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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