Thursday, December 12 2013, 11:59 AM MST
Web Exclusive: Tyrone Corbin's Childhood
Shauna Lake: Your brothers and sister and you grew up in kind of a challenging neighborhood.
Tyrone Corbin: We grew up in government housing in the projects. My dad lived in the country area of South Carolina and so when he and my mom separated we moved to the projects in the city. It was difficult. But it is different now and we still go back to Columbia in the summer and the project that I grew up in is still there and we go back and do some stuff in the neighborhood and it’s changed. I'm not there full time but I say its changed when I was growing up there we thought that the community had pride in who they were as a community. Although we were in the projects myself and my brother who was younger and my 2 older brothers they wouldn't allow us to get into certain things and the older guys wouldn't bring drugs and fights and whatever those adult things around us. They would run us off. Now kids are just there. Everything is just going on. The younger kids see it. They would kind of shield us from of those things. I mean you couldn't get shielded from everything but they would pass us to the side.
Shauna Lake: What does that feel like when you go back? It must make you feel sad in a way.
Tyrone Corbin: It does absolutely. It makes me feel sad because the kids don't know. And I can imagine some of the stuff that they go through because the neighborhood is actually not as good as when I was living there. It's worse and so to see these little kids exposed to these kinds of things. I mean it's not just in my old neighborhood but it's around the world now. You see kids being exposed to things at 5, 6, and 7 years old that you would be like wow. The world has just changed that way. They can see things on TV now and on these computers that we would have never had the opportunity to see until we were old enough to know what we were looking at. And so the impressions they have in their mind and the way they process those things is confusing to them. They think that's the right thing to do or they think that it's ok because they see it on TV or somebody is shoving it at them; it's a tougher time for the young kids now.
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