Influenced by the Occupy Wall Street the StreetWiseLA Youtube Channel aims to bring the audience a different point of view, stories that are not being told by mainstream media. In recent years the power of a camera and social media has grown exponentially to bring light to injustices in our society. We aim to take that to the next level. Empowering our staff to strive for more. Follow us on our journey to the top.
Amos and Kemal met at Pershing Square soon after OccupyLA was evicted from the front lawn of City Hall. At the time, Kemal had been exclusively riding a bike around the streets of Los Angeles. This opened his eyes to how bustling the streets of LA could be and in turn he began carrying a small handheld camera with him everywhere he went to capture these moments.
During this time, Amos was unhoused and would pitch a tent every night in front of the Central City Association of Los Angeles as a constant protest against the hired security guards they had patrolling the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Not exactly knowing what would happen, Kemal gave Amos a small handheld camera with simple instructions to film whatever he liked, and with that StreetWiseLA was born. All the videos uploaded on the Youtube Channel were filmed and recorded by Amos during his time living in Downtown Los Angeles.
Through the creation of StreetWiseLA and the wonderful people Amos and Kemal have met along the way (shout out to Lisa, Richard, and Kim), Amos went from living on the streets to getting housing in the Skid Row Neighborhood. After getting settled Amos went back to school to become a caretaker for the elderly. Amos has since moved back to Chicago and is working and living with his family.