Archive for May, 2013

On May 1, 2013 the 5th Annual I’m Not the One conference was held at the Humble Civic Center, Humble Texas. This event was specific conceived for young black males.  This conference brought together young black males between the ages of 16-18 with the focus of changing the statistics. This event included students from Humble ISD and Cleveland ISD.

Did you know….

1:2 Black Children grow up without a positive male role model in the home.

1:7 of the Nations Homicides are Black Men.

1.5 Black Boys will not graduate High School.

I’m Not the One represents not becoming the “ONE” to become a statistic. Not to drop out of High School or not go to college but instead I am the one to; graduate high school, go to and finish college, get married, raise a family, be a father and become a positive influence in my community.

Today was a full day I, along with five other great speakers, did lead break out sessions designed to educate these young black men on prison, promote positive behavior, and above all let them know that they are somebody and can accomplish greatness.

There were some really good speakers. I wish I could give every one of them some love on here but I just want to highlight Steven Holloway. He was moving and thrilling with his presentation and speech.  His personal story sounded like a made for t.v. movie.  Oh, Jackie Battle Running back, San Diego Charges, was the morning sessions kick off speaker. He had a very moving story. He did a good job.  Got to work on the ums though.

Steven Holloway, was the closing keynote speaker. He spoke how his father was sentenced to 99 years in prison which led to him not knowing or ever meeting his father. This played apart in him becoming addicted to crack cocaine for seven years. He spoke on how and why he turned his life around.

I did take some pictures of his presentation. It was great!  He used a suitcase and a bag to illustrate what life is like when you carry around negative things in your life.  He also put on a Prison Orange jump suit with a chain to give the young men a visual illustration of Prison life. Again, he was great!

My presentation did center on two key themes. 1. The Prison System: How Corporations Lobby law makers to pass more laws that equal extended prison time and mandatory sentencing and 2: Achieving Success, Success Qualities, Why People Fail and Succeed.

I was also able to give the young men a hand out that included the Elements of Success which were created by Bald One Media for

I have to give a great big THANKYOU to my wife for being my assistant today. She really did a great job. I appreciate it Honey.

Also to my friend and college teammate Theo Williams, as he got me connected with the event way back in February. Theo, first round of chicken wings on me at the LSU game watch.

I must thank Stacey Hamlet & Charles Ned. I am grateful for opportunity to speak at this event and I truly believe we changed some lives today.

Thanks to all the young men who attended today for staying awake and being interactive.

I had an awesome time. I’ll be back in 2014. Can’t wait. Matter of fact, I already started working on the presentation.


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