Neighborhoods

Lately I have been doing a lot of researching and networking with different brands, which resulted in not much time to photograph for myself. So one morning I decided to escape from the madness and roam some different neighborhoods, something I typically don’t do to photograph. 

After hitting the neighborhoods I realized you can tell a lot or at least assume what people interest are, just by the outside of their homes. Take a look at the images and feel free to let me know what you think


The New Huey’s

A FEW WEEKS AGO I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET GENERAL ACEY, THE NEW LEADER OF THE BLACK PANTHERS PARTY FOR BRIDGEPORT, CT AND HIS COMRADE JEREMY.THIS MEETING WAS UNINTENTIONAL AS WE CROSSED PATHS AT MCLEVY PARK DOWNTOWN BRIDGEPORT. AFTER SPENDING 45 MINUTES DISCUSSING TOPICS BASED ON POLITICSVOTING AND RACE, I WANTED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LEADERS AND RECOMMENDED THAT WE MEET ONE MORE TIME TO DISCUSS THEIR MOVEMENT.I FELT THE NEED TO HELP SHARE THEIR MESSAGE ABOUT THE REBIRTH OF THE BLACK PANTHERS PARTY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY ABOUT THEIR PLAN TO HELP THE BLACK COMMUNITY. I HOPE THAT, AS A READER, YOU TAKE SOMETHING FROM THIS ARTICLE AND SHARE WITH THOSE AROUND YOU.

What are your names?

General Acey & Jeremy Williams

How did you become the new leaders of The Black Panthers for Bridgeport?

General Acey:

What made me decide to get involve was after seeing things unfold with Sandra Bland, that was one of the biggest things that just hit me. You know because she was a beautiful black woman and it was totally unjust. The way they tried to cover that up, that hurt me. Not that the Mike Brown situation didn’t hurt me or the Trayvon Martin situation didn’t hurt me or the Emmett Till situation doesn’t hurt me, but just to see one of our Queens, that really stuck with me. That’s what made me start to think what’s going on.

What made me join the Black Panther party, it was actually kind of destined *as he laughs*. I came across the Panther movie on YouTube and then I went on to Facebook, not knowing, I had a friend on my list who post a flyer. So I contacted the person and got connected with one of the recruiters and here I am. I was approved January 2nd, 2016.

Comrade Jeremy:

I actually was recruited by him (referring to General Acey). We just basically met not too long ago, but me and him, we share a lot of common things; same birthday, same Virgo signs and a lot of things that we talk about, we have the same views. 

I think that us as black people, we need to start coming together as one because if we don’t come together as one, the same things we complain about on a daily basis are going to continue to happen. At the end of the day you put up or shut up and I think it’s about that time to put up.

“What, we marching, praying, protesting… Na man, we need to empower our Queens, stand by our Queens, we need to stand by our Kings”- General Acey

Being the new Leader for the Black Panthers in Bridgeport, what is your vision?

General Acey:

Two of my main focuses:

1. Our economic structure because we let them buy out our neighborhoods. Then we just spend within, then we don’t have any money flowing through our community. They don’t give back to our community; they take that money right out of the city. WE, the community have to buy up our community, build our own businesses and spend with each other so that we can circulate within our community. Then we give back to the community.

2. The violence, towards each other, they call it black on black violence; thats been a divide and conquer scheme. What people don’t know is our young teens are being paid off to kill each, its genocide. Look at these kids, these young teens, they got money, nice cars, but they have no jobs and I know you not making that much money selling drugs. I just started putting pieces together. It’s also these parents fault because you see these kids coming home with nice cars and all this money, you don’t question that? Where are they getting these nice things from, you should want to know.

Comrade Jeremy:

Basically my vision is to start with the youth. Let them know that they are Princes and Princesses, but they are on the verge of becoming Kings and Queens. I think we always got to start with the youth. The youth now are influenced by what they’re see the adults doing and the adults are messing up right now, so they think that’s right to do that.

What book would you recommend to someone looking to learn their African history?

General Acey:

Well this book right here, Blue Print for Black Power by Amos N. Wilson (Link provided below), would be a little bit too complex for someone to start out with. This book is very complex, it’s over a thousand page. What book can I recommend…

*Comrade Jeremy politely steps in as General Acey looks through his list of books*

Comrade Jeremy:

I am just now learning about our history, so I am getting bits and pieces from the internet. But for some odd reason I keep eyeing Blue Print for Black Power so I am going to have to pick up a copy. As of right now I basically just look around, get information and then I connect my own thoughts. But overall I got to get on my reading, I know a lot of knowledge comes from books.

*General Acey steps back in with list of books*

General Acey:

I can say that The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson, thats a good book for people to start off with. Also The Black Bible by Dr. Osei Kufuor, look for the Ankh on the front of the cover. That’s a very powerful book. Another good one is the Huey P. Newton Reader by Huey P. Newton is a good one. Oh this one right here is a good one, Black Economics by Jawanza Kunjufu. (Links provided below)

*I personally took a moment to recommend a book for young readers as well.*

Callow:

I would recommend and a easy read The Browder File and to take a moment to watch the documentary films Hidden Color 1/2/3/4. Hidden Colors was the snowball effect.

“Any book that you think can just let you know about your own history; I think will be a good read.”- Comrade Jeremy

What has been your greatest challenge and greatest success you have encountered so far as Leaders?

Comrade Jeremy:

I think the greatest challenge right now is just unifying the people right now. My greatest success is me putting myself in a position that I feel like I belong in. I think if that’s the goal, unifying black people, then me joining the black panthers is the perfect way for me to get started.

General Acey:

My greatest challenge is the fight against ignorance. Trying to wake the people up. My greatest success so is joining the Black Panther party. My greatest success in the future is to hopefully accomplish unifying our people, building our economics and the road to building a Black Nation. Once we build our Black Nation that’s going to be the biggest success any of us accomplished

When did you become interested in the African Culture?

General Acey

So I am a music artist well and I was doing my thing, you know traveling, doing shows and could of had a record deal. So I sat down with the record label, I won’t say who, but I had the meeting and they tried to come at me with that sacrificial shit, selling my soul and you have to do this and that to get here, I told them listen, listen I’m not doing that, so I turned that shit down. But that moment opened my eyes, I was already doing research and that situation made realize that the symbols we see today, are African symbols. That situation helped me to gain knowledge of self. Over time I started to learn what the true meaning of those symbols meant.

Comrade Jeremy:

For me I use to hate the skin color I was in and I never knew why. Then I started to do my own research and learned that system basically makes you have low self-esteem, makes you hate yourself, you know self-hate. So when I realized that I started falling more in love with my skin color, helping others see that they place self-hate amongst each other to make us hate each other and go against each other. This is why I always say it starts with the youth, you have to let them know their skin color has power in it.

What advice would you give to your people in general?

General Acey:

Please y’all, please start doing research. Don’t deny what we are telling y’all without doing your research, please because that’s stupidity; to deny something without finding out for yourself. Please unify, stop killing and fighting your brothers and sisters. We are all one, we are the only ones that do that BS.

Comrade Jeremy:

Learn your rights, learn the constitution. Always learn your rights so they don’t take advantage of it because they will do it. 

General Acey:

Start building your own businesses, please people start working on your own. We need that, the community needs you. Message for the white folks, that claim not to be racist or love black people, ok I’m not denying that y’all are not out there. Start standing out more for us, start fighting for us. We need you too, we need you to get through to your people. We trying to form this nation, we need y’all… we need all y’all, please come together.

BLACK POWER “- General Acey & Comrade Jeremy

https://www.amazon.com/Black-Bible-Science-Compilation/dp/1329003888/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472274378&sr=8-1&keywords=the+black+bible

https://www.amazon.com/Huey-P-Newton-Reader/dp/158322467X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472274284&sr=8-1&keywords=huey+p+newton+reader

http://www.mahoganybooks.com/9780913543825

http://www.africanbookstore.net/proddetail.asp?prod=MIS-Education


100 Praises Tour

Ask me 3 years ago if I would be to taking photographs, I would simply answer no. Ask me a year ago if I would be traveling across the East Coast and Midwest for two startup companies, I would, again, simply answer no. Luckily enough I am still working in the photography world and on August 15th I got the opportunity to work with two companies alongside two good friends.

The team (Daniel and Gary) and myself got the chance to partner up with Wireless Motion Control Point Motion (based in Boston, MA) and online location based photography company Spot a Shoot (based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates). Our partnership was to collaborate and curate content across each companies social media platforms. 

So on Monday August 15th at 7am we packed up our bags, loaded up the trunk of a Chevy Cruze 2015 and headed to Massachusetts, Ohio, Indiana, Chicago and DC. From our arrival in MA to our departure from DC, August 30th, our trip consisted of long nights (3 to 4am), early mornings (6am) and most importantly endless inside jokes.

To recap our experience here are a few photo’s from the trip and be sure to check out Gary and Daniel website for more images and videos.

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