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Lorain County Community College has postponed all in-person classes from March 11 through March 14, in response to the coronavirus, COVID-19. The college also has extended its spring break from March 15 to March 24, and classes will resume on March 25 using alternate formats.
“As you are aware, the situation regarding Ohio’s response to COVID-19 is rapidly evolving,” said Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs & University Partnership Jonathan Dryden, Ph.D. via an email. “The governor just concluded a press conference at which he announced recommendations requesting that colleges and universities transition college course instruction to alternative forms of delivery using either distance learning technology or established protocols for social distancing recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).”
Though face-to-face classes have been suspended, classes will remain running online as scheduled. By adopting CDC social distance protocols, it may still be possible to have classes of cases of very small gatherings, as long as social distancing is put into place.
Not only has this impacted LCCC, but other universities in North-East Ohio due to the coronavirus outbreak as well. Some of the other colleges participating in the shutdown of in-person classes are: Cleveland State, Ohio State University, Kent, John Carroll University, and the University of Findlay.
Harry Kestler, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology, said that the U.S. has another month of coronavirus cases before things start to calm down.
“If you stay up to date on the coronavirus, you will notice that Wuhan, China is done. What I mean by that is there are no more hosts for the virus to infect. Things will start to get better over there now. Here in the U.S. however, we are where they were a month ago,” Kestler said.
Kestler believes that society needs to start preparing for future virus outbreaks today. “There are 400 different coronavirus strains, and this is just one of them we are dealing with right now. You know, people don’t take the flu seriously until something like this happens. I believe that we need a universal flu vaccine. We need to focus more on that because these kinds of viruses have been living in animals for years before they eventually make their way to us,” Kestler urged.
Nurse Practitioner Dawn Gibson-Owens, has an office at Mercy Health in the city of Lorain. Owens wants her patients to be aware of the outbreak, but to also note that the most at risk are the elderly, or people with compromised immune systems.
“I understand the scare running through the communities right now, but people don’t realize the coronavirus has been around for a very long time. The one we are dealing with right now is a mutated strain that originally only affected dogs and cats,” said Owens.
Owens said that the best prevention for the coronavirus is to use standard precautions you would normally use for the seasonal flu. “This is the same panic that occurred during the H1N1 outbreak. The people highest at risk are the very young, the elderly, or people who have a compromised immune system. If an average adult with a healthy immune system is infected with the virus, it would most likely present itself as a bad cold that your body would then fight off,” Owens said.
According to Dryden’s statement in his email regarding the matter, the CDC defines social distancing as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.”
Dryden went to say, “Both governor DeWine and chancellor Gardner have encouraged colleges to demonstrate flexibility and creativity as we work to protect the welfare of those in our community.”
To maintain social distance protocols, operations of the testing center have also been suspended until March 25.
Alternative approaches to delivering midterm exams or assignments are to be considered that do not require a proctored testing environment in order for students to not fall behind in their respective courses, Dryden said.
“While we recognize this situation is far from ideal, we are relying on [the staff’s] creativity and ingenuity to devise reasonable substitutes,” said Dryden.
This act of suspension will also impact eight week in-person courses that conclude this week, and Dryden stated, “For that reason, final grades for in-person 8A courses will not be due until Friday, March 27.”
Dryden assures his office will provide additional information and guidance as more information is gathered.
“I appreciate the disruption these changes are creating but all must work together in the interest of our community’s welfare,” said Dryden.
Visit www.lorainccc.edu/coronavirus for updates.
Oscar Rosado contributed to the story.
African American entrepreneurs across the entirety of Lorain County had made their voices heard at the NEO LaunchNET’s first ever African American Entrepreneur Pop Up Shop on Feb. 10; here at the Patsie C. and Dolores Jenée Campana Center for Ideation Invention.
Adopt a Grandparent program
“This is pretty big. We are trying to get the word out there. We are trying to get more people aware of the Adopt a Grandparent program right now and the job financial literacy classes,” said Bridjette Greer, current intern for the Ahava Foundation. Greer is currently pursuing an Associate of Applied Science and Justice System and Corrections. “This is a new non-profit organization. We have plenty here around Lorain County. We are here to just help the people.”
About the Ahava Foundation
The Ahava Foundation was formed to encourage and empower the underserved community at the most critical points of their lives. The Ahava Foundation is to provide teens with a sense of culture and history, by connecting them with the elderly that have been neglected in nursing home facilities as well as provide the community with financial literacy, resume building and career development. We also provide opportunities for participants to engage in academic, behavioral, etiquette and life skills training. Ashley Brewer co-founded The Ahava Foundation with the vision and drive to improve our community, and focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity. As a co-founder of the organization, Tyler Williams is dedicated to making sure that goals are met and success is achievable. Tyler Williams also runs his very own bakery called Treats By Ty.
Treats by Ty
“He started baking cookies because when he was younger he baked all the time with my grandma. He really loves doing this. This is something he really enjoys doing,” stated Imain Williams, wife of Tyler Williams. Williams began his business at the end of 2016 naming it “Treats By Ty.” “He used to give cookies and cakes out for free before but he decided to make a change.” The main attraction that brings customers in are his tea cakes. “His signature item is his tea cakes. It’s a recipe his grandma came up with. It’s the treat that definitely started it.” When there is a business, you will always need help and that’s where Mrs. Williams comes in. “I just help him when he needs help. I tried to learn how to make the cookies with the recipes and I’m always there to support him with everything.”
“No matter where you are”
Ann “Tiny” Austin is a traveling beautician. She has been doing this for an occupation for over 21 years. “No matter where you are at, I will come to you. As long as you are a willing participant, we can get anything and everything done from head to toe.” Austin specializes in hair, nails, feet and much more. She began at a young age as a way for extra money but ever since, she had taken full advantage of the opportunity. “I have family members who used to do my hair and I always wanted to do my own. Beauty goes a long way. There are people out here who couldn’t afford to get their hair done so I would get on my bike and ride to different shelters or different houses. ”
Graphic design freelancer
Cydney Jones is a student here at LC who is off on a head start. “I run a freelance graphic design company. Personally designs graphics for, print, web clothing. Whatever the client needs I work mostly in the Northeast Ohio area.” Jones is already familiar with marketing as she works for the LC marketing team. “I actually work with the marketing team here at LC so you probably saw my work around here.” Jones efforts are displayed on college credit plus flyers, the Rave app and the domestic violence awareness month. Jones always had a knack for art. “Well I started off doing traditional fine art, such as portraits and landscapes. Then I just furthered my artistic skills on the computer to work better for marketing.” Jones one day hopes to do even bigger projects for her city. “Makes me feel like I’m more involved with the community. Giving back. I like when things look good so when the community looks good it makes me feel better. It gets me connected with the community.”
LaSontia L.Sharlow is the full time owner of Morph Arts. “Making these are therapeutic for me. I am most passionate about ceramics.” Sharlow earned a degree in ceramics from Ohio State university. “I make jewelry. Everything here is one of a kind.” Sharlow developed the True Hope collection where every piece includes a heart, dove, cross or butterfly. “ I donate a portion to people who might be contemplating suicide and or addicted to opioids.” Once established, Sharlow plans on opening her own center. “I wanna open up a center for the arts here. A place for art and therapy for the community.”
“Art is everythng around you”
Earl Smith Jr. has been a Lorain County Community College art instructor since 2009. Instructs students in drawing, sketching, and perspective by learning special techniques in dimensional shading. At the age of 12 years old he discovered he had talent in art. “It’s a passion. It’s just part of me growing up. It’s relaxing. It eases your mind. Art is everything around you. It’s part of the universe,” said Smith. He started out working in group projects in school with other talented young artists creating murals and lettering. He then began to start exhibiting his art and winning awards. “I display art all around Cleveland, some parts of Oberlin.” Smith still has many ambitions he wants to conquer. “I’m thinking about opening up my own business and hosting my own classes.”
Giving than receiving
“I’ve been cooking for my whole life but I have been in business for a year,” said Chef Shontae Jackson, owner of the Steel Magnolia Food Truck and Catering. “We do internationally inspired cuisines as well as southern comfort food.” Jackson took classes here a year ago and now has her own business. “I learned a lot from being a student in the Culinary program so we took a lot of things that I learned and created a fun and festive menu.” To run a business it takes a lot of help and that’s where her mother comes in. “My mother is the biggest supporter on my journey. She’s 76 years old and whenever the key turns in the ignition she’s always there. She calls me in the morning just to say a prayer as well at the end of the day just to make sure our focus is together.”
Lila Jackson is the owner of Lady J’s cleaning service. They do move ins, move outs, commercial, and offices. “I’ve had this business for about a year and a half but I’ve been doing it for about 20 years. I decided to branch out on my own,” said Jackson. “My goal is to be able to give back. I am the type of person who likes to give rather than to receive.” One thing holding her back was herself. “Fear. I learned if you do it fearfully, you’ll succeed. Just step out and do it.”
“Today’s confined mindset is unity. Can we unify with the one truth we all believe?,” said Adult Outreach Associative of LCCC, Kenny Santiago Marrero, regarding a prayer breakfast held at the Sage n Seed restaurant on campus in the Ben and Jane Norton Culinary Center on Mon Feb. 10.
“It’s something I hope inspires monthly unification of pastors around the region,” said Marrero, who is also an LCCC graduate, and local actor.
Pastors from Lorain, Amherst, Bay Village, Avon Lake, Elyria, Cleveland among other places came to the breakfast.
“I got excited, I was like, ‘oh my gosh I get to use my skills’ with this. They were a gift from God. Why not a much more valuable resource to unify the body of Christ here on campus that’s what we did today, we ate breakfast we networked, we shared, but it all started first with prayer and evolved into a unity,” said Marrero. “It was a beautiful unity.”
There were at least 50 groups present at the event, according to Marrero who helped set up the event.
“Walls coming down”
“Today was special. I saw walls coming down, religious barriers being pushed to the side for the common good which is unity and the care and love for students, and the region,” said Marrero. “Our young people, our young leaders, they need prayer and support, we can’t just talk about, can’t just pray about it, we gotta be about it. So a lot of today was the unity of those boots on the grounds kind of faith inspired men and women that were all here today, it was pretty cool.”
Marrero added, “Getting the pleasure of partnering with Ms. Cindy Kushner, Ms. Liz Torres, and Kenneth Glynn, and being a part of that was pretty cool.”
Marrero, who had invited Lorain pastors to the event, also brought Evangelist, David Nico Hill to campus to the Prayer Breakfast, who had shared his background.
Story of Nico the Dragon
Hill is an evangelist, who has been for eight years. He is part of God’s Soldier Ministries where he reaches out to juvenile halls, prison walls, and neighboring churches.
Hill grew up with a family background that brought about many troubles, such as child abuse, and generational curses. After these troubles, he decided to go on his own where he eventually found martial arts.
“It became what I breathe and what I ate,” said Hill.
Hill has been a very accomplished martial artist. He’s done movies such as Bloodsport 2, Fists of Iron, A Dangerous Place, among a total of over 30 other movies throughout the world. He was involved in many fighting matches, many which were cage matches. Eventually, he became known as ‘Nico the Dragon.’
“To live that name out in LaLa land, especially in movies, I was always hiding I was beaten. I was using martial arts as a barrier to safety,” said Hill.
He eventually dabbled in drugs, and alcohol. His mother eventually passed due to overdose, to which Hill never got to say goodbye, to which after, he had disappeared and went into the dark.
Eventually, he was reminded of his true identity. He couldn’t live with his current life, and had dedicated his life to Christianity. God wrote poetry in his heart, he noted. “In the tangible world, I was spiritually dead. But in the spiritual world, he was training me for ministry,” said Hill.
Now Hill has one of the most effective, transformative, disruptive, ministries for salvation and deliverance in the country and internationally. His family has rededicated to Christianity, and is in Northeast Ohio to preach. He was recently ordained a year ago.
Dedicated to Michael T. George
“This is for heart of the people here in Northeast Ohio, Lorain, Avon, Elyria, Cleveland. I just wanted to dedicate this to Michael T. George, whom God decided to take home early due to leukemia,” said Hill.
Michael T. George was the first child with Down syndrome to be enrolled in St. Edward Catholic High School. They developed a program around kids with special needs called the St. Andre’s Scholars program which seeks to make a quality catholic education available for students with cognitive disabilities at St. Edward High School.
“If that young man taking chemo could laugh and dance… What is our excuse?” said Hill. He added, “I thought I had courage with my background as an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter compared to the 16 year old young man getting treatment, waking up from an induced coma. Until the last day of his life.”
Hill has enjoyed his eight years of serving as an evangelist and doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon.
“It’s been a real journey [being an evangelist]. I never wanted more than a roof over my head, and food in my stomach, and I was allowed to reach people holding onto unforgiveness, murderers, and young men and women in retention houses,” said Hill.
Recently, Hill was inducted into the bare knuckles underground hall of fame, at the martial arts museum at Burbank, CA.
Now, Hill sheds away the name ‘Nico the Dragon’ and now goes by his new alias, ‘David the Dragon Slayer.’
With two months since the Coronavirus has affected Wuhan, China, everything is under control according to Adjunct Faculty Member George Deng.
Deng, who also teaches Chinese online on campus since last Sep., is an exchange faculty originally from Changsha, China coming from the University of Changsha.
A virus declining
According to Deng, there are approximately 10,000 cases of the virus at the moment, but though the virus is not gone, it has been declining in the past two weeks.
Deng said patients have been kept in quarantine, and those who are not infected are told to stay at home. Regardless of the state of healthy people staying at home, people are still working their jobs and students are still doing school work inside.
Deng said people are self-disciplined, and schools from middle, high, and even college are working indoors.
“People are doing their assignments and businesses. For sure [the Coronavirus] is affecting the economy, but people are still working at home,” said Deng. He added that people have been staying at home for two weeks consecutively in recent times.
Deng said according to the Chinese government, people are only allowed one day of the week to go shopping.
“People have been obedient,” said Deng. “We’re trying our best to see what we can do. Things are under control. [China] believes in the government. All sides of society are working well,” said Deng.
Coming from Changsha, China which is approximately 400 km away from Wuhan, Deng said the people from that city, though much less affected by the virus, are still very much alert regardless of the declining numbers.
“There is no single cure of the virus,” said Deng. “The virus is very lethal and brand new. There is no special medicine. The best way is to stay at home.”
He added that because the Coronavirus is a newer virus, it takes time to get to know it to keep it under complete control.
“We have managed to control it now, however it’s not easy, there are a lot of factors,” said Deng.
A Wise Virus
Deng believes the Coronavirus to be very wise in his own words. The virus had started to occur during the Chinese Lunar New Year, which is a special time to migrate. Deng said this is a busy time of the year for China, and a huge quantity comes home during this time.
Wuhan is also the heart of eastern China, which is densely populated with approximately 11 million people. Wuhan is a rich part of the country, and Deng said it is still an essential part economically. The city also has a number one river that goes through the city.
“The waterway is used to transport people, material, and historically is a place where warlords fought for,” said Deng. He added Wuhan is a mega city where people cross through everyday. “It is very easy for the virus to contract. The time the virus broke out, traffic was at its peak. This virus is very wise. It has wisdom.”
The origins of the virus according to Deng are said to be still unknown, and added this virus could have happened anywhere.
“We can’t estimate it, or calculate it. It is such an odd occurrence. It’s chance,” said Deng.
Deng said though the Coronavirus has set difficulties, “we can overcome this. We are quite confident actually.”
The campus of Lorain County Community College is filled with students from all walks of life. Different backgrounds, interests, lifestyles, and personalities all striving to meet their educational goals. The main purpose of going to college is to obtain knowledge and earn a degree, but this is also an important time of personal growth and self expression.
One of the biggest ways to express oneself is through fashion. With trendy styles constantly changing every season, and celebrities sporting hot new looks; it can burn big holes in our small college debt-filled pockets.
Students learn fast how to stretch their pennies while keeping up with their favorite must have looks. Breanna Gregory is a returning LCCC student, transferring from the University of Findlay. One way Gregory keeps up with her favorite styles on a budget is through the American Eagle app.
“I have the AE app and I get rewards every time I make a purchase. Once I hit a certain amount of points I get a $15 coupon. On top of that, after you buy 5 pairs of jeans you get a pair for free, it’s the same when you buy bras as well,” Gregory said.
“ When it comes to accessories, I love wearing nice jewelry. My favorites are rings, bracelets, and necklaces. You can find good quality jewelry at an affordable price from Francesca’s. Another great place for amazing deals is Marshals, you can’t go wrong there,” said Gregory.
Former LCCC graduate Whitney Hamlin has her own budgeting methods when she’s looking for her favorite styles. “Anything black is my preferred taste. I love wearing band T-shirts and combat boots. My favorite accessory is a cute black purse to tie the whole outfit together. Where I go to find the best deals is at Avalon exchange in Lakewood,” said Hamlin.
Hamlin’s biggest tip for catching the lowest prices is the use of coupons. “I use coupon apps all the time, it really is the best thing for a college budget,” Hamlin said.
Special to The Collegian
Lorain County Community College and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Union (IBBU) on Feb. 5 unveiled a new partnership that will provide an apprenticeship pathway to become a skilled boilermaker while earning a college degree.
“There is a great need today in our community for more individuals and apprentices in our trade – and all skilled trades,” said Larry McManamon Jr., coordinator of the Great Lakes Association of Boilermakers Apprenticeship Program and a member of the IBBU. “I am thrilled to be here to celebrate this new college opportunity for boilermakers as well as highlight the value and important role our trade plays in today’s economy.”
Having multiple pathways for residents to pursue careers leading to in-demand jobs are important and is the reason for the development of this apprenticeship and college degree partnership, he added.
“Partnerships like this allow us to develop innovative models that deliver great benefits to both individuals and employers,” said LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D. “Individuals earn college credit, real-world experience, industry recognized credentials and gain employment opportunities while employers are able to fill talent gaps. Apprenticeships create a win-win for all.”
Apprenticeships require individuals to work full-time while participating in classroom instruction, she noted.
Applying from the classroom
“In an apprenticeship program you get to apply what you learn in the classroom and lab into a real work environment. Students become excited about what they are learning, more engaged and they learn the material better,” Ballinger said.
This apprenticeship partnership can benefit students in two ways; one, while working toward earning their journeyman card, an apprentice can be dual-enrolled in the LCCC Associate of Applied Science degree in welding technology. Or a journeyman, after completing his or her apprenticeship, can then enroll at LCCC to complete the balance of the associate degree.
“It’s not easy and not everybody makes it but that’s OK,” said Mark Wertz, assistant administrator of the Boilermakers National of the apprenticeship. “We have to have a high standard of professionalism and skill to meet the demands of our contractors and owners. We put apprentices through the test but once they succeed they do very well in their careers.”
Successful completion of the boilermaker apprenticeship equates to 10 LCCC college courses and 29 LCCC college credits, putting the apprentice halfway to earning the Associate of Applied Science degree in welding technology if they choose to continue on.
Students are prepared to achieve multiple American Welding Society (AWS) certifications. Successfully completing that exam gives them an industry-recognized credential which is also recognized by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) as a 12-point credential that could count toward a high school diploma or its equivalence.
“Following the apprenticeship partnership model can truly be a smart path to a college degree and real-world experience simultaneously,” Ballinger said.
Superintendent of the Keystone Local School District, Dan White, said they were looking for a way to connect students to the skilled trades and this new partnership is one exciting way to do that. “This is a win-win situation for our students and the students of Lorain County,” White said.
Jack Motyka, of North Ridgeville, is a fourth year boilermaker apprentice who is a graduate of the LCCC welding technology program. “The LCCC program was a great experience and integral in the pursuit of my apprenticeship. The knowledge and skills I learned at LCCC gave me an advantage in my apprenticeship,” Motyka said.
For more information about the LCCC IBBU apprenticeship program, call LCCC’s Engineering, Business and Information Technologies division at (440) 366-4005.
Lorain County Community College is pleased to offer their new Flexible Evening Childcare program for students and staff, allowing parents attending or giving evening classes to take advantage of the college’s existing daycare services.
The program, launched in the 2020 Spring Semester, is slightly different than the childcare already available through the college, and allows students greater flexibility in choosing when they need childcare.
While the daytime care requires parents to reserve time for the whole semester, the evening care program (available from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for children age 3 through 11) can be booked when the parent needs it. The time must still be reserved via telephone, but it can be reserved at any time during the semester as long as the parent has completed the registration application and attended the required orientation. The $20 registration fee won’t be collected until the parent first uses this service, and at just $2.75 per hour per child, the new program is extremely affordable.
Giving students support they need
“I’m very excited because this will let me take night classes and finish my degree faster,” said Carla Cobra, a social worker attending classes at the college.
“This just gives the students the support they need to be successful,” said Michele Henes, the Children’s Learning Center coordinator. Michele came to the decision to expand the program based on surveys and the opinions of fellow faculty members.
Strongly encouraged to utilize
Henes strongly encourages parents to register if they think they will need the care, especially since the registration fee won’t be charged until the parent uses the service. She also encourages students to book care for a half hour before and after their class, to allow them to get to and from their class without worry, and says that the more time in advance the time is booked, the more options for care the parent will have.
While the program has a limited number of spots available at the moment (just 12 children per half hour slot), the program will expand based on need. It has already created three additional part-time jobs in the Childcare Center, and may create more depending on how many parents use the service.
This program will continue into the fall semester. Students can register at any time by filling out a registration form can be found at the Children’s Learning Center on campus. Call (440) 366-4038 with any additional questions.
What started as an epidemic originating in Wuhan, China, the Coronavirus is now classified as a pandemic. Confirmed cases of the virus have been reported in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Australia, France, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, The Republic of Korea, the U.S., and Vietnam.
With numerous countries affected, including the U.S., will the odds be in our favor of avoiding the virus? Dr. Harry Kestler, professor of microbiology at Lorain County Community College, believes that the odds are more in our favor than not.
“We still don’t know much about this Coronavirus, it’s a bit of a mystery to us. We do know that when an epidemic or pandemic occurs, quarantine is the best solution to isolate the virus and prevent future outbreaks,” said Kestler.
Currently, the whole area in Wuhan, China that the virus birthed from is being quarantined. Travel in and out of the city has been suspended until the virus is under control. “There is a big push for quarantine going on right now. The two cases that made it out here to the U.S., a man from Seattle, WA and a woman in Chicago, IL are said to be bound to their homes for two weeks. The government is being very diligent and screenings are being done at all international airports. If you have even a slight temperature, they will catch it,” Kestler said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you have recently traveled to Wuhan and fell ill with a fever or cough 14 days after you left, you should seek medical attention immediately. There currently is no vaccine or treatment for the Coronavirus but the CDC has said the best prevention of catching the virus and keeping yourself safe is to treat this like you would with any flu.
Tips to keep yourself healthy:
- Avoid contact with others who may be ill, stay home if you are ill
- Never travel while sick
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (never your hand) when coughing or sneezing
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading or catching the virus.
- If you are traveling out of the country, make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We must be supporting younger artists. How to guide the younger generation and use their gifts. To push culture forward, to say something positive, to move the needle back where it’s supposed to go. Dr. King understood that. He supported artists throughout the whole civil rights movement because he understood we had a voice, that people listen to us, that we were able to move a nation,” said Keynote Speaker Terrance C. Carson at LCCC’s annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The event “Living The Dream” was set up by the Student Senate and was accompanied with music from the Lydian Jazz Band on Jan. 29.
Carson is an actor, voice-over actor, singer and dancer. He is most known for his role as Kyle Barker in the sitcom television show “Living Single” (1993-1998) and Mace Windu on “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (2008-2015). Carson started off doing music but each opportunity he took advantage of kept leading to more. “I started with music. Music led to dance and theater. Theater led to film and television so it was all just a progression,” Carson stated. “Growing up we all were Michael Jackson fans. Everyone wanted to be Michael. When I was younger I would sing in bands and sing his songs until my voice changed. So that wasn’t happening any more.” Even though he may have stopped singing classical Michael Jackson songs, that did not stop his music career. “I got two albums out. The latest one is called T.C. Carson: Live in Beverly Hills and there is an all original album, that is the first one, and that one is called Truth.” Both albums are now currently available on all streaming platforms.
Carson had role models he molded his career path around because of their work ethic and how they were able to do many things. “Ben Vereen who was a theater, dancer and singer. André De Shields was another one who was able to do everything and I think that’s what I saw more than anything. It was possible to be able to sing, dance and act. You just didn’t have to do one thing. You can do all three.” Ben Vereen is remembered for his role as Chicken George in the ground breaking miniseries “Roots” (1977) and won a Tony as Best Actor in a Musical as Pippin in the Broadway
musical “Pippin”. André De Shields is profoundly known for his huge role as The Wiz in “The Wiz” (1983).“The biggest thing people see is that you don’t have to do just one thing. You can do more than one thing and kinda be successful at the things you love to do.”
“Living Single was the biggest break. I have done a couple TV shows before that and had been doing music and stuff but Living Single was the biggest break. It provided me a platform to reach a wider audience of people,” said Carson on his reflection of what was the biggest moment in his productive endured career. “Being part of a show (Living Single) that was culturally relevant; that was able to show us in a different light. It was kind of like the Cosby Show when it first came out. We didn’t see that kind of family before so now we understood that those families do exist and the families who were like that were like yea that’s my family. So to be on a show where people go ‘Wow! those black people do exist. I got someone like Khadijah (Queen Latifah), I know someone like Kyle.’ It makes it tangible and it makes it aspirational for my community.”
“Inspire some young people on their journey,” said Carson on what his presence and message is here. “Having conversations like this. Going to colleges. Hopefully starting to work with people in the jazz band so that they can get my knowledge and I can feed off of what they are bringing. The thing about it is when you hang around old people, you get old. But when you make sure you have young people in your life they keep you abreast, they keep you current, they help you with vitality. I love hanging out with younger people and hopefully I can impart some type of wisdom to them that can help them,” he continued. To his surprise he found out he has also inspired his generation as well. “The brother who played bass in the band( Lydian Jazz Band). He said he watched me and he dealt with women differently because of how I dealt with the girls on the show. He dressed differently because of how I dressed on the show. It made him inspired to be better, which is what I wanted.”
Carson wants to not only inspire the upcoming generation, but also lead them to where they want to be. “We see people on our phones and on TV all the time but very rarely do we get the chance to sit across from somebody that we have been watching and actually have a conversation with them. So I think it’s important to have those moments with young people and young artists,” said Carson on how significant it is for role models to talk to the youth.
“Open up the door so we can have a real conversation about life and about how to move forward. What can help you and what can be a detriment to you. We lived it. We have the experience that you’re gonna have. So in order to help you, we have a conversation. Young people have to be willing and open enough to receive a conversation and older people have to be able to talk to them in a way that they’ll hear. That’s a problem too. We have to be able to speak the language.”