The in his skin project, now presents a convo with John:
001: What is your name and where do you currently reside ?
J - My name is John Woody and I currently reside in New York City (Harlem).
002: Who influences your life the most ?
J - My Mom; she's has always been one of my biggest idols.
003: What is your purpose in life?
J - My purpose in life is to be a good neighbor, friend, brother, cousin, & to one day be a good father. I'd like to uplift my community and create new opportunities for my people.
004: What are your thoughts on the place that black men hold in society?
J - Black Men in a contributor to society standpoint (working class citizens, taste-makers, artist, technological advances, doctors etc.) hold an integral place in society today. But as far as being able to truly reap the benefits of that said labor or enjoying the the fruits of that labor is where the problems arise. We don't get the same amount of opportunities as our white male counterparts do when it comes truly being beneficiaries to what we've created or accomplished.
005: What do you hope for people to gather from your work?
J - What I hope people take away from anything that I do is love. Honestly it's all about love. Being able to exist with one another! I'm Advocating for the rights of the disenfranchised like me to be able love & be loved at the end of the day.
006: How has love helped you become a stronger man?
J - Love helped me become a stronger man by letting me know that love isn't a weakness it's a strength that only one can understand once they've filled their hearts with such power. That's Strength, being able to love.
007: When did you realize that you were comfortable in your own skin?
J - I think I grew up relatively always comfortable in my own skin even when faced with adversity as a child. I'd probably say a defining period of me truly being comfortable with me was when I entered my first year in college.
008: What do you love most about being a man of color ?
J - The natural wisdom that flows through my veins. I believe the stories, sayings, & knowledge passed down from our male figures in our lives is golden. Having that knowledge prepares you for the world creating a sense of legacy. That legacy is what makes us strive for greatness.
009: Name some lessons that a woman has taught you. . .
J - The best lesson I can say I've learned from a woman overall is how to place my pride aside and to express how I feel.
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