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27 Holyoke, MA Man


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  • Ages 21–30
  • Near me
  • For new friends, long-term dating

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Black, Hispanic / Latin
6′ 1″ (1.85m)
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Graduated from university
Doesn’t have kids, but wants them
My self-summary
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I am from Atlanta, GA, so I guess you can call me the classic southern gentleman. My parents were New Yorkers, so I have a little of the Northern vibe. Overall, I'm just another man trying to find his place in this monster of a world we live in.

If I had it my way, it would be natural to meet a girl in a completely normal setting and tell her that she has a beautiful smile. Then I would ask her to join me for some coffee or maybe a slice of pizza, if she would be willing to have my company. But it never seems to work that way these days :(

But until that day comes, okcupid is the best means to meet a potentially great girl. I'm getting to that point where I want to be in a more substantial relationship. I want to be that couple that other folks look at and say "Dang! Now that's what I need to be doing."

*And let's be real, trying to make our way in this world by ourselves is miserable. I'd rather team up and conquer :)
What I’m doing with my life
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I graduated from a small college in Atlanta in 2010 with a BA in English. I worked a lot of different jobs in education. I helped kids develop reading and writing skills geared towards success on the SAT/ACT. I used to teach high school English briefly. So now I recently accepted a job as the coordinator of multicultural recruitment with a local college in the area. I also work with a lot of community based organizations to promote and implement better means of college access and financial aid.

Since I just moved to the area of New England, I was hoping to meet some cool people and hopefully make some good friends along the way. It was be to find somebody who can show me around the area and introduce me to some cool spots. I am quite a fan of learning something new. I love engaging in conversations about other cultures, history, music, literature, theater/opera, sports, etc. I just love meeting people who are open-minded and can enjoy a good exchange of words and ideas.

I have also taken a more invested interest in getting more acclimated to the Puerto Rican side of my heritage. Growing up in the south, I didn't have as much access to that side of my history. But now that I am in Holyoke, MA an area with the most fascinating history and a major cultural hub for the Puerto Rican population in western Mass, i am curious to soak up as much as I can.

Studying history and digging through books in the library fall under my vices :)
I’m really good at
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I have a few hobbies I have developed over the years. The most favorite of the bunch would be playing harmonica. I love the blues and enjoy writing music. I also love playing basketball. I have also started getting back into writing lyrics, spoken-word, and comedy. I love hip hop/rap and love to get down to some good beats.

Cooking has also been one of my hobbies. Momma showed me early ;)
The first things people usually notice about me
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Why is he playing harmonica while driving?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I could tell you now, but what we would talk about on our first date. I will say that I have a wide range of taste when it comes to each of these things. Here is a minor glimpse of what I enjoy.

Currently (and subject to change on a daily basis):

Books: Langston Hughes Short Stories, Hunger Games, Jazz by Toni Morrison, Machiavelli's The Prince, Black Boy, Native Son, Anything by Shakespeare, Aristophanes, The Godfather, Walt Whitman, Poetry of Claude McKay, There Eyes Were Watching God , Zadie Smith's White Teeth, Sanctuary by William Faulkner, and Things Fall Apart, James Baldwin

Movies: O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Godfather (Parts I, II, and III), The Blues Brothers, The Departed, Pineapple Express, 40 Year Old Virgin, Kick-Ass, Kill Bill Volumes 1 & 2, Juice, Superbad, A Bronx Tale, Knocked Up, Beetlejuice, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, 12 angry men, The Fifth Element, Ciudad de Dios, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Angels in the Outfield, and several more.

Shows: Seinfeld, Shameless, Breaking Bad, Sherlock, The Wayans Brothers, Martin, Hey Arnold, The Walking Dead, The Office, SNL, Chappelle Show, Cosby Show, In Living Color, The Twilight Zone, Arrested Development, Louie, 30 Rock, and so on.

Music: OutKast, Ray Charles, the entire O, Brother Where Art Thou Soundtrack, The Heavy, Janelle Monae, Mozart, YG, A Tribe Called Quest, Cake, Chief Keef, The Temptations, Timbaland and Magoo, Digable Planets, The Pharcyde, Aaliyah, Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino, Prince, Canned Heat, The Rolling Stones, Bach, Brahms, Handel, Big Daddy Kane, D'Angelo, Deer Tick, Regina Spektor, Mayer Hawthorne, Kendrick Lamar, Isaiah Rashad, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Tech n9ne, DMX, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, REM, Erykah Badu, Wu-Tang Clan, Raekwon the Chef, Amy Winehouse, Lia Ices, Ace of Base, Boyz II Men, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Jodeci, Dru Hill, The Cranberries, Frank Ocean, The Allman Brothers, George Gershwin, Ol Dirty Bastard, Redman, Jurassic 5, GangStarr, Snoop Dogg, Mobb Deep, Joey Bada$$, The Fugees, Dave Brubeck, Muddy Waters, Bach, Eva Cassidy, Howlin Wolf, KMD, MF Doom, Eva Cassidy, Mofro, Horace Silver, De La Soul, Gorillaz, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, NWA, TLC, Kid Cudi, Jack Johnson, G Love, James Brown, The Black Keys, Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, Miles Davis, Wu Tang Clan, Missy Elliot, Cypress Hill, Louis Armstrong, Beirut, The Heavy, Etta James, Wiz Khalifa, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Booker T and the MGs, and many, many, many more.

Food: Anything. Very fond of Italian and Southern BBQ.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
My harmonicas.
A basketball.
Record Player.
A good whiskey, bourbon, or scotch.
My father's watch.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
how Aziz Ansari's description of the current dating scene is spot on (and saddens me):

"To be a black man in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time."

-James Baldwin
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Practicing the harmonica, listening to my records while drinking whiskey or scotch in my rocking chair (yes...I have a rocking chair and it is amazing.) I also occasionally go out to the local booze slingers, but it's kinda tough you role on the solo lifestyle. Trying to change that up.

I would love to start seeing some lives shows up around here rap, rock, jazz, blues, folk, classical, anything! I try to mix it up. Keeping it classy but at the same time indulging in my vices from time to time :)

I have been playing with a couple of the local guitar players in the Pioneer Valley as of late. So you might catch me at an open mic or performing at a live show.
You should message me if
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You're looking for something different.
You wanna watch an old Humphrey Bogart film over a home-cooked meal.
You want to grab a slice of pizza and exchange jokes till the point we can't breath from all the laughter.
Jam to some live blues over some beers.

*And I understand there is a cool symphony hall here in Springfield. I would love to check out a concert sometime.