Meet our style muse Milton Lawrence, photographer, storyteller, problem solver, philanthropist

Describe your personal style.

Grown-Man-ish with eclectic swag

T17_9077Who or what helped cultivate your overall style?

My father, love of travel and West Indian up bringing has played the biggest role in cultivating my style.

What’s a staple item that you can’t leave home without?

Time Piece

 

 

When wearing a tie, which style knot do you prefer?

It really depends on my mood that day, time of day and occasion. My two favorites are the double Windsor and Eldredge knot.

What’s one of your favorite places to shop?

I love the process of going to my favorite tailor and customizing suits and accessories.

Do you have a signature fragrance?

Chanel Blue 

What are 3 things you feel a man must have in his wardrobe?

1. Custom Suit 2. GrownManIsh Lapel Pin 3. Italian made dress shoes

What intrigues you most about a woman’s style?

She’s fly when she needs to be, she’s willing to get her hands dirty when the scenario calls for it and most of all she know how to lead her self, her family and others.

What makes a woman sexy?

A woman’s confidence, tenacity and tender is what makes a woman sexy to me.

If you could be a superhero, which one would you be?

Wolverine

What’s your preference cognac, vodka or bourbon?

Cognac (1738)

Favorite Bond (007): Daniel Craig, Sean Connery or Pierce Brosman?

Sean Connery

Scarface or The Godfather?

The Godfather

 

 

Kenji Jackson, a native New Yorker but a current resident of Baltimore, MD is a wonderful example of the idea that becoming conscious of your better nature allows you to live out loud as the best version of your true self…

Kenji the educator, mentor and author brings a refreshing energy to the community and the lives he touches daily.  KJ3

Here’s a little more about Kenji, the founder and CEO of BKS Worldwide (Building Knowledge and Success)…

Tell us a little about yourself 

I am a native New Yorker, born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx. I am an educator at heart who genuinely cares about our youth. I am an avid sports fanatic who is at my happiest watching my NY Knicks, Giants and Yankees play. I love to shop, write, listen to music and engage in meaningful dialogue with intelligent forward thinking individuals.

When did your love affair with writing begin?

The day I realized how powerful writing can be. At the age of 18 I wrote an essay along with my college applications and it was my essay that got me into Morgan State University. Not my grades as I had a low H.S. GPA and dropped out of school to get my GED.

What type of author are you?

I write children’s books that focus on positive relationships, specifically the relationship between a father and son as well as important values and over coming fears.

How do you distinguish yourself from other authors?

My books feature vivid illustrations and the characters are based on real people and include real places. My readers can relate to my books because that characters look like them! These books also use a rhyme scheme to keep readers engaged.

Thoughts on being an author/entrepreneur. 

I love being an author and an entrepreneur because I’m allowed to follow my vision and implement my ideas and I have complete creative control over my books and their contents.

Word of advice that you would give someone interested in becoming an author.

If you are thinking about writing a book, just do it!!! Take your time and aim for perfection.

How do you develop key partnerships?

With integrity and consistency. I treat those I do business with as if they are family without crossing lines that can damage the functionality of the partnership. Trust and being transparent is important to maintaining these partnerships. My partnership with my publisher and friend Heddrick McBride is an example of a great business relationship built on the morals I mentioned.

What habits help to make you successful?

Always being on time and a willingness to put in the work to get results has contributed to my success as well as aligning myself with the right people. I was fortunate to become part of a brotherhood while at MSU that has a lot to do with my success. As a member of The Men of TTC (Tenacious Talented and Capable Inc.) I am surrounded by like minded men who lead by example and hold me accountable yet support my endeavors. It is these men that taught me to live by the principle of “excellence without excuses” and this way of life has had a huge impact on my success.

What are your non-work habits that help you with your work-life balance?

I pride myself on consistency in producing and finishing what I start. Whether it’s in business, at work, in the gym or at home I try to maintain good habits and avoid procrastinating which isn’t always easy LOL!

What mark would you like to leave on the world? 

I want to be remembered as a man who was part of the solution to improving our communities and helping to secure a positive future for our youth. I want my books to educate and empower children and lastly I want my son to have options in life and to benefit from the foundation I am building. At 4 years old and mildly autistic, my son  has yet to discover that he is the star of a series of children’s books that soon will be in the libraries and classrooms of schools all around the world and that his classmates will be reading books with HIS name on the cover and through out the text. I think that is pretty cool!

What has been one of your most defining moments as an author?

My most defining moment as an author thus far would be the day I launched my first book. All of my friends and family came out to my book signing and showed love and support. I sold out of all of my books that day and I realized that I did something for the greater good and those around me support my movement. How can I stop writing when I have so many people with kids that support the messages in my books and believe in ME?

What authors inspire you?

To be honest my inspiration never came from an author… My inspiration comes from my SUN Kaiden Li

Who do you define as a visionary?

I would have to say a visionary is someone who has foresight and insight and isn’t afraid to push forward and do what is needed to carry out their vision in spite of naysayers and obstacles. My partner Heddrick McBride is most definitely a visionary as well as many of my TTC brothers.

If you had to overwhelm one of the 5 senses of everyone you came in contact with for a day, which of the senses would you chose?

The sense I would choose to overwhelm is sight…. The ability to see the vision. The ability to see the task at hand as a community, as a culture and as a Country. To be able to see the mission and carry it out collectively. It takes a village.

More information about Kenji’s products and services can be found on his website.

WWW.BKSWORLDWIDE.NET 

Follow him around the web to stay connected to get updates as his vision continues to grow

IG: bks_building_knowledge_success
Facebook: BKS-Building Knowledge & Success 
Photo with Kenji

Kenji is a passionate educator, mentor and author. He shares his passion in the community as he travels the country inspiring the youth sharing his time and talents. You can always look to Kenji for words of encouragement and motivation, as well as thought provoking conversations. Never take for granted the opportunity to learn a little something from his genuine spirit. He supplies many lessons as he openly shares his journey as a dad.

Kenji we salute you as a father who is present and makes his kid proud.

Tell us about some things you learned about yourself when you became a father

I learned that you work much harder and make better choices when you have another life depending on you. I learned that I am a push over in some respects because my son has me wrapped around his finger.

What do you love most about being a dad

What I love most about being a dad is the responsibility that comes with the title. My son is in my hands. It’s up to me to provide for him, teach him, prepare him, love him and guide him and that in my eyes is a gift, a privilege.

What are some encouraging words that you would give to a first time dad

Do what you were chosen to do proudly and confidently. You were hand selected specifically to be a father to your child(ren) because you are the best person for the job.

What advice do you feel is necessary that you give to your son as he grows and makes his place in the world.

Be respectful and take proud in how you carry and present yourself. Don’t look for short cuts and try to learn something new every day. Smile often and never be afraid to show emotion or that you care. Pride yourself on excellence without excuses and never forget where you came from and how blessed you are.

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Meet our style muse Kenji Jackson, an educator, mentor, author and well dress man.

Describe your personal style.

For me less is more. I’m not into flashy apparel. I pride myself on being diverse from the board room, to the lounge to the ballgame. I like my clothes fitted and I have a large collection of sneakers.

Who or what helped cultivaKenjite your overall style?

My dad was always really cool so I took a little from him. Outside of that I cultivated my own style based on what I feel looks best on me.

What’s a staple item that you can’t leave home without?

My chapstick (lol)

When wearing a tie, which style knot do you prefer?

I prefer the Windsor and the Trinity Knot

What’s one of your favorite places to shop?

Macy’s and DTLR

Do you have a signature fragrance?

Gucci Guilty/YSL

 

What are 3 things you feel a man must have in his wardrobe?

A custom designer suit/Black wing tipped shoes/Pair of Retro Jordans

What intrigues you most about a woman’s style?

Her attention to detail and ability to wear a variety of different styles. Versatility.

What makes a woman sexy?

To me being sexy isn’t about how pretty a woman is. It’s her walk, her voice, the way she dresses, her confidence, the way her lips move when she talks, her scent and her vocabulary.

If you could be a superhero, which one would you be?

Spiderman! We are built similar and I study spiders. I’ve had them as pets.

What’s your preference cognac, vodka or bourbon?

Cognac… Grand Marnier

Favorite Bond (007): Daniel Craig, Sean Connery or Pierce Brosnan?

Pierce Brosnan

Scarface or The Godfather?

Scarface!

 

 

 

 

Jermaine Gibbs is talented photo journalist, a humble philanthropist and attacks each day with amazing faith and creativity. His talent and creativity has captured amazing moments and exposed his audience to things they are familiar with as well as the not so familiar. As an entrepreneur his impeccable work ethic, his desire to go above and beyond for his clients and his vision to expose beauty and be a blessing in areas that may not be so appealing makes him a sought after talent in his industry. As a philanthropist he has been a blessing to the homeless in Baltimore, showing them as people not a subject that others chose to ignore. He gives his time and energy to assist them in anyway that he can and has pulled together a team of many other wonderful people in the city and beyond to collectively assist them. In addition to his many other roles, one of his most important roles is that of a father.

We salute you Jermaine as a father who is present and make his kids proud.

What did you learn most about yourself as a father?

Responsibility, Unconditional Love and Sacrifice

What do you love most about being a dad?

Making my kids happy.

What encouraging words would you give to a first time father?

Get ready to experience love like you’ve never experience before. Being a father will be one of the most important roles you ever have.

What advice do you give to your kids as they grown and make their place in the world?

Always put God first. Never take no for an answer, continue to work hard for the yes. You can be whatever you want to be.

As a dad and entrepreneur, what advice do you give to achieve work/life balance:

Make time for family not matter what!
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