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LORD THING by DeWitt Beall 

"Produced at the height of the black power movement in the early ‘70s, this film is an insider history into the genesis and transformation of the Conservative Vice Lords gang.  Partially shaped and told by by CVL members who also appear in the film, LORD THING is a unique and powerful tool that expresses an effort in self-transformation during a volatile and violent time in US race history.  Gritty and rhythmic, this unusual film reflects an under-told chapter in gang history as members from the West Side neighborhood of North Lawndale try to become viable and political agents in their community."

621 Court D, The Blodgett Homes in Jacksonville, Florida. 1980’s.
Recently, I posed several questions regarding lost narratives and how we go about reconstructing these truths towards uncovering our own.
So, I started here, Granny’s House. Born into a family of three male cousins and an uncle, all within just a few years of one another… This is the place where we cried, we laughed and joked, we grew up together and now we reminisce.
These homes have been long torn down but in simply reading articles and stories about how they were riddled with violence, crime and considered a “public failure” at urban renewal seems like a contradiction to the safe place that my grandmother created. It’s the home of so many fond memories and I ask myself, how could that be a failure?
My cousin and I, taken by Granny.
Part of a personal project in self discovery.

621 Court D, The Blodgett Homes in Jacksonville, Florida. 1980’s.

Recently, I posed several questions regarding lost narratives and how we go about reconstructing these truths towards uncovering our own.

So, I started here, Granny’s House. Born into a family of three male cousins and an uncle, all within just a few years of one another… This is the place where we cried, we laughed and joked, we grew up together and now we reminisce.

These homes have been long torn down but in simply reading articles and stories about how they were riddled with violence, crime and considered a “public failure” at urban renewal seems like a contradiction to the safe place that my grandmother created. It’s the home of so many fond memories and I ask myself, how could that be a failure?

My cousin and I, taken by Granny.

Part of a personal project in self discovery.

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I’ve learned that most of what we really learn and can carry with us, is taught outside of school.

Faith and Consistency will guide you.

Thank you for reaching out!

And a with little help from a photographer friend of mine: KEEP SHOOTING! :)

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I would love to see a platform/archive that highlights the various complexities of our people.This blog, is only my small contribution towards the bigger story. I can’t do it alone. I won’t even pretend.

So I pose two questions:

1. How do we go about creating this platform, collectively?

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Life. Culture. Storytelling.

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Thank you!!

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Thank you sis, I can’t claim any rights to these photographs. Simply a collection so what’s mine is yours!

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