"There is a belief in America that every person has the opportunity to succeed, no matter what race, gender, religion, sexual preference, or financial status. However, America’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” personality has created a paradox in communities of color, which contradicts her oath. Her devaluing of black and brown people combined with systemic racism dramatically diminishes or completely eradicates the opportunity to build wealth, making it challenging, and in some cases, impossible to pursue the “American” dream she promotes. It is especially true in disinvested communities like West Baltimore, so I use my voice to empower people. I've called into action a Coalition of visionaries who are developing strategies to create a financial legacy for future generations to come."
"I'm a transplant from Miami, Florida, but my mission for social change connects me to Baltimore. I moved to Charm City in 2015 and co-founded 84 PROS, which is a music & media production company in West Baltimore. Media production is the reason I moved here, but my passion for helping others is why I now call it home."
"I have over 40 years of experience in community development and planning, particularly as it relates to public and private revitalization in disinvested neighborhoods. My life's work has prepared me for the task at hand. While others are running away from West Baltimore, I'm staying and standing in solidarity with my brothers and sisters to rebuild our communities from the ground up."
"I didn't plan on becoming a community activist or urban gardener. I spent most of my time behind closed doors as a musician. However, everything changed after the Freddie Gray unrest. Things have always been difficult in my Harlem Park neighborhood, but now the whole world is watching, judging, and accusing us of not caring about each other or our community. I CARE!"
"I love Harlem Park, I've lived here my entire life, so I saw it when it was a neighborhood with fruit trees, family parks, beautiful mansions, and black-owned businesses. As a matter of fact, it's all still here, but it's buried beneath the rubble, poverty, and crime. I've always helped people, but I've stayed in the background because I did it from my heart. But things are different now, so we all have to step up so that "the people's" voices are heard loud and clear!