Black Men Win/Rick Sims
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!
My name is Rick Sims, I recently moved back home to Detroit, Mi to continue my education, give much-needed service to my community and most important my family. I’m currently a Professional Student, studying Business Management-Administration and furthering my degree in Fine Arts at Wayne State University. I am the Owner-Director of Number One Graphics and “N1G non-profit”. Once told the “Jack of all Trades” of the creative industry. Since age 10, I’ve been working with graphic design, photography (Concert, Portrait, Photojournalism, Nature, Architecture, Editorial), visual Arts (Painting-Drawing), printing, and fashion. I obtained an Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) at age 16, then at 18, I became a Specialist for all the Adobe Suite Applications (Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator, Indesign, Premiere Pro, Dimension...etc). I’m Humbled to be the behind the scenes guy and have the opportunity to develop content/marketing, provide creative direction, photography, graphics, Art and more to many companies, brands, and individuals. On more recent projects, I am coming from behind the scenes and into the forefront (stay tuned) My Kings & Queens!
2. Do you believe that as black men, do we support each other ‘enough’. Spiritually. Emotionally. Mentally. Physically. Financially.
Honestly, No. We’re as a whole is slowly grasping the concept of fellowship & brotherhood and finally the comprehension of how harmful toxic masculinity can affect a community. Being a black man involved in my community, there aren’t enough leaders. There IS NOT enough presence from our Kings & Queens collectively supporting each other and giving back Spiritually, mentally, and especially financially. Keeping our “Black dollar” circulating within our community has been the top struggle for a while and it must change for a better economic outcome #GentrificationIsReal.
3. Do we continue to let our generational curses in our community of black men hinder us from experiencing and realizing our true potential?
We are thriving as Black men, but the system isn’t set up for US to succeed. Your mindset, tenacity, and drive for change play a major role in breaking generational curses. Anything worth something does not come easy. Never give up! Building a solid stable foundation for your future will continue to bless your family for generations to come. Not being afraid of Sharing knowledge, teaching positive tendencies, and having a strong infrastructure can unlock so much potential to flourish in any community. We can only hinder ourselves; what you do today, can affect you tomorrow.
4. What can we do better as black men, individually, to help improve our overall community for the next generations?
It all starts from within; as Kings and Queens, self-care is very important. Leaving everything toxic behind you and stepping into your worth is something that has to happen. Alongside tenacity and dedication to accomplish your desires. We must set, reinforce, and accomplish goals. Invest in your community, buy property, sow seeds and watch you flourish.
5. What does #BlackMenWin mean to you?
#BlackMenWin signifies that we’re doing something right. We as a community have been defying the odds for many years, with strength and gold running through our veins; our existence can no longer be the stigma of oppression. A Black Man that’s Winning is unapologetically living in their truths while being teachable and humble.