I got the chance to go to New Orleans at the top of August as apart of the NABJ student projects. I got the chance to meet some of the movers and shakers of in this industry, be taught by better teachers than you'll ever have tbh and produce some of my best work... meet some of the hands down dopest people this side of the universe (like @elireedmagnum), and lastly but what I feel most importantly, I was blessed with the chance to be humbled. I met this man, a Mr. David Oats under the Claiborne expressway in New Orleans. We talked for a time, about homelessness, hope, his city, and how although he had gotten a place to live, it was empty, and under the bridge was more of a home and comfortable to him than that place. "I'll get there.... everyone gets to where they're supposed to be when there. People have to make it up in they're own minds that they're ready... and they can do it. " These were the words he left me with for the remainder of that week and that even say with me now. Issa struggle... it's all a struggle... but it's worth it, especially if you work for it... most importantly you've got to work for it, but when you get there, and you'll get there, you'll be there. And you'll remember those days, time, tears, love, hate and anger spent under that your bridge.
Special thx to @danesekenon @monicaherndon @jarradhenderson @nppaexec @canonusa @blewisphoto
For believing in my intention and (skill😂) to kick my butt, and help me get the shot and more importantly the story.
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