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 Marquis Taylor and I was born, bred, and raised in Detroit, Michigan. I am a product of Detroit Public Schools (Redford HS c/o 2002) and a proud graduate of both Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University. I currently work at the University of Minnesota where I serve as the diversity and inclusion coordinator and academic advisor in the College of Science and Engineering. I also host the Detroit Worldwide Podcast where we highlight the narratives of native Detroiters in industries such as STEM, business, education, and health care to name a few. I have always been fascinated by creative storytelling so the podcast feeds into this interest while also affirming the city that raised me.
2. Do you believe that as black men, do we support each other ‘enough’. Spiritually. Emotionally. Mentally. Physically. Financially.
As Black men, there is always room for improvement in the way we support and uplift one another. Our pride can often time get in the way of affirming our brothers (and sisters for that matter) and because of this we search for validation in other things such as social media. It costs nothing to show your brother love, but in doing so you should expect nothing in return especially if the love is genuine.
3. Do we continue to let our generational curses in our community of black men hinder us for experiencing and realizing our true potential?
We as Black men (and Black people in general) have experienced so much hurt and trauma that it’s often a challenge to get through life on a day to day basis. However, one of our greatest assets is our ability to persevere in spite of the historical, systemic, and societal obstacles put before us. Coming together as a collective can help to withstand these challenges, but this is a task that is easier said than done.
4. What can we do better as black men, individually, to help improve our overall community for the next generations?
Learn to be vulnerable and embrace genuine humility. Also, realize that there is strength in numbers which means NO man can do it alone.
5. What does #BlackMenWin mean to you?
#BlackMenWin means support, collectivism, vulnerability, and trailblazing