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New series 'Snowfall' tells birth of cocaine in Los Angeles

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/5/2017 By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., Associated Press
This image released by FX shows Malcolm Mays as Kevin, from left, Damson Idris as Franklin Saint and Isaiah John as Leon on FX’s new series “Snowfall.” The first season premieres Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (Mark Davis/FX via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by FX shows Malcolm Mays as Kevin, from left, Damson Idris as Franklin Saint and Isaiah John as Leon on FX’s new series “Snowfall.” The first season premieres Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (Mark Davis/FX via AP)

ATLANTA (AP) — Filmmaker John Singleton says a recent drive through a section of south Los Angeles helped inspire his new FX television series "Snowfall."

This image provided by FX shows Damson Idris who stars as Franklin Saint on the FX’s new series “Snowfall.” which focuses on the genesis of how crack cocaine became a rampant epidemic in Los Angeles’ inner city neighborhoods in 1983. The first season premieres Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (Michael Yarish/FX via AP) © The Associated Press This image provided by FX shows Damson Idris who stars as Franklin Saint on the FX’s new series “Snowfall.” which focuses on the genesis of how crack cocaine became a rampant epidemic in Los Angeles’ inner city neighborhoods in 1983. The first season premieres Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (Michael Yarish/FX via AP)

The Oscar-nominated writer-director says seeing security bars on every window and huge metal gates surrounding each home reminded him about when residents in the area first took measures to guard their house to prevent home invasions during the 1980s crack cocaine epidemic.

"Snowfall' tells the story of how crack cocaine was birthed in the L.A. inner city in 1983. The first season premieres Wednesday on FX at 10 p.m. EDT.

Singleton says crack cocaine caused a negative ripple effect that's still ongoing problem.

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