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Homies

Homies are a series of 2-inch figurines based upon Chicano (Mexican American) characters in the life of artist David Gonzales. They were first created in 1997, coming from a comic strip that David Gonzales created; these plastic figurines initially sold in vending machines mainly located in supermarkets. Homies have become a highly collectible item among fans. Many imitation toys have hit the market following the success of Homies. The figures caused controversy after their initial release as members of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), argued that the figures glorified gang life. Many stores stopped selling the toys after the LAPD complained. Gonzales then created a story for each of the Homies' characters, each of which portrayed a positive view of the characters. For example, some of them became former jail mates who went on to educate children about how to avoid jail. Homies also came around to helping adolescents with identifying who they are.

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My Homies Part 2 - Album Chart Positions
... Year Album Chart positions Billboard 200 Top R B/Hip Hop Albums 2006 My Homies Part 2 #12 #3 Scarface Studio albums Mr ... Scarface Is Back The World Is Yours The Diary The Untouchable My Homies The Last of a Dying Breed The Fix Balls and My Word My Homies Part 2 Made Emeritus Compilation albums ...
Homies - Positive Aspects
... Homies are also known to help the community ... with their identities due to the different roles each Homie was given by Gonzales ... The personalities of the Homies may reflect a person which allows that person to identify themselves to that Homie ...
My Homies Part 2
... My Homies Part 2 is the ninth studio album by Scarface and follow-up to his 1998 album, My Homies ... Released as a Double album, My Homies Part 2 was a success, having made it to 12 on the Billboard 200 ...
My Homies
... My Homies is a double-disc album by American rapper Scarface, released March 3, 1998 on Rap-A-Lot Records ... with singles, music videos were produced for the songs "Homies Thuggs", featuring 2Pac and Master P and "Sex Faces", featuring Too Short, Tela and Devin the Dude ... In the original of "Homies Thuggs", 2Pac's verse was later added ...
David Gonzales (cartoonist) - Homies
... The Homies are a group of tightly knit Chicano buddies who have grown up in the Mexican American barrio ( neighborhood ) of "Quien Sabe", ( who knows ) located ... personalities and characteristics together make up a single, composite entity that is the "HOMIES." In an inner-city world plagued by poverty, oppression, violence, and drugs, the Homies ... The word "Homies" itself is a popular street term that refers to someone from your hometown or, in a broader sense, anyone that you would acknowledge as your friend ...