How the Compton Cowboys Are Keeping Kids Off the Streets | The Daily Show

How the Compton Cowboys Are Keeping Kids Off the Streets | The Daily Show


WOOD JR.: Compton, California,
has long had a reputation as one of the most dangerous
places in America to be a young black person. In fact,
Compton’s homicide rate is more than four and a half
times the national average. But here… there’s a group who believes
that they have the secret to keeping kids off the street. Meet the Compton Cowboys. Literally,
black people in Compton on horses, in traffic,
wearing sandals with socks. ‘Cause that’s perfectly normal. The Compton Cowboys began
in the 1980s as the Compton Jr. Posse, an after-school
horseback riding program at a farm
in the middle of the city. The founder, Mayisha Akbar,
described it this way. We were in competition
with gangs, so we had to provide
the same things that gangs did, camaraderie, you know, an
extended family, a safe haven. WOOD: Mayisha retired in 2017
but many members of the posse are still spreading her message
and some fertilizer. All right, so,
basically, your gang, instead of bandanas
and gang signs, y’all just leave horse shit
everywhere -around the neighborhood.
-(horse exhales) -That’s how we mark our terrain,
man. -Stop slobbering on me. That’s how you leave our mark. But you’re still
a black man riding a half ton animal
through the hood. How are the cops not all up
in your horse’s butt? -Have you seen Harry Potter ?
-Yeah. (laughs) Yo, that’s how it is
with the horse. It’s like putting on a cloak. Like, with the gangbangers
and the police. Like… -So you just become invisible
-Yeah. -to all the bullshit.
-To all the bullshit. I was just about to say that. (both laugh) Can I have some of the weed
you smoking? Yeah. I love to share, man. WOOD: Cowboy Lil Wayne
is right, even if you’re riding
with a buzz, it’s not like your horse is
gonna have a broken tail light and the cops damn sure ain’t
searching that trunk, but horses don’t just protect
people on the outside, turns out they can heal you
on the inside. We’re all traumatized, you know, from, you know, seeing
the shit that we see. You know, people getting shot
around you, people dying. I can’t even tell you how many
conversations I’ve had with people who say,
“Man, my horse saved me.” WOOD: Keiara, the first cowgirl
among the Compton cowboys was one of those people. My little brother was killed to
gang violence four years ago. Sometimes, when I can’t function
or articulate my words, and just really in a bad mood,
I just go to my horse. It’s just that energy
is just so peaceful. WOOD: It’s clear
that taking care of horses can have a life-changing
effect. I need to fire my therapist
and stock up on oats. But what’s the first step to
creating this beautiful bond between man and horse? The first thing we got to do
is we got to clean the stalls. Got to clean the poop up. You ready to clean the poop? You open the poop up, make sure
they don’t got no runs or worms. This right here is a good one. -See how it’s nice and solid?
-(Wood exhaling forcefully) -You know, run it through.
-(groaning) WOOD: I’d rather get jumped by
the bloods than touch shit. Let’s skip all this
turd whispering. It’s time for this cowboy
to saddle up. Yee-haw. Did I say that right? Squeeze with this leg
and he’ll go that way. -Squeeze to the left-left?
-Take the rein that way. Like that. Take your right hand
and go that way. -Okay, I went left.
-(laughs) That’s fine.
I wanted to go left. WOOD:
I was so good, they gave me my own travel-size
starter horse. Now that I was
an official member, I could give them
some branding advice. Y’all need a handshake. CJP. (whinnies) I let you make the noise. WOOD: Okay, this cowboy shit
makes for a nice little hobby, but one Compton cowboy thinks
you could also make it a career as a bareback rider. -I rodeo professionally.
-But, I mean, that’s not like rapping or being an athlete
or a comedian like… I would be considered
a professional athlete. -So you’re a professional
professional. -Yeah. Paycheck, cable bill. -Cash money.
-Light bill, from a horse. You win, they pay you. You just ride for eight seconds, and they judge you
on who rides the best. You got to go bareback and see
if you can last eight seconds. I guess you could
call it that, yeah. I can’t make it eight seconds
bareback. Oh, shit. (laughs) WOOD:
In fact, bareback riding is 30 times more dangerous
than pro football, but no one gets a helmet,
not even the horse. And Tre is one of
the top 50 riders worldwide, so I had to see him in action. (announcer speaking
indistinctly) WOOD: Then…
shit got really real. (crowd reacting) Oh, snap. No. Come on, Tre. Get up, get up.
Get up. Come on. MAN: Hey, hey, hey.
Watch yourself. But suddenly… he was back on his feet. I had to go thank him
for not dying. I got no words for you, man,
other than respect, man. Oh, my God. These Compton cowboys are some
of the bravest, toughest, highest, craziest people
I’ve ever met. But there was still one thing about Mr. Rodeo
that I didn’t get. You are black and you grew up
around danger. Why would you add more danger
on top of your danger? That’s like a triple
cheeseburger of danger. I would much rather
get hurt that way and go out and be (bleep) up because a bareback horse
(bleep) me up, -than get shot out here.
-CJP, baby. -CJP. (whinnies)
-Yeah. You do it. (laughs) No. I can’t. I can’t get with that
right there. -You, you can do that.
-Okay. That’s what’s up. That’s cool. That’s cool. ♪ ♪

100 thoughts on “How the Compton Cowboys Are Keeping Kids Off the Streets | The Daily Show

  1. I've been saying for years that we should give troubled youth some skydiving time! Let em get their adrenaline rush a safer way!

  2. I feel bad for the bareback horses. They clearly are not happy and even though it's exciting, I'm betting they shoot the injured horses.

  3. I wonder if they've rode with the Barnyard Posse or Texas, Arkansas or Louisiana Trail-rides. Horse riding is very big among the Black community in these areas

  4. Maisha is a Swahili word it means life but her name is MAYISHA but he pronounced it correctly just like a person speaking swahili (is a language spoken in East Africa and parts of congo)

  5. Honestly from the title I thought this was clip was going to be funny. I did laugh a couple times, but I found this to surprisingly touching for the Daily Show. I kinda wanna cry a little and donate to the program

  6. I was about to say that. It's kinda a way of life where I grew up and to this very day. Go Compton Cowboys all y'all brought a smile to my face. And horses can be therapeutic… Thanks Roy for the reporting, I hope you had fun!!!

  7. Sound good a was living there city of Compton for to many years and the only thing you see is violence good place to keep youngsters away from gangs

  8. Saw the horse riders a few years ago, probably when a few of these were just kids! Glad to see them go on to bigger and better things. Horses do a lot for people that we don't even know.

  9. Come on black folk! Camping, farming/gardening, horseback riding, skiing, and just being exposed to the elements and nature isn't just a white thing! It's healthy and therapeutic. This is bad ass!

  10. now that's smthing i've NEVER seen before. Bravo to all these people for doing what they love

  11. Michelle Obama for president end of the story I'm not voting unless shes running tell the world. I'm talking to you Trevor, make it happen.

  12. But did U know
    We can raise horses but not chickens.
    Thatโ€™s comedy๐Ÿคฃ
    They donโ€™t call it Rodeo Drive for nothing๐ŸคŸ๐Ÿพ

  13. Ok, I feel sure no one will ever read this who could actually act on it but it would be very cool to see Trevor go ride with the Brooklyn Black Cowboys (there is also a group of Black Cowboys in Detroit)

  14. Responding, โ€œYeah, I love to share!โ€ when someone asks for your weed has got to be peak Californian behavior ๐Ÿ˜‚

  15. Martial arts is the fastest and most efficient way for one to become physically fit mentally sound spiritually balanced, truly giving the greatest potential of expressing physical freedom! for Physical freedom" is what allows the subconscious to systematically coincide with the soul spirit (mother Earth) and all the various different forms of life that live within this world in the most efficient way that is humanly possible, thus yielding the best spiritual kickback for your life's efforts accomplishments, Out of all the teachings one can learn here in life martial arts is by far the most beneficial physically mentally spiritually, For it teaches one of ther own body's capabilities and limitations through fully engaging, with all their body senses to their extreme limits in the most beneficial way. if It was not for the loyalty devotion commitment and passion science of martial arts I honestly would not have made it back to my body from death. for No one can express or receive love in its entirety if they do not know themselves. in layman's terms if you are not living up to the pleasure potential responsibility of femininity and masculinity you cannot validate confirm love honor and the creation of life case closed.

  16. There is nothing more beneficial, physically, mentally and spiritually for mother and infant baby, toddler young child then breastmilk! The body does not break down or absorb any type of nutrition until it is body temperature! Breastmilk is always body temperature. Another reason is so beneficial is the infant newborn just spent nine months or so inside the mother's womb! It is quite cozy warm in there, the baby is surrounded by mothers body temperature plus its own developing body temperature. So by breast-feeding you are allowing the infant baby to still get some of the mothers body temperature by being pressed up closely to the body! This helps the infant, baby, newborn to adjust and adapt very effectively from being inside the mothers womb to being on the outside. Another benefit is the mother has spent most of her life fighting off the common cold, which gives her a advanced immune system, that took quite a few years to accomplish so the infant ,baby can get that advanced immune system in the very first moments of life another, benefit when a woman breast feeds her body than produces an enzyme that helps keep cancer cells dormant specifically breast cancer cells. A fun fact I had learned five or six years ago, when a woman gets pregnant and breast-feeds for one year, her body releases 100,000 pheromone' a woman that does not get pregnant or breast feed would have to live 100 years to release the same amount of pheromone. The list of benefits is complex however if you stick to the fundamentals of life will experience all those benefits, subconsciously, conscious, coherently, physically ,mentally, spiritually and systematically in the most efficient way that is possible. With all the benefits! You would think Trump would support women's right to breast feed ,130 countries just signed an agreement that is going to encourage women to breast-feed. Unfortunately Trump is threatening a country in South America, I believe Peru. To not sign on or something to that effect.

  17. If you want your eyes hair and nails lips skin body to look and function it's best then you do so through high sources of nutrition and fitness clean water equal to spring or better. Not with makeup beauty supplies cosmetics that are made to the lowest standards of quality. For if your products are not organic biodegradable mate to the highest standards of quality. Then the leach into the skin pores getting absorbed into the bloodstream overworking the right left kidney liver stressing out all the body's organs disrupting hindering the body's ability to respond recover adjust and adapt to the situation. That is why top scientists leading physicians specialist, have concluded that American women are far more likely to develop thyroid problems and various other complications versus European women. Not because of everybody's charming' personality' due to the fact, the Europeans have a standard of quality set in place that allows their products to be mass-produced in a way that improve the body's overall functionality instead of disrupting it. For femininity at its finest, is raw wild naturally hard-core organically appealing truly captivating absolutely appreciate it respected desired! Spiritually sought after internally for all eternity throughout existence by the gods goddesses angels) of the ancient royalty warrior guardian soldier bodyguard protector messenger dominant gentleman superior father.. Talk about love and don't even know yourself from the inside out. Keep in mind if 1 billion women are using supporting wearing this poisonous toxic sludge better known as makeup beauty supplies cosmetics bug spray perfume! On a daily basis how many millions of tons, do we have to mass-produced manufacturer to meet that supply and demand? As you know we don't use 100% of anything especially here in America! So where does all that poisonous toxic sludge bug spray perfume and up? In our rivers lakes streams oceans various other bodies of water burnt off into our airways as a poisonous vapor" back down onto our landscapes. You can not promote love!!!! By using supporting substances resources materials that are outdated inferior, scientifically classified religiously verified as petrified death! Case closed. The goal is to live up to the pleasure potential responsibility of femininity and masculinity the key is knowing yourself by becoming physically fit mentally sound and spiritually balanced. For no one can express or receive love in its entirety if the do not know themselves. Now I (wish and pray) for my soul and spirit TOO be held spiritually accountable to the statements I proclaim I guarantee, you never hear or see another body man in power personal legal religious authority leader ever freely validate the statements they proclaim with that level of certainty! One reason they don't naturally have the best interest of the majority of the populations needs at HEART) another reason could be, they come from a breed of cowards, combined with a life style that suggest confirms validates them as being physically mentally submissive subservient, one is genetic hereditary the other is a generic) learned behavior either way, no matter how you look at it is physically mentally spiritually useless to live and die and that self neglected low quality manner. Love promotes encourages rewards progress. Not the declined diminished quality of life

  18. femininity at its finest is raw wild naturally hard-core organically appealing truly captivating! Absolutely appreciate it respected desired, spiritually sought after' internally for all eternity throughout existence! By the gods goddesses angels) of the ancient royalty warrior, bodyguard, soldier, protector, messenger guardian, dominant gentleman, superior father.

  19. most of the time the things that hurt people stemmed from the fact that they don't learn from others' mistakes, and just keep repeating" the same ignorant stupidity that has resulted in today's people living dying off to a diminished quality of life.

  20. if your relationships is not going to validate confirm signify being true to love honor and the creation of life. You're basically in the experimental stages. Equally as important if you are not living up to the pleasure potential responsibility of femininity and masculinity you don't know yourself. For no one can express or receive love in its entirety if they do not know themselves. If you don't know your body's capabilities and limitations for having neglected to fully engage with all your body senses to their extreme limits in the most efficient way that is possible. Laugh smile grin chuckle Slipping gripping fingertip polling twisting nibbling biting caressing in grounding pounding your way in to eternal paradise would be a feeble attempt at best. Similar to life not being free everyone's soul and spirit is paying out for the choices that are made personally and professionally case closed. Seriously if life is not free why the hell would you believe death is any cheaper. Live for the moment and it is gone and a instant. Heterosexual race gender religion " whether you believe you are, lesbian gay sexual preference is secondary to the fact if those actions are leading to physical mental spiritual progress. In layman's terms if your sexual conquests are not stimulating you in too becoming a more productive person then we don't need to know about it you probably would be better off not participating in those type of activitys. until you are physically fit mentally sound spiritually balanced living up to the pleasure potential responsibility of femininity and masculinity.

  21. The best medical facilities in the world do not allow their nurses doctors to wear fingernail polish. Especially if it is made in America. For particles from the fingernail polish may end up in a person's blood stream if it lands on a open cut. Not to mention any type of makeup beauty supplies cosmetics leach into the skin pores then get absorbed into the bloodstream overworking stressing out the right left kidney and liver. Top scientists specialist leading positions, have determined these low-quality products result in American women being far more likely to develop thyroid problems and various other complications versus European women. Nonetheless if patients have high sources of nutrition clean water clothing betting made from hemp! Their recovery will be much more efficient. Most people don't know, that pharmaceutical pain narcotics are extremely hard for the body to break down absorb put to use. Which results in liver and kidney problems. That's why I recommend it a high source of nutrition in the way of the supplement clean water. That will minimize on the side effects or prevent them from becoming a problem in any manner. it is pathetic that the medical community is not recommended implemented these high sources nutrition for their hospitals and patient outpatients employees.

  22. It's a very simple concept improve upon and maintain the quality of standards pertaining to our air water foods landscapes working living environment every day home products. Name one Republican that has went for clean high-paying jobs from coast-to-coast that would accomplish such a task. You can't make progress when Republicans want to keep America stuck in the outdated past" with dirty low-paying jobs that come from outdated power sources inferior materials poisonous toxic substances pesticides chemicals that never change their killing composition. Which means my submissive subservience sellout suck up traitor to America trumpet blower" whether it is a solid liquid or burnt off into our airways atmosphere as a vapor is always going to be poisonous debilitating deadly to the body, at the same time polluting corrupting devastating to mother Earth and all the various different forms of life that live within this world. The bottom line you cannot promote life by doing business! With material resources substances that have been scientifically classified religiously verified as petrified death or worse. Better known as coal oil cast the chemical industry corporate America case closed. happy new year you may now eat inhale and drink, to the lowest standards of quality! That have ever been or ever will be, for that is all the Republicans are accomplishing with their dirty low-paying jobs. Clown Republicans act like you're falsified fabricated personality. Is going to compensate for polluted air, contaminated water foods. Being overfed undernourished overworked underpaid out of shape. Here's the deal you're either part of the world solutions or exacerbating the world's problems. Either way you're being held spiritually accountable. Seriously if life is not free!!! Why the hell would death be any cheaper.

  23. The best way to validate confirm signify a leaders physical mental spiritual value. Is and what they did or did not do to improve upon and maintain the quality of standards pertaining to our air water foods landscapes working living environment every day home products. For without the fundamentals of life you are living dying to a diminished quality. Those facts pertaining to every race religion age group gender sexual preference religion. Case closed mercy forgiveness spiritual welfare are not changing the facts that the mass majority of people are freely living dining to the lowest standards of quality. Freely living dying" having only used! The smallest percentage of a fraction of the true potential they were first born with. what Kind of spiritual kickback you think you may present to the kingdom of heaven for that type of participation. in layman's terms if life is not free why the hell would death be any cheaper which means your soul and spirit is paying out for your time here during life. Fortunately it's not all gloom and doom! For We have the manpower technology resources to create clean high paying jobs from coast-to-coast' that will improve upon and maintain the quality of our air water foods landscapes working living environment every day home products. That type of devotion will allow each person's generation to become stronger smarter healthier happier better off physically mentally possibly spiritually than the previous generation. At that point the ignorant stupidity that leads to America! Having the highest violent crime rate drug alcohol dependency on the face of the planet will start to decrease eventually ceasing to exist.

  24. the bottom line if you don't know how to raise a infant baby toddler young child teen too grow and develop mature into a strong confident intelligent healthy successful fun-loving adult that can make their way through life as a single married leading or being a productive part of a massive group . Your love is not as good as you think it is. Which suggests confirms and validate that your soul and spirit will be or has been stripped robbed and depleted of any of the pleasurable moments that come from intimacy. For that type of romantic engagement is supposed to validate confirm signify love honor to the creation of life. Case closed mercy forgiveness spiritual welfare are not changing those facts protecting caring compensating any souls or spirits that are connected to life that does not do its best to improve upon and maintain the quality of it. seriously if life is not free why the hell would death be any cheaper.

  25. Outside of exercising, high sources of nutrition are key for prevention recovery example red beets will improve circulation throughout all of the body, you may find it more convenient in a powdered form. Red grapes cherries will improve upon the way electrical impulses flow throughout the body. Ginger root is extremely beneficial molasses for a source of iron, 1 tablespoon has about 750 mg of potassium which helps hydrate muscles! Last but not least I would recommend a high protein bone marrow non-gel supplement organic GMO free would be best. Bone marrow or straight up gelatin will strengthen one's teeth eyes hair nails bones tendons and ligaments muscles overall skeleton structure better than anything on the market or in the wild cost-efficient easy to consume super long shelf life. Think about this for most of a average person's life, Ther bone structure is constantly breaking down deteriorating" that takes a lot of energy for the body to manage deal with just to stabilize! So with the supplement I recommend you'll be strengthening rejuvenating replenishing the overall skeleton structure, allowing all that excess energy that went into stabilizing to be freed up for other functionalities within the body, such as adjust adapt respond recover, explosive power muscle response.

  26. The best way to show your appreciation love for country! Is to do your best to live and die to the highest standards of quality, which can be accomplished even at the bottom of the barrel financially. The best way to signify you appreciate all the great soldiers who lived fought became partially completely paralyzed dying on the battlefield. Is to do your best to become physically fit mentally sound spiritually balanced, through high sources of nutrition fitness education clean water so forth and so on living up to the pleasure potential responsibility of femininity and masculinity, which can be demonstrated by you staying true to love honor and the creation of life. Now get down give me 90 knuckle push-ups or fingertip. Let somebody know you appreciate your physical freedom.

  27. No one can express or receive love! In its entirety if the do not know themselves! If you are not physically fit mentally sound and spiritually balanced, you do not know yourself' if you have never fully engaged)with all your body senses to their extreme limits you don't know yourself, if you're not living up to the pleasure potential responsibility of femininity and masculinity' how well do you really know yourself and therefore what do you have too truly offer another. So learn your body's capabilities and limitations! Through health fitness education high sources of nutrition organic GMO free would be best, combined with clean water equal to spring or better, by having this level of devotion to yourself will allow you to naturally fully be in tune with all your body senses to their extreme limits in the most efficient way that is possible!! When one has this level of body awareness it naturally gives them, the self-control discipline loyalty devotion appreciation respect confidence, to express physical freedom" for physical freedom, is what allows the subconscious to systematically coincide with the sole spirit mother Earth) and all the various different forms of life that live within this world in the most efficient way that is humanly possible! Love is extremely complex' fortunately if you understand the fundamentals, the common basic average' spontaneously manifest systematically.

  28. Iโ€™m glad they still have this program!! ๐Ÿฅฐ
    Cowboy Lil Wayne!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  29. Jesus loves you all. Turn to Jesus and away from all sin. Believe in Jesus the Christ and that God rose Him from the grave. Jesus is coming back. Be baptized in water and by the Holy spirit. Jesus is coming soon. God bless you all.

  30. There were many black cowboys in early western times. Unfortunately old western movies don't acknowledge that part of American history.
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lesser-known-history-african-american-cowboys-180962144/
    Love and light,
    Ms. Holly

  31. There's been black cowboys since the time of cowboys in the frontiers,they just never made it into tv shows and movies for obvious reasons

  32. He said "I rather get jumped by the bloods then touch shit"๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฃ

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