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Brenda Ann Kenneally: Upstate Girls (19 pics)

Posted in NSFW   16 Oct 2009   / 19733 views

Brenda Ann Kenneally's documentary work about women in the once booming industrial city of Troy, NY, can be explored on her site. She followed seven different women over a five year period, experiencing their struggles and attempts to overcome the generational poverty that has overtaken a large percent of Troy's female headed families.
She says: “As a journalist and activist I have dedicated my life to exploring the how and why of class inequity in America. I am concerned with the internalized social messages that will live on for generations after our economic and social policies catch up with the reality of living on the bottom rung of America's upwardly mobile society.”


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Kayla, at 16, with her 2-year-son, D`Anthony.

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Kayla and James watching a movie after Kayla returned from an alternative high school for young mothers.

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Kayla and her mother Deborah, at the beginning of their work shifts.

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Kayla and James.

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Kaylas son, D`Anthony, just before his third birthday.

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Kayla, at 18 with her boyfriend.

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Dana became pregnant at 18 by her first serious boyfriend. The couple planned on raising the child until her boyfriend was sentenced to two years in jail for breaking and entering. Dana put the child up for adoption.

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Dana, now 20, and Ali on their wedding day. She gave birth six weeks later to her second child.

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Dana just before taking her baby home.

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Dana, Ali and Ali`s daughter at bedtime prayers on the babies first night home.

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Staci, Dana`s sister.

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Dana`s sister, Jessica, on her 22d birthday. A friend gave her pellet guns.

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Lorraine, 34, met with her four children into a co-workers apartment after being evicted for not paying rent. She and her co-worker's brother became a couple.

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Lorraine’s daughter Kattyn on eviction day.

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Later, Lorraine’s family moved in with a friend's already crowded household of six.

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Deana has seven children, fathered by three different men. Four of the children live with her.

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Deana’s two youngest daughters wait outside for her to finish her shift at a gas station minimart. Half of what she makes goes to the court for child support.

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Deana comes to see her oldest daughter, Valerie, off to her fiances sophomore prom. Valerie, 15, was raised by Deana`s mother and calls both women Mom. Valerie is the same age as her mother when she was married.


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Comments (27):

Carlo                    show commment
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niceonemate 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
classy...
       
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TRUTH 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
"She followed seven different women over a five year period, experiencing their struggles and attempts to overcome the generational poverty that has overtaken a large percent of Troy's female headed families." If these are female headed families, then these females FAIL miserably! Fuck female headed families! Bring back the men!
Otherwise, welcome to 2009 and "equality." Humanity's downward spiral to hell continues--welcome to the great PC BS political agenda driven world folks!

LOW LIFE WHITE TRASH LOSERS!

SOME quality motherhood going on here! WOMEN in charge (according to the documentary) Love the kid on a steady diet of Mountain Dew! LOL TWATS!
       
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grosomal 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
yo! thats bad i cant believe that in USA there still are poor people yet JC_doubledown
and thats why i believe obama care its good for everyone in USA, and more for the poor people, Because now looks like you have right to have health care ... if you can pay for it, not good JC_doubledown
       
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nark 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Disgusting pictures.
       
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diegopol 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
nark,
Agree
Vizça el Barça
       
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mominco 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
i would watch it
       
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nat 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Trash.
       
SuperMilow                    show commment
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m a r w a n 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
i don't think it's fair to blame these women... it's they world they grew up in. i just feel sad because they probably never really had a chance at any other kind of life.
       
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Fore Love 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
This is why welfare kills societies.

       
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ravmon5 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
36 36 36 36
       
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pitterpat 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
They have access to free birth control. They won't use though because if they have kids, then they can get a welfare check each month. The more kids, the more money.

Fore Love called it right.

       
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jj 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
typical americans... disgusting...
       
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Auditor 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Obama Nation
       
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Lº_oK 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
LOL @ jj......."typical americans". I think not jj, this is not your typical american, your typical american is usually on the wealthy side as all our dads own oil companies. Go have another riot in your european town over a soccer and ruin your own town, great idea!
       
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kugnen 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
"all our dads own oil companies" LOL :D these people are typical americans. thats why there are so many wal marts there. accept it.
       
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robin yates 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
I always laugh when I see the fat cats with hand on heart," America the Free ! " when there are many millions with no healthcare !,,,,,,,,,,,,America is not a place I want to even visit,,,,,,,,,,,,,, vomit
       
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Dylan 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
hahahahahaha I find this hilarious, I live like 15 minutes away from Troy. Troy has its good and bad parts...its not all as bad as these pics show but like South Troy is terrible and there is so many crackheads and I'll say its not somewhere you want to be at night lol
       
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mskji 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Our world is really fucked up.
       
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Andrei 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Wtf, some people in Eastern Europe live in much worse conditions than this. It's ridiculous, I can't find any simpathy for these people. They clearly can waste money on pellet guns, video games for the children, booze and mostly junk food. They have moderate furniture and toys for the children. They even held a really cute wedding... Come in a village in Romania to see what poverty really is, and the funny thing is that they don't end so f**** up like these guys. YOU REALLY HAVE NO CLUE about what poverty is! Poverty is not the culprit in these pictures, but the violent, lazy and ignorant nature of those seen here.
       
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gr 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
look at pic no 16. kid's playing on xbox360.... and that's what the americans call poverty
       
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severe_009 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
This are normal pictures... if you are shock by this pictures...
Challenge breeds excellence...
       
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Ann 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Poverty is poverty. A big mac is called something else in Paris, but its still a damn burger.
       
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LS 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
"Fuck female headed families! Bring back the men"

what...the men that don't know what a condom is?
       
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Wizard 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
There you go, your taxes paying for all those children's deliveries, medical, food stamps etc. not to mention the baby daddies court costs, incarceration, monitoring...
and Obama says..give them more! They need more!! vomit vomit
       














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