I hail from Memphis, Tennessee, home of blues, BBQ and of course, Elvis (don’t say anything bad about the King). I clearly remember the day my next door neighbor came running home screaming that Elvis had left the building (not in those words, but you get the picture). All of this is important to me because I believe growing up in Memphis heavily influenced my love of music, especially from the era of my youth. We’d spend hours on end sitting on the floor listening to my mother’s 45s (7-inch vinyl records with a single song on both sides played on an old school record player or turntable which spun at 45 rpms) and the corresponding stories that went along with the songs. I believe music is a universal language that can unite people of all backgrounds and experiences. It continues to be one of the most powerful mediums for ideas, understanding and communication.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A day on the golf course with a foursome of my wife and two kids (as soon as they learn to play).
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
I’d love to be an accomplished musician because music is such a universal language.
If you were to die and choose what to come back as, what would it be?
An American bald eagle because of its association with power, strength and freedom.
If you were a type of pasta noodle, what type of noodle would you be and why?
Tagliatelle because it sounds bada$$.
What moment was the proudest moment of your life? Why?
Two that stand out are the birth of my children and my graduation from Morehouse College. My children because they are continuations of life that I get to nurture, teach and love every day; graduation because it represented the culmination of a committed journey toward excellence.