My parents were born in Haiti. I was born and raised in the US with a happy childhood in a community that instilled in me Black pride and advocacy (We elected the first Black mayor of NY state, Ron Blackwood). My favorite activity as a kid was reading and I used to get in trouble for my overdue library books! I ran cross country and track in high school and worked on the senior yearbook. After my parents divorced, my brother, sister and I lived with my mom in Mt. Vernon, NY. My father blessed us with 5 more siblings -- four boys and one girl. All together we are 8.
I live in an apartment complex surrounded by parks (one has a kiddie swimming pool!). I have three elementary schools within walking distance. There are several grocery stores and a Whole Foods 15 minutes away. I enjoy riding my bike or walking Nala around the neighborhood.