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 Aaron Hayes and I’m from Detroit Mi. I’m am an sr. interior designer. I design houses, and specialize in the decor of bathrooms and kitchens. I also own a clothing company called “V.Stella’Rex.” I love designing so much that I left playing basketball to chase a different dream. Being in the interior design field gives me a different perspective, inspires, and helps me when designing clothes. My company isn’t even 10% of what I want it to be but we are continuing on the journey because I love the thrill.
2. Do you believe that as black men, do we support each other ‘enough’. Spiritually. Emotionally. Mentally. Physically. Financially.
Honestly, no. I don’t believe we support each other as much as we should. Most of the time the most support comes from people not in your immediate circle. I think it might be a bunch of different factors that come into play. Maybe people don’t understand what you have going on. Maybe they have a slight hint of jealousy. Maybe its funds. Maybe it’s the fact what you have something going on that doesn’t seem to have the same quality to them as these big corporate giants. You can’t let that affect what you have going on. You have to make them support you. Never give up and in the end they’ll be running to you.
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, I believe we already have it 10x harder only because of our race. It makes us 10x stronger as well so we can’t let that stop us. We have to move a bit different then everyone else. It’s hard out here for us but at the same time we can make opportunities for ourselves just as others have done. “Don’t give up” is my go to. A lot of people are talented but just quit too soon. I try to stay in the field of things I love to do and eventually turn that into a way to make money. Even though I’m not at all where I want to be, I feel like I’m in the process of making it happen. It’s a marathon not a sprint.
4. What can we do better as black men, individually, to help improve our overall community for the next generations?
As we continue on our journey to greatness just make sure to pick your brother up along the way. It doesn’t hurt to tell people how you got to where you are. Let them know they’re going to run into depression at times but that pressure is what makes diamonds. You can’t go from 0-100. You have to go through the 10s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s! Make sure you build that foundation for your building so it can stand the test of time. If you instill that structure in the younger generation they can be something great. Also put god above all.
5. What does #BlackMenWin mean to you?
Just beating the odds, knowing you have to work harder than the next, knowing you have to have a chip on your shoulder, knowing your race might be longer but you’ll finish, knowing you have to prove you’re not just this but you’re that too, knowing you’ll never quit because it’s in our blood to push forward, knowing you might have to climb the fence instead of walking straight through. That’s what #BlackMenWin means to me.