Los Angeles: Watts
6 March 2017

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(1) Portrait of Markeon in Imperial Courts. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. September, 2015.

(2) The facade of Building 53 in Imperial Courts. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. September, 2015.

(3) Norm’s car in Imperial Courts. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. September, 2015.

(4) Portrait of Dareon in Imperial Courts. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. September, 2015.

(5) Princess Eternity in her father Norm’s car. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. September, 2015.

(6) Untitled. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. September, 2015.

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(7) Underneath the intersection of the Harbor Fwy and the Century Fwy (Fwys 110 & 105). Watts, Los Angeles, USA. February, 2017.

(8) Portrait of Day-Day in Imperial Courts. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. February, 2017.

(9) Watts Towers as seen from E 108th St. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. February, 2017.

(10) Portrait of a man on Wilmington Ave. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. February, 2017.

(11) A man sits outside of a house on a stump at sunset in Imperial Courts. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. February, 2017.

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(12) Portrait of Lil Drawz New Money. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. February, 2017.

(13) Imperial Courts Recreation Center. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. February, 2017.

(14) Day-Day in front of his home in Imperial Courts. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. February, 2017.

(15) Portrait of Wooch, Dre, and another friend on the Island side, Imperial Courts. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. February, 2017.

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(16) Odds and ends litter the doorway to Unit 309, Building 56, Imperial Courts Housing Projects. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. January, 2016.

(17) A man is seen driving away from the “Pink Store Market,” liquor in hand. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. January, 2016.

(18) “Brown-bagging” in a vacant lot, at the corner of E 114th St. and Mona Blvd. The “Pink Store Market” is the closest liquor store to Imperial Courts. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. January, 2016.

(19) Marveon, brother of Markeon, peers out the window of his home. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. February, 2017.

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(20) Unit 332. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. February, 2017.

(21) Portrait of Lil D (Lil Darrian), grandson of Sista Soulja, on the Island side. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. February, 2017.

(22) Dusk at the skatepark in Imperial Courts. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. February, 2017.

(23) Portrait of Day-Day, Koran, and Troy. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. February, 2017.

(24) Portrait of Cynthia Mendenhall, aka Sista Soulja, in her home. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. February, 2017.

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(25) Norm’s daughter, Princess, clings to him during a friendly domino match in front of their home. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. February, 2017.

(26) Delario in the midst of a domino game outside of Norm’s house in Imperial Courts. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. February, 2017.

(27) Portrait of Loppy. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. November, 2014.

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(28) Portrait of Day-Day. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. January, 2016.

(29) Community is a way of life at the Imperial Courts. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. January, 2016.

(30) Portrait of Koran. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. January, 2016.

(31) Portrait of grandma. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. January, 2016.

(32) Frontdoor barbershops. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. January, 2016.

(33) Portrait of Troy. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. January, 2016.

(34) Day-Day and Koran hanging out on someone’s Yamaha. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. January, 2016.

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(35) Portrait of Little E at the Pink Store, after surviving gunshots to the face and arm. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. November, 2014.

(36) Portrait of Bobby Yay Yay Jones, self-declared member of the “Lost Generation.” Residents of Imperial Courts who are in their 30’s and early 40’s grew up in a time when Watts was experiencing significantly more gang violence. Now, the so-called Lost Generation hopes to influence the lives of youngsters in Imperial Courts by encouraging them to take up hobbies and go to school instead of getting involved in gang-banging. The “Big Homies” (i.e. community role-models) who were present during the Lost Generation’s upbringing did nothing to dissuade them from entering into gang culture. Community leaders and activists like Bobby–many of whom have spent time behind bars–hope to break this cycle by turning hard-earned lessons into currency for change. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. June, 2017.

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(37) DJ and his fidget spinner in Imperial Courts. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. June, 2017.

(38) There is a strong, almost tribe-like culture of honor in Imperial Courts, as elders seem to possess an indescribable force of attraction. Here, Bobby Yay Yay Jones is seen with a young man who couldn’t help but hang around. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. June, 2017.

(39) Bobby speaking to a group of youth in Imperial Courts. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. June, 2017.

(40) Kids in the midst of a game of dice. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. June, 2017.

(41) Portrait of Goldie on the Island Side. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. June, 2017.

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(42) Looking north at 79th and Avalon. Florence, South Central, Los Angeles, USA. October, 2014.

(43) Two boys hang out on Norm’s car in Imperial Courts. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. September, 2015.

(44) Princess Eternity in her father Norm’s car. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. September, 2015.

(45) Looking west across Imperial Courts from the roof of the gym. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. September, 2015.

(46) A big smile. Watts, Los Angeles, USA. October, 2014.

Special thanks to Red Eye Inc.