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Meet Crystal Greer of Crystal in the City in Inglewood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Crystal Greer.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Crystal. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve always had a passion for education and storytelling ever since I was a child. I knew with my experiences growing up in the hood, I would use something about it to further the education and positive change within my community. I always wondered why my neighborhood was not as good as the other ones that were just 15 and 20 minutes away. After High school, I went to El Camino Community College—I was a staff writer and studied multimedia, film, and television. I took the opportunity to do film for the Boys Basketball team and work in the Television Department. In my spare time, I would work as Director and Assistant Director on music videos for local rappers but, I felt like I needed to do something different.

My life changed after Trayvon Martin’s passing. Everything I did had to deal with holding police and everyone else in our government accountable. I knew it was time to focus on equipping my community with the tools and resources needed to become more active in local, state, and presidential elections—the right people needed to be appointed to these positions that control our every day lives. Crystal in the City became all about making sure I reached as many people as I could; to hold government officials accountable not just in my community but in marginalized neighborhoods across the country.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Doing work in the community is known for not coming with pay. I had to work on staying consistent while maintaining a full-time job (thank God I don’t have any kids lol). I temporarily live in Atlanta now to help with my mom and am managing things in Los Angeles while starting what I did there in ATL. Things are moving at a slower pace than I would want it too but, I have patience in knowing that if I continue to focus, work harder, and be persistent, that my vision will soon come to light.

Please tell us about Crystal in the City.
Crystal in the City is more of a brand. I organize with local grassroots organizations, but I make it “cool.” Even though this is serious work—I always want to make sure that it’s meant for everybody to participate in and that if everyone did, more change would be happening in our communities. What sets me apart from others is my ability to turn political issues into something relatable and captivating. I am proud to use my social media platform as a means of getting that across.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memory is playing Double-Dutch or riding bikes with my friends in the neighborhood until the street lights came on. I used to love riding my bike on Washington Prep’s campus or down the streets of Windsor Hills at my auntie’s house.

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