Q: The title "My Head is Bloody, But Unbowed" is very unusual. Can you explain why you chose it?
A. Sure. The title is based on the concept of what happens when you allow people and circumstances to dictate your self-worth. For me, the title represents my personal motto.
Q: Would you care to elaborate?
A. Yes. Despite rumors and innuendoes that would have devastated the average person, I am proud to admit that although my confidence has taken a few hits over the years, I am stronger and more durable than anyone could imagine.
Q: You seem so poised. Therefore, I can’t imagine you letting someone’s negative opinion have such a critical influence on you.
A. That’s strange because when I look at the person that I am today, I can’t imagine that either. Unfortunately, some events happen in life that defy logic. And since they can’t be explained, you reach the point where you simply move on.
Q: What are six things that people unfamiliar with you, would be shocked to discover?
A: 1) I’m a modest intellectual with a heart of gold. To me intelligence is one of the greatest gifts you can possess; 2) I have a great sense of humor; 3) I’m a rip-gushing sports fanatic; 4) I adore elegance; whether it’s art, furniture or designer clothing; 5) I have 500 books in my library, ranging from The History of the American People (1936) by Charles A. Beard and William C. Bagley to the first edition of Alex Haley’s 1976 classic Roots; 6) I love vintage jazz and will purchase anything by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk.
Q: What advice has remained with you over the years?
A. Oh that’s easy. It’s advice given to me by my grandmother. She told me "Get your education. As long as you have that, no one can take it away from you." That advice has stayed with me throughout my life. And although she’s no longer with us, I hope that I have made her proud.