1. What is your name? Where are you are from? What do you do for a living? GAS YOURSELF! Let the people know who you are!
I am Bryce Bailey, I am from the southside of Chicago - Chatham to be specific. I am also a product of a single parent household not including my grandmother and sister helping out as well. My father passed when I was 9 years old which makes the me the typical statistic in the black community. My mom did a great job raising me and putting the right role models in my life! By trade, I am Senior Auditor in State Government - a recent promotion after 3 years working as a Staff Auditor. What I enjoy doing is coaching football at the high school and youth levels as well as giving back to young black men in my community. I want to be the role models I had and the role model I always wanted. Currently I give back my time and effort in which one day I plan to be able to give back jobs, funding for programs, and other resources!
2. Do you believe that as black men, do we support each other ‘enough’. Spiritually. Emotionally. Mentally. Physically. Financially.
I believe that you can never support each other too much! When I see the word enough, I take it as once you get to a certain point its okay to stop. I believe we need to pour into each other and our communities so much that they overflow with Spiritually, Emotionally, Mentally, Physically, and Financially abundance. We need to give each other our all and that will be enough. Anything less and we are selling ourselves short!
3. Do we continue to let our generational curses in our community of black men hinder us for experiencing and realizing our true potential?
Yes, we do! One saying I live by is “A wise man learns from others mistakes and minimizes his own.” I believe as a community we need to tell each other our experiences so that we do not continue to repeat the past! We have to ask our parents what they struggled with, then telling our children what their grandfathers have struggled with, and then explaining what we have struggled with so it might be something you struggle with too. For so many years it is like fighting in the dark but if we shed light to our generational issues, our children can know exactly what they are up against. Pride comes before the fall and if we are afraid to share our mistakes with others they will make the same mistakes! Once we begin to share those mistakes we are bound to figure out our destiny and realize our true potential.Yes,
4. What can we do better as black men, individually, to help improve our overall community for the next generations?
I think I answered this in the above questions lol smh. But just mainly give back to our community and share your truth, your pain, and your mistakes so our kids will be better than us. And to remember you must do all this things as home first. If everyone took care of their home and then tried to give back as much as possible, that is how we can improve our community from the inside out! Start at home, with the love and giving it your all then give what you have left to the kids that do not have those same opportunities as your kids!
5. What does #BlackMenWin mean to you?
#BlackMenWin to me is black man giving their all and doing what they enjoy/love! Not everyone is meant to be the top executives but everyone can do find something they enjoy that makes you want to get out of bed every day!