I didn't realize it at the time, but this new chapter of my life started in August of 2015. I moved back to Oakland after spending 7-weeks of my post-graduate life in a Spanish-Immersion program at the University of Middlebury Vermont (49 days ALL Spanish NO English). My plan was to get a decent-paying job & build my name within the Bay Area music scene; I quickly learned God had other plans.
On September 1, I put down my pride, picked up a bible (for the 1st time), & started going to school all over again. First it was attending church services, then it was going to bible study, & finally it was listening to Eric Thomas (I consider motivational speaking a form of spirituality too). Over the course of 6 months while working at a school, getting closer to God, and recording music, I felt good about my progression, but I still didn't have a passion for something bigger than me. In February of 2016, that all changed.
My brothers & I started The Black Neighborhood: An organization aimed at empowering and uplifting the individual. Through Education, Music, Art, & Mentorship, we strive to show people that your environment does not determine your destiny. After months of successful grocery giveaways, free movie screenings, and a youth empowerment program, I started to see my purpose reveal itself right before my eyes. With this new level of understanding, I began working towards improving every aspect of my life.
While I'm nowhere near the man I aspire to be, I take pride in the fact that I'm getting closer every day. I have flaws and insecurities just like everyone else, but I don't let them define me. I know who I am and I know who I'm not, which allows me to navigate through life much more peacefully. I am fully committed to proving to the world that when you trust in God, stay true to yourself, and stop worrying about things you can't control, true happiness can be achieved. Thanks for being apart of the journey!