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Hungo Queyoun Makor about being a 7th grade teacher

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Hungo Queyoun Makor an Liberian who grew up in Arlington, TX. He is currently living in Dallas, TX and has two sisters and  a brother. At first glace you might not have guessed it, but he is a teacher, loves mentoring youth and has a great passion for basketball. His parents experienced difficult times while initially trying to establish themselves in the U.S. Despite facing numerous hardships upon arriving in America they raised four successful children. His oldest sister is an Electrical Engineer/MBA/PHD Candidate (SMU/TTU). The other sister is a Biomedical Engineer/MBA, Doctor of Optometry (SMU/TWU/Western University). The second boy in the family has a degree and Mathematics/MBA (TCU). Hungo’s parents always emphasized the importance of education and sacrificed everything that they could to ensure that my siblings and I received the best education.  

“I’m blessed to be in the position that I am in and I’m thankful that I can give back to community through teaching.”

Profession

I am a 7th and 8th grade mathematics teacher and have been a teacher for about 2 years now. I didn’t want to be a teacher when I grew up. I always wanted to be a professional basketball player! I played Division I basketball in college and participated in several professional basketball exposure camps. I have even part taken in numerous commercials, ads and some movies. i.e. Nike, Relient,Gatorade I am very passionate about teaching, basketball and mentoring the youth in my community.

My favorite inspirational message at the moment is: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” In 5 years time I see myself as a principal at a high school.

Do you have hobbies or crazy habits?

Playing basketball and working out are my main hobbies.

What does Melanin mean to you?

When I think of the word melanin I think of power, pride, confidence, strength and that people have different hues.

What tips do you have for starting creatives or people that want to become a teacher?

Have a passion for kids and you definitely need to be patient. My advice for anyone that wants to become a teacher would be to understand that the knowledge that you give the students in your classroom can help them excel through life. Be patient with students and realize that everyone learns at their own pace. Have a passion for children; Inspire and empower your students.

Do you think a Melanin Wonder Platform is necessary?

Yes, the platform gives everyday people a place to receive notoriety for their accomplishments.

What would be your one super power?

I would love to be invisible from time to time.

What would be a good theme song for your life?

You don’t know — Jay Z

What Melanin Wonder do you look up to in media world?

Barack Obama and Kobe Bryant are melanin wonders for sure.

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Aaron West, extremely passionate about inspiring change in others

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Can you introduce yourself?

So, my full name is Aaron West, I am 31, Black and proud and I was born and mostly raised in Shreveport, Louisiana by my mom and grandparents. My mom moved my twin brother, little sister and I from Shreveport to Houston when I was 15 after she graduated from college and I’ve been here ever since. I would say I had a pseudo-rural upbringing in Shreveport because it was a slower city compared to Houston.

I say this not to imply we lived on a farm and milked cows but basically Shreveport as a city was far behind what Houston was in terms of modern black culture like fashion, music etc. Upon arriving to Houston I really started to think I was living on BET because everything and everyone was so cool and fashion forward lol. My brother, sister and I played most sports growing up to stay busy and I think that is probably where I grew to love Fitness.

What are you passionate about?

I am extremely, extremely, extremely, passionate about inspiring change in others. I would say I simply love to see people change their bodies or achieve their fitness goals, because I’m a personal trainer, but it’s so much deeper than that. For me it’s all about helping others understand what can be done with a little effort. Nothing and no one can make me feel as I do in the moment that someone who I talked to previously about where I see them going with their body remembers that conversation while presently living in that body we talked about in the past.

I own a personal training studio where I conduct one-on-one sessions with clients and sure we talk about fitness but it is not uncommon for us to also talk about other life goals, in-fact we probably talk about more life coaching type things than anything else, I really just enjoy helping people reach their full potential in every facet of life.

 

Aaron ripped in front of a grafitti wall

Aaron ripped in front of a grafitti wall

 

What is your profession?

My profession is complex but if I had to label it I would say I am an entrepreneur because I create things. Currently I am operating as personal trainer in my personal training studio but I have goals of becoming a motivational speaker and I also plan to start a few non-profits and other business outside of fitness.

How long have you owned ur fitness business?

By the grace of God my business has been open for almost 3 years. I started Almost PerFit Fitness after graduating from University of Houston and having a hard time finding what I considered a “real job”. I was still working for a local gym as a personal trainer and as a very broke post-college grad I figured that there was no better time to start a business than at the bottom, that way me and Almost PerFit Fitness( the business) literally would grow together.

With no real business plan I simply started training clients on the side in parks for less than what they would pay at the gym but was able to pocket more than what the gym was paying me. As business grew I decided to rent a space add some fitness equipment “wollah” i was in business on your own.

 

Aaron at the beach rocking his sunglasses

Aaron at the beach rocking his sunglasses

 

How do make sure your clients eat healthy?

I usually cannot really control how my clients eat so once I design the meal plan best tailored to their needs I focus on making sure they understand how eating wrong can impact their fitness goals. I’ve found that the more they understand the better their food decisions would be. I weigh my clients in weekly to track progress towards or away from their goal and then make adjustments.

Why start your own business?

I would now presently answer this question with “why not?” but honestly I never considered working for myself until I realized that I was worth more than what someone was willing to pay me to do a job I could create on my own. It is actually something I heard “Master P” of No Limit records say about his decision to start independent. I don’t think entrepreneurship is for everyone but it is definitely worth a shot if you are passionate about adding value to someone’s life with a service or product.

 

Aaron rocking his Powerful Beard

Aaron rocking his Powerful Beard

 

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

In five years I see myself in the fitness industry. I actually plan to remain in the industry for the rest of my life but as a trainer to trainers as opposed to simply a trainer. I would like to have a larger platform to help more people in various ways.

Do you have other hobbies or crazy habits?

Aside from working out I really enjoy photography. I actually do most of my own photography for promotional flyers, social media marketing etc with a Nikon D330. I’m a self professed student to the craft and I’m also actively learning more about editing software. Me and my girlfriend are learning a few actually to help with our couples YouTube channel.

I have one habit that I think is pretty crazy, I am constantly stretching my body trying to get comfortable from multiple weekly workouts. I’ll be in bed literally popping and stretching until I finally fall asleep. It’s actually pretty common in the bodybuilding world and I wouldn’t say it’s painful but at every opportunity I feel the need to stretch my muscles/joints out I am probably going to stop everything I’m doing and do it, it’s weird but it feels so necessary. Other than that I’m just a guy .*lol*

Check out his Instagram for more about his business and some stunning pictures!

 

Aaron West entrepreneur and health coach

Aaron West entrepreneur and health coach

 

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These Amsterdam Based Spaces are the Place to Be! LOLA BAE Collective

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The Events in Creative Culture returns

The Open day Organised by BAE in collaboration with quarter manager of Paasheuvelweg 8, Yves Saïdi (EFE) was a great succes. BAE manages buildings for temporary use. The building on the Paasheuvelweg 6 is managed by quarter makers Sharon Amritpersad and Alex Benton(the New Amsterdam). As creative and affordable spaces in Amsterdam, the creative events are back!

After a tumultuous time we are gradually getting back to ‘normal’. On the 4th of September LOLA BAE re-opened the space at the Paasheuvelweg 6 and 8 to show us that they have been working (in silence). The spaces found in these two buildings are suitable for everything and everyone from: social-cultural events, small business owners, office space, photo/video shoots and so much more. Anything you can imagine is possible at this location.

Photo by Jonny Clow

LOLA BAE vacancy management collective

The abbreviation LOLA stands for “Leegstand Oplossers Amsterdam”. LOLA focuses on vacancy management of several sites and locations in Amsterdam and Utrecht area. BAE manages work-spaces on a temporary basis. Mostly for starters, social-cultural organisations, artists, creatives and spirits who just have an idea and want to act on it. They now manage about 3 buildings and spaces that they loan out to starting businesses, artists and other creative talents. Way to go BAE! We love the concept, we had a sneak peak into the world of BAE on the smashing opening event at Paasheuvelweg 6 and 8, in Amsterdam South East.

 

Creative Crowd

For a secluded eventspace in a Bustling Amsterdam neighbourhood BAE is the place to be! Remember EFE VENUE? They were one of the organising parties of this re-opening event and they did a great job. The vibe was mellow and had a Atlanta Parking Lot block party energy to it.

People of all ages, races, different branches and divers scenes and cultures came together to christen the building and work out on the dancefloor! Did we mention Q’s Kitchen and the amazing BBQ grill from Millie’s BBQ that served us the most succulent and juicy ribs and chicken we’ve tasted so far! <3 

The day was packed with a marketplace (all market stands are users of the building), an urban fashionshow by the likes of Plain Amsterdam and BodiebyCinnArtists and open air performances. Artists such as Pearl Ramos and DJ Gwnjurr graced the outdoor stage. This season kickoff was a night to remember, loads of food, music, DJ’s and an open stage. This creative walhalla is the place to be for everyone and you are welcome to visit or rent your space at any given time. Everyone can feel welcome in this non-judgemental and free spirited space!

 

Keep an eye on BAE! Join their creative community to see who is behind this amazing concept of an rentable/borrowable open space for events and mostly local business owners. These spaces are the place to be in Amsterdam! 

 

WANT TO KNW ABOUT THE VIBE CHECK OUT LOLA BAE’S LAST OPENING

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Jaden Smith is opening his first restaurant to help serve homeless people free vegan meals

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Jaden Smith is opening his first restaurant to provide homeless people with vegan meals for free.
The activist, 22, has already been helping feed disadvantaged communities since the launch of his I Love You food truck in the Los Angeles Skid Row area back in 2019.
Speaking about his new project with Variety, Jaden explained that anyone can order from the eatery but if a customer is not homeless they’ll have to pay ‘more than the food’s worth so that you can pay for the person behind you.’

Jaden Smith is set to open his first restaurant to provide homeless people with vegan food for free (pictured in January 2020)
The son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith told the publication: ‘It’s for homeless people to get free food.

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