Bessie Smith, Samuel L. Jackson and Usher are very well known people who have called my hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee home. 


Nichelle Nichols (born Grace Dell Nichols on December 28, 1932) is an American actress, singer and voice artist. She sang with Duke Ellington andLionel Hampton before turning to acting. Her most famous role is that of communications officer Lieutenant Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise in the popular Star Trek television series (1966-1969),

My Blackout Story


I grew up in a predominately white community and I can’t remember having regular contact with people of color as a child or pre-teen. When I was a young adult I had the opportunity to be around people of color. While in college some of the best friends I had were black, Latino, Asian and Arabic, maybe because they offered a different experience which I was wanting to know more about. 

I made my college experience an opportunity to grow and to get to know folks from other races and ethnic groups. That exposure to different people has made me a better person. Growing up in that white community made me curious about the lives of others and having a open heart and mind has made the difference in my life then and now as I work with different sorts of people. It does take every kind of people to make the world go round as a song once proclaimed appropriately.


Me and my college bestie Rev. Kelvin Sauls of South Africa.