The members of Jackson State University’s dance ensemble give each other nicknames to reflect who they are and what they’ve been through.
They call Martez Baldwin “Indestructibly Paid.”
“They say I’m indestructible because I’m not letting anything stop me,” Baldwin said. “And the paid part, they said that’s because I’ve paid my dues.”
Baldwin, 27, has lived most of his adult life under the shadow of lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that attacks healthy cells in the body.