My Wellbeing is a Humanitarian Act

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Lifestyle, Philanthropy | One Comment
My Wellbeing is a Humanitarian Act

Until recently, my life has been focused so acutely on humanitarian efforts that, at times, I lost a bit of my own humanity along the way. Even as a child, I was strongly compelled to stand up for the oppressed. I’ve always followed my heart, which told me to serve others to the best of […]

Example is the Greatest Teacher

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Lifestyle, Parenting, Philanthropy | 2 Comments
Example is the Greatest Teacher

We have very few rules in our family. We call it our “way”, like Bushido is to the Samurai. It’s a practice based on our ethos, rather than a set of rules to adhere to. Rules serve no purpose on the path to enlightenment or self actualization. My wife and I are deliberate in all […]

No Tree Is So Foolish

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 in Activism, Lifestyle, Philanthropy | 2 Comments
No Tree Is So Foolish

                              This is the essence of ubuntu. We are all connected, part of the same source energy. We must embrace this reality in order to find peace. Violence begets violence. Peace begets peace. The only person you can control is yourself. […]

We Shall Wait No Longer | In Honor of MLK

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Activism, Lifestyle, Philanthropy | No Comments
We Shall Wait No Longer | In Honor of MLK

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We honor Dr. King for championing the American Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. Dr. King proved that patient, non-violent resistance is paramount to achieving peace and equality. Since August 9th when Darren Wilson took the life of 18 year […]

Let Love Rule | An Account of Activism

Let Love Rule | An Account of Activism

What exactly does it mean to be an activist? I don’t believe there is any hard and fast definition or expectation. What I am describing here is a lifestyle of activism, largely because that is what it has always been for me. But anyone can be an activist, no matter your cause or the frequency […]

Ferguson Unleashes a Movement for Racial Equality | This is America

Ferguson Unleashes a Movement for Racial Equality | This is America

Part III of “Ferguson Unleashes a Movement for Racial Equality” A wave of protests and discussions has swept across the nation as a result of the decision of the Grand Jury to not indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown. When I look across my Twitter feed, I see post after post of peaceful protests […]

Ferguson Unleashes a Movement for Racial Equality | Environment Matters

Posted by on Nov 29, 2014 in Activism, Lifestyle, Philanthropy | No Comments
Ferguson Unleashes a Movement for Racial Equality | Environment Matters

Part II of “Ferguson Unleashes a Movement for Racial Equality” Before diving into today’s racial issues, it’s important to understand the dynamics that have contributed to the environment in which black Americans have been raised. Since it’s inception, America was developed through the bloodshed of millions of American Indians, to the extent that their race […]

Ferguson Unleashes a Movement for Racial Equality | The Threat of Nuance

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Activism, Lifestyle, Philanthropy | 17 Comments
Ferguson Unleashes a Movement for Racial Equality | The Threat of Nuance

Part I of “Ferguson Unleashes a Movement for Racial Equality” The shooting of Michael Brown (18), an unarmed black teenager, by Darren Wilson (28), a police officer, on August 9th has served as a wakeup call rippling from America to London. On Sunday November 23rd, 12 year old Tamir Rice was shot and killed in Cleveland […]

The Revolution Begins

The Revolution Begins

I’ve been studying the concept of ubuntu, a South African philosophy, since I was about 15 years old. The ancient philosophy posits that we are all intrinsically connected, unable to reach our full human potential as individuals. We can only manifest our truest, most enlightened selves through consistent interaction with other humans. I’ve detailed my […]

What Are You Working For?

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Lifestyle, Philanthropy | 2 Comments
What Are You Working For?

I’ve always viewed my work, whatever it may be, as my art. It’s my contribution to the world. I’m going to give my best because I care, regardless of how it’s received. I care that it’s done well and that it serves someone else well or brings them some joy. I’ve never been motivated solely […]