In honor of Black History Month, I thought I’d do a little Q&A.
What’s your favorite Black History Story, and why?
I’ve always had a love for the history of my race, which is why I have a fascination with African-American people and African-Americans as a people.
But when I hear about people who have been enslaved, I just can’t help but think about the stories of the Black men who were being held in chains, or being shot by police officers and their families.
I don’t know why I’m so drawn to the stories, but I just feel like it’s something that I need to know.
Is there any specific history of slavery that you want to explore?
I grew up in rural Virginia.
I grew up a bit closer to where this story of the Underground Railroad is from.
I remember seeing the black slaves who were transported across the country, and the white people who were the overseers.
I think the people who owned these slaves were called “the overseers” because they were the ones who owned them, and that’s what the name is, overseers, or overseers were overseers because they controlled the slaves.
So I remember thinking, “Well, maybe that’s why they were so scared, because they knew that they had this overseer to keep them in line.”
I think it’s important to remember that the Black community was a very strong, organized community, and it had a history of organizing and protesting.
And, of course, we had a lot of people of color in the community who were involved in that struggle, and I think that’s a very important aspect of Black history, that the people of Black color were involved.
What was your favorite quote from Black history?
When I was growing up, my parents were on a mission to get us off the plantation, so that we could live free and go on a plantation, because I think we could have grown up and become wealthy.
When I was about five or six, my grandmother started telling stories of Black people escaping the plantation and traveling to the cities, and they ended up in Chicago.
I was like, “What?”
I was just like, [laughs] “What the hell is that?”
I always thought it was just crazy.
I thought it just made no sense.
But as I got older, I started seeing a lot more of the history and seeing what happened to Black people, and a lot less of the story of Black freedom and Black liberation.
I started to think about it, and eventually, I realized that, yeah, that was a great quote, and then I realized, well, it’s not even true, because the slaves who escaped slavery were actually enslaved by the Black people who ran the plantations.
I mean, it wasn’t that they were all free people, because all the Black freedom fighters were slave owners.
They were owners of slaves, but the slaves were actually owners of the slaves they were freeing.
The slaves weren’t slaves because they escaped, and were actually slave owners in many cases.
The Black freedom warriors were actually slaves, and those Black freedom heroes weren’t actually slaves.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, it really was a lot easier to escape from slavery than it was to escape freedom, because you didn’t have to fight for freedom.
You could just leave, and leave and leave, because there was no need to fight.
There was no violence.
It was just an end.
I’m glad I grew out of that and started reading more about it and actually found some of the more recent history.
I’ve always been fascinated by the African American struggle for equality and racial justice.
I always wanted to learn more about that.
Why did you choose to focus on African-America, especially Black history specifically?
I think the fact that there’s such a rich history of Black-on-Black crime, and people of all races in America, I think has really made me realize, you know, that Black people are really capable of doing great things.
I used to be a huge fan of the late great rapper Tupac Shakur, and my favorite thing about Tupac was his lyrics.
I just remember when I first saw the video for “Lose Yourself,” I was shocked.
It’s like, man, he really got me.
I went, “Yeah, Tupac, that’s exactly what I was looking for.”
I always feel like the more we learn about the history, the more it makes me think about what I want to do with my life and my career.
Why do you think that is?
Because when I read about how much violence there was and how many Black lives were stolen and killed, I always wonder, why is there so much violence and so much murder and destruction in the Black communities?
Why are so many Black people still being murdered?
The answer is that the United States has a Black-centered