Mr. Vernon Cheeks
My name is Vernon Cheeks, a young man from the Southside of Chicago, Illinois. I am majoring in Sports Management and will be graduating from Indiana State University in the Spring of 2016. I grew up in a single-parent home trying to overcome obstacles in the streets of Englewood in Chicago. I was a member of UrbanPrep which was an academy that focused on helping prepare young men to succeed in their future endeavours. As of today, I am a leader, a son and now serve as an SGA President at Indiana State University. I am the first black Student Government Association President that Indiana State has had in seven years. I intend on going to Graduate School for Sports Administration.
Since her graduation, She has authored her first book of poetry, Beneath My Beautiful: Poetry & Love Notes, which will be released in April. She is currently obtaining her master’s degree in International Marketing in an intensive 12-month program at one of the most international schools in the world, Hult International Business School based in Boston, Massachusetts. She will be participating in their infamous rotation program, to spend 6 weeks at their San Francisco campus during the summer. She come from a family that is known for theirfaith in God, our passion, dedication and hard work. She have always considered myself to be a connoisseur of art and she am very passionate about expression. Life has never been a piece of cake, although it may seem that way from the outside looking in, but she have learned that she must always make my setbacks my come backs and always take ever failure as an opportunity to learn and move forward. Remembering who she is and where she come from has always been a motivation to keep working towards my goals and following my passions. It’s okay to take risks, because the most influential women did not sit back, they made noise; and it is a goal of mine to leave a mark every place she go. She plans to impact the world we live in and she chooses to be the change she wish to see.
I am a writer. I love to write, and I didn’t even know that I did until my step mother told my father, and then my father told me. It made sense, because I’ve had so many diaries as a kid. Writing in those diaries helped me a lot as I was growing up. I was bullied in high school, and had to see a therapist, and counselor every week. Not only did I have to deal with the issues in school, but I had to deal with them at home. I was depressed a lot, and even wanted to do self-harm. Me and my mother did not really get along, and before I knew it I was living with my dad, and my new step family. It wasn’t easy the first year. Me, my father, and step mother budded heads a lot. I am pretty sure I was a difficult teenager to deal with, but at the same time I don’t think they knew that I was in the middle of trying to find who I was. To me it seemed like everybody knew what they wanted to do in life except for me. My step mother bought me four diaries, and I would write in them every day. To me writing is a stress reliever. All I have to do is turn on some music and start writing or typing. I thought I wanted to be in Law enforcement, I thought I wanted to be a vet, and a chemist. Let’s just say it didn’t work out, and that’s how I found out what my true meaning in life was. I am a reporter for Indiana State University’s newspaper called the Statesman. It can be challenging some times, but it is fun. Hopefully I will have a career being a radio journalist, or wherever my writing will take me. I believe that the events that God let happen in my life happened for a reason, and I also believe that he brings people in my life for a reason. They are the very people who remind me that life is worth living. My name is Makyla Thompson, and I am a writer.
PolishedBricks recognizes FIERCE Inc. for its outstanding movement to celebrate those individuals who do not let society define them by stereotypes. It is said by the Creator & Owner of FIERCE Inc, Jonnae Chantele, “We are the makers and shakers of our own destiny and decide for ourselves how we want to be portrayed, hence they are FIERCE.” Ms. Jonnae Chantele is an Alumni of Indiana State University with a Bachelors degree in Communications. During her time at Indiana State University, she was the Editor -In- Chief of Word on the Yard which is a magazine under the Charles E. Brown African American Cultural Center. And now she is the editorial assistant for the Gary/Chicago Crusader Newspaper at the Gary office. PolishedBricks would like to thank Ms. Jonnae Chantele for inspiring people to be a fiercer themselves. We look forward to sharing your Brick with the PolishedBricks community. One last thing, we welcome you to the PolishedBricks’ family with open arms and are grateful for your support.
Here is where I was:
I was a stuck-up 18 year old with one senior citizen parent and the other hearing impaired. I started college because it seemed like the right thing to do. I came to college, did the average college student things, like could not wait for the party on Thursday night and did not mind to the walk or the cold but hated walking to class Friday morning. I realized that I had started going down a spiral , so I stopped. I quit hanging with bad company and became fearful to even enjoy life.
Here is what I saw:
I was sitting in another professor office sharing my last pity party story and She said only you have the power to control what happens in your life. That same week after I got accepted as her employee for Mentoring Assistance for Prospective Scholars ( M.A.P.S) and had a meeting with my co-workers/peers, I started think what has not been done yet.
Here is what I did :
I composed a list of thing I was good at and things that made me happy. On that list, multiple times in different forms, all I kept seeing was growth in African American community and advertising me. I thought then well what if I advertise other African Americans who are helping grow the African American community. In one day, I composed a website of what I wanted people who joined my network to have access to. I was proud of my accomplishment but that was not the end, that was just the blueprint. I stopped working on my passion and the things that made me happy to accomplish some of my school work goals but found that made me miserable. So, now I have publicly announced my organization, PolishedBricks and I have a joy I have never experienced before.
Here is what could happen:
You could be apart of the positive elite of African Americans on PolishedBricks.com. You could get your story to the right person who needs to hear the things you have to say .You could be helping change the negative outlook on African Americans with the rest of your PolishedBricks’ family. You could be a witness to the anything can happen slogan , with knowledge and a lot of hard work.
Meet the newest addition to our Brickhouse family
I am the newest member of Polished Bricks and My Brick is Poetry. I have been writing poetry since I was ten years old. The reason I found poetry to be my niche is because I was having experiences which lead me to thoughts of suicide when I was growing up and every time I would feel alone I would write. The more and more I began to write, the more profound my writing became. Instead of trials and possible suicide, I started a web page on Facebook called Kelah’s Ink of Words . My mission statement was “Let your words be the ink and let spill on the page and may your poetry appear.” It was a way for people to express themselves through their very own poetry and vent a little to a small community.
Mrs. Bonita May Cannedy
Indiana University Medical Center Nurse
Manchester Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women in Nursing & Healthcare .
Short Interview with Bonita May Cannedy