How I Went from Hanging Out with Shooters to Nerds, Geeks and Computer Hackers

Nap monte mon l’an, ti pa, pa ti pa. 🇭🇹

Subtitle translation: we’re climbing the mountain, one small step at a time.

Little Haiti, Miami, Florida Photo Credit: Dana Wallick

Love the Skin You’re In!

As a young boy growing up in New York City, I used to say that I’d grow up to be a hood dude for life. However, deep inside, I hated my environment and had been working on a secret plan; the great escape. If I could acquire both street and book smarts, I’d surely be able to elevate myself from this pit that I viewed as hell.

Silly me!

That pit was actually the concrete foundation that fueled the fire, which led me to achieve accolades that my peers viewed as unattainable and/or foolish dreams.

No longer, was I interested in roaming the Boulevard of Broken Dreams!

Outside forces helped me beat the odds by attending graduate school, joining the ranks of the feature film industry, crossing over to marketing in tech and achieving my goal of flying around (the circumference) of the world before the age of 35.

Now wait a minute, life’s freakin’ awesome, isn’t it?

Freeze frame.

Take a snapshot of this glorious moment, then erase it from your memory immediately as though it just went out in a blaze of glory.

The universe responded in a way that I wasn’t prepared for. Something went horribly wrong while experiencing this journey, which I couldn’t quite understand until several loved ones brought it to my attention. Losing sight of who I was and who I was born to become, was one of the worst things that could’ve occurred. At one point in time, my real character was non-existent. The truth of the matter is that I allowed my ego and desires to lead me astray. I began to feel as though I no longer needed the guidance of the universe. Boy, was I wrong!


Now, now, now, needless to say, I’ve been able to get back on the proper trajectory. However, I continue to find my transition to being a difficult one. My new journey has just begun, and I’m happy to be on this road with you all.

With that being said, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has been a part of Koffee, from its inception!!!!

Oh btw, Koffee Global is a legacy project that I’ve been working on fornthe ost year or so. It’s intent is to connect all people of color on a global scale, including white people. Check it out and feel free to contact me if you have any questions and/or want to be a part of the movement.

Thank you for reading!

The Pragmatic Disruptor

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