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Participants in The Conversation: Being Black in California, a collaboration between StoryCorps Griot and I've Known Rivers: The MoAD Stories Project.
Hard-Knock Lessons Across a Generation
by Askari and Marcus
September 2008

An uncle shares with his nephew his growing pains of coming of age without a father in Oakland and San Leandro, California. "I had a lot of anger growing up," Askari said. "I didn't have a father and the relationship I did have with my mother was dysfunctional." He shares wisdom with his nephew about the pitfalls of falling into a life of crime and drugs, his regrets, and ultimately what turned his life around for the better.

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