Stories

“I’m intelligent, determined, and consistent. I could give you thirty more but I’ll stick with the three. I’m determined because of where I grew up at. I grew up in the West End and everybody thinks that it’s so bad but as long as you mind your business, you don’t have too much to worry about. I had to consistently strive to better for myself. I wanna become better, as far as being a better role model for the next generation coming up.  For the most part, we do good things. We tend to strive for better things for ourselves and we try to be everybody’s cheerleader. I like to give the kids in the community what I didn’t have when I was growing up. For the most part, everything is kosher.  The happiest moment of my life is when I realized that my mom was my mama. I was about five or six. I knew she was my mom but I didn’t know she was my mama. She has the voice of an angel. When she spoke, everybody listened. Everybody would stop everything because she had the voice of power. She was very knowledgable about what went on in the world. She passed when I was seventeen. It’s been a long time, about nine years. I miss her to this day and I try to keep her legacy moving forward. She keeps me going because I know she’s looking down and watching me.   Be genuine and care for others. Help other people out. You never know what a person is going through. Be careful with how you speak to people. Be kind and treat people how you want to be treated. It’s the greatest thing in the world, to have a friend in every aspect of life.” - Datonio, Park Hill 

“I’m intelligent, determined, and consistent. I could give you thirty more but I’ll stick with the three. I’m determined because of where I grew up at. I grew up in the West End and everybody thinks that it’s so bad but as long as you mind your business, you don’t have too much to worry about. I had to consistently strive to better for myself. I wanna become better, as far as being a better role model for the next generation coming up.

For the most part, we do good things. We tend to strive for better things for ourselves and we try to be everybody’s cheerleader. I like to give the kids in the community what I didn’t have when I was growing up. For the most part, everything is kosher.

The happiest moment of my life is when I realized that my mom was my mama. I was about five or six. I knew she was my mom but I didn’t know she was my mama. She has the voice of an angel. When she spoke, everybody listened. Everybody would stop everything because she had the voice of power. She was very knowledgable about what went on in the world. She passed when I was seventeen. It’s been a long time, about nine years. I miss her to this day and I try to keep her legacy moving forward. She keeps me going because I know she’s looking down and watching me. 

Be genuine and care for others. Help other people out. You never know what a person is going through. Be careful with how you speak to people. Be kind and treat people how you want to be treated. It’s the greatest thing in the world, to have a friend in every aspect of life.” - Datonio, Park Hill