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June 7, 2013

Don’t Kill My Chance … I Want To Grow Up

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Written by: LaToya Cross



















aging Soul. Burn so deep.

Watching the news, eyes weep. Hearts buried in grief. Compassion for those who’ve lost. Compassion for the hearts who ache. Justice, we question. Reasons, we question. Life can not be replaced. It can not retain a do-over. It can not be lived again. Once it’s gone – in the physical sense – it’s gone.  Growth has ended.  This world, society, through the sun’s rays is still such a dark place. Terrified spaces. A mother is shot while walking her children home from school. A student is killed waiting in a playground for her bus to get home. A baby takes its last breath, unknowingly, while playing in their yard. This has happened. These situations are real. And they hurt. Fingers point to the endurance of twisted spirits. Angered humans. Heartless flesh. And of course, circumstances of the economy and societal ills. We just want our children to grow up without worry of the next stray bullet. Care for yourselves. Care for each other. Protect the babies. Stop the violence. STOP KILLING CHANCES.

Raging Soul.

Raging Soul.

Raging Soul.

Burns. So. Deep.



Created by A.J. Linton and Powered by  Ashley ‘Snow’ Harris and LaToya ‘Toi Talese’ Cross, the Don’t Kill My Chance Campaign visually emphasizes the pains of the city as it relates to senseless violence and the loss of youth. Our hope with this movement is to direct and focus the social lens on the endurance of life and allowing children an equal opportunity and chance to grow up and live the life of their dreams and desires.

Join us in our movement to raise peace and opportunity. Hear No Evil. See No Evil.

Thank You:

Karl Ray Photography

Quincy Shields, MindTik Studios

107.5 WGCI

Anthony Reese, Videographer

Gerald Washington, Harris Park – Chicago Park District

Patrick Saingbey-Woodtor, Africa International House

Hair & MUA Personnel

Don’t Kill My Chance participants and supporters!


About the Author

LaToya Cross
LaToya Cross is a graduate of Specs Howard School of Broadcast & Media Arts in Southfield, MI and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Magazine Journalism from Columbia College Chicago. She has been published in Blazinstreetz.com, Gloss Magazine Online (GMO), InChiCity.com, and JET Magazine. Her work as a writer and visionary engages arts & culture, education and philanthropy. In addition to being a writer and editor, she works with and mentors youth as an After-School instructor with Orion's Mind and volunteers with Open Books Literacy Program. LaToya also offers freelance communications assistance.



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