|STATE OF MIND: Living In The Projects|
I live in the housing projects on Carlton Avenue in Brooklyn. I am a
member of the group called Jeter's Leaders which promotes healthy drug free living and participates in many community events. Everyday I walk home passing high school dropouts and thugs. They usually hang out in the lobby in my housing project. Sometimes I feel unsafe walking into my building at night. Many bad things still happen there. I think about how I am the only one in my building doing such positive things to better my life. In a way, I think I am trying to prove that I can make it even though I live in the projects.
My mother is African American and my father is Haitian. Although I am very proud of my Haitian ancestry, I do not speak or understand Creole, and have never visited Haiti. I prefer to celebrate the similarities in my two cultures rather than to dwell on the differences.
Many African Americans feel that we are not represented enough in the media. I think that Black leaders should promote more political and academic ideas on TV so that youth can have a better understanding of how and why decisions are made in this society. Pro-TV will be my tool for spreading political information to young African American teens in the community. Through Pro-TV I will have the opportunity to show young people a different look at the world.