Monday, August 18, 2014

Introducing Ja'Won Blackmon: New Contributor to M3


1. What is your full name? Do you have a nickname no one calls you anymore?
Ja’Won Tavarus Blackmon. No I have way too many nicknames among several groups of people I know.

2. If given the choice of any person alive or dead with whom would you want over to dinner as a guest? Why?
Michael Jai White, simply because this man is a very successful actor and multi-skilled martial artist there hasn’t been a movie he’s appeared in that I haven’t liked and he knows just how to give a performance whether its action packed or drama filled. 

3. Before making an important telephone call do you rehearse what it is you're going to say? What do you think about people who do? 
Not at all. Depending on the caller, I’m usually engaged and go with the flow. If it’s someone new to converse with, it’s always a tiny bit nervous, but usually ok with a hint of awkwardness. Lol

4. Explain in as much detail as possible what would constitute a perfect day for you.
Getting about 9-11hrs of sleep; waking up to great breakfast and a decent work out. Head out for an eventful day. Possibly hanging out at a park, going to the mall. Being around a small group of friends. Nice and exciting lunch full of conversation, whether serious or laughing out loud. Ending off with a nice even, whether alone or with friends, watch a show, movie or play videogames or on the web. Nice hot shower after a glorious dinner (all meals are prepared by me, of course or with someone) and soothing music playing while falling asleep.

5. When was the last time you sang to yourself to someone else? Would you ever sing in public in honor of someone you love?
I have sung to myself numerous times during my downtimes while listening to instrumentals. I don’t have that much courage and skill to sing in public, though would relish the chance to learn and improve to honor the person I love publicly.

6. If you could live to 100 and retain either your mind or your body at 30 for the rest of your life which would you choose? 
I’d definitely keep my mind. I’m ok with the sudden impact of not being in physical top form at that age. I couldn’t bear to think of myself not being able to use my mental prowess as an elderly man.

7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die? Would you want to know exactly how when and where you will die? 
I somewhat have an idea of how I would go, but the scenarios always change in my head. Honestly, I would want it to be a surprise so when I finally leave this Earth, I can respond accordingly in the most spiritual manner.

8. If you could change anything about the way you were raised what would it be? 
I would actually change a few things about the way I was raised. My family is very young and I was raised by a single mom and headed my household. Loads of pressure being not only the eldest of 4, but also the first of my generation. Yeah, that list could build.

9. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one ability or quality what would it be and why? 
Days I wish I could fly at super sonic speeds only to go where ever I want to go at any given time so that I’m not confound to my current location frequently.

10. Is there something you have dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven't you done it? 
There so much I dream about doing like travelling, becoming a videogame designer and mastering my career field. Travelling has only happened once is its due to a few reasons: finances varying, not really knowing what’s waiting for me out there (most anxiety) and to comfortable where I am. Being videogame designer hasn’t happened because the lack of motivation, guidance and patience (surprisingly) to sit down, learn and fully commit to the task of creating something very time consuming and innovative, as well as exciting. Mastering my career field of being a Network Administrator has been extremely difficult over the years. Gaining my AA was a task in itself. Recently, obtained my CompTIA A+ certification was such a feat, I literally walked home in 99F weather due to the relief of passing the exam, but the other certs are more of a challenging, time consuming journey to finish, not mentioning very expensive. 

11. What is your most treasured memory? How would your personality or life change if you discovered that the memory was false? 
Getting my first apartment and living on my own with no help in any aspect for two years, living on bare minimum has been my most treasure memory. I’ve been through hell and back within the recent time frame and I’ve grown and changed into a magnificent human being because of it. I’ve proven time and time again that I could survive and flourish beyond anyone’s imagination, more so take care of myself by any means. That memory wouldn’t ever turn false or taken from me.

12. If you knew that in one year's time you'd die suddenly is there anything in your life you'd change right now?
I would spend more time with my nephews and nieces before I left this planet. They don’t have strong male figures in their lives to keep them grounded and show them the truth and instill positive energy and I feel like I’m the only one in my family who can do so for them.

13. What was the most embarrassing moment in your life? Do you still feel any embarrassment when you think about it? 
Ah, that embarrassing moment for me was during the second nine weeks of my senior in high school. I signed up for the talent show to perform a rap song that I wrote to a girl I had a crush on since freshman year. It was recorded by my grandmother on film (I think she has the tape still). My family, friends and the girl was there and I believe I did a pretty good performance. She just walked out of the auditorium and didn’t even acknowledge me at all afterwards. I didn’t win the talent show, although I had the only creative and self-made performance of all the contestants. I still feel a bit awkward when I look back on. It’s so bad that I can’t even listen to the instrumental I use for the song or rap the lyrics. Ugh….

14. When was the last time you cried in front of another person? By yourself?
The last time I cried in front of a person was my mom because we had a sit down and I want to explain my feelings about some personal issue I had between us and the family and I just felt like nothing would ever change nor get better. By myself recently because I felt like so much in my life wasn’t going wrong and I was confused about where my life would lead to at this point.

15. What, if anything, is too serious to joke about? Why? Do people ever think of you as insensitive? 
I’m a very sensitive person and I tend not joke as much as the next person. I’m too compassionate and caring to be insensitive. I’m not sure, but there are probably several things that I have in common with other that I wouldn’t joke about, such as rape, name calling (to a degree), trolling (also to a degree), just to name a few.

16. What is the biggest misconception people have about you? Is there anything you can do to change it?
People tend to believe that I’m a sour puss. That I take things too serious and I’m very boring. In reality, I can be a lot of fun at time with the right people around me. Sometimes I can be closed off and distant in my own world, but certain people know how to pull me out of my shell. Also, people tend to believe that always sad or mean due to my facial expression. Not really, sometimes I’m just idle and daydreaming about stuff. LOL!

17. When was the last time you were afraid that you were about to die? Did you feel grateful or lucky to be alive afterward?
Around the time Obama was elected president, some lame (a White man) decided that he wanted to be furious at Black people because the president was the same. So he decided he would pretend to ram his truck into my mom’s truck with me still inside with no possible route and timely manner to escape. I was lucky he didn’t hit the truck. It was terrifying and completely ridiculous for a grown ass man to even think so illogically about something so trivial. I am grateful to be alive because that would’ve been a horrible way to go.

18. If you were to die tomorrow is there anything you wish you would have done? Not done? 
I would have wished that I had stuck to my plan when I first moved out of my mom’s place and focused on my education and certifications; finished getting my driver’s license so I could purchase my car and move away from Palm Beach county to truly start a new life and adventure I truly deserve.

19. If you were forced to flee a burning house and you could easily save any item without endangering your life or others, what would you save? 
My technology; mainly my NZXT desktop I built.

20. What do you feel most ashamed about doing in your life? Most proud of?
Ashamed: Of not having my driver’s license at the age of 28. I know that’s nothing to look down upon coming from someone else, but not being mobile sucks.
Proud: Proving to everyone I’ve known in my life time that even an underdog such as me can stride through adversity and continue to push forward with bare minimum and little to no support. You do what you have to do in this world, but at no one expense. If you have positive people in your life that stick with you through thick and thin, hold on to them and appreciate the energy they bring to your life. Don’t ever take that for granted.





JA'WON BLACKMON
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