Imagine being outside, playing with your friends and police cars show up. You run away out fear and the police officer points a gun in your face threatening to shoot you, what should you do?
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Hello powerful people, thank you for tuning in to another episode on the Unlimited Power Show as I introduce you to McKenzy Valentin as he shares some of the stereotypes, prejudices, and misfortunes he endured as a young black Haitian Male growing up in Miami Florida. His early negative encounter with the police led him to start the "Become a Threat Movement”.
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Here’s What we Discussed:
6:30 How’s it Like Growing Up Haitian?
8:40 Is all Blackness the Same?
10:05 Do you feel like the cases have been stacked against you?
11:44 Tell me about a time you experienced prejudice
13:20 Why do we judge our own Kind?
15:17 What do you believe in?
16:09 What Led you to start the Become A Threat Movement
19:32 Why is it important to share your background and story?
21:19 Getting a gun pointed on me at 11 years old by a cop for playing outside
24:16 Not Talking about Traumatic Experiences
26:24 Did you feel you were perceived as a threat your entire life?
28:09 What did you wish you know back then that you know now?
28:21 Answer: It’s Ok to Be Emotional
30:40 Answer: Don’t Blame Yourself
32:18 How does writing poetry help you grow?
37:38 Hitler and Jesus Tendencies
39:20 How was your environment like growing up
44:20 Facing homelessness and tough upbringing
48:40 Final Message
Here’s What McKenzy is all about:
Born & raised in Miami, I've worked in various organizations dedicated to helping others(City Year, Florida Reading Corps). Watching my parents hustle for everything they had influenced me to always work even when nothing else works. Most recently, I work as an Account Manager for a new Company dedicated to helping people find jobs. My goal is for Become A Threat to collaborate with various organizations in South Florida, possibly creating an interdependent network.
What is the Unlimited Power Show?
A personal development talk show that serves as an educational platform, featuring millennial entrepreneurs and self-improvement segments. The Unlimited Power Show is a go-to for mental, physical and spiritual health. The concept of this show is matchmaking millennials seeking for answers with people who experienced a similar issue or is professional that can help them with such issue.
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