In a Chicago neighborhood where 43 percent of residents live below the poverty line, Billy Lamar Brooks Sr. is trying to help kids build a future. Brooks grew up in North Lawndale and has spent his adult life working as an activist and educator in the community. In this short documentary, Brooks reflects on his philosophy of supporting young people through tough love.

Produced to accompany the June 2014 Atlantic cover story, "The Case for Reparations," which set a single-day traffic record on

co-producer, co-cinematographer, editor | for The Atlantic, 2014

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Los Angeles Film Festival, 2015.

FINALIST: 2015 National Magazine Awards, Video category