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D.J. Bagley

D.J. Bagley

DJ Bagley is 33 years old. He's from Durham, N.C., and has spent his entire life there. Other than the more than 10 years he's spent in jail on murder, drug dealing and fraud charges. He has seven children from six different women, the first of whom he had at age 15.

But now he's married and enrolled at Park West Barber School on East Main Street. He's trying to turn his life around and be good, but he says it's hard.

DJ stands and smokes with his friends who still live in the projects at 1126 Hoover St., in East Durham. DJ lived there and still considers it his home, even though he's moving past his old life to find a new, better one.

 DJ cuts hair at the Park West Barber School on East Main
Street in Durham. He has been enrolled there for 9 months and is planning to
graduate next May. 






  
  
   
  
  

  
  
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 DJ hopes his new employment as a barber will be a a key part
in his move from life as a drug dealer and murderer to life as a respected
family man.

DJ cuts hair at the Park West Barber School on East Main Street in Durham. He has been enrolled there for 9 months and is planning to graduate next May.

DJ hopes his new employment as a barber will be a a key part in his move from life as a drug dealer and murderer to life as a respected family man.

 More than 20 tattoos cover DJ's skin. His first one he got
at 12 years old. They include one with his mother's and first daughter's name,
a "MADE IN DA EAST" brand to show his roots and a few that he did
himself in prison with a needle and thread. 






  
  
   
  
  

  
  
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More than 20 tattoos cover DJ's skin. His first one he got at 12 years old. They include one with his mother's and first daughter's name, a "MADE IN DA EAST" brand to show his roots and a few that he did himself in prison with a needle and thread.

 DJ undresses his youngest son, Greg, from his church clothes
one Sunday afternoon. 






  
  
   
  
  

  
  
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 He always has a cigarette. Always.

DJ undresses his youngest son, Greg, from his church clothes one Sunday afternoon.

He always has a cigarette. Always.

 DJ stands alone in his kitchen talking to a marijuana dealer to get supplies for the night while his son, Amani, tries to sleep in the other room.

DJ stands alone in his kitchen talking to a marijuana dealer to get supplies for the night while his son, Amani, tries to sleep in the other room.

 DJ and his wife, Shatillia, who he calls "T" or
"Tilli," kiss in the kitchen while she and her sister make dinner for
the family. DJ is holding their niece, whom they call "Mama." 






  
  
   
  
  

  
  
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 DJ and Tilli have known each other for many years. They used
to work together on drug deals and frauds. She took one of his prison sentences
this year and served seven months. If she hadn't, DJ would have been in prison
for 17 years.  



 And they might be pregnant. Tilli hopes it's a girl.

DJ and his wife, Shatillia, who he calls "T" or "Tilli," kiss in the kitchen while she and her sister make dinner for the family. DJ is holding their niece, whom they call "Mama."

DJ and Tilli have known each other for many years. They used to work together on drug deals and frauds. She took one of his prison sentences this year and served seven months. If she hadn't, DJ would have been in prison for 17 years.

And they might be pregnant. Tilli hopes it's a girl.

 DJ accepts a blunt from his wife, Shatillia one
Saturday night at their home, while their 14-year-old nephew sits on the bed
next to them. 






  
  
   
  
  

  
  
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 He and his youngest son, Greg, play boxing in
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He and his youngest son, Greg, play boxing in the kitchen while DJ makes Greg a snack. Greg is named after DJ's youngest brother and is 3 years old.

   Tilli responds to DJ in a fight about raising
their kids while their cousin tells all of them to calm down. 






  
  
   
  
  

  
  
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 DJ holds his youngest son, Greg, during a church service at Refiner's Fire. The congregation held their arms out in support of a blessing for a family at the front of the church.

DJ holds his youngest son, Greg, during a church service at Refiner's Fire. The congregation held their arms out in support of a blessing for a family at the front of the church.

 Tilli and son's Amani and Greg play while waiting for DJ to
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Tilli and son's Amani and Greg play while waiting for DJ to come home from school. Tilli has three different jobs and still cooks and takes care of the kids.

 Tilli and DJ say goodbye while DJ leaves to see friends. Dj
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Tilli and DJ say goodbye while DJ leaves to see friends. Dj often says that without Tilli, he couldn't do the things he does or be the man he's becoming.

   DJ sits in the living room under a mantle filled with
photographs of family. His family, he says, is the most important part of his
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DJ sits in the living room under a mantle filled with photographs of family. His family, he says, is the most important part of his life and what keeps him on the drive to become a better man.

D.J. Bagley

DJ Bagley is 33 years old. He's from Durham, N.C., and has spent his entire life there. Other than the more than 10 years he's spent in jail on murder, drug dealing and fraud charges. He has seven children from six different women, the first of whom he had at age 15.

But now he's married and enrolled at Park West Barber School on East Main Street. He's trying to turn his life around and be good, but he says it's hard.

DJ stands and smokes with his friends who still live in the projects at 1126 Hoover St., in East Durham. DJ lived there and still considers it his home, even though he's moving past his old life to find a new, better one.

DJ cuts hair at the Park West Barber School on East Main Street in Durham. He has been enrolled there for 9 months and is planning to graduate next May.

DJ hopes his new employment as a barber will be a a key part in his move from life as a drug dealer and murderer to life as a respected family man.

More than 20 tattoos cover DJ's skin. His first one he got at 12 years old. They include one with his mother's and first daughter's name, a "MADE IN DA EAST" brand to show his roots and a few that he did himself in prison with a needle and thread.

DJ undresses his youngest son, Greg, from his church clothes one Sunday afternoon.

He always has a cigarette. Always.

DJ stands alone in his kitchen talking to a marijuana dealer to get supplies for the night while his son, Amani, tries to sleep in the other room.

DJ and his wife, Shatillia, who he calls "T" or "Tilli," kiss in the kitchen while she and her sister make dinner for the family. DJ is holding their niece, whom they call "Mama."

DJ and Tilli have known each other for many years. They used to work together on drug deals and frauds. She took one of his prison sentences this year and served seven months. If she hadn't, DJ would have been in prison for 17 years.

And they might be pregnant. Tilli hopes it's a girl.

DJ accepts a blunt from his wife, Shatillia one Saturday night at their home, while their 14-year-old nephew sits on the bed next to them.

He and his youngest son, Greg, play boxing in the kitchen while DJ makes Greg a snack. Greg is named after DJ's youngest brother and is 3 years old.

Tilli responds to DJ in a fight about raising their kids while their cousin tells all of them to calm down.

DJ holds his youngest son, Greg, during a church service at Refiner's Fire. The congregation held their arms out in support of a blessing for a family at the front of the church.

Tilli and son's Amani and Greg play while waiting for DJ to come home from school. Tilli has three different jobs and still cooks and takes care of the kids.

Tilli and DJ say goodbye while DJ leaves to see friends. Dj often says that without Tilli, he couldn't do the things he does or be the man he's becoming.

DJ sits in the living room under a mantle filled with photographs of family. His family, he says, is the most important part of his life and what keeps him on the drive to become a better man.

D.J. Bagley
 DJ cuts hair at the Park West Barber School on East Main
Street in Durham. He has been enrolled there for 9 months and is planning to
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 DJ hopes his new employment as a barber will be a a key part
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family man.
 More than 20 tattoos cover DJ's skin. His first one he got
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 He always has a cigarette. Always.
 DJ stands alone in his kitchen talking to a marijuana dealer to get supplies for the night while his son, Amani, tries to sleep in the other room.
 DJ and his wife, Shatillia, who he calls "T" or
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 And they might be pregnant. Tilli hopes it's a girl.
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 DJ holds his youngest son, Greg, during a church service at Refiner's Fire. The congregation held their arms out in support of a blessing for a family at the front of the church.
 Tilli and son's Amani and Greg play while waiting for DJ to
come home from school. Tilli has three different jobs and still cooks and takes
care of the kids. 






  
  
   
  
  

  
  
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 Tilli and DJ say goodbye while DJ leaves to see friends. Dj
often says that without Tilli, he couldn't do the things he does or be the man
he's becoming. 






  
  
   
  
  

  
  
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   DJ sits in the living room under a mantle filled with
photographs of family. His family, he says, is the most important part of his
life and what keeps him on the drive to become a better man. 






  
  
   
  
  

  
  
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