Stories

"We've been together for 16 years. We started up here. We met up here. I was fresh out of the penitentiary. We done moved outta here, came back here, and moved outta here. My mama live up here, now. This is us. We're in a battle, right now.  We've been railroaded by CPS. We gotta go to WHAS, this week. They're doing a story on us. I got Christopher 2X in my corner. I done talked to him for about an hour on my phone. We just went to court yesterday. We gotta go take a pee test today. They got us doing the drug screens. We've been clean for eight months.  We just now getting back, you know. We've been in this struggle together. You know what I mean? We done went through the bad and we've been through the good, but this is a reflection of our former self. It's like looking in the mirror. When we got up and used to look in the mirror, we've seen addicts and alcoholics. We don't see that, now. We see us.  Now, we're getting up and we're trudging. We're out here in the rain to go take a pee test. We just got our house. Everything is coming full circle, now. So the fact that you are out here taking a picture of us, is almost surreal. What you're seeing now, is almost due for a picture. You see what I'm saying? We've been through the storm. This is Pick Life. When you take the picture, use #PickLife. That's our motto. We got 9 kids and all of our kids have Pick Life. Two of my children got it tattooed on them. I'm very proud of that because back in the day, in Africa, that's what they did to represent their tribes. They would put their tribal name on them. Ours is Pick Life because our last name is Picken and we pick life over death. That's our choice. You know what I mean? We pick life. Hashtag Pick Life!  Plus, she's a cancer survivor, so our story is big. This picture is probably gonna make you famous because we're taking it to the top. God makes no mistakes." - James & LaShonda, Park Hill

"We've been together for 16 years. We started up here. We met up here. I was fresh out of the penitentiary. We done moved outta here, came back here, and moved outta here. My mama live up here, now. This is us. We're in a battle, right now.

We've been railroaded by CPS. We gotta go to WHAS, this week. They're doing a story on us. I got Christopher 2X in my corner. I done talked to him for about an hour on my phone. We just went to court yesterday. We gotta go take a pee test today. They got us doing the drug screens. We've been clean for eight months.  We just now getting back, you know. We've been in this struggle together. You know what I mean? We done went through the bad and we've been through the good, but this is a reflection of our former self. It's like looking in the mirror. When we got up and used to look in the mirror, we've seen addicts and alcoholics. We don't see that, now. We see us.

Now, we're getting up and we're trudging. We're out here in the rain to go take a pee test. We just got our house. Everything is coming full circle, now. So the fact that you are out here taking a picture of us, is almost surreal. What you're seeing now, is almost due for a picture. You see what I'm saying? We've been through the storm. This is Pick Life. When you take the picture, use #PickLife. That's our motto. We got 9 kids and all of our kids have Pick Life. Two of my children got it tattooed on them. I'm very proud of that because back in the day, in Africa, that's what they did to represent their tribes. They would put their tribal name on them. Ours is Pick Life because our last name is Picken and we pick life over death. That's our choice. You know what I mean? We pick life. Hashtag Pick Life!  Plus, she's a cancer survivor, so our story is big. This picture is probably gonna make you famous because we're taking it to the top. God makes no mistakes." - James & LaShonda, Park Hill