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DARRELL WILLIAMS (1966 - )
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Born on July 24, 1966 in Brooklyn Jewish Hospital in New York, and one of five children two sisters and two brothers. I grew up in red Hook projects, attended P.S. 27, at the age of 12 moved to the other side of Brooklyn in the Brownsville-East New York, and went to Franklin K. Lane High School, after transferring from Forest Hills High School. I obtained my high school diploma while incarcerated and spent two years in college and took drama as a course. My writing began in Great Meadow Correction in New York and worked on my screenplay and play for the past 16 years, which is now completed, and have finished two short stories and began my first book that is in the final stages of completion. Presently incarcerated in Lee Correction Institution in South Carolina, where I completed a creative writing course and now the head teacher's assistant of the program and now presently submitting my work for contest and publication to various agents, publishers, and contest.
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Urban Soldja is about our young male and female teenagers living not in suburban neighborhoods but the urban neighborhoods where gang violence has become the social norm, poverty, dropouts, drug addiction, alcoholism, teen pregnancies, and grandma-raising kids again is even with death rate in these urban neighborhoods. These male and females fighting to get out, know that some make it out, others have died trying to get out and others never make it out this urban war zone. A parent fighting for what all parents in these urban neighborhoods do best, is fight for their children survival in a never-ending battle that continues from one generation to the next, and avoid their children from becoming casualties of this urban war zone. Presented against the background of Red hook projects in Brooklyn New York, is about project living conditions and the heartbreaking struggle to visualize one-self in these surroundings. The play is about teenage social, economic, and family pressures, which create frustration, disappointments, and hostilities among this generation. The three main families of this play are, the Gulstons whose father is on death row for killing an off-duty police officer and now his wife is collecting welfare and must raise three boys 10, 15, 17 years old and the crisis that will disrupt their lives and how these tragic incidents alter their lives. The Bookers, Ms. Booker is working at Madison Square Garden and is a single mother raising four children ages 6, 8,9,15, her two oldest sons killed in a drive by shooing, and now her 15-year-old daughter is pregnant again with her second child. Ms. Goddard is on welfare and trying to hold a part-time job in the local Key food supermarket, she has two boys Baron is sixteen(16) and dropped out of school and now a member of the a gang(Bloods),his brother Stanley is in school but selling drugs. Their sister is 19years old and was brutally raped and beaten. Now she is addicted to crack. These families embody the hopes, dreams, failures, and frustrations, of the parents and children in an emotional and economically depressed society where the American dream is lost to them. These parents are typical, incapable of giving up about anything. All of them have a sense of pursuit of life, and now have no wherewithal to bring it nearer. These principal families wage a battle within their families, to ensure the American dreams is not lost in the projects. Writing about these three families need for love, dignity, achievement, and continuity makes them relevant to families outside New York's Red Hook Projects and presents a realistic anecdote for change and for the personal troubles of these families and our communities.
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