In the nineties, when rappers mentioned they were in beef with another rapper…you knew what time it was. They weren’t going to have a dance-off or DJ spin-off like they did in the eighties – things had evolved since then.
— Stephanie Johnson
I felt numb. Unsure if I had done something good or bad, my memories of our former friendship were absent and without sentiment. I was standing there, unbalanced, with arms by my side, staring at Shannon and my missing shoe behind her.
— Stephanie Johnson
I think your mum is doing her best, but I think it would help you both to talk more rather than be aggressive to one another or others around you.
— Mr. Williams
The rawness of this moment would jerk the tears of any spectator, but not me. So deep-set was my own emotion that I couldn’t see past my own hurt…
— Stephanie Johnson
This girl probably came from a civilised and educated household, and originally from a neighbourhood that nurtured such traits. But she was in a new neighbourhood now with totally different dynamics. It was now play or be played, and regardless of my hesitations, unfortunately this girl was about to get played.
— Stephanie Johnson
They, like us, watched and loved movies like Boyz n the Hood, Menace II Society, New Jack City, The Godfather and Scarface. Scarface was the epitome of ‘gangsterism’, and that’s what they wanted to be…it’s what we all wanted to be… gangsters in our own movies.
— Stephanie Johnson