Calm, Cool, and Collected…. Ambitious, Determined,and Respected. Brandon Bates is defined by six strong words that can make an impact on first impressions no matter what way they are said. With swag on one hundred, thousand, trillion; and a soulful personality that will feed hungry minds into conception, and deep thought; Brandon has swept the eyes of many women and the ears of many men. Attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA , Brandon is an English major which he may preferably take into law school in the mid west, looking to land in top named schools such as Marquette. In his bright future he sees opportunity for his own recording label, more into production, using the law degree he will have obtained for his own benefit into the entertainment world. With the broad mind that he does have, filming and a federal chain of barbershops in the Midwest is also on his “to do” list.
“The city of Milwaukee is a city with the most potential….with NO drive, everyone is too afraid.”
Growing up in the city of Milwaukee, Brandon had seen the deeper side and reasoning behind poverty, poor education, and an ethnic stand still. Milwaukee has a lot of un-used land that has not yet been taken advantage of to help the community. Large Breweries in the downtown area of the city are abandoned, and large factories have been closed for years, but the city continues to build expensive condos for the rich, and give less resources for the poor. Not only does the government contribute to the effect, but looking through Brandon’s eyes, he also acknowledge the TRUTH by seeing how his own people are segregating themselves. Too many fights, and senseless killings are happening in the city where clubs, bars, or stores that were contributing to the community or black owned are now closed due to reckless behavior. No matter which way controversy brings the city’s negative wrath, Brandon wears the traditional MLB baseball cap whenever he is away from home, representing where he came from, and what he hopes to rebuild. Brandon has grown up to be an inspiring young man thanking God first, family second, and his own understanding last; to know now that school is in fact an investment and not to be taken lightly, Brandon has every reason to go hard. On campus, friends may recognize Brandon through his talent that he showcases through campus activities such as their “Spoken Word” where he performs sweet poetry to the ladies, with a twist of active listening for the men. Brandon is also working on a hip hop album with close friend Derrick Braggs, tutors on school campus, and does mentoring for children.
Bringing the past into the future, Brandon is determined to replenish the conversations of slavery, civil rights, and history on black culture. Bringing depth into your barbershop topics, or speaking knowledge through your headphones; Brandon will be a constant reminder from the past into our future who we are, and where will continue to stay. Coming from his mouth, into your ears, through your mind, until you have swallowed and digested the power into your soul, he is not one to be reckoned with; if you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything, and Brandon stands taller than a totem pole baby. This is Brandon’s story, and my testimony.
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