I live and work in South Central Los Angeles where the wail of sirens, the crack of bullets, and human images outlined in chalk on sidewalks often over shadow the beauty of the people and wealth of my community.
I live and work in South Central Los Angeles where the wail of sirens, the crack of bullets, and human images outlined in chalk on sidewalks often over shadow the beauty of the people and wealth of my community. At an early age, I experienced the power of healing and meaningful connections in my community. At a young age, I was subjected to various traumas and intense painful experiences. I was forced to embrace my gifts so that the trauma, pain and anger did not become the dominating predicaments. Now in my maturity, I realize how meaningful relationships helped me navigate and helped me embrace the wonderful healing power in life.
What I do is inspired by the philosophy of Ubuntu. Ubuntu values relationships that are based on social, cultural, and spiritual criteria. Ubuntu communicates interdependence, diversity, a sense of belonging, and reciprocity based on principles of equity among and between generations to share resources. I am inspired by this philosophy to seek creative ways that support individuals and communities to heal from their pain and trauma.
My humble role is to facilitate spaces for healing, meaningful connections, cultural celebrations, and visioning for “Community Enhancement.” In this space, I do what I do to help young men navigate multiple rites of passage. I do what I do because the elders are always giving from their bundle of life experiences. I honor of my ancestors, and more importantly, the seven generations not yet born.