This is a 90-second audio story I did for class about a man in my neighborhood.
I have lived in Harlem for a few years now and I really love it. It is a friendly and polite neighborhood, rich with characters and full of history. I grew up in Brooklyn, and I find it reminds me of some of the best parts of the version of Brooklyn in which I grew up.
I’m passionate about using personal stories to tell larger stories and I’m always interested in busting stereotypes. I think stereotypes are actually useful, as long as they aren’t applied in every single situation.
The assignment was just to interview someone in our neighborhood and write some text around it. We were able to style it any way we want, so I imagined mine as a piece that would be part of a larger series about neighborhood characters.