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Homeless After Class


Text / Photos by Patricia Chourio   The third week of the semester at Kennesaw State University, while many students were concerned about parking or trying to avoid long lines to get their books, Jalyn was trying to find a place to live. Nineteen and from Indiana, she was living at an extended-stay hotel until she could find a place she could afford. She and her family have been homeless since the summer of 2012. Until this summer, Jalyn shared an Indiana hotel room with her three brothers and mother. They didn’t own a car, couldn’t afford new clothes and […]

‘Shell Shocked’ Documents Violence in New Orleans


Text by Ellen Kennerly / Photos by Kara Khan   It’s easier to get a gun than a textbook in New Orleans, America’s murder capital. ‘Shell-Shocked’ — a movie filled with violence, death and schoolroom chaos — stunned the young Bronx audience in New York. A New Orleans teen pleads “I really do not, do not want to die young! I do no want to stay here because I don’t want to die.” See more work by Kara Khan HERE Read more reporting on the film “Shell Shocked” at JJIE.org HERE   0 likes

A Funeral in Ferguson


Text by James Pound / Photos by Robert Stolarik A calm returns to Ferguson as the city quietly seeks answers and mourns the loss of Michael Brown, the unarmed teen that was shot and killed by police August 9, 2014.   See more work by Robert Stolarik HERE Read more reporting on Ferguson at JJIE.org HERE   0 likes

In the Line of Chicago Fire


Text by Katy McCarthy / Photos by Daniel Shea A while back I sat down to listen to a radio special on Chicago public schools and was blown away by what I heard. In a little over an hour, I understood that some kids in Chicago kids didn’t join cliques (think gang but smaller, younger, and less organized crime) but were automatically grouped into cliques based on the block they lived on. I learned that getting a gun was as easy as getting a new pair of sneakers and that organizing something as quintessentially high school as a dance was […]

Youth Locked In: Portraits Inside Rhode Island Training School


  Text by Katy McCarthy / Photos by AS220 students from the Rhode Island Training School I suppose the primary difference between a bedroom and a cell is the side of the door the lock is on … and the geographical context. Location, location, location, right? In this case it’s the Rhode Island Training School, a juvenile detention facility in Cranston, R.I. Amid the cinderblock walls and standard-issue wooly gray bed linens, intimate details abound. These may be the cells of kids serving time as opposed to time-outs, but they are still the personal spaces of children. In one picture […]

Photos: West Harlem Gang Raid


Text by Daryl Khan / Photos by Robert Stolarik NEW YORK — Whenever LaQuint Singleton found himself about to get into a fight out in the courtyards or in the small playground in front of his building at the General Ulysses S. Grant Houses, he would run and find his mom, Venus. He’d scamper up the stairs and go up to her looking for protection. Back then, Singleton was a good student who regularly attended school and attended church service every Sunday. One day, in an attempt to impress the older teenagers and men, he carried a gun to give […]

In Photos: Police Brutality in the Bronx


Text by Daryl Khan / Photos by Robert Stolarik UPDATE: ‘Prominent Lawyer Takes Case of Bronx Boy Allegedly Pushed Through Window by Police’ NEW YORK — The 14-year-old boy sat on the stoop of Hookah Stop in the Bronx, blood pouring from his chest and filling his lungs, and thought: This is what it’s like to die. Moments before 11 o’clock Saturday night, the boy, Javier Payne, had been smashed through the store’s plate glass window by a police officer who had stopped him after an altercation with a man on the street, witnesses said. The boy was bleeding critically […]

Bringing Hope and a Camera to Haitian Kids


Text by Katy McCarthy / Photos by Project HOPE Art youth participants After finishing up a gardening project in November 2010 in New Orleans’ 9th ward, Melissa Schilling, a photographer with a master’s degree in soil science, found herself looking down the barrel of free time — not something she was used to having. When she came upon an article in the New York Times about response efforts to the devastating earthquake in Haiti earlier that year, something sparked in her. “I thought the most important quote to come out of article was that this woman felt like she was […]

REFLECT: Convicts’ Letters to Their Younger Selves


Text by Katy McCarthy / Photos by Trent Bell Early in 2013, photographer Trent Bell found out that a friend — a father and professional — had been sentenced to 36 years in prison. It was right around the time that Trent’s first child was born and he was forced to wonder — how much of our future is decided by circumstance and how much is due to our own choices? As is the origin of many a creative endeavor, it was from this existential debate that a project was kindled. The plan? To photograph inmates at Maine State Prison […]

The Courts at “Portland’s Projects”


Photos by Elicia Epstein / Text by Katy McCarthy Remember how good it felt to be young with a ball clasped in your hands? How cool it felt to be in the center, shouted at from all sides? Your teammates calling for you to pass to them; the distant piercing trill of your mom whistling at your success… In sport and play, we learn to move our little bodies in conjunction with a team. We experience the joy of collective winning and we practice losing with grace and an eye toward improvement. The court and the field are arenas for […]