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Rize Script





Six days of rioting in a Negro

section of Los Angeles...



left behind scenes reminiscent

of war-torn cities.



More than

a hundred square blocks...



were decimated

by fire and looters.



Civil rights leaders

were quick to deplore...



the unbridled lawlessness...



and Martin Luther King vowed

to do all in his power...



to prevent a reoccurrence

in Los Angeles or anywhere.



This is our neighborhood.



This is where we grew up.



We were all kids back then

when this happened...



but we managed to grow

from these ashes.



And this is

where we still live.



Well, if you're drowning

and there's nothing around...



for help

but a board floating...



you're gonna reach out

for that board.



And this was our board.



And from this board...



we floated abroad,

and we built us a big ship.



And we're gonna sail into

the dance world, the art world.



We're gonna take it by storm

because it's our belief.



This is not a trend.

Let me repeat.



This is not a trend.



You better give me a hug.

Give me a hug.



I need a hug.

Give me a hug.



You don't have to dance.



I want a hug from

a pretty girl like you.



You are so pretty.

Come here, girl.



How'd it get started?



Tommy started it in '  .     .



He started off

by hisself at first.



What's up, baby?



Come on, you guys.

You guys ready to party?



When he first started out,

he had a little black bucket...



and had his little sign

on the side.



He was just starting out,

but he's come a long way.



All you hear is,

"Tommy, Tommy dancing.



"Tommy this. Tommy that.

I wanna go to Tommy Academy."



I have a ten-year-old son...



that's trying to get

into the academy.



So I think

that it's wonderful...



and he needs to keep up

the good work...



and he needs to be commended for

the things that he's doing...



for the black community,




He has marvelous parties...



so somebody need to call

and give a party...



'cause he give bomb parties.



Tommy is a ghetto celebrity,

'cause you're gonna see Tommy...




in your neighborhood...



in the middle of your streets,

waking you up...



because his music gonna be loud.



When my mom was in jail,

he took me in...



and he made sure

I got to school.



Whatever I needed,

he made sure I was OK.



If I wasn't dancing for Tommy...



I'd probably be doing

some bad things right now.



I fear for him sometimes,




'cause a lot of people

are jealous...



and they're

really hatin' on him.



If something happened to him,

we'd all be right there.



We all gonna suffer.



He screams at us.



He screams, "You in trouble."



He basically,

you know, like a father.



He was really there for me.



And I admire him for that.

I love him for that.



See how you powder like that?



Then you got to get the lips.

You don't want it to smear.






Yep. And that's it.



Once I put the powder on...



then you try to dust off some

of the white of the powder...



and there you have it.



Your color come back.



People always

used to say I act crazy.



I always did silly things.



And this girl,

just out of the blue...



asked can I be a clown

at her birthday party.



And I was, like, "A clown?"



I pull up to

the neighborhood, jump out.



I start dancing,

walking on my hands, flippin'.



Kids would run out the houses.



People would run out the houses.



And I'll give 'em a card.



"If you need a clown

for your birthday party...



"call Tommy the Clown,

the hip-hop dancing clown."



And it start spreadin'.



Happy birthday, Malik!



Y'all ready

to party with Malik...



- somebody say, "That's right."

- That's right!



Y'all ready to have

some fun with Malik...



- say, "You know this, man."

- You know this, man!



Everybody go and give Malik

some birthday hits.



I'm just playin'.

I'm just playin'.



I'm just playin'. Y'all stop.

Y'all better back up.



You have to remember.

I created this on my own.



I started from the ground up.



No one offered me no money.

No one gave me a dime.



But I'm perceived to be

the richest man on Earth...



and ain't got a dime.



You ready for that?



Let me see you break it down.



You ain't gonna break it down?



Back in the days,

I had my share...



of being, I guess you

can say, a drug dealer...



coming out here and

gettin' involved with drugs.



I came out here

to become big time...



because I saved my money...



and was like one

of the big drug dealers...



where I got

my nice cars and stuff.



And I always liked

to show off...



to say, "Man, look what

I have gotten," you know?



That was back then.



I always say God

gave me the opportunity...



'cause either you end up

shot, dead, and killed...



or you go to jail.



And thank God

that I went to jail.



And when I went to jail...



I said, "This is not

the place for me"...



and I changed my life.



I prayed. I asked God

to give me another chance.



I didn't know

I was saving kids' lives.



But if you look at it,

yes, you are...



'cause that kid

come dance with you...



who wouldn't dance with you...



and you were straight

to that kid.



"Hey, I catch you in a gang,

you are in trouble.



"If I catch you

even claiming anything...



"I don't want you

to wear them colors."



And they listen to me,

and they do it.



So I guess you could say

that saved his life...



because if they would've

wore that color...



they would've went over

to that neighborhood...



they would've got shot,

they would've been dead.



It's the bottom line.



Everybody say break it down



Break it down



Say, "Break it down"



Break it down



Say, "Break it down"



Break it down



Bam. OK, it's about to get down,

y'all. Check this out.



As I started gettin' older...



I started lookin'

at the way these kids dance...



and I started grabbin' 'em.



I had another girl,

another guy...



and then it just started

spreading like that.



Larry is, like...



one of the oldest

clown members that I have.



I consider him

to be my right-hand man...



'cause he been with me

through day one.



Tommy is

a father figure to Larry.



Sometimes, when Larry

get off the ringer...



and have the attitudes

and be way-out crazed...



I say, "OK, that's it."

That's my threat.



See, that's my weapon... Tommy.



I say, "OK, that's it.

Let me get the phone.



"Let me call Tommy right now,

see now what time it is.



"No more clowning for you."



I say, "OK, Tommy,

your son is off the ringer."



So I tell him now. Tommy say,

"Yeah, I wanna talk to Larry."



I say, "Well, that's your son.

Holler at him."



'Cause to tell the truth,

he has more control.



Tommy have Larry in the palm

of his hands right now.



I have been

Larry dad for a long time...



to where if he's slippin'

in school and grades...



I have to smash on him

and let him know...



"Hey, come here and do

your homework, homie"...



and if you get to where I say...



"Hey, you can't clown

this weekend and next week"...



it hurts, you know?



'Cause they love to do it.



Hey, I want him to be a Blood

or I want him to be a Crip...



"No, I'm not gonna be either.

I wanna be a Clown."



That's how

he separated hisself...



from all the bullcrap

out here in Holly-Watts.



Most of my family is, like,

on this block, city of Watts.



Man, we... we right here

in the... in the lion's den...



the pit of snakes.



What's up, Little George?



This is my little brother

Little George.



Come here, George.



We have all the gangs

on one side...



and then you have the Clowns

on the other side.



They gonna ask you,

"Who do you dance with?"



Or they gonna be, like,

"What set you from?"



So that's why it's either

a gang or a clown group.



Dance with a clown group,

they go on about their business.



They go about their business,

don't bother you too much.



Larry is over here

with the clowns.



I thank God for that.



George, when you gonna

start dancin'?



You know it's like

a family tradition.



Granny used to be a clown, too.



I'm so glad they came out

with this clown thing...



'cause ain't no tellin' where

the kids would really be...



or what would they be doing.



What else is there to do?



The clown thing

is a big part of L.A.



Everybody want to be a clown.



Everybody... everybody's

into the clownin'.



What is a clown group?



A clown group is...



Birthday parties.



How do I put it?

A clown group is...



Makin' people happy.



Is a group of people




Makin' smiles where

there were no smiles...



laughter where

there was no laughter.



See, a lot of clown groups

don't have the entertainment.



You can't just go out there

and just dance, dance, dance.



People don't wanna see that.

They wanna see a show.



You have to, like,

love doin' it.



You can't just say...



"Uh, I'm gonna do it

'cause I know how to dance."



It's, like, something

you have to have love for.



It's like a getaway.

You know what I mean?



You get to travel

from here to there...



see, meet different people.



And some people don't even

get out their own neighborhood.



People say, "Why you still

dancin' with Tommy the Clown?"



You know what I'm sayin'?



Because I want to.

I like to do this.



I been doin' this

since I was   .



I'm    now, you know?



So I'm gettin' older,

and I like entertaining.



You know what I'm saying?



This is one of my dreams

I wanna pursue...



is to be an entertainer.



I can do my dance thing.

I can be funny.



I can make people laugh.

I can meet new people.



I can...



make myself a name

to where people know who I am...



and give me my respect for just

doing something positive...



and not going negative.



'Cause if I wasn't doin'

this clown shit...



I honestly think

I'd have probably been...



a very, very, very bad person.



Yo, Tommy.



Would you happen

to remember Celestine?



No. Who is this?



I told you he don't remember.



No. How you doin'?

I remember you.



- What you been up to, girl?

- Nothin'.



When they let you out of jail?



Oh, this ain't...



Oh, my bad. I thought...

Ain't this the one?



Well, she look like her.



I wanna see you...



Go, shorty



It's your birthday



We gonna party

like it's your birthday



We gonna sip Bacardi like...



Hold on, baby. Hold on.



No. No, baby. We not gonna

sip no Bacardi, sweetheart.



- Blow it out.

- I know it hurts.



That's all right.

That's all right.



And we gonna sing it for you...



Let it out.



Right here, right now.



And it goes

a little somethin' like this.



Happy birthday



dear Liza



Oh, yes, indeed



I don't need y'all to clap



'Cause we know we can sing, yeah



I'm not talkin' to you... ou... ou



Y'all better clap.

That's the end of the song.



How many clown groups are there?



You have House of Clowns.



This is Homeboy the Clown

Entertainment right here.



Cartoonz Clowns.



This is

Hard 'N' the Paint Clowns.



Check it out.

This is that one and only...



Rocco the Clown

representin' True Clowns.



World Wide Clowns.

Y-K Clowns.



Get Em Up Clowns.



We were Get Em Up Clowns.

Now it's Get Em Up Soldiers.



Just Clownin'. Platinum Clowns.



What's up?

There's No Comparison.



We're Nan Nutta.



Big X, you know what I'm sayin'?



A.k.a. Cereal Man,

you know, Froot Loop Man.



You know what I'm sayin'?



Rice Track Clowns.



Holler back.



Titanium Clowns.



I'd say about   .



About    clown groups.

Different clown groups.



There's, like, over   .




it's a bunch of kids...



that do the stripper dance,

paint their faces like clowns...



and go put on a show

for a birthday party.



What's stripper dance?



What's the stripper dance?



What's the stripper dance?



I don't know where the stripper

dance just came from.



It just jumped into the air.



One day, I didn't even know.



Like, I went to a party...



and that was,

like, the new dance.



The stripper dance is like where

you open both of your legs...



and you bend like this.



And then you gotta be making

your butt bounce like that.



But it really be bouncin'.



It be like a lotta guys

be lookin', like...



"Oh, she's hot. She's bangin'."



So I do the stripper dance...



and I combined it

with a little clownin'...



so I do the stripper,

and I do it like this...



this just stripper plain.



But then I wobble with it,

like, wobble...



and that's the clownin'

and the stripper dance together.



'Cause I'm...



Anybody out in Los Angeles,

you have to be taught it.



Out here, it's a flow.

It's a vibe.



It's like a connection.



Everybody does it.

Everybody sees it.



We do everything.

We'll Harlem shake for you.



We'll bounce.

We'll do our little thing.



We'll do our little swingin'.

We'll put everything in it.



The bleach and

the little African clown walk.



We'll do it all.



The stripper dance

has everything in it.



I've seen some parents

see the little  -year-olds...



out there poppin'

their booties...



and like, "I would never

let my daughter do that."



"Why? She's out there

having fun.



"She's not doing anything wrong.

She's not being sexual.



"There's nobody

out there with her.



"There's nobody touching her.



"She's out there poppin'.

What's wrong with poppin'?"



You have stripper dancing,

which we do not do.






You have... you have...

you have clown dancing...



and then you have

the krump dancing.



It's like hygiene.



Either you smell good,

or you don't.



Either you krump, or you not.




we're from the inner city...



what you would call it

the ghetto...



you know, the lower parts

of Los Angeles...



Watts, east side of L.A.,

Compton, Long Beach.



We don't get the best

of everything.



So what we do, we come together,

and we dance.



We don't have

after-school programs.



When you don't wanna

do football...



because that's pretty much

the only thing...



that you can do

in the inner city.



There's always a football team.



Because in the inner city...



we're all thought of to be

sports players, you know.



Everyone is not a sports player.




does not play basketball...



and everybody

does not play football.



There... Is there something

else for us to do?



So what we did is...

is a group of us got together...



and we invented this.



In better neighborhoods...



they have

performing arts schools.



You have ballet,

you have modern...



you have jazz,

you have tap...



and this is all those

prestigious academies...



you can go to.



It's nothing like that

available to you...



when you live where we live.



I grew up around here...

Menlo, Normandie...



I grew up in this area.



It's real hard for kids like me,

'cause, OK, you have school.



You go to school,

but you have gangbangers...



and you can't even wear

certain colors around here.



So you tend to have an outlet...



and sometimes...

well, most of the time...



your outlet is music.



This is where a lot of music...



And you just think

of stuff in your head...



it goes through your mind...



and a lot of times,

dancing comes out.



When you know

that there's a krump session...



me, myself, and I know

a lot of people...



will stop whatever is going on

if there's a gathering...



because it's the spirit

that's there.



There's a spirit in...

In the midst of krumpness...



there is a spirit there,

you know.



A lot of people think

it's just, you know...



"Oh, they're just

a bunch of rowdy...



"you know, just ghetto,

just heathen and thugs."



No. No, what we are

are oppressed.



It's more of the...

not the black sheep...



but just a raw version.



Like, you have organized ball,

then you have street ball.



Krumping is the street ball.



You have a boy who gets krump...



and just coincidentally,

his girlfriend gets krump.



They face off. It's the

classic battle of the sexes.



And that's what makes it like...



"Oh, my God.

Females do this, too?"



It looks like we're

fighting somebody...



but we're not fighting anybody.



Like, you can push somebody,

but they see nothing of it.



Fighting is the last thing

on our mind when we're dancing.



It is the last thing.



The style changes,

believe it or not, every day.



Every day, the style changes.



And if you haven't

danced in two days...



if you come to a krump session,

we're gonna know.



"What did I miss?"



"You've been slacking off.

Go home."



Once you see the real thing...



you're gonna know

it's the real thing.



You're gonna know.



You're gonna be, like, "That has

to be the real thing...



"because I will never see

anything like this again."



When they dance,

you know it's on.



Especially if you have somebody

that's wildin' out like...



krumping themselves out.



It gets the girls more amped...



to get out there

and handle their business.



Some of us may look gritty.



Some of us may not have

the prettiest smiles.



You know what I'm saying?

But we are krumping.



That's the part

of what makes us krump.



It seems

a little bit aggressive...



but it's a good way

to take out your anger...



when you go through stuff

in your personal life.



But say people have problems...



you know, didn't get this,

didn't get that.



Short on this bill.

Short on that bill.



Just the fact

that you can get krump...



you can channel that anger.



Anything negative that has

happened in your life...



you can channel that

into your dancing...



and you can release that

in a positive way...



because you're releasing it

through art, the art of dance.



This is our ghetto ballet.



This is how

we express ourselves.



This is the only way

we see fit of storytelling.



This is the only way of making

ourselves feel like we belong.



If I know someone is looking

at me, it's gonna be hard.



Some people can't dance if they

have someone looking at them.



But if you know there's a mask

sort of covering your face...



you know, then you feel that

it's just you by yourself...



and that your identity

is hidden...



so you can dance

as freely as you want to.



There's not just a bunch

of people acting wild.



This is an art form.



It's just as valid

as your ballet...



as your waltz,

as your tap dance.



Except we wouldn't have

to go to school for this...



'cause it was already

implanted in us... from birth.



Tell us what's happening.



What happened? Tell me.



She just struck.



It's what

we all been waiting on.






She has reached...



That's what all of us

been waiting on.



I marked my grandfather.



That was the first battle

I really won.



Before he a preach...



he would sing a song, "Lord,

Lift Me Up and Let Me Stand."



So I just followed

the words to that song...



but I was really dancing to

the song that I was dancing to.



But I was just... In my mind,

I was dancing to those words.



I live with Reverend Turner.



He was always there.



I miss my family...



because that is my family,

my blood family.



But on the other side,

I still...



when I need

a family to go to...



I have my church family

to come to.



Clown groups are,

in a real sense, like families.



We laugh together.

We cry together.



We go through... Whatever

one person goes through...



that whole group

goes through it.



Me and my homie,

Baby Tight Eyez...



we went to school together.



He played instruments,

and I was always dancing.



It was this one performance...



when I got into this whole

clown dancing thing.



I was just beginning.

I seen him perform...



and I was already labeled

as the tightest clown dancer.



I said to myself,

"I want him to be under me.



"I wanted to take him under

my wing so I can train him."



'Cause I think he got potential

to be just as tight as I am...



because I see some

of my characteristics in him.



I knew about his background

before I knew him...



'cause people would tell me,

"This dude has problems.



"He doesn't go to school.

He has no clothes.



"His brother stays

in and out of jail."



I used to be like that.



My moms, she... she in jail.



She in jail 'cause...

she don't wanna live right.



She been smoking dope

for as long as I know...



since I was a baby,

since before I was born.



He's had a lot of obstacles.



His mom, um,

had a drug problem...



and he's had to face a lot of

challenges as a young person...



more so

than the average young person...



who has the advantage

a having a mom who was sober...



or a dad who was sober.



He calls me mom, you know...



but not just his mom,

his play mom...



but I'm proud to be his pastor.



My dad, he was my idol...



'cause I never saw

a man do so much...



and make so much

of the day like he did.



I saw him

as a father figure...



and a role model

at the same time.



He was my friend, also.



I see, like, lights

flashing in the back.



Then my mom comes,

and she's telling me...



she's like, "I'm gonna tell you

your dad committed suicide."



You know...



shot hisself in the head

in the backyard.



You know, came home,

we found him like this.



He was the only child

that kept it...



kind of quietly inside of him.



I felt as if...



I was his only child

that didn't cry...



you know, at the funeral

like everybody else did.



I didn't, you know,

rant and rave.



So for a long time,

I thought, you know,



does that mean

I loved him any less?



And I realized

it doesn't mean that.



It's just that everybody

mourns in a different way.



I've been in a lot

of family situations.



I've been shot

by a family member.



My grandfather

shot me in my arm.



Right here.



Went in through this way

and came out through here.



I was trying to protect

my mom 'cause he was drunk.



And I was looking at my body,

looking at my baby's body...



and I seen blood.



We didn't know where

the blood was coming from.



Chance was standing

on the right side of me.



I don't know how...

how the bullet hit me...



and the gun was pointed directly

to my little brother's back.



She was holding

my little brother.



It must have been God,

'cause turned the bullet...



from when it hit the middle,

it must have turned the bullet.



It ricocheted off

of something...



and went straight

through my arm.



If the bullet

hadn't have turned...



the bullet would have hit

my little baby.



It would have tore him up.



But it turned, and it got him

right in this arm...



and it went in, and it went out.



I had to go to a crackhouse...



to get my mama

out of the crackhouse.



That's not a good sight

to see as a kid.



I don't remember how old I was.



I just remember that vision.



It hurts, yeah, but that's

what I got krumpness for.



That's why I get krump.



Some people don't feel safe

outside of this place.



I mean, I've seen a lot

of people come from Hollywood...



and come and visit

my home and be like...



"How do you live here?

You live in South Central.



"Oh, it's so...

it's so dangerous."



Like... it's not dangerous.

It's life.



A lot of the kids out here...



they don't have

that push or that drive...



to go and be in Hollywood...



because so many people

have knocked them down already.



So their comfort is the 'hood.



It's scary to go to Hollywood...



if you're coming

from the 'hood...



for the simple fact that

everything is so intimidating.



When I first got

my first glance at Hollywood...



everybody seemed

like this to me...



and I felt like this...



Everybody's so uppity.



Everybody has so many things

going for themselves...



and here I am.



And that's how

the kids here feel.



We're just some...



some gutter kids.



Tell me something.



What has your big homie

in the gangbangin' world...



done for you lately?



I don't have no big homie.



In a gangbanging world?



I'm just Baby Tight Eyez.



I walked in a room...



and the boy

socked me in my head.



So I beat him up real, real bad.



That's what I did.



What are you doing on the  - ...



whatever hood street

you at, anyway?



I went over there with my dad!



Oh. So's your dad gangin' now?



Daddy's been a gangbanger.



He just started back again?



You could say that.



If I had to go in that 'hood,

as dangerous as it is...



and tell them that...



that you not gonna be

a part of this gang, I will.



If I have to go

to your school...



to show that you ain't

a part of this gang, I will.



I know I'm not

a parent or anything...



but I feel like I have

to be an older mentor...



and a positive role model to

keep him on the right track...



'cause I know

that's all he needs.



I know he looks up to me.

In some ways, I look up to him.



I never tell him that, but I do.



So all we gonna do

is show him more love...



and he'll overcome this.



He needs to be somewhere

with me...



whether his dad likes it or not.



'Cause his dad doesn't even

look like he cares about him.



Krumpness is

the closed chapter...



of your life of hurt,

sorrow, anguish...



that people don't know about.



Kids these days

have a whole set of anxieties.



Maybe he's angry that he's

seen me work all my life.



We seem to be

in a standstill pattern.



Maybe he's angry

that he doesn't have a dad.



He'll say,

"I just never envisioned...



"that dad wouldn't be here."



Hey, mama, look at this.



"Baby, you're gonna give

yourself a heart attack!



"You know you got asthma!

Who taught you that?"



Cartoonz, they was krump.



I got a black eye.

They said it looked beautiful.



Mama, that's part of dancin'.



That's part of my moves. See?



They like it out there.



They krump.



I used to be a dancer for Tommy.



I, too, as he said...



used to be one of

Tommy the Clown's dancers.



I thank Tommy the Clown

for doin' what he did...



and startin' the movement...



but what we do now

is totally different.



"I thank Tommy

for startin' the movement...



"but we do it different now."



No, you might do it

a little retarded, you know.



It became boring,

and it's, like, you need more.



You need more.






Let me alone.



I wanna get krump.



And everybody that got skills,

I want you to go to the front.



If you're not dancing,

please go to the back.



We need hot dancers

in the front.



You look at gangbanging,

it's a competition.



The Crips go against the Bloods.



They wanna be better than

each other, stuff like that.



So by this clown war

being created...



and the BattleZone

being created...



it's like

that same competition...



but it's on the flip side.



Having so many clown groups,

somebody wants to be the best.



You know, somebody

wants to be number one.



Somebody wants to be number  .

Somebody wants to be noticed.



So that's how Tommy started

the thing called the BattleZone.



You know how battle-dancin'

was back in the days.



I just brought it back.



With makeup.



- BattleZone.

- BattleZone.



It's like fightin',

like getting out your anger...



but on the dance floor,

with creative moves.



We have the little mama match...



where it's little mamas breakin'

it down, showin' skills.



The community

is, like, "Oh, my God."



We got big boy match.



We bring out the big people.



You don't have

to worry about nothin'...



'cause you can do it, too.



These are matches

that we have inside of a ring...



and the crowd, you be the judge.



The crowd judge.



You know, millions watchin'.



I don't care if you get

out there and blink an eye.



You better blink that eye like

you never blinked it before.



You got to show your skills.



To me, when I'm dancin'...



I don't care if the ugliness

come out or not...



'cause I'm dancin'. It's me.



So that's the difference

between me and her.



It's, like, a big difference

between La Niņa and Miss Prissy.



When you say La Niņa,

I was, like, "Whoa."



When you say Miss Prissy,

you're thinking of, like...



a pretty girl, like...

you know, like that.



You'll see a side of Miss Prissy

you've never seen before.



I'm gonna be the total opposite

of my name...



but that's how it happens.



I'm prissy all day,

but at night...



it's something

totally different.



I never lost before. I don't

know how it feels to lose.



They tellin' the people

that they better than us...



'cause, uh, they're

not with us no more?



We couldn't be centered anymore.



So you, they, them,

made Tommy? No.



Different style of paint.



November   .



Different style of dance.



At the Great Western Forum,




Different style of everything.



You goes down.



I guarantee you that.



Here's your Oscar now.



Tommy's got krump!



El Niņo Boy,

you goin' down tonight.



You goin' down. I see you

with your little bodyguards...



but they gonna get beat up, too.



Every time I think

about Larry...



it's like, oh, it's over.



I ain't even started

dancing yet, and it's over.



I want everybody to win.

I want no losses, baby.



Whoever lose...



I repeat: Whoever lose...



is out!



I ain't gonna even

talk about it.



There goes the game! Game over!



Hey, y'all, get ready.

Let's go. Let's line up.



If they beat us,

I'm gonna retire.



What would you do?

Just say it happened.



If they beat me?



Hey, I'll probably be

workin' at Vons with Larry.



Let's get ready to rumble!



Get ready to make some noise!



La Niņa, you ready, girl?

We about to kick it off.



Miss Prissy, you ready, girl?



We about to kick it off.



Let's make some noise for...



La Niņa!



Do me a favor and make

some noise for Miss Prissy!



And the world-famous, undisputed

champion of the world...






Miss Prissy!



Say, "Larry!"






Say, "Larry!"






Say, "Larry!"






Give it up for Lil Man!



Give it up for Lil Mama!



I cannot believe!



This is ludicrous.



It's all good.



I ain't never got

to practice for nothin'.



I came out there,

danced off my head...



and came up with

a beautiful show, baby.



A beautiful show.



They cheated my cousin.

They cheated all y'all.



That's some bullshit.

That was weak.



All them niggas is weak!



All y'all battle! All y'all!



Battle! Right! Battle!



You all did not win

all of the battles.



I'm gonna tell you that.



You didn't win 'em all...



but you got cheated out

of about  .



Told y'all we were gonna do it!



That wasn't no BattleZone.

That was a concert for Larry.



And he won.



We won! We won!



We won!



Thank you, Jesus!



How you doin'?






He probably worked

his ass off...



for about   weeks,

  weeks or something.



You know what I'm saying?



I'm real with this.

I'm original.



Everything I do is pure.



I don't have to practice it.



I don't have to want it.

I already got it.



You know what I'm sayin'?



And it's done.

I ain't got nothin' to say.



I'm done.



Feel good to wear this, baby.



Be all I am the way I am



'Cause I'm...



Tell us... Tell us what happened.



Somebody done broke into his...



Everything OK?



They just broke...

broke in my house.



While we was on here

at the BattleZone...



they broke in my house.

They thrashed everything.



You try and work hard

for these people...



but people

are always doin' stuff.



Doin' stuff,

and they doin' this stuff.



It's hard, man!



They can't do that.

They can't do that.



Stand over here, sir.



While I was

winnin' the BattleZone...



I was losing

BattleZone over here.



They came in the house...



broke in the house,

and took everything.



The front door is over there?



No, the front door

and this door.



This is the sliding door...



and there's a door through

that washroom over there.



OK. I'm gonna check this out.



You just have to know that...



because you're doing

something right...



this is happening.



OK? These things happen...



only when people do

something positive. OK?



And, you know,

you're trying to do...



something very good

for the children...



for the kids, and this is

unfortunate, but it is...



Hey, baby.



Hi, daddy.



How you doin'?






Yeah, I feel you.






Th... there.



There you go, daddy.



Something's missing.



My DVD player gone.



Did you dust the front door?

Because that wouldn't...



We dust the whole house, sir.



We dust the whole house.



Don't trip. Forget this...



'cause we fi'n

to get a mansion.



We're gonna have a mansion

with everything we want in it.






They can trash it...



'cause we movin'

to bigger and better things.



Everything happens

for a reason...



and that lets you know

we have to leave.






We have to get out of here.

That's all that is.



They heard you weren't

movin' fast enough.



They was tryin' to help you.



Everything happens for a reason.



That's how you

got to look at it.



I remember that.



We fi'n to go in a mansion.



We're gonna have a   -story.



Let's go!



Clownin' is cool,

but the hard part...



is the life outside of clownin'.



This is Inglewood.

So this is Inglewood.



Inglewood is set up

to be a deadly place...



just like South Central.



South Central is a deadly place.



A couple of weeks ago,

we seen a guy get shot.



First time I seen something

like that in my life.



We're drivin'.



I'm in the truck.

I'm drivin' the truck.



Tommy's drivin' the  . .



You know, he stops.



He bent over

to pick up somethin'...



and soon as he leans back up,

we hear a shot.



Man, laid out

on the corner right there.



I ain't never seen

nothin' like that.



Head blown all off.

All over the corner.



Drivin' down the street

from a school.



We just finished

doing this preschool.



All the kids, everybody saw it.



It was just... too dramatic.



Ain't nothin' for them

to do but to be bad.



I mean, if you

grew up around people...



that got a kick

out of hurtin' people...



or got a kick out

of robbin' people...



and that's all

around you   /  all day...



that means eventually...



you gonna start catching

a feel for it.



It's so much violence

going on...



and, I mean, you know,

shootings, killings, I mean...



you know, the kids just

need somethin' positive.



The way life is out here...



it's hard for you

to walk down a street...



and not know that you're

not gonna get shot today.



You don't even have to be

part of a gang or whatever.



You could just be that person

walking to the store.



Just walking

out in the street...



you could get shot

for no reason.



Just for looking like somebody,

you get shot.



There she goes. There she goes!



Family members of

  -year-old Quinesha Dunford...



say she simply

left home last night...



to walk to the store

to buy a soda...



when she was gunned down.



Her   -year-old friend

who was walking with her...



Demario Moore,

was also shot dead.



Authorities say

for no apparent reason...



known gang members

targeted the kids...



and killed them as they

walked along   th street...



between Budlong and

Normandie Avenues in south L.A.



She was one of those victims...



an innocent victim,

that go to practice...



that do everything

that you supposed to do...



and was at the wrong place

at the wrong time...



to say hi to somebody

across the light...



when the store is right there.



From crazy people

runnin' the block...



shootin' out of a car, and

don't know who they shootin'.



They shoot old people,

young people, babies.



They didn't care.



They came around the block

just shootin' people.



And she happened to be...



in the wrong place

at the wrong time.



'Cause she had so much to do.



She loved dancin'.

She loved drill team.



She loved cheerleading.

She loved it all.



His father, I think,

was a old gang member, an O.G.



And his father's enemies

was lookin' for somebody...



and they shot at them.

Both of them got killed.



See, that just

make me feel like...



I don't wanna be

in this place no more.



But you just can't leave.

This is my home.



Amazing grace



How sweet



The sound



That saved



A wretch



Like me



I once



Was lost



But now



I'm found



I was blind



But now









Austin Harris is my name.



Selling caskets is my game.



I've been neighbors

to the clowns about   months...



and we all get together

just fine.



Lot of people think...



the old folks the one

all doin' all the dyin'...



but you young folks

beatin' us out of here, boy.



You know that?

You're killin' yourselves.



Don't make sense.



But anyway, to each his own.



You just tell your parents

where I am.



When we throw

our club nights...






After we throw our clubs...



people be out there

hangin' out and everything...



and drinkin',

whatever they doin'...



and they look in here...



that's like givin'

them a message like...



Right, right, right.



OK, you have fun, but if

you clown around too much...



you're gonna end up right here.



Reality, it sets in.

It will. It will. You know.



You need to come

to the club, though.



I do?



You do, 'cause

I think you still got...



Do a little boogie?



You still doin' a little boogie.



Oh, yeah, well, I need that.

I used to do it.



I mean, I done seen a lot

of things happen in my life.



A whole lot.



And I'm only    years old.



Swoop, horrible where he lives.



Horrible, you know?



And it's good that,

you know, he stopped...



'cause he was... he was...

he was in that direction...



but he twisted it,

he changed it, came to clownin'.



Been here ever since,

which was good...



'cause he was there.

He was almost there.



Life is not a game.



That's right. I hear you.



I'm serious.



Take advantage of it

while you can.



Yeah, you better clown right.



I know y'all's

some good clowns...



but y'all better clown right.



'Cause if you don't...



I know where

you're gonna end up.



Right here...



with me.



Go on in. Take a look.



Not now.



No, come on in here.

Come on.



You wanna go in?



Yeah. Find a casket

that's big enough for you.



We can have one special made.



Don't worry.



I used to be... Back in the day,

I was a gangbanger.



My mother and my father

were both addicts...



so the only family I had was

the family in the streets...



that showed me

what I thought was love.



You know what I mean?



It's like, "We loyal to you

and we sisters"...



and we're hangin' out and,

you know, kind of like...



a commitment,

we were down for each other.



And sometimes, unfortunately...



kids that don't get it

at home...



have to go and get it

in the streets.



And when they get it

in the streets...



it's mistaken, because

in the end, nobody's ever there.



On the streets, I found,

like, street mothers...



and street brothers

and street sisters, you know...



that kind of looked out for me.



At least I thought

they looked out for me.



What happened?



Well, I ended up

in some situations where...



where people ran out on me...



when my life took a bad turn,

that they bailed out, you know.



I had a bout

with substance abuse...



for about    years, you know.



And nobody was there in the end.

Nobody was there in the end.



And that's

when I had to turn to God.



I just said,

"God, please help me.



"I don't wanna die this way."



When did this happen?



  years ago.



And so Dragon was around...



Dragon was... Dragon took care

of his siblings...



when I went through my bout.



Dragon was father to these kids.



Dragon would cook, clean,

get them to school.



And he was the father.




my kids should be messed up.



My kids are great.

They're obedient.



They're well-disciplined.

They're respectful.



And I got great kids, you know?



Dragon here.



Hey, old bat.



Don't say that.



Oh, Dragon.



Why'd you say that stuff

on the phone to me?



Thank you, Dragon.



The first time

I saw Dragon get krump...



I thought he was on drugs...



or maybe somebody had

given him somethin'.



He was just, like,

runnin' around...



and screamin,

tearin' off his clothes.



And I didn't know

what happened to him.



Then he explained to me...



that it was

a new form of dancing...



that kind of took 'em

back to their roots.



I love it now.



I can krump, too.



I get krump for Christ,

but I get krump.



Is there a difference?



I don't think

there is a difference.



I think when they dance,

they dance from their spirit.



And when I'm... when I'm at

church, I dance from my spirit.



If you go

to a Christian church...



you go to a Pentecostal,

a Methodist, a Baptist church...



these same movements

can be found in church.



Dragon brought me

back to Christ.



One day, we were getting

krump in my garage...



and he told me,

"You'd be a lot better...



"if you start going

back to church."



And I was, like, "Please."



I forgot what

started me on my way...



and it was God,

and it was God telling me...



"My child, this is your gift.

Use it."



We're not gonna be clones of

the commercial hip-hop world...



because that's been seen

for so many years.



Somebody's waitin'

on something different...



another generation of kids

with morals and values...



that they won't need...



what's being commercialized

or tailor-made for them...



custom-made, because I feel

that we're custom-made.



And we're of more value

than any piece of jewelry...



or any car or any big house

that anybody could buy.



I lost my house, got evicted...



and I had to move in

to an apartment.



And where I'm at today, movin'.



If I end up with nothin',

I mean, it hurts...



but it's like... I mean, dang.

It's like start over again.



There's a lot of things I wish

I could change if I could...



if I could start back over.



And after taking a major loss

like losing your house...



Iosing all your money, you got

to start over, and, uh...



yeah, survivin'

in South Central...



where they say

bustin' a cap is fundamental.



When they get to hatin',

start shakin'.



All right. Let's get ready

to rock 'n' roll, baby.



This is it... showtime.



I think I was

the first Caucasian...



to be dancin' like this.



And when I first seen it,

I just loved it.



I mean, I wanted to do it.



It was hard for me to do it,

'cause they was...



"This white boy,

he ain't got no rhythm...



"he ain't doing this,

he ain't gonna do it right."



When I was jumpin' out the car,

they just surprised.



They mouths dropped like...



"Oh, my God, they got a white

boy. What is he gonna do?



"How is he gonna

go about dancin'?"



Yeah, we get respect,

the way we dance out there...



'cause they don't think Asians

dance like black people.



You got a certain talent...



don't be... don't be

afraid to express it.



We have the belief

that we can be somebody...



and that we're

gonna be somebody.



We're gonna... we're gonna rise,

no matter what.



The sky is the limit,

and there is no limit.


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