Escaping Gangs: Football, Faith & A Funeral | SPAC Nation

This is London. This is home. State of violence. Deaths, shooting and stabbings. By law. We was once the cause of it. So we was the best to solve
the problem. I went to prison for murder.
I went to prison for attempted
murder twice. I went to prison for shootings
countless amount of times. All my life has been a trail
of violence. Violence, violence, violence. And I’ve only changed
in the last year. I stopped because I thought
church could help me. The gang members that I’m dealing
with are the most dangerous guys in the community. They’re the most dangerous guys
in the papers, they’re the most
dangerous guys in the society.
That’s what I’m dealing with. My church, Spac Nation,
is offering gang members everything that the Government can’t offer
them, everything that the authorities
can’t offer them. Do you understand? Which is
a way out. CHATTER In Edmonton, TK, a gang leader
with a violent reputation has
decided he wants to get out of gang life. Went to jail for firearms, so people
would probably say, yeah I’m probably known
for that, and being violent with knives and that. I’ve seen
stabbings, I’ve seen shootings. Lived it from hell to back. Rapper TK is from one of the most
dangerous gang areas in north London. MUSIC PLAYS # Money, money
Coming, coming in the funnel # You talk like you’re bad
but never once have you chilled # Talk about beef… # I’ve played a big role, big, big
role. I was one of the leaders. I’ve done cold stuff and I know
how to get away with stuff. Yeah, I’ve done really cold stuff. TK has been in the gang
for 12 years. It’s been only three weeks
since he turned to the church to help him escape gang life. What made me leave… ..was that I didn’t want to waste my time no more and
leave when it’s too late. I come through Spac and I see real
people that’s been involved deep come off. I think, how did you lot do that? I wanted to see… And I wanted to see how
they’d done that. And I wanted to feel like how
they were feeling. To get gang leaders like TK
off the streets the church are using ex-gang leaders like Kevin to help
them change their lives. I don’t want to lose another brother
on the streets of London. I don’t want…
I don’t want to do it. Everyone’s a brother.
I don’t want to hear about it. I don’t want to hear that this has
happened, this has happened. I don’t want to hear it any more. The reason why I dedicated myself
to a gang was because I believed
in it. The reason why I’m dedicating myself
to this is because I believe in it. Do you understand? I believe that
everybody has the ability to change. We’re snatching people, we’re
taking people from the roads. It’s a war. In south London another church team
has moved Jahiem out of his area and away from his criminal network. Jahiem is a talented footballer
who’d been dealing drugs. I could’ve got arrested that day.
Could have got arrested that
other night before. Could have got arrested. Wasn’t really a choice.
I just went because I didn’t want anything
to happen to me. Since then his mentor, Pastor Kunle,
has been trying to instil some discipline. You know I know you really well. I know when you’re scared you backed
down. You don’t even attempt. I know how
to box. Let Pat walk you through. I know how
to box. I just don’t want to box… Pastor Kunle was involved
in weapons, drugs and pimping until a few years ago. I grew up on the streets. Gang leader. And gang member as well. Jahiem gives me a real perspective
on what I used to be like when I was younger. I think comparing to where he is now
to where I was when I was his age he’s definitely miles ahead. When I first started working
with him he was extremely
antisocial, very stand offish, in fact,
and very difficult to even get a conversation out of him. I can probably attribute
that to stuff he’s been through. Coming up from where he’s come from. I don’t box. I kick ball. I told you, I can’t. Jahiem is to play in
a football trial game where Premier League agents
and scouts will be searching for new talent. He’s in a great place now. I think he could definitely
be in a better place. Even though he has a lot of talent he now sees that he has
to have character. Hey, hey, look. There’s a couple of agents and
that. So they’re going to look at me,
to play today. So today’s my day. This is just my day. In North London, TK is trying
to live without his gang. This is a main road.
I don’t like being seen. Do you know what I mean? Since 2011 there’s been an ongoing
blood feud between TK’s old
gang in Edmonton and a gang in nearby
Enfield. When someone dies in a robbery
that’s when there’s no going back, there’s no shaking hands after
that. Squashing beef, they call it. All of that. He was drawn into the gang war
after Negus McClean from his area was chased by members of an Enfield
gang and killed. Westminster Road, where it happened
and that. As you see you went past the chicken shop, run
through, then run down here. They’ve come on pedal bikes,
then they caught up to him and
then… Yeah.
They stabbed him up. He was close to my brother
and my brother’s close friends so… So if, if, if, my brother
hurts, I hurt. The rival gangs had violent exchanges
following the murder. I don’t really want to think
about it, to be honest. What I’ve done,
I try… I know that wasn’t me anyway. I know I was being possessed anyway
because when I would do something and then I wouldn’t feel no way
about it after that, it’s just… It’s not normal. That’s not how we got brought up. TK says he practised black magic
which helped him to be violent. # To Calvary
Where Jesus… # At the church it’s a chance
for him to seek another path and get redemption. In every postcode from north London
to south London, every bloodshed
must cease. In the name of Jesus. During the service gang members are asked to come
to the front to renounce their past lives. This is the moment. The time is now. As Pastor Kevin prays with TK
he’s overcome. I remember feeling fire, hot,
I was very hot, like all them demons was sort of coming
out. Like it was an exorcism. I just remember waking up weak,
like I was just weak. He was moving around profusely. He was moving around as if to say
something was inside of him. Most definitely I believe
that it was evil spirits coming out
of him. Most definitely. It was meant to happen. It wasn’t emotional, it was just
power, more of showing him the power
of God because ever since he’s never left. Many of the people who come
to service are still in gangs and some are armed. The church hands over weapons
to police and records it. A guy walked to the stage and he was carrying a bag
as big as this. We saw this was a samurai sword and
everything he’s been keeping and, whatever he’s been
up to with it, he decided to give it over
that day. Gang members are encouraged to leave
drugs and weapons in the church to show they are serious
about giving up gang life. We have those who’ve always
been in a gang, all their life, “making money” through drugs, through guns
and through robbery. People like Kevin, the first time he came to church, he came to try to attack
one of my guys and then he joined
the church from there and he’s become a business owner. Kevin’s come a long way since
he was a gang leader in Beckton. Today he meets Pastor Toby
to update him on TK. TK, how is he progressing? What’s up with him? You won’t even see him in the hoody
any more. He’s actually someone that’s
been on the roads and we took him and we know what he’s doing 24 hours
a day, seven days a week. He’s got a long way to go,
but there’s a line that you have to cross
and he’s crossed the line. There’s normal life now he has to
face. TK has been moved into a flat
in south London by the church to separate him from his
old gang environment. Demon said that, “I’m waiting
to feast on you.” He has taken power from you. APPLAUSE He believes, during services, evil spirits have been
getting cast out of his body. Before joining the church, TK’d been practising black magic for
five years. I grew up in a Christian family, so I knew, my mum always
told me, either you’re with God or you’re with the devil. So,
I just thought, “You know what? “I’m going to…I’m going
to be on the devil’s team.” He started worshipping the devil when he was in prison
facing serious charges. I got arrested for… ..with intent and, during our time in prison, we got arrested for murder. And then that’s when I was thinking,
“Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah. “I can’t go down for this.” So I was looking for ways out. That’s when it really started. TK was acquitted of the crimes, but carried on practising
black magic. When you go out on the streets
and catch something, like, as in, like, you do something,
you do someone, you harm someone,
um… ..the adrenaline will be… ..for me, I was, um, I, kind of, liked the feeling. Like, I was celebrating it,
kind of thing. Pop a bottle. Yeah. But all I can say is that… ..that wasn’t me. I was being possessed, bruv. It wasn’t me. Do you actually think about
the individual people, though, that you’ve hurt? Um… ..I don’t know, I don’t know
how to… ..I don’t know how to… I don’t
know what to say to that, really. I don’t really know
what to say… All I can do is just
pray about it and… ..pray for, um, people who’s been affected by my actions. But TK’s past would
soon catch up with him. He was arrested at Sunday church
for robbery and possession of a firearm – crimes dating back to 2015. Can you stop recording him, please? After six months on remand in jail, the case was dropped
and TK walked free. Jahiem was dealing drugs
on the streets of south London until recently. Now, he has a chance to reignite
his football career. He’s playing in an under-21
showcase match despite only being 16. SHOUTING Football’s been my thing from young. That’s always been me,
football, football, football. It’s just that the area,
when I go out with my friends, it was always something else. I want to make it as a
professional footballer, get my mum out of the area. Football is a big ticket to me. He’s doing really well so far, man,
considering the fact that he’s 16, you get a lot of lip there and it’s a lot of mental,
mental toughness. CHEERING You just saw Jahiem score a nice,
little goal there. Very tidy. Managed to keep his head,
which is really good. Professional agents and scouts are
watching with an eye out for talent. The thing with football is it’s
fine margins, you know. So, there are boys who have a chance
and there are boys who stand out. Number 11, yellow, I think
he’s…he’s got a chance. Well, I’ll be getting Jahiem’s
number. Let’s see what happens. Let’s see what happens today. Let’s see how he does
in the second half. His team are losing, but Jahiem has still caught the eye
of Stoke City’s scout. Number 11, very quick player. Yeah. Left foot, Jahiem!
Left foot! Left foot! There you go. Oh! See there? Once I found out his age,
that’s when the alarm bells started ringing in my head,
going, “Yes, ding, ding, ding.” SHOUTING I honestly believe that he has all
the tools there for him to become a professional football player… long as his application is
right. His talent is there for
everyone to see here today. It’s just down to him, whether he is
committed to becoming a football player and putting in all
the effort that’s required. I’ve spoken to the coach and I’ve
got all the details that I need, so hopefully we’ll see what happens. Not much people make it
from Brixton. Not much make it from south. I want to be one of them people who
say, “Yeah, I lived in Brixton “all my life, but now I live in
where-where and I’m doing things.” So, that’s what I want to be. In this battle for souls,
not everyone can be saved. Fabs. Yeah? Let’s stay together. Today, Kevin is burying
his cousin Reece, who he was trying to help
escape gang life. Reece is my cousin,
he’s my family, you know. He got stabbed. It’s…it’s like… Yeah, he’s a very close, he’s a
very close person to me, you know. Reece was coming to the service
for a good three months, nonstop. He wanted to change. Kevin and Reece were affiliated
to the same gang in Beckton, east London. There’s no words, man. I mean, his physical being is gone.
Do you understand? So, it’s, it’s something, I might
be talking to you calmly, here, but the pain is on the inside. Do you understand?
The pain is really on the inside. We know the circumstances
around…Reece’s death. They are awful! I don’t care how he died and I don’t really care
what he was doing during his life. It is very, very cruel! It is awful! It is evil! CRYING AND SINGING We pray for our community,
there will be no more bloodshed. That parents would no longer
bury their own children, in the name of the Lord Jesus. Amen! Lord, comfort this family and
grant them, oh, God, strength, to bear this loss. Kevin was Reece’s leader
on the streets before he found his redemption. 23-year-old Reece never
quite found his way out. I only feel guilty if
I’d done nothing about it. Do you understand what
I’m saying to you? Because I cannot, I cannot
feel guilt with what helps me now,
to do what I’m doing. Do you understand?
I can’t feel guilt. Because this is the energy
that I rely on now, to do what I need to do. It just makes my passion
even stronger. It makes my zeal for what
I’m doing even stronger. That… ..instead of just trying to
help one person, I need to go for more people like Reece, who are making the change. Everyone knows what’s going on. Reece isn’t the only person
that’s died. Do you understand? It’s happening everywhere in London. When something like this happens,
it’s, it’s either a wake up call… ..or… go back to sleep. Either you wake up and
you do something about it, or you just keep on watching it
happen. There’s too much people that
have opinions on what’s happened. Do you understand what I’m saying to
you? When we don’t need opinions, we need people to do things.

100 thoughts on “Escaping Gangs: Football, Faith & A Funeral | SPAC Nation

  1. Why don't these useless parents put curfews and tags on their kids and punish disobedience? The solution is simple. Also the pastors are scam artists, living in their mansions with their Bentleys. They know how to manipulate these people ????

  2. The jail system is soft ,you've shot someone ,tried to kill someone and you still see the light of day? In America you would die in jail for that.

  3. Black fathers and mothers play a vital role into the community especially those that don’t help.

    Period those that support the single parent ideology is pathetic no child should have a single parent .

  4. This church has nothing to do with God whatsoever, people love commenting how they’re doing a good job getting people of the roads, that’s all they’re doing spac nation is a community centre no more

  5. Talking about straps and shit in church m charges and shit what in God’s name is wrong with this if it saves people lives okay but maybe we need a more reserved space for this..

  6. All of u man judging space nation don’t even know Jesus so why u giving your opinion in the first place fix up?

  7. "We dont need opinions, We need people to do things."
    Lets not miss it. Christianity is not about the 4 corners of your church and your righteous squad.
    Its about Impact in the community,
    That is what makes us relevant!
    When God is seen in our Characters and the way we love people.
    When we are able to respectfully put forward our opinions. Christians are here fighting, church against church, doctrine against doctrine, So blind!
    We wrestle not against the flesh!

  8. rather it's a cult or not If this is whats getting gang members off the streets why does it matter?.. Some of you in the comments need to focus on your own walk with God and stop focusing on what others do. Yes they have expensive cars and garms but they aren't harming anyone. Some of you are just coming across jealous.

  9. Black Magic Is Not A Joke.
    Makes You Think Your Friend Could Be Selling His Soul… And You Wouldnt Even Know.

  10. All of you individuals making misinformed comments about African spiritual belief systems, or as you colonised fools call it…
    "black magic" need to do some serious research and reading.
    What African Spiritual Belief systems have both good and bad concepts, just like the way your slave given Abrahamic religion are.

    If you're not familiar with how IFA (Yoruba), Odinani (Igbo) or any other spiritual belief works, don't open your mouth spewing crap.

  11. Gang culture is just a bunch of gassed yutes who listen to drill and stand in the streets all day not doing anything.

  12. one thing ive noticed in all of these episodes is that the gang members they interview that say they want to change their lives (like the guy practicing black magic) always seem to have smiles on their faces that they are trying to hide/suppress. am i the only one catching this constantly ? 14:13

  13. god is one he is worshipped in all languages and different ways but in the end its the same destination , god is one and only……. if you speak english,arabic or hebrew ….end of the line theres only judgement by him based on our deeds just dont worship devil,idols or people ahaha

  14. “My man gave his life too the Lord, If i think God can save him, he aint worth the corn i’ll shave him” RV to Tkay 2:20

  15. Rahhhh this is mad.. people like tkay such a handsome guy.. if your a girl you go and sleep with this person not knowing that your catching some demons.. soul tides

  16. They idolize the church and not God. It shouldn’t be about promoting your church but about promoting a relationship with God

  17. Listen to me this is all a charade. Everything is fake. Ask people about those people involved such as TK. They're still demon worshippers. From the pastor to the way they speak to the way the act is very fishy

  18. Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

  19. Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

  20. How do you know that these people are do wìtch craft why do you think this BECAUSE OF the wealth. Catholics and jews are wealthy stinking rich the churches and the orthodox jews are the world's riches people green bank

  21. All the criticism should be focusing on why there's killing why is it even prompted on media and ALLOWED. BECAUSE THEY WANT US ALL DEAD. THE MUSIC IS PROMOTING ITS ILLEGAL

  22. Kevin has his head screwed on. Has a great attitude, and an ability to relate/communicate with other people, he will go far

  23. These documentaries ain’t changing shit we all know what’s going on u wanna change u gotta change us as people u gotta change the way we think the mind is what’s important

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  25. What kind off……??‍♀️this is mad, why is he rolling all over the floor saying he practised black magic.?

  26. If they are helping these “troubled” guys find a way out of gang life, why are the mains ones still rapping about crashing corn and trapping ????‍♂️

  27. If they're fighting to keep our youth alive then more power to them… don't watch the cars etc. watch the young lives they are turning around!!

  28. Some Christians make me laugh tu rahtid… so quick to judge/cast the first stone etc… stop the cult talk and go out on the roads and do 10% of what these guys are doing for their communities!
    The Knife/Gun/Gang problem is way beyond 'my church is better than yours!'

  29. watch this and see how there is power in the name of JESUS!!!


  30. Church lol don’t make me laugh ? religion is a lie the only truth is in the bible if you read it properly you will realise religion is a misconception

  31. The church I'd more corrupt than the street. The 'hood' . What hood . This is UK. There is no hood there is only those brainwashed by American street culture.

  32. Christianity is a big business in Africa. The religion they enslaved us with is the religion we practice. Particularly Nigerians but they can not provide electricity across there country. Do yo no how much money these crooks are making

  33. You can call them to scam all you want and say they are not about god. However, remember the KKK and the empires that killed people and enslaved them for centuries said they were going it for "God". But how happy the kid was when he was playing was priceless… that is what you should remember about this church, not hoping for the worse. If they save kids like him from a path the system can't do, I don't mind. People are worried about the pastor clothes and cars but still watch celebrities for their latest trends and want to be like them…

  34. I pray that God keep these brothers and sisters safe and show them value of their life ?? let's stop killing each other that's so sad. RIP Reece ?

  35. Why cant young Black Men go to University like other Young Men from other Races? So many in Gangs! When I was at University, I noticed white students listening to Death/Trash Metal which had very violent content in the lyrics and I cant remember the last time I heard White Metal fans going on a killing Spree on a daily basis like Young Blacks who make Drill/Grime/Rap Tunes, then go on to Stab and Kill another Young Black Man! SMH!

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