[People in Uptown: Kathy, Meg, Jane…Chrysalis]

Interviews with residents of the Uptown neighborhood conducted by students at the Chrysalis Learning Community, an alternative school for girls, including a young woman from Alabama, a teen boy watching his niece at the playground, and a Lakota Sioux woman who works at a store selling Native American arts and crafts.

00:05Copy video clip URL Young people sit in a circle. One of them strums a guitar. 

02:26Copy video clip URL A young woman holding a microphone interviews one of them, laughing. “Well here we have a normal, typical-looking American girl. What’s your name?” They joke with each other and the interviewer speaks with the other people sitting in the circle. A young man with glasses explains his job as a “gopher” who fixes things. 

04:15Copy video clip URL She speaks with a young woman who’s a student at Chrysalis. She talks about the school. The group chats and laughs. 

05:58Copy video clip URL The interviewer introduces Abby George and her son Mikey, who is playing with a toy gun that he keeps sticking inside his mouth. They talk about the neighborhood, which Abby George hates because it’s “too dirty.” She’s from Alabama and plans to move to New Orleans. She says that she’s from “the sticks” in Alabama and talks about the parts of the neighborhood that she doesn’t like, including Stockton, which she doesn’t like because “there’s too many colored people there, and I don’t like colored people that much.” 

09:36Copy video clip URL Abby George explains that she’d recently had to move apartments because the landlords raised the rent, but also because “Puerto Ricans managed it and you couldn’t understand them.” The interviewer explains Chrysalis to her. 

10:48Copy video clip URL A young man, Robert, on the swing set. Casual offscreen conversation. Robert talks about school and about growing up in Chicago. He’s at the playground watching his 2-year-old niece Diane.

14:04Copy video clip URL Patricia Tyson, an employee at a store owned by Chee Joe Spencer, speaks with the interviewer. She explains that she is a Lakota Sioux from South Dakota, and that she has lived in Chicago since she was a child. She discusses the Native pottery, fabrics, and other materials that are sold in the store, all of which is produced by Native American craftspeople. 

19:45Copy video clip URL Tyson continues the discussion of the arts and crafts sold in the store, including paintings and silver jewelry.

21:47Copy video clip URL Video ends. Followed by static. 



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