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So far Chaz has created 41 blog entries.

Symbol of Black Excellence: the durag

2017-04-02T15:48:44+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|

The significance of black hair carries a story not typically featured in mainstream media. Check out this article from GQ an the value of the durag among men of color. Click here to read the whole story.

Using Story to Drive Change

2017-03-11T13:36:28+00:00 February 24th, 2016|

 This speech is from the 2015 ESPYS awards, where Caitlyn Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. This speech reigns true with I AM MY LIFE because it is an example of how one can use their story (and their platform) to foster needed change, education, and acceptance. Caitlyn expresses personal vulnerability to inspire a more compassionate community that respects all people, moving beyond tolerance and instilling inclusion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRm5UMF2Bb4  

Being black can be more fun than being gay

2017-03-11T13:36:28+00:00 January 25th, 2016|

The ‘minority of a minority’ experience: Blacks in Japan A previous colleague of mine, upon viewing the Japan project HERE, identified parallels in a recent piece published on Japan Times entitled, ‘Being black can be more fun then being gay’. It features the personal experiences of two black, gay, international men living in Japan, who call themselves a “minority of a minority”, and like I AM MY LIFE are using their own personal narratives to teach and sustain inclusion. I learned a lot from identifying shared experiences with these two men, as a gay, black, male who lived in Japan for two years & a summer. How well they articulated the “racism, but in different forms’ that occurs in Japan [...]

How STORIES Drive CHANGE

2017-03-11T13:36:28+00:00 January 6th, 2016|

Great social movements often have one thing in common: they are created by people with the courage to talk openly about their lives and experiences. YES! This is the foundation for I AM MY LIFE. We believe in the power of story to produce not just healing for YOU: Storyteller, but to change the minds, hearts, and existing stereotypes (barriers) that the Listener of your story may possess. Stories make the community more inclusive, accepting of differences, and focused on similarities between us. Read HERE as reference to how stories create change!      

USE YOUR DIFFERENCE Feature Article

2017-03-11T13:36:29+00:00 July 25th, 2015|

Check out Chaz's piece from UYD Media, an inspiring and innovate collective for folks who are using their difference to impact their communities. Differences ARE okay! Tell us a little bit about yourself, background and your passions. My passions, like me, are all over the place. I love to cook (I'm definitely a foodie), dance, and enjoy engaging with different ways of using the arts to explore social justice issues.  Exercising creativity to teach community awareness gives me the chills. World travel is also a passion of mine, because there is just something to be said for the personal growth, reflection, and education that happens when you are completely outside of your comfort zone. It forces you to depend on yourself [...]