Original pic is from 1993, the second picture is from this week (original photographer unknown, the second is from my little Sister). They were shot in a small and remote village of Morocco. Here's a picture of the house and his grand kid, and a view of the village, and from the top of the hill. Morocco is only this green for one very brief shining moment.
My apologies for the potato quality and rough looking face, I was having a difficult morning then.
I get "The Alchemist" vibes from these photos.
I used to work late and would sleep until 3 or 4 pm everyday. I left that job (currently unemployed) but couldn't fix my sleep pattern for months until I was sick of it so much I did an all nighter. Next night I fell asleep at 10pm and woke up at 8am and I've been waking up at 8 ever since.
I can confirm my wife was not in a gang. I am not sure what you mean by "they all." Also, removed from it how? The Baltimore School For the arts is a public high school in Downtown Baltimore. It was the '80's in Baltimore, there was no where to go to be away from it.
The city of Baltimore was pretty much planned out to keep African Americans from being given opportunities, especially educationally.