California 8

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 26

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 22/05/1988

PLACE OF BIRTH: Los Angeles (Watts)

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Native American (Tohono O’odham) & black

OCCUPATION: youth coordinator

EDUCATION: student at CBD College in Los Angeles

AREAS OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

Subject lived in Las Vegas for two years.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Mother is full Tohono O’odham. Father is African-American.

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RECORDED BY: Tanera Marshall

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 08/04/2015

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I am a child of eight. I am the fourth oldest, and I have two sisters and six brothers. [laughs] I’m counting foster children too, now. I keep forgetting! We have one foster brother, so that’s what makes it six [boys], I’m sorry — I can count! [laughs] I grew up in Watts, California. I was born in Martin Luther King Hospital, and at a young age I experienced a whole lot. It was a lot for a 5-year-old to take in, and as I grew up I didn’t really have much of a childhood as far as just doin’ the stuff that normal 5-year-olds would do — would go play outside and you know have fun — play on their Big Wheel. Me, I was trying to tag along behind my brothers. They were always hanging out with these big groups of people that always wear the same color, so I thought it was fun hangin’ with those guys! So, when I was 9, in order to hang with those guys, I had to prove myself. They didn’t want me to be no punks, they didn’t want no busters, they didn’t want no marks, they didn’t want nothin’. So, I had to prove to them that I wasn’t either one of those, so it was an initiation: Hold Your Own, which meant can you withstand a beating. And, at 9 yours old (I didn’t know what I was doing), I did it! I thought it was just like a regular thing, you know. I was like “OK” …

TRANSCRIBED BY: Tanera Marshall

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 14/04/2015

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