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Brittani Sensabaugh  Documentarian from Deep East Oakland.

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Breath.
Bloom.
Balance.
Brittsense.

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X #Oaklandmagazine . March 2017 issue
My interview with Oakland Magazine is now up on their website! ( Link in my Bio Above). (Swipe left to read some of the interview) Once again thank you to every soul that shows my billboards & #222forgottencities movement continuous support & love! Much unconditional love, Prosperity & balance to every soul that donated on my website BRITTSENSE.com towards my upcoming billboards in LA & Newyork, interviewed me about my billboards & #222forgottencities movement & reposted any moment I've ever captured! Shouts to Oakland for being such a revolutionary place. Shouts to my beautiful people all over this earth. I AM, because WE ARE legendary & Beautiful in every sense of the word. Remain aligned & Uplifted.

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" Boogie grab your sisters hand before we cross the street " Tammie says to her 3 year old son.
I watched them walk & hold hands for 2 streets straight on Madison avenue in Westside Chicago because the unity of their tribe was refreshing & undeniable. I stopped Tammie & told her she has created some beautiful seeds, She looked at them & says "Yes they are my light within Chicago. I walk them down this street every Friday after school to experience our people's lively culture. My daughter Simone is always so curious & aware of her surroundings, every second I hear "Mama what's this?" She embodies an influential spirit & her brother boogie already looks up to her for it. I waited a long time to have children because I feared failing as a mother but I've realized that the beautiful part about being a creator is learning as you go. It's okay to not know everything because that leaves room for growth & experience. The love my children have for me & each other makes me feel successful everyday. "
Westside Chicago, 2015

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For the first 2 days I rode the train (Harlem line) for hours in southside Chicago to watch my people interact, I came across these 2 little kings doing push-ups on the train railings. Many people stared at them in annoyance because of their joy & hyper vibrations, but it uplifted me to see them not be ashamed to express their joy in a place where the media says it doesn't exist. I watched them do push-ups and dance with their little sisters for 20 minutes straight before I captured this moment.

Me: What do you love most about your little brother Malik? Malcolm: "I love that he's not afraid of pushing himself to learn new things. I love that if he doesn't know something he askes me questions & even when I feel like he's being my annoying little brother I appreciate our friendship because I never feel alone. My mama always tells us we must be strong & stick together no matter what. He's my right-hand man!" Southside Chicago, 2015

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I will forever love my city for their continuous support towards my vision & #222forgottencities movement, Many people have contacted me & said they have nominated me for this award because of my #222forgottencities movement/ billboards & I never knew this award existed. Shouts to all my beautiful people in Oakland, May your souls & vibrations Continue to be aligned & uplifted! #brittsense #oaklandindieawards

" He will need me and I will need him in a world created to divide us. Our people must realize that we need each other. The need for connecting and building must be bigger than the destruction and toxins created intentionally to seperate us. The need to connect with each other will never be a must in our lives if we don't invest energy to figuring out who we really are and not what society have perceived us to be " Southside Chicago , 2015
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I had a conversation in Compton where I was asked what makes me document certain cities and I stated " Compton reminds me of Oakland because there are many things that aren't spoken about in the media about the beauty of Compton because they have designed it to be that the Melanated Culture here is "Gang culture" & we are much more than that. Many of our souls turn to the streets because we have not confronted the emptyness we feel daily from lack of love & generational struggle. So many of our people suffer from Abandonment because for generations our tribal structure has been destroyed intentionally. Mothers, fathers, and now grandmothers have been separated due to the conditions we have been forced to endure so there is a constant feeling of disconnect within our people. Daily in areas where we live that have been forgotten you can see it in our eyes, Our numbness & not acknowledging our triggers/trauma has become a big part of our struggle that prevents us from building prosperous pure foundations. We must heal from it and my way of healing myself and our people is by documenting. This conversation made me start reflecting on my journey through Chicago and how the Melanated culture there is also considered the gang culture & one of the reasons I was so anxious to document it was to capture the root of why. I was determined to document & feel my peoples vibrations in a city that is considered the most dangerous but roots from being the most impactful without the distraction of Society's negative perceptions. This is the first pure moment I documented when I got to Chicago & from that moment I knew I was where I needed to be. Shouts to my People.
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" She has a rebellious spirit against the way society tells women to be and she gets that mentality from me. " says Keisha about her 5 year old daughter mandy. " Growing up in Compton made me be tough because I had to always defend myself especially from all the boys telling me I wasn't strong enough. Kids repeat what they hear and see something I now know so I don't fault those boys because it was a learned behavior from living in a world that dosent show women the appreciation they deserve. We are subconsciously taught in America that men are tougher than Women & that women have to dress a certain way or act a certain way to be a woman & I never believed that to be true. There is a balance that isn't taught especially in The black community because if it was it would throw a wrench in the system. The days I used to try and put Mandy in dresses she tells me she wants to wear pants because she doesn't understand why she has to wear dresses. She looks up at me and goes " but whyyyyyyy mama they make me walk funny". I brought her this pink shirt and once we got home she went outside, played and got it all dirty by helping her father fix our car. I've always taught her that being a Black woman is one of the most powerful titles that you can be and to never be confined by the boxes society will try to put her in. I love and appreciate that she feels beautiful in her skin at such a young age by being & doing what makes her happy + comfortable & not what society considers womanhood. "

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Tiffany from Compton : What made you document Compton all the way from East Oakland?
Me: " Compton reminds me of Oakland because there are many things that aren't spoken about in the media about the beauty of Compton because they have designed it to be that the Black culture here is "Gang culture" & we are much more than that. Many of our souls turn to the streets because we have not confronted the emptyness we feel daily from lack of love & generational struggle. So many of our people suffer from Abandonment because for generations our tribal structure has been destroyed intentionally. Mothers, fathers, and now grandmothers have been separated due to the conditions we have been forced to endure so there is a constant feeling of disconnect within our people. Daily in areas where we live that have been forgotten you can see it in our eyes, Our numbness & not acknowledging our triggers/trauma has become a big part of our struggle that prevents us from building prosperous pure foundations. We must heal from it and my way of healing myself and our people is by documenting.

Me: When you think about healing yourself what comes to mind?

Tiffany: My son Jamal is a reminder that I must hold myself accountable to love and heal myself unconditionally so that whatever he endures in a world created to fail him holds no weight because I'm his blueprint and guidance to embrace and appreciate his existence. We must do that for all our seeds on this earth so they can have a chance to grow. He will need me and I will need him in world created to divide us. Our people must realize that we need each other. The need for connecting and building must be bigger than the destruction and toxins created intentionally to seperate us. The need to connect with each other will never be a must in our lives if we don't invest energy to figuring out who we really are and not what society have perceived us to be. My Son Jamal & generations after him is what comes to mind. "

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Chapter 2: Unlearning 2 Relearn.
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Turned down 50,000 from a Company with an Hidden Agenda to exploit my people & 6 Months later I put 15,000 of my own money to uplift my people! My own photography. My Own Messages. All throughout Oakland starting with deep East Oakland My home city.
The revolution will not be televised. We must Acknowledge. We must Build. We must Invest. We must support. We must love Unconditionally. We must HEAL. (Swipe left 2 see all my billboards in Oakland,CA) Next Up: LOS ANGELES, CA see you Sunday!
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