Never Trust A Soul Where I'm From is an essay about some of the realities of an American city led by the experiences of a family that has suffered the loss of their youth with each generation.


In this place, a child will adapt to what they see around them and parents struggle to preserve morals as they teach their children how to survive.


This project is based on a belief that where people live and what they experience growing up in that place does have a lasting effect on their lives and many more around them.


 

There’s a lot of hate in the streets. People don’t want to see you doing better than them. That’s what got my cousin killed and my other homeboys killed. Jealousy, hate…they died over jealousy, envy and hate. People will hate you because you known. Niggas
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James M. Johnson Jr. 12/19/1996 – 12/13/2015
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Swagg, you aint never got to worry. I got them no matter what.  They your pride and joy and I am gonna hold them down till the day I die and they gonna forever know who they daddy is as long as I am alive.  Love you son son..
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Momma my big bruh aint even here to see me go to school and I don’t have no one to call on. Man my big bruh straight gone and it’s killing me momma.
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He sooo fire, he just like his older brother Swagg…. He is his brother’s keeper…
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You have to grow up fast where we’re from... People will try you... Seeing people pass; seeing dead bodies; It numbs your heart... Once you go through something like losing a homeboy, it becomes real... Now, it aint like carrying a gun for no reason; it’s
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Baby daddy you said I’m yours forever…You said you was done being a luh boy…Baby daddy you said you love me.  Every time I told you to get out the street, you told me Ima make it home baby girl…I got ya’ll to come home to...Baby come home…
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It can happen to anybody…It don’t matter how much fame you got; what you did for other people; money; none of that matters. It’s that time that matters…You in this place, with these people, at the wrong time…We didn’t ever think this could happen…I don't
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Brian had gone to get his haircut. The dudes he went with are the ones who did it. They were older friends. The same thing that happened to my nephew James happened to my son Brian...The people who come for you are the ones who know everything about you…I
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Brian P. White Jr.  3/14/1991 – 12/31/2007
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Mama says don’t trust your friends they out to get you…and I don’t trust a soul, yea I always keep my pistol…I won’t let em get close to me, won’t let em get close to me…
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I hope that we don’t have to go through so much pain that we’ve been through in the past. We try so hard to live life and make life a little easier for them. I’m hoping that our grandchildren don’t go through the same things...I want everything to come ou
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Whatever you're child sees, whatever you teach your child... that's what they will do... Everything you see, you do...
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Good night son. I miss you like crazy man just to hear people mention yo name I just think about you all day long…I wish I could see and hear you…I hurt...
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Yo past always follows you, everywhere that you go… People used to tell me that it was up to me to keep us out the bullshit. When Swagg died and Relly Rell went to jail, I told myself I failed… The only thing I can do is keep pushin…I know they wouldn’t w
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