Tiffany: A Day in the Life of a NYC Black Transgender Woman

Tiffany and Nate.  Black, homeless, queer and trans they have survived on the streets of New York City for years. 

As race continues to engulf our nation it is important to look at basic human needs of shelter, education, healthcare, and so much more, that often elude this population. Until we address the systemic racism baked into every institution in our country, we will never move forward.

We first meet them in a Harlem shelter for queer youth.  Six years later we meet Tiffany after she has broken up with Nate.  We spend a day with her as she navigates her life on the lower east side of Manhattan.

We post two seasons that consist of twenty six, 60-second video segments on certain aspects of their life. 

Warning, this is an unvarnished look into their lives with language and topics that might not be for everyone.

Season Two: Tiffany, A Day in the Life.
Transgender Woman Surviving on the Streets of New York City
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What Do Kids Learn By Making Videos?

Our students at Brownsville Collaborative Middle School address their peers on what they learned about making videos at The Campus, an after-school program that teaches tech and media skills to kids in the Howard Houses in Brownsville, Brooklyn.  It is the first computer lab developed in public housing in the US.

Founded by Senator Jesse Hamilton (D),

Emoni Talks To Her Peers at P.S. 156

to address this systemic problem of inequality, Senator Hamilton assembled teachers and community leaders to bring tech resources to Brownsville.

We spent an academic year teaching kids about storytelling through photography and video.  Their stories and observations can be seen on their blog: Brownsville Visible

In addition to the blog,  check out the video below to learn what Emoni, Tyrese, Isiah and Kymani learned in making their stories.

To see the student videos, click on the links for the Brownsville Barber Guru and the interview with Local Hero, Brownsville Collaborative Middle School  Principal, Gregory Jackson.

New York City Street Kids: Yuri

Yuri Peresnyakov: Street kids struggle to own their image

When Yuri Presnyakov turned 21 on March 1, he gave himself an unusual birthday present. He called his parents in Yekaterinburg, Russia, to tell them he was gay. The next night with no place to go, he landed at Sylvia’s Place, a homeless shelter for gay youth.

Afghan Kids Want Computers

Afghan Kids Want Laptops

On this day we travel to a high school in Charikar in Parwan Province,  a 90- minute car drive from Kabul centre.  The school does not have electricity or running water but the students have more things on their minds.  Computers.

Can’t see in on Vimeo?  Watch it on YouTube.