The Cox family, residents of North Philadelphia, mourn the shooting death of Terrance “Bird” Cox, 25. Terry, also a resident of North Philly, was shot five times during a

Left: The Cox family, residents of North Philadelphia, mourn the shooting death of Terrance “Bird” Cox, 25. Right: Terry, also a resident of North Philly, was shot five times during a “drug deal gone bad." 

“Blood splatters like the sun spread shining on me,” raps Mz Blaque in a make-shift recording studio in a friend’s North Philly bedroom.  Kama (Kammie), 51, and Steve, 59, both grew up on Susquehanna Ave. Earlier this year, Steve was diagnosed with brain cancer. He died in August.

Left: “Blood splatters like the sun spread shining on me,” raps Mz Blaque in a make-shift recording studio in a friend’s North Philly bedroom.  Right: Kama (Kammie), 51, and Steve, 59, both grew up on Susquehanna Ave. Earlier this year, Steve was diagnosed with brain cancer. He died in August.

A eulogy for Terrance Cox. A T-shirt vigil in Northeast Philadelphia honors the 203 victims of gun violence who died in the city during 2013.

Left: A eulogy for Terrance Cox. Right: A T-shirt vigil in Northeast Philadelphia honors the 203 victims of gun violence who died in the city during 2013.

Children wait for ice cream at a Stop the Violence block party in Southwest Philly. A shooting scene in June 2014 in Strawberry Mansion, North Philly.

Left: Children wait for ice cream at a Stop the Violence block party in Southwest Philly. Right: A shooting scene in June 2014 in Strawberry Mansion, North Philly.

Whoop, 24, a native of Southwest Philly, has been rapping since age 10.

Whoop, 24, a native of Southwest Philly, has been rapping since age 10. “It’s an indescribable feeling,” he says of performing. “I rap about what’s real and things I think matter."

 

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