Bio

Nerd by birth, geek by choice. I'm currently a high school math teacher in OKC hoping to birth more black nerds in this nation. Living an interesting life and following the wind and my passions. From advertising to non-profit work, who knows what comes next?!

Favorites (hover / click to see name)

  • music

    • Lauryn Hill
    • Michael Jackson
    • My Chemical Romance
    • Angel Haze
    • Linkin Park
  • publications

    • Giant
    • Game Informer
    • Wired
  • movies

    • Speed Racer
    • The Color Purple
    • Sucker Punch
    • The 5th Element
    • Avengers
  • I am BlerdNation because...

    For as long as I could remember, I was that black nerd. In school, at church, through college, and finally, in the professional world. I find my passions in a lot of things through education and study and generally immersing myself within it.

  • Who is your blerd role model? Why?

    Alec Hardison from Leverage. He was so cool, sauve, and happy to be the black nerd and geek he was. You don't get to see sexy black nerds on TV often, and Hardison (with his great sense of humor) became my favorite character on an all-around great show.

  • How do you stay connected to other blerds?

    Friends I've met through work, college, and at conventions. Social Media like facebook and twitter has made the conversation so much easier to have away from each other. In OKC, however, I'm feeling the lack of black nerds so I'm using the internet to find my people again.

  • What’s your most awkward blerd moment?

    During a race and identity conversation I was leading for my work team when I worked for a non-profit, my boss told me that people considered me "alternative" black person. The rest of the team got awkward because they saw on my face that I was not happy about my way of blackness didn't fit some "norm" according to "other people."

  • What’s your favorite word/phrase?

    Do You

  • What are your goals/passions?

    Do find a way to combine all my passions into a workable career and be paid decently for it.

  • What are you listening to, watching, or reading that impacts you or that is giving you a different perspective?

    I'm gearing up for the Dear White People movie in October. It's been way too long before we had a movie that talks about black identity and blackness, especially as a black nerd who may be considered "counter-culture"

  • Are there any famous, or not-so-famous, people that you think would be a great addition to BlerdNation?

  • What advice would you give to other blerds?

    Love, recruit people to your cause, and be out about it. I will always stop and talk to people on the street who catch my eye because they are showcasing an interest that I also have.

  • How do you keep yourself immersed in blerdom?

    Tumblr is my biggest thing. I also call a few friends to discuss major events and they help me stay connected. I also make sure to read at least 2 nerdy books a month.

  • If you could be something other than a blerd, what would you be?

    Maybe a blocker (black rocker) or into Afro Punk. But then, stereotypes are for the weak...

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