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The Gang Girls Go Gangster

Updated on July 24, 2011


Nafeesa Goodloe
Nafeesa Goodloe


This story is a continuation of"Increase of Girls In Gangs." I received so much interest and concern on this topic that a follow-up was needed.Valerie Goodloe,the photojournalist and mother of Nafeesa, who is in a gang,was obligated to do a pieced called"Gang Girl:A Mothers Journey To Save Her Daughter."

Gangs have been around for many, many years.The bloods and Crips, two of the most popular gangs have been around for 50 years.Today these gangs have evolved to transform young girls into the 'street life.' Image seeing a picture of your daughter aiming a M1A1 submachine gun at the camera,an image your not likely to forget. Los Angeles has about 400 active gangs with between 50,000 to 100,000 gang members.



Nafessa tuned 21 in March.She has always preferred to hang out with outsiders and troublemakers-dress in black knit cap, white T-shirt,dark jeans and rhinestone studs in her ears-she walked with a swagger.

She smokes cigarette's and enjoys writing poems and stories. " I don't want to die and have nothing accomplished. I was not the black sheep of the family but maybe the sore thumb. I was the class clown in school and the gang members were the outsiders; I fit in with them. These were the people that became my friends," she says matter-of- factly. "You are wanted, rather than just being there.I grew bonds with the people from my 'hood".

Nafessa's gang involvement had a profound effect on her family. Goodloe admits that her and her es-husband unintentionally sent their daughter the wrong message as they attempt to so-parent from two different housseholds.

Nafessa is now living with her father and attending school, but she is still a member of the gang life.She will alay be a blood member even if she was to leave,for it has been a important part of her life. One day she hopes to work with children

She would not say what her role in the gang was, but usually the girls and women drive the get away cars, carry the drugs, be decoys.

Most young women and girls who don't have set goals in life, no motivation, or are seeking closeness of a family are prime targets to join gangs. Many are inducted simply because they have a father, brother or boyfriend that is already in the gang.


Carolyn Hamilton, AKA Bubbles, was the youngest of nine children who all became professionals after leaving the 'hood'. She was raised by two parents and was educated at a private school. Her reason for joining the gang is simple because they were there. They were a part of her live since she could remember.Bubbles says that there is a big misconception about girls and women being just holders of guns. Pretty much of the women are just like the men.

She began running with a rough crowd when she was 18, the same year her senior class photo was taken.She advises anyone who lives near gang member to run far away from them.


Brittany was born on Feb. 5,1987, to a single mother, Nicola Boykin. The relationship between mother and daughter was very good until Brittany turned 13. She ran away from home, was kicked out of school and was jumped into the gang.

Brittany dyed her hair Kool-aid red, the color representing the bloods street gangs and started to hang out till all hours of the night.She had been a contestant on Americ's Next top Model but she now sported a tattoo on her neck that read "168% Bad."

Brittany has a son and was shot during an altercation with her boyfriend when she as 21 years old.Her murderer was also an affiliated with the gang. On the streets Brittany was named Lady C.K.(Crip Killer). During her funeral the bloods showed up don in T-shirts bearing Brittany's picture as she threw up the gang signs.

Her mother was not happy with the life Brittany chose but she accepted it out of the love she had for her daughter.


In 2007, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Anti-Gang Violence Act into law. The act allows juvenile court judges to send the parents of young gang members to parenting classes and teaches them how to identify gang and drug activity. However many parents fell helpless about having any influence over the actions of their children, particularly once they've been involved in the culture for a while and forged such strong peer bonds-bonds that might prove to be unbreakable.



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    • roshall profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for commenting.Great question and I'm not sure of the answer but I will look into it and when I find out I will let you know. I know we sure can use one in my area. God Bless you for your concern.

    • denise.w.anderson profile image

      Denise W Anderson 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Wow! It is great that there is an organization to help girls with the difficult issues they are facing during and following incarceration. Does this organization hope to go nationwide at some point?

    • roshall profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Ohio

      Hi and thanks for commenting. yes it is awful that the need for security and love has led so many into the open arms of the gangs.

    • manthy profile image


      7 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Sad that so many people are in gangs, it shows that they are followers instead of leaders.

      Anyway God-Bless Us All

      Thanks for the hub


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