISN'T MITT ROMNEY HAPPY?

BECAUSE HE'S RUN A COMPLETELY

DIRTBALL CAMPAIGN THAT NOBODY ON

EARTH WOULD BE PROUD OF.

>> Stephen: WOW.

( LAUGHTER )

THAT IS SOME HARSH, SPITEFUL,

BASELESS CHARACTER

ASSASSINATION.

CHRIS MATTHEWS SHOULD THINK

ABOUT WORKING FOR ROMNEY.

( LAUGHTER )

BECAUSE, FOLKS, ROMNEY'S ADS

WERE CRUEL AND THEY WERE

PERSONAL.

>> GINGRICH EXAGGERATES,

DROPPING REAGAN'S NAME 50 TIMES.

BUT IN HIS DIARIES, REAGAN

MENTIONED GINGRICH ONLY ONCE.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> Stephen: EVEN WORSE, HE

WAS UNDERNEATH THIS DOODLE.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

REAGAN USED THAT LITTLE BUBBLE

LETTERING.

PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THAT.

FOLKS, NEWT FOUGHT BACK WITH A

ROBO CALL OFFERING THIS SUBTLE

CRITIQUE OF MITT'S RECORD.

>> AS GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS,

MITT ROMNEY REFUSED TO PAY FOR

KOSHER FOOD FOR OUR SENIORS IN

NURSING HOMES.

HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS WHO FOR THE

FIRST TIME WERE FORCED TO EAT

NON-COIVER BECAUSE ROMNEY

THOUGHT $5 WAS TOO MUCH TO PAY

FOR OUR GRANDPARENTS TO EAT

KOSHER.

>> Stephen: TOUGH STUFF.

THE WORST THING ABOUT THAT AD?

THE THOUSANDS OF JEWISH

GRANDMOTHERS WHO WERE CRUSHED

WHEN THAT NICE ROBOT STOPPED

CALLING.

"I LOVE YOU,NANA.

I LOVE YOU,NANA.

THANK YOU FOR THE BIRTHDAY

MONEY."

( LAUGHTER )

NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM.

NOW, NEWT MIGHT HAVE HAD THE

WIND KNOCKED OUT OF HIM IN

FLORIDA, BUT LUCKILY HE IS

SELF-INFLATING.

>> TO THE SAME PEOPLE WHO SAID I

WAS DEAD IN JUNE AND JULY AND

SAID I WAS GONE AFTER IOWA, WHO

SEEMED TOTALLY QUIET THE NIGHT

OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA VICTORY,

AND NOW GOING TO BE BACK SAYING,

"WHAT'S HE GOING TO DO?

WHAT'S HE GOING TO DO?

WHAT'S HE GOING TO DO?"

I JUST WANT TO REASSURE THEM

TONIGHT.

WE ARE GOING TO CONTEST EVERY

PLACE, AND WE WILL WIN AND WE

WILL BE IN TAMPA AS THE NOMINEE

IN AUGUST.

>> Stephen: YES!

HE IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE!

HE IS USING ALL THE

STICK-TO-IT-IVENESS HE DID NOT

WASTE ON HIS MARRIAGES.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

( CHEERS )

TO DRIVE HOME HIS COMMITMENT,

NEWT'S CAMPAIGN PRINTED OUT

THESE 46 STATES TO GO POSTERS.

OF COURSE, SINCE NEWT'S NOT EVEN

ON THE BALLOT IN VIRGINIA AND

MISSOURI, THOSE 46 STATES MAY

ACTUALLY REFER TO THE MANY

STATES OF HIS CAMPAIGN INCLUDING

DENIAL, ANGER, ACOUSTIC, CUBIST,

DEPRESSION, EMO, BARGAINING,

TREKKIE, AND FINALLY,

ACCEPTANCE.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

SO SETTLE IN, EVERYBODY, SETTLE

IN.

BECAUSE THIS THING WILL NOT BE

OVER.

UNTIL NEWT IS NO LONGER MAD AT

MITT.

I'M GOING TO SAY AROUND STARGATE

8130.3.

I THINK WE HAVE A PREVIEW OF HIS

CONCESSION SPEECH.

>> FROM HELL, I STAB AT THEE.

>> Stephen: HE LOOKED GOOD.

HE LOOKED GOOD.

I THINK HE'S LOST WEIGHT.

OF COURSE, SOME OUT THERE ARE

SAYING THIS IS GOING TO HURT THE

REPUBLICAN PARTY.

I JUST SAID IT NOW.

( LAUGHTER )

BUT MITT KNOWS ALL THIS

NEGATIVITY IS ACTUALLY A

POSITIVITY.

JIM.

>> AS THIS PRIMARY UNFOLDS OUR

OPPONENTS IN THE OTHER PARTY

HAVE BEEN WATCHING.

AND THEY LIKE TO COMFORT

THEMSELVES WITH THE THOUGHT THAT

A COMPETITIVE CAMPAIGN WILL

LEAVE US DIVIDED AND WEAK.

BUT I'VE GOT NEWS FOR THEM.

A COMPETITIVE PRIMARY DOES NOT

DIVIDE US.

IT PREPARES US.

>> Stephen: YES.

BY HAMMERING EACH OTHER DURING

THE PRIMARY, THEY'RE GETTING

PREPARED.

IT'S THE SAME WAY A SPARRING

PARTNER AGAINST THE CHAMP READY

FOR THE BIG FIGHT BY STABBING

HIM IN THE NECK WITH GARDENING

SHEERS.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

AND AS A CONSERVATIVE MYSELF, I,

OF COURSE, I, OF COURSE, WANT

THE EVENTUAL NOMINEE TO BE AS

PREPARED AS POSSIBLE.

SO THOUGH IT PAINS ME TO DO SO,

TONIGHT, I AM CREATING A NEW

TWITTER HASHTAG, PREPARE THEM,

TO POST VICIOUS, PERSONAL

ATTACKS AGAINST BOTH OF THESE

GOOD MEN.

HERE WE GO.

HERE WE GO

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

OKAY.

HERE WE GO.

LET'S SEE, UH... LET'S SEE, HERE

WE GO FEBRUARY-- GO FOR NEWT.

NEWT'S ONLY HOPE FOR YOUR VOTE

IS IF YOU'VE BEEN IN A COMA FOR

20 YEARS.

AND IF YOU HAVE, HE PROBABLY

DIVORCED YOU.

( LAUGHTER )

NEWT 2012, AND SEND.

OKAY.

ONE FOR MITT.

OKAY, MITT ROMNEY IS NOT A

VULTURE CAPITALIST.

VULTURES ONLY EAT THINGS THAT

ARE DEAD.

ROMNEY 2012, AND SEND.

SO DO THE RIGHT THING, NATION,

AND REALLY TEAR THESE GUYS A NEW

ONE TO, YOU KNOW, HELP.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: THANK YOU VERY

MUCH.

WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU.

FOLKS, I DON'T THINK IT'S ANY

SECRET, ANYBODY WHO WATCHES THE

NEWS KNOWS WE LIVE IN A DIVIDED

NATION BUT THERE ARE SOME EVENTS

SO TRAGIC THAT THEY BRING US

TOGETHER, REGARDLESS OF OUR

BELIEFS.

I'M SPEAKING, OF COURSE, ABOUT

THE EPIDEMIC OF PEOPLE EATING

JIMMY FALLON'S ICE CREAM LATE

NIGHT SNACK.

JIMMY'S... FOOD IS AN UNHOLY

SLURRY OF VANILLA AND

FUDGE-COVERED POTATO CHIP

CLUSTERS I ASSUME PAINSTAKINGLY

COMBED OUT OF JERRY'S BEARD

AFTER LUNCH.

IT BREAKS MY HEART TO THINK OF

CHILDREN FORCED TO EAT JIMMY'S

SWILL, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY'RE

CRYING OUT FOR A TASTE OF MY BEN

& JERRY'S ICE CREAM FLAVOR,

STEPHEN COLBERT'S AMERICONE

DREAM

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

A SATISFYING BLEND OF VANILLA

ICE CREAM, CARAMEL, AND

FUNNEL-COVERED WAFFLE CONE

PIECES.

OH, YES.

THAT'S THE SOUND OF FREEDOM

GOING MMM!

( LAUGHTER )

FOLKS REGULAR VIEWERS OF THE

FOLKS KNOW THAT BEGINNING LAST

MARCH, I LOVED JIMMY FALLON.

WE WERE BEST FRIENDS FOREVER FOR

SIX MONTHS.

BUT THEN THOSE SIX MONTHS ENDED

IN SEPTEMBER, AND WE BECAME

ETERNAL ENEMIES FOR SIX MONTHS.

SO NOW I HATE HIM.

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WILL HAPPEN

IN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS BECAUSE I

DON'T KNOW ANY OTHER EMOTIONS.

NOW, I WAS PERFECTLY HAPPY TO

HATE JIMMY IN SEETHING, MERCLESS

SILENCE, BUT LAST OCTOBER, JIMMY

RAISED THE STAKES BY SOMEHOW

GETTING BEN & JERRY'S TO COME ON

HIS SHOW AND SAY THIS --

>> THE BIG ISSUE EVERYONE IS

TALKING ABOUT IS I'M OUT-SELLING

STEPHEN COLBERT'S ICE CREAM.

>> YOU KNOW, THE FLAVOR IS DOING

VERY, VERY WELL.

THE SHORT ANSWER IS YES, IT'S

OUTSELL.

>> YES, THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: JIMMY FALLON'S

ICE CREAM WAS OUTSELLING MINE.

HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?

WHO WAS BUYING IT AND WHAT FOR.

DID FEAR FACTOR RUN OUT OF

DONKEY SEMEN.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

IT'S POSSIBLE.

SO ONCE AGAIN, I AM CALLING ON

YOU HEROS TO GET OUT THERE AND

KNOCK THIS USURPER OFF MY

FUDGE-COVERED THRONE.

I WANT YOU TO CRUSH HIM, TO BEAT

HIM LIKE A REDHEADED STEPCHILD.

NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH CONAN'S

ICE CREAM, RED VELVET STEPCHILD

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

FOLKS, FOLKS, I AM HAPPY TO SAY

THAT BEN AN GER REON MY SIDE.

THEY ARE RELEASING AN EXCITING

NEW PACKAGE THAT EWAITS THE

DOMINANCE OF MY ICE CREAM WITH

THE DOMINANCE OF MY SUPERPAC.

YOU CAN NOW BUY AMERICONE DREAM

IN SUPERPAC PACKS

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

THEY'RE GOOD.

I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU, I'D LIKE

TO SEE YOU FOLKS FAKE AN ORGASM.

IN THIS ELECTION, COLBERT

SUPERPAC IS THROWING ITS WEIGHT

AROUND, AND THANKS TO MY ICE

CREAM, WE'LL HAVE EVEN MORE

WEIGHT TO THROW AROUND.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

NOW, THESE-- THESE NEW SUPERPAC

PACKS WILL BE RELEASED AT SOME

POINT, AND YOU WILL WANT TO

SNATCH THEM UP, FOLKS, BECAUSE

THIS IS A COLLECTIBLE.

YOU CAN TELL BECAUSE IT SAYS SO

RIGHT THERE, "2012 COLLECTIBLE

ELECTION YEAR PACKAGE."

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

REMEMBER, THESE HEIRLOOMS ONLY

RETAIN THEIR VALUE AS LONG AS

THEY REMAIN UNOPENED.

SO BE SURE TO BUY A PINT AND PUT

IT IN A SAFE DEPOSIT BOX WITH

ALL YOUR MOST IMPORTANT

DOCUMENTS AND CHILDHOOD PHOTOS.

NOW I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT

ALTHOUGH THE ICE CREAM CUP IS

CALLED A SUPERPAC, PROFITS FROM

AMERICONE DREAM WILL NOT GO TO

COLBERT SUPERPAC.

THEY'LL STILL GO TO CHARITIES

LIKE THE YELLOW RIBBON FUND,

DONORS CHOOSE, AND THE

LNS RECOVERY FUND PROVIDING

EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE FOR

PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCIDENTALLY

INGESTED JIMMY FALLON'S LATE

NIGHT SNACK.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

NOW, FOLKS, THE PHYSICAL DAMAGE

LASTS ONLY A FEW DAYS, BUT THE

EMOTIONAL SCARS LAST A LIFETIME.

AND TO CELEBRATE THIS NEW

SUPERPACKAGING ON VALENTINE'S

DAY, THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF

THE RELEASE OF AMERICONE DREAM,

PARTICIPATING BEN & JERRY'S

SCOOP SHOPS ACROSS AMERICA WILL

BE GIVING IT AWAY.

THAT'S RIGHT, FREE AMERICONE

DREAM, FEBRUARY 14, FROM 5:00

P.M. TO 8:00 P.M.

SO MAKE SURE TO HEAD ON OVER AND

GET YOURS BECAUSE ON VALENTINE'S

DAY, THERE'S NO BETTER WAY TO

SAY "I HATE YOU, JIMMY FALLON."

( LAUGHTER )

I REALLY HATE YOU.

( LAUGHTER )

>> OOOH!

>> Stephen: I MISS US.

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS WORKING TO

END GANG VIOLENCE.

SHE SHOULD HAVE FIVE TEACH THEM

POETRY.

PLEASE WELCOME AMEENA MATTHEWS.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

MISS MOOTS -- THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR BEING HERE.

I LOVE THOSE LIGHTNING BOLT

EARRINGS.

>> I WORE THEM JUST FOR YOU.

>> Stephen: YOUNG LADY YOU'RE

WHAT'S CALLED A VIOLENCE

INTERRUPTER.

>> I AM.

>> Stephen: FOR A GROUP

CALLED C-SPIRE.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: AND YOU'RE

FEATURED IN THE DOCUMENTARY

""THE INTERRUPTED"" WHICH WILL

BE ON FRONTLINE FEBRUARY 14 AT

9:00 P.M.

VIOLENCE INTERRUPTER.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: I'M AN

INTERRUPTER MYSELF.

BUT HOW DO YOU INTERRUPT

VIOLENCE?

THAT SOUND LIKE A VERY DANGEROUS

THING TO DO.

>> YES.

YOU ARE AN INTERRUPTER IN A RUDE

WAY.

I'M A VIOLENCE INTERRUPTER IN

SAVING LINES.

>> Stephen: I SAVE OUR

NATION.

>> YEAH, WELL, I'VE SEEN YOU DO

IT.

( LAUGHTER ).

YES.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE WELCOME,

YOU'RE WELCOME.

SO WHAT DO YOU DO?

>> WE STOP THE TRANSMISSION OF

VIOLENCE FROM ONE PERSON TO

ANOTHER.

>> Stephen: HOW DO YOU KNOW--

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN VIOLENCE IS

COMING?

>> THE COMMUNITY IS VERY, VERY

INFORMATIVE.

YOU KNOW, WHERE I WORK IS WHERE

I USED TO LIVE.

>> Stephen: IN CHICAGO.

>> IT'S IN CHICAGO, ENGLEWOOD.

ENGLEWOOD IS-- PEOPLE THINK THAT

IT'S VIOLENT, BUT IT'S NOT.

IT'S JUST STRICKEN BY JUST

POVERTY AND LACK OF EDUCATION

AND LACK OF JOBS.

BUT WHEN WE HEAR OF VIOLENCE--

AND SOMETIMES WHEN WE'RE DRIVING

DOWN THE STREET THINGS JUMP OFF,

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE

DOCUMENTARY, WHEN IT FIRST

STARTED THERE WAS A FIGHT, AND

WE JUST GET RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE

OF IT BECAUSE MY GOAL IS TO SAVE

A LIFE AND TO BE PROACTIVE AND

NOT REACTIVE.

>> Stephen: SO LET'S TAKE A

LOOK AT YOU DOING SOME VIOLENCE

INTERRUPTION.

JIM.

>> AND ALL OF IT IS STUPID.

ALL OF IT IS STUPID.

2:00 IN THE AFTERNOON WHEN THESE

BABIES ARE COMING HOME FROM

SCHOOL AND Y'ALL SHOOTING.

FOR REAL?

THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE FOR ME TO

BE HOLDING THIS BOY, THIS YOUNG

MAN'S OBITUARY.

SCHOOLS, CHURCHES, YOUR MAMA'S

HOUSE, YOUR CARS-- THOSE ARE

SAFE ZONES.

I WAS MAKE SOMETHING REAL STUPID

DECISIONS AND SOME STUPID CALLS.

IT WAS ME, MY LIFE, BLOOD ON MY

HANDS, IN MY HEAD.

STOP.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: SO WHY-- WHY ARE

THOSE YOUNG MEN LISTENING TO

YOU?

>> BECAUSE I'M CONSIDERED A

CREDIBLE MESSENGER.

>> Stephen: WHY?

>> I'VE BEEN THERE AND I'VE DONE

THAT.

YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN OUT THERE ON

THE STREETS OF CHICAGO.

>> Stephen: YOUR DAD IS THE

FOUNDER OF THE AL RUBEINS, MAJOR

GANG FIGURE IN CHICAGO.

DOES THAT GIVE YOU ANY CRED WITH

THESE PEOPLE?

>> YEAH, THAT GIVES ME A LITTLE

BIT.

THAT GIVES ME A LITTLE BIT.

BUT I WAS OUT THERE DOING MY OWN

THING.

I MADE MY OWN NAME ON THE STREET

SO I FIGURED SINCE I GOT OUT,

EXPOSURE, I KNOW BETTER, I HAVE

DONE BETTER, THEN I CAN TAKE IT

BACK TO MY GUYS AND GIRLS AND

LET THEM KNOW.

>> Stephen: SO WHY DOES

SOMEBODY JOIN A GANG?

>> WELL, FOR DIFFERENT REASONS,

STEPHEN.

YOU KNOW, BECAUSE OF WHAT'S

GOING ON AT HOME.

YOU KNOW, THEY MAY FEEL LIKE

THEY'RE NOT GETTING THAT TYPE OF

LOVE OR THE ATTENTION.

HOMES ARE BROKEN.

THERE MAY BE A FARTHER IN A

PENITENTIARIRY, A MOTHER IN A

PENITENTIARIRY, SUBSTANCE ABUSE

ISSUES, BEING RAISED BY THEIR

GRANDPARENTS, WHATEVER.

SO THEY FEEL LIKE THE DISCONNECT

IS THERE.

SO WHEN THEY GO OUT ON THE

STREET AND SEE SOMEBODY TO SAY,

"HEY, LOOK, YOU WANT SOMETHING

TO EAT?

YOU WANT SOME GYM SHOES?

YOU WANT SOME MONEY?"

THAT'S APPEALING TO THEM.

>> Stephen: I WANT ALL OF

THOSE THINGS.

I'M NOT EVEN IN A GANG AND I

WANT THOSE THINGS.

YOU WERE LECTURING THOSE GUYS

ABOUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED IN THAT

NEIGHBORHOOD AND WHAT YOU HAD

DONE AS A CHILD.

>> I WAS HAVING A CONVERSATION

WITH THEM.

I WASN'T LECTURING.

>> Stephen: YOU WEREN'T.

>> NOT AT ALL.

JUST LETTING THEM KNOW --

>> Stephen: YOU'RE NOT SAYING

HEY, GUYS LET'S PUT THE ANGER ON

THE BACK BURNER AND SETTLE THIS

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS.

YOU'RE BEING TOUGH WITH THESE

GUYS.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

YOU MENTIONED MY DAD AND YOU

MENTIONED WHAT HE WAS ABOUT, BUT

BACK IN THE DAY IT WAS ABSURD TO

SHOOT AT 2:00 IN THE AFTERNOON

WHEN KIDS ARE COMING HOME FROM

SCHOOL, OR SHOOTING AT A CAR

WHERE YOUR MOM WAS IN.

I WAS EDUCATING THOSE GUYS.

>> Stephen: SO ARE YOU

ACTUALLY SAYING IN THERE, LIKE,

IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO THIS, DO

IT, YOU KNOW, WHERE YOU SHOULD

BE SHOOTING EACH OTHER?

>> NO, I WAS SAYING DON'T DO IT

AT ALL.

>> Stephen: OKAY, OKAY.

>> AND THEY DIDN'T DO IT AT ALL.

>> Stephen: DID THAT STOP?

>> IT STOPPED.

>> Stephen: HOW WOULD YOU

KNOW ABOUT THAT?

IS THERE A BAT SIGNAL?

>> COMMUNICATION.

I'M ALWAYS --

>> Stephen: YOUR SPIDER

SENSES WERE TINGLING.

>> WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

>> Stephen: COME ON!

>> ABSOLUTELY.

WHEN YOU'RE IN A COMMUNITY WHERE

I'M FROM AND YOU SEE ON A DAILY

BASIS KIDS ARE OUTSIDE, THEY'RE

RIDING THEIR BIKES, THE GUYS ARE

PLAYING BASKETBALL WITH A MILK

CRATE, AND THEN YOU DRIVE

THROUGH THERE THE NEXT HOUR, AND

NOBODY'S THERE.

THEN YOUR SENSE GOES UP AND SAY

IT'S GOING TO BE SOMETHING

JUMPING OFF PRETTY SOON.

LET ME FIND OUT.

LET ME SEE WHAT'S GOING ON.

LET ME GET OUT AND ASK

QUESTIONS.

AND NINE TIME-- 10 TIMES OUT OF

10 I GET THOSE QUESTIONS

ANSWERED.

>> Stephen: YOU CALLED

VIOLENCE A DISEASE.

>> IT IS.

>> Stephen: WHAT DO YOU MEAN

BY THAT?

>> YOU KNOW, WHEN I STARTED

WORKING WITH THE PROJECT, I

DIDN'T THINK ABOUT VIOLENCE

BEING A DISEASE.

I THOUGHT ABOUT MY GRANDMOTHER

TAUGHT ME THAT IF SOMEONE HITS

YOU, YOU HIT THEM BACK.

THAT MEANS PROTECTING YOURSELF.

BUT WHAT IT DID WAS, BY ME

HAVING A BIG FAMILY AND THE

OTHER PERSON HAVING A BIG

FAMILY, IF I HIT THAT PERSON

BACK AND THEY HIT ME BACK,

THEY'RE GOING TO GET THEIR CRAZY

COUSIN, THEIR BIG MAMA, THEIR

AUNT, THEIR UNCLE --

>> Stephen: BIG MAMA.

>> I WAS TOLD IF SOMEONE HITS

YOU, HIT THEM BACK.

BUT THEN IF I HIT THEM BACK AND

A PERSON HITS ME BACK, I'VE GOT

A FAMILY THAT WANTS TO PROTECT

ME.

>> Stephen: THAT'S HOW THE

DISEASE SPREADS?

>> IT SPREADS LIKE DIRTY WATER.

I GET IN THE MIDDLE OF IT.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE LIKE AN

ANTIBODY.

>> I'M LIKE AN ANTIBODY.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE LIKE-- IF

YOU'LL PARDON THE EXPRESSION-- A

WHITE BLOOD CELL.

>> I WOULD LIKE TO SAY I'M A

PAPER SACK BROWN BLOOD CELL.

( APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT, HAPPY

BLACK HISTORY MONTH.

AMEENA MATTHEWS.

"FRONTLINE," THE ROUP, AIRS

FEBRUARY 14 ON PBS.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: THAT'S IT FOR THE

REPORT, EVERYBODY.

GOOD NIGHT.