"For a while my life was really scary," Davis said.
Today, Davis's life is far removed from his dark past. He graduated from the
"Now I have a house and a business and you would never know I used to be in a gang by looking at me," Davis said. But for his latest film project, Davis decided to show people exactly what his gang-related world was like.
His film, "Colors: Bangin' in
The film details Davis' personal foray into gang life, which he said began as a group of friends who banded together to defend their middle-class neighborhood. He touches on the complicated rituals and hierarchies of gang culture, as well as the many subgroups, or "sets" that existed in
"I wanted to share my story of being a gang member that didn't grow up in poverty but was still enthralled into gang life at the highest level. Gang violence has no ethnic or class divide, anyone can be swept up into the blackhole of gang life," Davis said.
The decision didn't come without risks. Davis said he has received threats from people reacting to the film, but he doesn't let it bother him.
"I knew that this was the path that I was on," he said. "Something told me I had to make it. I really, really want to make it."
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