A Foster Child’s Story Of Resilience & Power
Directed by Stefani Saintonge, this episode of ‘Black Woman Magic’ follows Gio and her sister who’ve been in and out of foster care since they had been toddlers. Now living in separate foster homes, Gio is learning the artwork of resilience while creating her innate sense as a creator and visionary. [MUSIC] I really feel like I’ve at all times look on the world totally different due to what I have been by means of. [MUSIC] You ever seen Madeline No. [Snort] Well, in Madeline, they have rows of tall beds. [MUSIC] It’s like rooms of the same thing, it’s a room the place they have ten beds [MUSIC] I have been right here like three, 4 times. My sister only been here once. She was only four. I hate it there. [MUSIC] Kids can languish in foster care for years, oftentimes when they’re infants to the time that they are adults. And then after they turn 21, they are literally turned out to the road with a MetroCard and a couple of dollars. Third house that we went to, that It had to be weave in ponytail one among our worst houses. We was barely consuming, Ensure was every little thing, it was life to me. I would have to steal in order for it to get us to eat. [MUSIC] There’s all these businesses who receives a commission to maintain children in foster care. Unfortunately kids are being abused within the system. Being uncared for in the system. A lot of the youngsters in foster care identical to many of the children in the criminal justice system appear like me. They’re youngsters of shade. I would turn up all the time. Yelling, screaming. Hitting folks, just so I could see my sister. How I’m gonna know if she’s all proper They wish to separate individuals and I used to be making it known we’re not going nowhere, we’ll stay on this constructing without end [Giggle] if we must, we’re not being separated. So I needed to do what I needed to do. [Clean_AUDIO] [MUSIC] My little pleasure and joy. I like her, I really like her with all kinds of passions, every thing. That’s like my daughter. [Laugh] I do not know. I simply love her. She’s like the complete opposite of me. I’m just like the boy and she’s legit the woman. She likes the glitter, she likes the heels, the make-up. Every little thing I hate is what she loves. When I was youthful, I used to attempt to dress her up like a boy, every part. That’s how I at all times dress and that i’ve always felt comfortable like that. I used to be king, she was the princess. [MUSIC] She never use to get her hair accomplished, I by no means use to have my hair performed. We used to have dirty clothes. That is how I realized how to wash clothes, taking stuff to the laundry trial and error, we simply going to try it until it smells good, so. [Giggle] I just didn’t want her to undergo what I was going by. Like, I tried to make it appear like we was living in nearly as good of a predicament as possible. We do not live together for the time being, but when I see her day-after-day, that would make me blissful. That will brighten up my day, extensions really. [Snicker] [MUSIC] All that is unofficial [Blank_AUDIO] Yeah. [Blank_AUDIO] On daily basis somebody dying in these streets and it is getting kinda onerous to make ends meet. Your son is slinging medicine and going in and out of jail if you simply found out your daughter’s pregnant. Hell MIA father actually shows how much he cares particularly since he hasn’t bothered to see his kids in years. Sacrifice, blood, sweat, and tears. I by no means obtained a thanks after all these years. Feel like you reaching your breaking level or wanna run away just so you can prove a point. However what’s the purpose Decide your head up and replace your frown. As a result of you may never know you rose except you hit the ground. There’s just one you in this world. So you gotta stand up. And like Tupac said you gotta keep your head up. [MUSIC] Once you see things by way of a camera, [Clean_AUDIO] You see it completely completely different. [MUSIC] After seeing her by way of the camera, I was like, my God. Certainly one of my closest buddies is so beautiful. [MUSIC] Three, two, one. [NOISE] Let’s go [UNKNOWN] Okay, so now we have Gio. [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC] Expressing my imagination via art weave in ponytail was the only real approach for me to be happy. [MUSIC] After the struggle We, my mother acquired minimize, I received reduce on the aspect of my face. I’m goofy, enjoyable, good vibes. There’s a sure power that every group brings. And there’s all the time a pair of students that foster the bonding and foster the neighborhood. And I think Gio is performing as a type of students on this group. Thanks. [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC] My largest fear is dying with out being known. [MUSIC] I want to just be a person that the block knew or a person that this road knew or these people knew. [MUSIC] You see how when Michael Jackson died the entire world cried I need that to occur [UNKNOWN]. [MUSIC] I by no means had nothing So. [MUSIC] I want all the things.