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Interview With Me on High Snobriety

High Snobriety, a lifestyle-based fashion/art/music site recently did an interview with me through Braun’s Built To Perform series.

The interview is super candid and really straight forward… I talk about what got me into BMX, my beginnings in the industry, and I even divulge some advice for aspiring photographers. And of course, I talk about my bike, which for the sake of this feature is my “Built to Perform Prized Possession.”

Check it out!

Recent Work: Harry Main, Mark Webb, Michael Beran, and Mike Spinner Videos

Here are the four most recent BMX videos I filmed and edited for Alli Sports.

Harry Main Video Interview

Mark Webb Video Interview

How-To Tailwhip With Mike Spinner

How-To Bikeflip With Michael Beran

Recent Work: Interview in EhWeyBMX Magazine from Mexico

A while back Rob Leos from Mexico hit me up about doing a short interview for his magazine EhWeyBMX. The printed issue has been out for a few months now, so they uploaded the full mag online for everyone to flip through. Click to page 21 to read what I had to say (in Spanish).

Click here to read the text from the interview in English.

Interview On FlatWebTV About The 2012 Flatland BMX Calendar

The guys over at FlatWebTV (a monthly online TV show) recently interviewed me via Skype about the new 2012 Flatland Calendar. Big thanks to Justin Hoey and Anthony Buglio for the opportunity, and keep up the good work on your show!

Fast forward to the 12:00 minute mark to see my segment.

Remember, the 2012 Flatland Calendar is now available through Flatland Fuel and is free with all orders. Get them while they last…

Here are the outtake photos of Bo Wade I talk about in the interview…

The first attempt at the sunset photo shoot.

The alternate shot we took in case the planned sunset image didn't work out.

The final shot that was used in the calendar.

Hungary’s Offline Magazine Web Site Interview

Towards the end of 2010 Attila Toth from Offline Magazine in Hungary hit me up to do an interview for their site. Before I worked at Ride BMX I did a little bit of contributing freelance work for them, so of course I was stoked to do the interview. The interview finally dropped this past week, so if you can read Hungarian or have a good translation app, you may be able to get something out of this…

Thanks again to Attila and Offline for the opportunity.

Also, if you haven’t seen it yet, I recently added a “press” section to my portfolio site so you can check out some other interviews I’ve had featured on various Web sites over the past few years.

offline.hu

One Man’s Story Of Genocide Survival – Short Film

Recently while visiting a good friend in St. Louis I had the opportunity to meet an incredible man named Justin Semahoro. Justin is a Banyamulenge refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa that survived brutal attacks by militia groups who set out to kill off his tribe into extinction. While many genocide survivors are too emotionally torn to bring up the memories they hold so deep, Justin was able to sit down and tell me in detail what happened to him and his family nearly 13 years ago in the Congo. This is just one of millions of stories of genocide around the globe, and luckily this is one of survival…

To learn more about Justin’s organization and to see how you can help Banyamulenge refugees, please visit the Imuhira International Web site.

Contribute To Imuhira International
Click the button above to make a donation to Justin’s Banyumulenge support organization and help them reach their goal. Contributions of $250 or greater are tax deductible.

How I Came To Know Justin
While exploring East Africa last December with my good friend Lindsay, I stayed in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi in the home of a family of eleven people. They were a picture-perfect, happy family who greeted us with song and dance when we arrived. They washed our muddy shoes, cooked for us their best foods, and treated us as honored guests while we were in their home. The children were full of life and had ambitious hopes and dreams that would make any parent proud. However, underneath the enormous smiles and loving hugs, the family’s back-story is one of horror and devastation that is difficult to comprehend for most Westerners.

Me with Victor and Bertha along with some of their children at their home in Nairobi, Kenya.

The father of this household is Justin’s brother, Victor. Justin and Victor have not seen each other since they literally ran from their home in the Congo as it was being attacked nearly 13 years ago. At different places in the woods along the way, while running for their lives, Victor and his family found four small children whose parents had been killed in the attacks. Victor and his wife Bertha are now the children’s foster parents and care for them and love them as their own.

Securing jobs in Nairobi is very difficult, even for native citizens. This makes it virtually impossible for refugees to find employment. Without a steady income, the family struggles every day to provide the most basic necessities. Besides facing this ever-increasingly difficult struggle for survival as a refugee in the real world, the only other option is to be placed into a refugee camp where homes are made of mud, food and water are scarce, and the quality of life is extremely poor. However, years ago Victor and his family had already tried their luck in a refugee camp in the neighboring country of Burundi only to have it attacked and massacred in 2004 where they once again witnessed horror unfold right before their eyes, proving that they were not safe, even in designated refugee camps.

After I fell in love with this amazing family and returned home to the U.S. I had the chance to take a weekend trip to St. Louis where I got the privilege of meeting Justin. It is humbling to know that I have the freedom and means to simply hop on an airplane at any given time and fly across the country to meet a man when his own family has not been able to see him in more than a decade. This, combined with the fact that Justin does not know if his parents are alive or dead, makes me more appreciative than I can ever convey through words that I live the kind of life that I do. Not only is my family a wonderful and loving family, but they are also alive and well, and I have the opportunity to speak to them and see them on a regular basis. Sometimes in our Western culture we forget how lucky we truly are. I am thankful for Justin and his family for opening my eyes to a world I never knew existed, and for helping me grow and become a better human because of my experiences with them.

Before I went on this journey I was ignorant to the fact that there are so many people in our world living like this, and I now feel compelled to share the stories I have come across in my travels with as many people as I can. And after meeting people like Justin and Victor and their family I can’t go on with my life not helping out in some way, shape, or form. Producing this video is just one way I feel I can do my part in helping the cause…

Since leaving Africa Lindsay and I have given Victor’s family enough money to send their two teenage children to a boarding secondary high school. Both Noah and Jane are very excited about their studies, and Lindsay and I are happy to see these two wonderful people getting an education that will help them be able to provide for themselves in the future.

A happy and loving Banyamulenge refugee dancing and singing in their home to welcome my friend and me.

Sitting around the table eating traditional African food with the family.

Contribute To Imuhira International
Click the button above to make a donation to Justin’s Banyumulenge support organization and help them reach their goal. Contributions of $250 or greater are tax deductible.

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