- by Super User
I thought I’d share a brief story from my forthcoming book HOPE. I hope that doesn’t sound as pretentious as it felt writing it. Nick Garwood is someone who I’ve admired for as long as I can remember. I’ve known him since I was eleven. How we met and became friends can only be described as serendipity. Our friendship gave voice to the first premonition I recall, whispering that I would know Nick for the rest of my life. Here we are some thirty-eight years later.
We’re on our way home from school one afternoon, I’m fourteen with designs on becoming a professional Tennis player, the first Black British player to win Wimbledon. Embarrassed at the prospect of telling anyone I assess who can tell. Mum bless her wouldn’t have Scooby, my brother Chich is on an hiatus at Her Majesty's Pleasure at the time so that left Nick.
I muster up the courage to tell him braced for the embarrassment I felt would ensue.
Well, somebody’s got to do it Kin’s. Why not you?
Kins was one of the many monikers I held at school, along with John BlackEnroe. Him saying that meant the world to me and inspired me to want to attain it.
Let me preface the following by saying this. My people are good people and there’s one race and that’s the human race. Nevertheless, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t somewhat perturbed by the monetisation of black subculture by people from other cultures.
In no way do I begrudge the parties concerned because that’s not the work. You can’t legislate for what happens to you or what is prevalent, however you can take responsibility where you can. It’s one of the reason’s why I intend to self-publish my book, started my own Record Label, Merchandise Line, champion and support Nick’s efforts with HUGE Online
HUGE Online is an online offer which sells black owned organic and vegan hair and skincare products. Having built the website and brokered relationships with manufacturers throughout the initial lockdown, I was privy to how hard he’s work and the sacrifices made to bring HUGE Online to market. I haven't been prompted to do this, neither do I stand to benefit financially from doing so. It's just that Nick’s not the kind of guy to shout about the work he’s done and is doing to empower the black community.
Well, somebody’s got to do it Nick. Why not me?