A KID FROM NEW YORK
Growing up in New York City is an experience. Growing up in the Bronx, in NYC, is an experience unlike no other. Being a kid in the Bronx, we had to figure a lot on our own from playing touch football on the streets, building life-long friendship, hanging in front of our building or inside the staircase, screaming outside the window for our friends to come outside, running for the ice cream truck to stop, taking long walks to other neighborhoods in our borough or even other borough’s, and learning the train system could be a challenge.
“A kid from the Bronx” is a short film I created with media production company House of Malcolm. The trip starts with me waking up in Brooklyn, New York and preparing for my journey back to the Bronx. Videographer Aneisha Malcolm captures me waking up, starting my day with some music, putting on my shirt, tie, suit, tying my shoes and spraying on some cologne. After walking the Brooklyn streets to the train station, and transferring to the 6 train on 125th. I finally arrive in the Bronx, while taking a walk I come across a couple of kids playing basketball outside a public school. This was a significant moment because I would always take this walk home coming off of the 6 train and made it a surreal moment being back in the Bronx. I lived a few places in the Bronx, but my last home was 875 Morrison Ave and Story. After walking around my old neighborhood and reminiscing, I took a walk to my aunt’s house and gathered with family to go over old family photos.
I personally came a long way from being a kid from the Bronx, I learned a lot at a short time and always knew where I came from. Being a kid from New York, the Bronx or any borough of New York city could be tough, depending on where you grow up. The Bronx teaches you a lot without you even knowing, teaches you toughness, confidence, grit, gentrification, family, friends, hustle, and more.