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Former Oakland Raiders Team Chaplain Produces Powerful Gang Documentary
Available Soon. Gang Love - Featuring a Former Crip Gang Member
Young people from lower economic neighborhoods are full of purpose and potential. But living in dangerous communities and having an economic strain, youth succumb to the glorification of the gang-lifestyle. The constant interrogation of colors and affiliation filters life choices and ideology. In the classroom, they are prejudged for not being interested in academics. To make sense of this constant assault, they develop a coping mechanism to combat the constant feelings of rejection that result in lack of self-worth and distrust in people especially authority figures. This explains why many develop a tough and hard disposition simply to keep pain and rejection at bay. Like most young walking on the planet, they want the good things in life. The need for caring adults to encourage and believe in them is imperative. This is what Hussle's life exemplified with his words and actions.
"Seeing potential and greatness is a good place to start," says Former Oakland Raiders Chaplain Adam Ybarra who was raised in a drug and gang neighborhood produced a raw and vulnerable documentary titled "Gang Love". "There are too many gang-related films that depict youth as ruthless, violent, out-of-control thugs destined to gang-bang and end-up behind bars."
One of Hussle's last action steps, before he was tragically murdered, was to meet Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore to talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help kids. With all of Hussle's accolades, he did not forget where he was from and equally important, he was leading the way to help others see a brighter future.
ABOUT THE FILM: "Gang Love" does not focus on violence, drugs, turfs but rather the transformation of potential and greatness of gang-impacted individuals. "Gang Love" introduces stories of former gang members who share their gang-life experiences with the intent of "real-talk" to help kids to see beyond the streets. Included in film are interviews from experts, community leaders, psychologists, and youth who reside in gang-infested neighborhoods.
ABOUT ADAM YBARRA: Growing up in East San Jose, California, in a single parent home, in a drug and gang infested neighborhood. He was the first Hispanic to serve as an NFL Team Chaplain. Ybarra also produced "Making Of A Gangsta" an Award Winning feature-length documentary that is scheduled to be released in Fall of 2019.
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