In 1993, Chicago teens LeAlan Jones (Pannell) and Lloyd Newman (Hammond) are living in a notorious southside housing project. They are approached by white NPR producer David Isay (Charles) to record an audio diary of their daily lives, which becomes the radio series "Ghetto Life 101." Stung by the controversy the program receives, the boys pull back until the death of a five-year-old boy has them looking into neighborhood problems once again. Camille Robert (Miller) and her boyfriend steal a priceless artifact from Ghana and have numerous officials on their trail. The manipulative Camille wants to doublecross her beau and keep all the profits for herself but she needs some help, so she comes whining to big sister Riana (Williams) that she's in trouble.