Any challenges or anything upon moving to LA?
I moved to LA kinda under the assumption of what I’d get out of the city and what I wouldn’t. I guess I’m surprised it fit my expectations. When I moved to Oregon, there were certain things I wanted out of the city but I got so much more…
When I moved to LA ,the primary goal was job opportunities, sunshine and then living in California was a big plus because it’s a huge economy. The values across the state match mine more or less. There’s a large black population in the Bay and Southern California so I wanted to be in communities that I felt comfortable with—so I definitely have that. The stereotypes about LA—shallow or individually shallow relationships, and hostility, I figured I’d see that but the challenge is trying to understand why the culture is so consistently the way it is.
LA is a high contrast city between the have and have nots, in your opinion is there anything that Black Professionals can do to help mitigate the issue?
I think they’ve (black professionals) already done their job just by being aware of their history and being supportive of their own community. I’m convinced, and this is what I’m trying to move towards, giving (people) access to information, showing them how to use a technology that will become mandatory. So there are a lot of tools right now that are cutting edge. Everyone in my profession understands In three years you won’t be able to get a job unless you know how to do them. All you have to do is introduce someone to that technology at a young age. It’s not impossible to learn.