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JUL 2018

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72 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 7.18 In early March, Fleming gets rid of most of his belongings, keeping some weights, clothes, shoes and Josiah's golf clubs. Josiah loves living with Grandma, loves eating her food, cuddling up with her at night. But Fleming feels homeless, a bit depressed. "I have to be this strong, black father," he says. "We're providers. We make a way out of no way." Dixon is back in court on March 14, the day her landlord said he would file a warrant of possession if she hasn't moved out. Dixon sips orange juice from a bottle and heads into the courtroom, wearing black dress pants and a colorful blazer. Her sandy-hued hair is curled and pulled back with a gold headband. Her oldest son, Micah, in a Misfits jacket and black jeans, sits with his mom, occasionally closing his eyes and sinking his head into his hands. ings are little better than they were two weeks ago. rough a temp agency, Dixon is now working as a leasing agent at an apartment complex in Okolona. When Dixon's name is called, she stands and wobbles. "Sorry, my foot fell asleep," she says, stomping. "at's the worst," judge Williams says, in a tone that's empathetic and light. "It's coming back," Dixon says, hobbling to the podium. "Tingling and burning yet?" Williams says, smiling. Dixon's case is on what Williams likes to call her "two-second docket," reserved for landlords and tenants who came to an agreement and passed the case for another day. If the tenant hasn't abided by the agreement? Evicted. Only one or two seconds needed. Dixon: "How you doing today? Williams: "I'm good. Did you vacate?" Dixon: "No, not yet. My husband has a good job. I also got a job working at one of the top luxury apartments in Louisville. I'm one of the leasing agents there. We just haven't had a full paycheck yet. I'm asking if (the landlord) can please give us until a news story about Donelle Fleming, a teenager arrested for robbing banks and a Bojangles' restaurant. All eyes swerved to Da'Marrion. He panicked, then asked to call his mom from school. She hadn't told him yet, longing to protect him. But after school that day, she took him down to the jail to see Donelle, the brother who walked him to football practice and cut up with him at home. Donelle stood in an orange jumpsuit. "When are you getting out?" Da'Marrion asked. ere was talk of a long sentence. In the moment, Da'Marrion thought: How many sentences does Donelle have to write to get out of here? Fleming promised his brother he'd stay out of trouble. He excelled in football, graduated college, briefly joined the Army, taught in public schools, helped open a barbecue food truck. Now he has no choice but to move in with his mom, wedging himself and his older son, Josiah, into a two-bedroom apartment located among the rolling hills of south Louisville. (Fleming does not have full custody of his younger son.) Pfeifer walks to the first set-out of the day in south Louisville.

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