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Philadelphia

"I just want people to know that he’s important and he’s just as important as the president’s kids, as the next person’s kids. He’s special, he’s going to be somebody… he’s not going to get left behind or he’s not going to be overshadowed and I’m not going to let him fall between the cracks."

"It’s  hard to take care of all three of my children. I've got my mom, and she helps me. I've got my sister but it's the same thing... she tries to help but can only do so much. Right now I'm trying to move on and have my own place so that I don't have to rely so much on them."

I’m gonna be real with my daughter. Being as though my daughter lives in the hood,  I’m gonna be straightforward to her. When she gets old enough to understand what’s going on around her, I want her to understand where mommy coming from. I’m gonna tell her about everything. I’m gonna tell her about the drug gang. I’m gonna tell her about everything, because if you don’t teach your child then the streets will, and if you let the streets teach them then they’re gonna turn them out, they’re gonna destroy them.

I’m just tired, I’m just all tired. I just wanna get my daughter away from here and get my family away from this because it’s like they don’t care about the low-income people. If you’re not making enough money as they’re making, they don’t bother it. And I don’t think it’s right, I don’t think it’s right to us.

This is Saturday morning at about 7:30.  I get to the 61 bus stop and I didn’t even pay attention that I was getting ready to step in it.  There’s puddles… puddles!  This person lost a lot of blood because it’s been almost ten hours and it’s still out in puddle.  Somebody’s kid could have fallen in that, touched it, anything.  I don’t think the cops were there, because I know they would have had yellow tape around it or something.

"You have to make peace. I feel you have to make peace because if you don’t then you’ll be caught up out here with everything else that’s going on around you. You have to learn how to take yourself outta that and keep your own peace ‘cause if not you’re not gonna have any peace. In reality we don’t [have peace]. The only peace we may have is when we are asleep or when we are in our own homes. But then you still have bullets flying through the windows."

"Misunderstood by many, loved by enough. I stand on my own two feet like a grown woman. Single mother of one and barely making it but never struggling."

-Excerpt from a poem by Whitney

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