“Shit’s crazy. A lot of people are dying. People are shootin kids for no reason. My mama’s stressin’, she’s got cancer. You feel me? We gotta change some shit around. There’s a lot of kids dying out here. Kids need to change their lives around. You feel me? You need to get your life together. There’s so much that these kids that are my age, and I’m 17, could be doing out here. There’s a lot of kids that want to be hood. Some of them aren’t made for that. It’s just a lot of kids that want to be like other people.
People can work and get paid and get them a car or something like that. That’s what I’m trying to do. I gotta get my life right. There ain’t nothing out here but drama. I’m trying to change my people around. You feel me? We out here, trying to get life together. I don’t want to see anything bad happen to anybody. Everybody’s doing too much. It’s too many beautiful people out here to be trying to kill somebody. Life is just too short.
Shit, my mama got cancer and I’m trying to do this for her. I'm doing this shit for my mama because I know it’s almost time. As long as I can help her and be there for my brothers and sisters, I know my mama will be proud of her son.
The West End needs more people involved. It’s too many kids, who be sitting around out here and not doing shit. They just be walking around, trying to find a dollar. I feel like if more people come around and just help the people who need the help, we’ll make it. We just need people to show love.” - Tajean, Russell