How have the Arts impacted your life?
The arts have impacted my life in so many ways. As a child, I was very creative
and loved to draw and make up stories. Many thought I'd be an artist or an architect rather than a lawyer. In the end, law chose me. In law, to be successful, you have to use your creative side. To me, an artist is someone who pushes boundaries and their imagination, and someone who can immerse themselves into the beauty of the human experience --in living color with all of their senses. I do all of these things when I get into my cases. My creative side allows me to humanize even the most controversial and scandalized figures and evoke empathy for them. I love that I have the ability through story telling to bring my clients to life in a brilliant array of complex emotions that places on display all the ones we commonly possess inside. By doing so, I make them relatable, and oft times sympathetic --so much so that even you, after understanding their narrative, would want to do justice for them.
What Arts are you exposing your son to as he develops and why?
His mother and I are exposing our son to all kinds of art forms, from authoring books, to painting, to participating in theatrical events. Art feeds the soul and frees the mind. I want my son to be free to dream of a world that he'd want his children to live in and then create it.
What Arts organizations have you supported in the past five years and why?
In the past five years, I've supported the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.
What inspired you to become a lawyer?
I've always said that I didn't choose law, law chose me. I decided to become a lawyer at the age of 14. At that time, there were no lawyers in my family, I didn't know of any, and didn't really know all that lawyers did. Nonetheless, there was a burning desire set in my belly to become one so I started to research and read about them. It helped me to better understand who they were and how invaluable they were, and still are, to our society. For example, months ago, when COVID-19 first hit the U.S., I posted on social media that lawyers will be the second responders to the pandemic. D*mn if I wasn’t right. Socio-economic desperation and uncertainty breeds all kinds of injustices that need to be confronted and addressed. It is the lawyers duty to society to address them. Being a lawyer aligns perfectly with my personality, background and experiences. I'm about service and making change for the betterment of my community and society as a whole. I believe that lawyers have always been the preeminent leaders of this charge and will always be. We are the social architects and soul-savers of this nation.
How do you define success?
This one is going to be a long sentence. It has to be because to be successful in my eyes requires all of these things to be done simultaneously. I define success as being able to make a living, have a life, and support your family doing something that you love, are passionate about, and that makes a positive difference in peoples lives.
What advice would you give someone that wants to become an entrepreneur?
Do it. More is lost through indecision than wrong decision. The road of life is spotted with plenty of squirrels who could not make a decision. Don’t be like that squirrel. The next time entrepreneurship calls while you’re on the line listening to other voices, ‘click-over’ and answer the call.
Share with us your biggest accomplishment?
I have so many accomplishments --my son, my career, courtroom successes. I’d be doing myself and God a great disservice by trying to identify my biggest accomplishment right now because I clearly have not accomplished it yet and there is so much legacy building to do. Therefore, unfortunately, I cannot precisely respond to this question because my “biggest” accomplishment has yet to be achieved. I don’t even know what it will be. Only God knows so I’ll leave it to him to answer this question when He sees fit.
What’s next for the Warrior Lawyer?
More courtrooms –perhaps in different states, television, movies, documentaries, music videos, books, you name it. I’m open to all possibilities. Until then, I’m going to continue to be the Warrior Lawyer®, tirelessly battling injustices and fighting to release the strongholds on freedom in this country.
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