Assumptions and Misdirections Don’t Help Anybody

By Abby Grosslein “Gentrification, by itself, isn’t the enemy, but a compromised sense of community is.” – Evan Christopher, NolaVie: Life and Culture in New Orleans New York City – About every other week, I do laundry and grocery shop on Eastern Parkway where I live. The laundromat is not too far from the Ocean…

Poverty, Powder Kegs, and Stereotypes

By Diana Skelton (France) Have you ever heard it said that “poverty is a powder keg”? That image has been used by leaders like Bill Clinton and Desmond Tutu in an attempt to spur society to overcome poverty — a worthy goal. But unfortunately that same image feeds the stereotype of the poor as violent,…

Tyler

Video by YouthFX (United States) “Tyler Rhodes, 17, of Albany, NY was stabbed to death on Saturday April 30th, 2011 during a fight with two teenagers at a city park. TYLER tells his story through the memories of his mother Stacey and the voices of young people who knew him. As we witness Stacey’s grief…

Fight Poverty, Not Immigrants

By Matt Davies (Mexico) News of President Obama’s call for more federal funding to tackle the “humanitarian crisis” of child migrants has attracted a lot of media attention. The US Department of Homeland Security has apprehended 52,000 unaccompanied child migrants crossing the border since last October. What seems to have driven the recent increase in…

Hatred to Your Home

By: Derek Horton (United States), reproduced courtesy of DCTV Derek’s film recounts his struggles growing up in East New York faced with muggings, violence and people who discourage his ambitions. He fears that his neighborhood will prevent him from achieving his dreams, but is determined to succeed. For more info on PRO-TV, DCTV’s youth media…

Seeds of Hope

By: YouthFX (United States) Seeds of Hope is a short documentary film about a mother determined to turn tragedy into hope and her struggle to bring positive change to her neighborhood in the South End of Albany, NY. The film was produced as part of the 2010 Youth FX summer film program in Albany, NY,…