I am an educator with over ten years of experience at varying levels serving minority students and communities.
I am kid from Harlem shaped by the crack era and Hip-Hop music. My life experiences have given me a wealth of knowledge which I happily share with others.
I am a native of Harlem, New York raised during the crack era of New York City. My father was an elementary school dropout who sold drugs and committed a number of robberies in Harlem. My mother was a high school graduate who became one of my father's good customers. I didn't see my father much during my youth as he spent a large amount of time in jail. My mother "raised" me on public assistance in between her drug use. Around 8 or 9 years old, i was removed from her and placed in foster care. I spent the remainder of my independence being bounced between group homes, hom-es of family members, and roaming the streets. I became an emancipated minor at 16 due to my independent nature.
I was fortunate enough to be found and helped to attend college in Florida. For me the change was a huge adjustment, finally having stable meals and a home. My excitement was short-lived as I learned I did not have the scholarship advertised, was responsible for student loans, and the HBCU experience was not close to the show A Different World, which was my only exposure to college beforehand. However, I went on to have a good amount of success in college. I participated in student government, student radio, fraternity life, volunteer organizations, and worked for the university in various roles related to technology.
Following my negative experience in college, I decided to work towards becoming a college president so I could help create a better experience for those following me. I continued to law school due to the large number of legal issues facing HBCUs at that time. Law school was a positive experience and helped create a great foundation for my doctoral studies that followed. As part of my doctoral experience I served as an administration for a HBCU where I was able to see, in action, the ailments facing these institutions and the genesis of them. Having earned my doctorate, I am now dedicated towards creating a positive and successful environment and experience for students, especially black males.
Postscript, March 2021
I just noticed that soon I will have lived longer than my father. He died at 42 due to a heart attack which I feel was brought on my a combination of drugs and his ex-wife. I just hope that I have added to his legacy somehow. I hope that I live as long as my grandfather, but with better health, as he was well into his 80s, but needed much help getting around. It does give me a chuckle thinking about the three "Neversons" in the one apartment for the three, four times it happened...
Here's a peek into my personality through the Myers-Briggs test that is popular in academia.
A Logician (INTP) is someone with the Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Prospecting personality traits. These flexible thinkers enjoy taking an unconventional approach to many aspects of life. They often seek out unlikely paths, mixing willingness to experiment with personal creativity.
The Logician personality type is fairly rare, making up only three percent of the population, which is definitely a good thing for them, as there’s nothing they’d be more unhappy about than being “common”. Logicians pride themselves on their inventiveness and creativity, their unique perspective and vigorous intellect. Usually known as the philosopher, the architect, or the dreamy professor, Logicians have been responsible for many scientific discoveries throughout history.
They love patterns, and spotting discrepancies between statements could almost be described as a hobby, making it a bad idea to lie to a Logician. This makes it ironic that Logicians’ word should always be taken with a grain of salt – it’s not that they are dishonest, but people with the Logician personality type tend to share thoughts that are not fully developed, using others as a sounding board for ideas and theories in a debate against themselves rather than as actual conversation partners.
This may make them appear unreliable, but in reality no one is more enthusiastic and capable of spotting a problem, drilling through the endless factors and details that encompass the issue and developing a unique and viable solution than Logicians – just don’t expect punctual progress reports. People who share the Logician personality type aren’t interested in practical, day-to-day activities and maintenance, but when they find an environment where their creative genius and potential can be expressed, there is no limit to the time and energy Logicians will expend in developing an insightful and unbiased solution.
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I took great joy in being a father and hope to be a beacon for my boys in the future.
I love being able to capture my experiences and interests to share with the world.
I learned photography as a way to contribute to my university. I felt that I could add to my duties as a web designer by providing photos of sporting and campus events. I was instantly hooked. Seeing people through the lens and being able to capture and share that moment with them was exhilarating.
I have continued my love a photography with a focus on moments that reflects the true expression people have to what is ocurring around them or with their lives. I have also shot sports, but with a focus on the spectators and the rollercoaster ride they experience through the game(s).
For the upcoming year, I will again focus more on shooting candid portraits of natural Black men and women. My goal is, in a small part, to counteract the filters and unhealthiness of Instagram and like platforms with the hope of encouraging people to embrace heir natural beauty and selves.
I have performed work for or been featured in:
Florida A&M University
New York City Football Club
SB Nation (Once a Metro)
Suomen Krikettiliiton (Finnish National Cricket Team)
The Third Rail Supporters Club