Systemic Malfunction – A Design Problem

“It’s a systemic issue”… I think we’ve all heard this a lot recently. I have to admit, I did not know what that truly meant until now, and even still, I am learning more and more what it means and the extent of the impact of systemic injustice. As I continue to educate myself, however,…

CREAM THE COLLECTIVE

Over the last week I have been spending time trying to learn, listen, understand, and engage to the best of my capacity in the issues that are plaguing our world and our country. More specifically, I have been trying to understand the role of “content creation” and what it means to be an “influencer” through…

Use your platform

This one is a reminder to all the creatives, artists, designers, musicians, content creators, filmmakers photographers and self proclaimed “influencers” who dedicate much of their time on growing their following on social media through their work. Ask yourself what kind of influence are you truly having? You’re situated in a unique position to use your…

It’s time to have an “influence”…

I want to preface this post by saying that I in no way am pretending to understand the pain, grief, suffering, or trauma experienced by victims of racially charged crimes and years of oppression… Last week I asked a question about “influencers” on my Instagram. I was curious to see who would want to be…

TO THE CLASS OF 2020 – A ZULUECHO FILM

TO THE CLASS OF 2020 – It’s really difficult to put into words all the emotions and feelings I’ve felt the last few weeks. As graduating students all over the world finished up their semesters there was this empty feeling of knowing that this years’ graduations would not be the same. Although my degree program…

Featured in Syracuse University Blackstone LaunchPad

I was honored and humbled to be featured twice in Syracuse University’s Blackstone LaunchPad over the last few months. Jalen Nash wrote an amazing piece about how triumph comes from overcoming struggle, and the importance of taking on our challenges as a means of forcing us to transform and grow. I feel especially passionate about…

“Swimming in Circles” – A FiberCast Highlight

Today I want to share the last of a series of highlights tied to an interview I did on Caley Lacerda’s “FiberCast” Podcast a few months ago. This one is incredibly important as it relates to mental health, burnout, and the need to prioritize our mental peace by finding a balance between hard work, and…

Fresh Air

I’ve been quiet for some time. Seems like just yesterday I was writing an article a week with conviction and drive… what happened? Well I needed a break. I needed to remember why I write. I needed to ensure that I felt my writing was bringing value to my life and to yours, not simply…

BREAK, CREATE, INSPIRE

Super excited to be speaking at Syracuse University’s Entrepreneurship Club this evening alongside a good friend of mine, Anthony Obas. Our talk will focus on creative entrepreneurship and its relationship to finding alternative ways to turn your passion into your reality. Various aspects of this process, including dealing with mental health, understanding short term and…

“ZULUECHO Initiative” explained on FiberCast Podcast

I’m often asked why I started ZULUECHO Initiative, what it means and what the “big idea” behind the movement is. I always love answering this question because it allows me to take people through my own “BREAKTHROUGH” moment in 2017 – the process by which I realized that I wanted to start ZULUECHO Initiative. Last…