"My goal is to reaffirm every positive aspect of being African-American by focusing on our families, our spirituality and our heritage and traditions. I believe that every race can relate because, in essence, I am shining a light on the beauty of being human."
Michael Rolando Richards was a profound African American sculptor of Jamaican and Costa Rican ancestry who was killed on Sept. 11, 2001 during the World Trade Center attack while in his art studio on the 92nd Floor of the Twin Towers. He was born in Brooklyn, NY but raised in Kingston, Jamaica. He graduated with honors from Excelsior High School and then went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queens College and a Master of Arts from New York University.
At age 31, after a typical night of alcohol and drug usage, I had an epiphany. My life, at this point, was filled with disappointments, downfalls, and impending disaster. The realization hit me like a ton of bricks that I had no plan, no purpose, and no direction for success or happiness. I was extremely disappointed with myself and a poor example to others. Through a series of miraculous events, I was led to a local church where, for the first time in my life, I really heard the answer that I had unconsciously been looking for. Continue Reading Leonard Freeman Bio