A Foster Child’s Story Of Resilience & Power
Directed by Stefani Saintonge, this episode of ‘Black Woman Magic’ follows Gio and her sister who have been in and out of foster care since they had been toddlers. Now residing in separate foster houses, Gio is learning the artwork of resilience while growing her innate sense as a creator and visionary. [MUSIC] I really feel like I’ve all the time look at the world completely different due to what I have been by. [MUSIC] You ever seen Madeline No. [Snicker] Properly, in Madeline, they’ve rows of tall beds. [MUSIC] It is like rooms of the identical thing, it is a room where they have ten beds [MUSIC] I’ve been right here like three, four occasions. My sister solely been right here once. She was solely four. I hate it there. [MUSIC] Youngsters can languish in foster care for years, oftentimes when they’re infants to the time that they are adults. After which after they turn 21, they are literally turned out to the street with a MetroCard and a couple of dollars. Third home that we went to, that It had to be certainly one of our worst homes. We was barely eating, Guarantee was all the things, it was life to me. I would have to steal in order for it to get us to eat. [MUSIC] There’s all these agencies who get paid to maintain kids in foster care. Unfortunately children are being abused in the system. Being neglected in the system. Most of the youngsters in foster care just like a lot of the youngsters within the criminal justice system look like me. They’re children of colour. I’d flip up on a regular basis. Yelling, screaming. Hitting people, simply so I may see my sister. How I am gonna know if she’s all proper They prefer to separate folks and I used to be making it identified we’re not going nowhere, we’ll stay on this building eternally [Chortle] if we have to, we’re not being separated. So I needed to do what I needed to do. [Clean_AUDIO] [MUSIC] My little delight and joy. I like her, I love her with all sorts of passions, all the pieces. That is like my daughter. [Snigger] I do not know. I simply love her. She’s like the complete opposite of me. I am like the boy and she’s legit the woman. She likes the glitter, she likes the heels, the makeup. Every part I hate is what she loves. When I was youthful, I used to try to gown her up like a boy, all the pieces. That is how I at all times costume and that i’ve at all times felt comfy like that. I used to be king, she was once the princess. [MUSIC] She never use to get her hair achieved, I never use to have my hair accomplished. We used to have dirty clothes. That is how I discovered how to clean clothes, taking stuff to the laundry trial and error, we just going to strive it till it smells good, so. [Chortle] I just didn’t want her to go through what I was going by means of. Like, I tried to make it appear like we was living in pretty much as good of a predicament as attainable. We do not stay collectively in the meanwhile, but if I see her daily, that may make me completely happy. That will brighten up my day, extensions actually. [Laugh] [MUSIC] All that is unofficial [Clean_AUDIO] Yeah. [Blank_AUDIO] On daily basis any individual dying in these streets and it’s getting kinda onerous to make ends meet. Your son is slinging drugs and going in and out of jail once you simply found out your daughter’s pregnant. Hell MIA father actually reveals how much he cares especially since he hasn’t bothered to see his children in years. Sacrifice, blood, sweat, and tears. I never obtained a thank you hair wigs human hair after all these years. Feel like you reaching your breaking level or wanna run away just so you might prove a point. But what’s the point Pick your head up and exchange your frown. Because you may by no means know you rose except you hit the bottom. There’s just one you in this world. So that you gotta stand up. And like Tupac mentioned you gotta keep your head up. [MUSIC] When you see things by a digital camera, [Clean_AUDIO] You see it utterly totally different. [MUSIC] After seeing her by way of the digicam, I was like, my God. One in all my closest associates is so stunning. [MUSIC] Three, two, one. [NOISE] Let’s go [UNKNOWN] Okay, so we now have Gio. [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC] Expressing my imagination by way of artwork was the only real approach for me to be happy. [MUSIC] After the battle We, my mother bought lower, I acquired cut on the side of my face. I am goofy, fun, good vibes. There’s a certain vitality that every group brings. And there’s all the time a pair of scholars that foster the bonding and foster the community. And I think Gio is appearing as a type of students in this group. Thanks. [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC] My greatest concern is dying with out being known. [MUSIC] I want to just be an individual that the block knew or an individual that this road knew or these individuals knew. [MUSIC] You see how when Michael Jackson died the entire world cried I want that to happen [UNKNOWN]. [MUSIC] I by no means had nothing So. [MUSIC] I need every thing.