Faizan Yousaf EXAM Scrapbook Assignment
Artist Statement • The intention of this play is to show how bad gang involvement can be especially at a teenage. Its also to show what the consequences could be of joining gangs. Gang involvement could be dangerous as well as degrading. You get nothing for joining gangs and are forced to lie and to commit crimes that you may not want to. Also, the consequences can result to going to prison or even death.
By Melissa Macbrideabc7 09-11-09 SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A 19-year old man is dead after a drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles. His mother says he was not in a gang. It happened in the 6800 block of Harvard Boulevard in South Los Angeles just after 9 p.m. Thursday night. It’s believed three people in a vehicle drove past and fired shots. Those shots struck Kadeem Forman in the chest. Forman later died at the hospital. The 19-year-old was walking to a corner store with his friends when they were shot at. Kadeem staggered to his driveway where his mother tried to keep him alive. Aug 17, 2009 12:07 am US/Pacific SOUTH LOS ANGELES (AP) A 13-year-old boy, DaQuawn Allen, who police say was a gang member has been shot to death while standing on a street in South Los Angeles.Police spokeswoman Officer Rosario Herrera says the boy was standing on South Broadway at about 12:15 p.m. Sunday when he was shot in the upper torso twice.Herrera says the boy was taken to hospital where he was declared dead. By Michael Sangiacomo (Cleveland.com)November 17, 2009 An admitted member of The Lakeshore Boys gang was charged with aggravated murder and felonious assault in connection with the shootings of two Collinwood teens. Demarco Millsap, 18, was held in Cuyahoga County Jail on $1.5 million bond in connection with the Nov. 7 shooting of Brandon Young, 17, and his half-brother, Shaquille Perry, 16. The two were shot on East 186th Street and St. Clair Avenue. Young died Thursday morning. Millsap noted his gang membership in his profile on an Internet social networking site, police Lt. Thomas Stacho said. There were four people in the car involved in the shooting. Police said they are still seeking the other people involved. Friends and family members of the victims said the Lakeshore Boys is a gang that operates out of Collinwood and Euclid. Young was a student of the school of Architecture and Design at John Hay High School and was planning on going to college to become a pharmacist.
By Amanda Milkovits, Rhode Island news1:00 AM EST on Tuesday, December 29, 2009PROVIDENCE –– Two months before he was murdered, David Delacruz was running from the police with a loaded .38 handgun at his waist. At just 17, Delacruz was known by the police for a violent reputation and running with the C-Block street gang. As Delacruz cut through streets in the South Side and tossed the gun into some bushes that October afternoon, he was already out on bail for robbing a teenage girl at gunpoint last December. Delacruz tried to punch the officer who caught him this last time, according to a police report describing the arrest, but the officer struck back and put him in handcuffs. A District Court judge sent Delacruz to jail for 60 days for violating his probation on the robbery charge, which had been waived from Family Court, as was the new charge of carrying a firearm without a license. Delacruz turned 18 in prison two weeks ago and got out of jail on bail again on Dec. 23. He survived being on the outside for just a day. On Christmas Eve, Delacruz headed to a party around Congress Avenue, an area the police say is known for the C-Block gang. And that’s where he died late that night, shot to death by another young man wearing a mask. Of the 23 people murdered in Providence this year, Delacruz is the fourth gang associate to die at the hands of another. All have been young men, none older than 22. The first murder this year was young Angelo Camarena, just 17 and an associate of the Members of Pine Street. Several days after his murder, a 17-year-old boy associated with C-Block was shot and wounded in what police said at the time was payback for Camarena’s death. The C-Block gang has feuded with the Members of Pine Street, but the reasons are unclear. Capt. James Desmarais said investigators are looking at all possible leads in Delacruz’s murder. The mood in the South Side and Elmwood, where members and associates of the two street gangs easily cross each other’s paths, has been tense, said Teny O. Gross, the executive director of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence. “Young people really think they can’t back off,” Gross said. “The potential on the South Side is serious.” Delacruz, of 362 Public St., left behind siblings and a baby girl, according to the police and Gross. One of the street workers involved with trying to keep peace in Providence’s neighborhoods had been his basketball coach, Gross said. He can see another side of the teen, and the potential that’s been lost. At 17 or 18, someone’s life can’t just be written off, if there’s a way to reach them, Gross said. “We don’t assume people are heartless. Does that make us naïve? I don’t think so.”
Monologue • Avinash: Hood life is so sick!!!! • Faizan: Naw it’s sick but there’s bad things too. • Avinash: Yeah, like what??!! • Faizan: Sometimes you feel hated, not appreciated! • Avinash: No hatred in this world, all I see is love in this hood! • Faizan: That’s what you see, you don’t see the truth, and all you see is all those pretty pictures they put up for you! That is the movie you see, the truth is, there’s blood on the screen. Blood of innocent kids, blood of innocent men. • Avinash: Those people weren’t innocent, they got what they deserved!! They were crippin in our hood!! • Faizan: They were doing exactly what we would. Not that we should. • Avinash: Why shouldn’t we, this is how we were meant to be!! • Faizan: Yeah but all those lives we take, take for no good!! • Avinash: But they were in our hood, we gotta protect it for good! • Faizan: Yeah but there’s a way to do things. • Avinash: Yeah but I just wanna be that king! • Faizan: There is no king in this time! You gotta realize that this isn’t reality, this isn’t the truth. You gotta be civil not lethal. • Avinash: Thats how we do, we shoot em up and we kill em off! We murder till we tire and drop! • Faizan: But that ain’t right, we gotta use our might...conservatively, not consistently! We gotta stop this war and start the peace...so people stop hating and discriminating! I’m tired of this shit! We need to clean it up, bit by bit! • Avinash: What do you mean? You’re gonna kill your own brothas? • Faizan: Ima wipe these animals off the streets. Even if dat means I have to put em to sleep. • Avinash: So you gonna wipe all the brothas off the streets? • Faizan: Yeah, just like dead meat.
Chorus • You are under arrest on the account of gang involvement and possession of drugs and vandalism of public property. • You have the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of law. • Tell me what do you see when you’re looking at me?
Props • 2 Spray paint Cans • 2 Chairs • 1 Table • Handcuffs • Blue Shirts/T-shirts • Phone
Post Production • On the day when we had to make a 30 second version of our plays, Jake and Jilian were absent and to make matters worse, we had barely grasped the plot of our play. On that day, we performed pretty badly. That pretty much put the rest of us down. • On the Friday when we had a substitute, Jake was absent and none of us actually felt like doing any work so we didn’t do anything that day. We just discussed things, most of them not even related to our play. We mainly talked about random things and just sat in our places. • Despite all the interruptions, we worked hard after that part, like when we were in the drama studio, we practiced the whole of the play and added new parts to it and corrected mistakes. Also, we choreographed our parados and our exodus and pretty much practiced it enough to memorize it and be confidently doing them.