I was born in Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, on October 26, 1989. From kindergarten to second grade I went to a predominately Arab school, and I had to fight every day in school because I was black.
This experience set the tone for much of my life: police officers, school safety officers, teachers, my employers… all of them have seen me as a certain thing: a large black male. I fit a description. I’m a statistic.
I struggled in school, and dropped out of twelfth grade. I managed to pull myself together with the help of Comprehensive Night & Day High School. I graduated high school, and now am a film major in college.
I don’t mean to sound very angry or bitter, because I’m not. I just recognize that racism is still a major obstacle in the United States and the world today.
My Film: BLACK & BLUE
“Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo and Abner Louima have become synonymous with police brutality in NYC.”Darrick-Reel Lives
My film will explore the myth of the black man. Through my own experiences, I will discuss the broader issues of racial profiling, racism and how it affects the perceptions of young, black males: both how they are seen, and how they see themselves.
Tags:Violence, Abuse, Self-esteem, Courage