ARCHIVES

Me and My Hood

by  

Editor’s Note: The following article was written by a youth reporter who is a graduate of the Urban Youth International Journalism Program.

When the first day came that I had a chance to see the sun
My mom and dad were happy that my life had begun
When I was a shorty I used to get on my mom’s nerves
I used to like watching old folks sit on the porch and throw bread to the birds
In the summer I would leave the house as soon as I awoke
Listening to all the kids say, “It’s time to go to chokes”
At night time the Wells is what’s happening
If somebody says something wrong we about to get it cracking
Playing ball and going to parties is all I used to do
Nowadays people say that the Wells is through
Wherever we move it won’t be as good
As the days gone by and me and my hood

Tags: , ,
Categories: UYIJP

I Ain’t…

by  

Editor’s Note: The following article was written by a youth reporter who is a graduate of the Urban Youth International Journalism Program.

I ain’t a crackhead
I have way more respect for myself
Than to be out here getting high taking risks with my health
I don’t want to be a mental slave to any drug
Squatting in a vacant apartment on a dirty floor covered with bugs
I’ll never be walking the streets in search of coke
While I watch my future go up in smoke
I’m way too sophisticated and way too educated
To be overdosing or getting hooked
The only thing I’m overdosing on is the books
I don’t have all day to be on security
Because that shows a lack of maturity
I don’t have time to sleep standing up
I have bigger plans for when I grow up
I plan on getting the best education and not being misled
Whatever I do, I ain’t going to be no crackhead
Read more »

Tags: ,
Categories: UYIJP