Don’t Shoot Guns, Shoot Cameras works with underserved youth in the Washington, D.C., area to teach them positive ways to express themselves. The program is run by Yasmin Salina and comedian Rodney Grant. Grant’s nephew was killed in 2015. “Kids don’t deserve guns in their hands. They don’t deserve people not believing in them. They got to have more people believing in them,” Grant said. After working on the group’s final short film, 17-year-old Marley McDonald is heading to film school. “I think it’s important to have people who look like me tell stories about similar life experiences I went through,” said McDonald. Another participant, Muhammad Toumbou, said about his experience in the program “opened doors that I would never have thought would be open.”

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