Terryon Mckinnie shoots a basketball on an empty court in Tiefenthaler Park in Milwaukee’s Midtown neighborhood while a group of men and boys play a hustle on the court beside him. Mckinnie says he would rather practice than join in — there are too many people and Mckinnie, who has a slight frame, doesn’t want to get hurt.
But none of that keeps him from dreaming big. “When I see Kobe Bryant and LeBron James play, I want to play,” he says. “It’s my favorite sport.”
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Mia Williams walks down Wisconsin Avenue alone on a Thursday afternoon in Avenues West.
Williams grew up in a large family – she’s one of nine kids – and was raised by a single mother. “It was wonderful. I mean, we’re very close, we show a lot of love,” she said. “Whenever there was dinner, everybody sat at the dinner table and ate; there wasn’t any separation, you know. And we’re still very close-knit today.”
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Sacia Lloyd describes herself as somewhat of a “rebel.”
“I’m just the middle child – that’s the best way I can explain it. I’m a middle child and the black sheep of the family; I, kind of, went against the grain on everything,” she said.
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