Interview with East Cleveland’s own; Ohio lawyer and HBCU Graduate.

hbcu1I was inspired to reach out to one of East Cleveland’s own lawyers and childhood friend, the reason being is because I was watching a special regarding the impact of HBCU’s which is an (acronym for Historically Black College’s and University’s) that really moved me, because attending an HBCU is not a path I had chosen, however, although there is no major difference academically when it comes to HBCU’s and majority attended colleges, after reading this perhaps it may move YOU to consider enrollment for refinement.

The special touched me because even though we live a racially charged society, the Black students interviewed state that attending an HBCU was a sort of refuge from the “outside world” and that versus a conventionally diverse college, they felt safer with expression. (HBCU’s house at least 87% Black attendees)

The interview is very insightful, I invite you to read along:

Q1: At what age did you decide to pursue law?

A: “Every since middle school, during the high school experience I had a criminal studies course, and that’s what substantiated my love for law.”

Q2: You got accepted to Ivy League colleges. What made you choose an HBCU for undergrad?

A: “I always knew I wanted to attend an HBCU.” She states she watched television programs such as A Different World and was entralled with the thought of attendance.

Most importantly she states that she did her research about how HBCU’s came into existence and that played a major, influential role in her final decision.

Q3: What lessons did you learn in at your HBCU that you carried into the real world?

A: She states that not only was it phenomenal, but also, empowering through knowlege and fun! Not only that but she recieved support, and enrichment.

“It molds a more strategic mind by teaching your own history which in turn builds confidence.”

It was a pleasure doing this interview.. thank you!

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Why the Terry Crews #metoo conversation is so important

We’ve all seen the questions and whispers that occur when a woman waits “too long” to report her sexual assault.

  1. Why didn’t she report it sooner?
  2. She’s just trying to make him look bad.
  3. Why didn’t she tell someone in her family?

I really could go on and on. Instead of concern for the victim the barrage which made it difficult to report the crime in the first place continues. (This post is not pertinent to people that lie)

The conversation is important because Terry Crews  (we know him from shows such as ” Everybody Hates Chris” or recently the Old Spice commercials ) is a tall, muscular man that seemingly wouldn’t come off as the victim. He’s in fact the anti victim to most people. Terry Crews has testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on Tuesday regarding the “Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights.”

His testimony is important, powerful and moving. He speaks on the power struggle of not only being African American, but being in a position of being a subordinate to a powerful person, in this case a supervisor, but in many cases the perpetrator may be an older family member or, even someone of the physically stronger sex.

It’s also important because Terry Crews is a man! Yes, a man who felt powerless in at the hand of another man that felt he had ownership over Terry Crew’s body.

Close your eyes and imagine how a woman may feel.

See the partial testimony here: