A young African-American man battles poverty in order to fulfill his dreams of becoming a photographer. Inspired by his hard-working mom and her live-in companion Cee, Elijah refuses to hang out with troublemakers. But when Cee is arrested, Elijah begins to question whether hard work means anything when you come from the wrong side of the tracks. An innocent childhood prank causes Elijah's first arrest. When his mother suffers a nervous breakdown and is institutionalized, Elijah is forced to live in a shelter. After a fight with a bully results in the death of the thug, Elijah lands in prison, where he learns to draw to express himself and where he comes face to face with his past, present and what he wants his future to be.
Q-Tip, Mary J. Blige, Elvis Costello, Danny Hoch, Patrick F McDade, Eric McCollum, Denise Rivera, Justin Spaulding, Snow, Robert Garcia, Hassan Iniko Johnson, Clay Da Raider, Fat Joe, Harold Perrineau, Mateo Gomez, Ryan Toby, Joe Paradise, Peggy A Kirkpatrick, Dominique Walters, Victor Santiago, John C Havens, Jaime Torrell, Fisher Stevens, Montay Walters, Curt Carrott, Michael Sean Tighe, Douglas Crosby, Javier Nunez, Tomas Melly, Marc Freeman Hamm, Michael Ingram, Gloria Irizarry, Charles Malik Whitfield, Donald Jackson, Bob Colletti, Cesar De Leon, Donovan Ian Hunter McKnight, Seth William Meier, Larry Weiss, Brian Anthony Wilson, Damali Mason, Tom McCarthy, Jamie Hector