Joshua and I sat in an empty charter-school cafeteria talking about his career. The only one of my interviewees who preferred to hold the mic in his hand (rather than leaving it on the table), he was clearly at ease with media. “I do music,” he told me.
Joshua and I are talking in the lunchroom of Innovations High School, the school he graduated from a few months ago. A ring of lockers lines the large room, and everything echoes. The space is dank, but no one seems to find it depressing.
Joshua Williams just graduated from the arts-focused charter school he attended alongside Lisa Gardner, called Innovations High School. He’s a tall young man, lanky, and quick to laugh or smile at any joke uttered. Even those, it seems, that merely pass through his mind.
A well-appointed Bronzeville condo. Flat expanse of boulevard separates it from across-the-way buildings. A sudden downpour makes the neighborhood appear abandoned. Bruce Williams was born in Chicago, and lived here until he was 6.