RALEIGH – Nearly 80 summer campers listened intently late Thursday while Channell “Mama G” Braxton spoke to them about the perils faced by girls who join street gangs.
Those perils, she said, include rape, sexual exploitation, the possibility of going to prison, romantic infidelity and violence.
“We don’t get no respect,” Braxton said about a woman’s life in Raleigh’s street gangs. “It ain’t what it used to be.”
Braxton, 27, is a former general, a “First Lady,” of a Crips gang in North Raleigh. She was a leader of her “set’s” territory.
“When the Big Homey gets locked up, I stayed in touch with him, as well as kept the set together, as well as made sure the homeys got cards and letters while they are locked up,” Braxton said.
Braxton spoke to the campers at Torchlight Academy as part of a mentoring program whose participants are former gang members. The mentors were among nearly a half dozen sets of Bloods and Crips throughout the city who declared a truce earlier this month to end the fights, shootings and other acts of violence they have committed toward each other in their neighborhoods.