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Charlotte Talks: Telling The Story Of Money Rock


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

This hour, we meet Money Rock, this city’s most successful cocaine dealer in the 1980s  and Pam Kelley, the woman who tells his story one of cocaine, race and ambition.

In the 1980s, Charlotte was in the middle of a crack cocaine epidemic and in the middle of that epidemic was a man named Belton Platt.  Known as Money Rock, he was the city’s most successful cocaine dealer. 

He came to Pam Kelley’s attention when she was reporting for The Charlotte Observer.  Now, she’s written a book about him because his story, in many ways, is society’s story.  It is also one of redemption.


Pam Kelley, author, Money Rock: A Family’s Story of Cocaine, Race, and Ambition in the New South

Belton Platt, Money Rock