National Youth Pride Services is proud to announce it’s Third Annual list of 50 Winners Who Are Helping Others Win on our national magazine RizeUp! We used our national membership of youth and young adults across the U.S. to come up with the list and we are excited to see who they are not only watching, but learning from.
Who are you and what is it that you currently do (list accomplishments as well)?
I am a proud Morehouse College Man, where I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and minor in Criminal Justice. I made strides by breaking the mold of a man as a “Mean Girl of Morehouse,” yet I still resonate as a well distinguished gentlemen. While obtaining my degree, I began working with children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers. Being in that position was an enlightening experience; it allowed me to understand the importance of a family. During my last semester, I had the opportunity to travel to as far as Central America and the Panama Canal with the Honorable Archbishop Desmond Tutu to study issues concerning Race, Ethnicity, Human Rights and Sustainable Development within the Afro-Latin Diaspora communities there; specifically focused on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities. After matriculating at Morehouse, I obtained a position in the field of public health as a Public Health Strategist. Before returning home, I served as a Board Member and Advisory Board Member to several initiatives, councils, taskforces, and organizations in the Greater Charlotte-Mecklenburg County region addressing public health disparities in the community.
I consider myself an experienced Community Organizer and Political Activist. In 2014, I ran a surprisingly close race in a bid for the South Carolina State House of Representatives, District 50 against the longest serving member of that body; in which I won my Hometown and County portion of the District. Since then, I continued to stay involved in the district and address some of the issues raised in the 2014 Democratic Primary by serving as a former candidate for my local School District Board of Trustees. In 2015, I served as a Hillary Rodham Clinton for America Fellow addressing field organizing, canvassing, and political engagement across South Carolina. Most recently, I was selected as a part of the Honorable Jim Clyburn’s Political Fellowship inaugural class; an ambassador to South Carolina’s Democratic Party and Congressman Clyburn’s legacy.
What person do you look up to or has the most influence on you?
I cannot name just one person that I look up to but humanity as a whole has the most influence on me.
Looking at your life or career goals, what are you looking to do in the long term?
I am pleased to announce that I will seek election to the S.C House of Representatives, District 50 in the upcoming Democratic Primary. This is the first of many political offices; I hope to seek in my career. Maybe one day, I will address NYPS as a Governor, Congressman, President, Ambassador, or Supreme Court Justice. The road is long but the journey has just begun. It is my mission and purpose, which I refer to as “P3: walking in purpose, living with passion, and being full of power for those that are seemingly invisible and voiceless.”
Why do you think it is personally important to help others?
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
What five words describe you?
Powerful, Ambitious, Dominating, Outspoken, and Passionate
What are your hobbies, what do you do for fun?
Discussing politics, listening to music, observing art (visual and performing), reading, touring museums and learning history, traveling the world (tattooing my passport and exploring this great country), and shopping (of course).
What are your thoughts on current events such as the Black Lives Matter movement or the presidential elections?
Black Lives Matter (Period). Our lives should matter to everyone; regardless of race, color, religion, uniform, and to our own brothers and sisters. The Presidential Election of 2016 is of extreme importance. I served as a Hillary Rodham Clinton for America Fellow; the choice is clear for the 45th President of the United States.
What advice would you give to the 16 year old who is just discovering that he is attracted to the same sex?
We are granted one life to live and the choice is ours; fear less and love more. You must live in the face of your obstacles and unapologetically be yourself. LIVE YOUR LIFE!!!
Frank (NYPS CEO) holds you in high regard, even though you have come and gone with NYPS. Why do you think that is and what do you think about the massive growth of NYPS? (TV channels, magazines, radio station, mobile apps, local chapters, etc.)
Frank holds me in high regard, despite my interactions with NYPS because when he or NYPS call, I will always answer the call to action and to serve. I applaud the massive growth of NYPS. I will do everything in my power to see that it reaches the masses of youth that are looking for a safe space, family, resources, and support from this blessing; NYPS.