Marina Franklin - South Side of Chicago

Witty, Franklin, Hamilton, Shaw Season 8, Ep 806 03/25/2005 Views: 11,111

Marina moved from the white suburbs of Chicago to the South Side of Chicago. (1:21)

IT'S NOT A GREAT AFRICAN NAME.

LIKE MY SISTER'S GOT A GREAT

AFRICAN NAME.

HER NAME IS NYELYA, WHICH MEANS

"ONE WHO SUCCEEDS".

MY NAME IS MARINA.

IT MEANS A PLACE WHERE YOU DOCK

BOATS.

[LAUGHTER]

THANK YOU.

I GREW UP IN CHICAGO, THAT'S

WHERE I GREW UP, THE SUBURBS OF

CHICAGO.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

YEAH, THANKS.

THANKS.

WHITE SUBURBS OF CHICAGO.

THEN WE MOVED TO THE SOUTH SIDE

OF CHICAGO, WHICH IS A BLACK--

[LOUD CHEERING]

[LAUGHTER]

I DIDN'T SEE YOU THERE.

[LAUGHTER CONTINUES]

THE SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO, WHICH

WAS A BLACK NEIGHBORHOOD.

SO BASICALLY I WENT FROM BEING

THE ONLY BLACK CHILD IN ALL

WHITE NEIGHBORHOOD TO BEING THE

ONLY WHITE CHILD, IN AN ALL

BLACK NEIGHBORHOOD.

THAT WAS TOUGH, MAN.

I REMEMBER GROWING UP IN THE

WHITE NEIGHBORHOOD LIKE IN

SCHOOL LIKE WHEN WE WOULD HAVE

THEME DAYS.

LIKE ON TIME, WE HAD '50s DAY,

WHICH ISN'T REALLY A GOOD TIME

FOR MY PEOPLE.

[LAUGHTER]

BUT THE WHITE GIRLS WOULD COME

OUT WITH THE POODLE SKIRTS, ALL

EXCITED.

THEY'D BE LIKE, WOO-WOO, IT'S

'50s, YEAH!

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO, SO I

JUST WORE A SIGN THAT SAID, WE

SHALL OVERCOME SOME DAY.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]