“My best investment is my marriage to my wife, who I call My Most Beautiful.”
–Edward Russell Jr.
Good morning, Edward Russell Jr., so we finally made this happen. This interview is a long time coming. I have been following you on Twitter for the past two years (@FitRealEsateA1) and you really are one of the most inspiring voices on Twitter. Thank you–Sir for granting me this interview this morning.
So, let’s get to it!
Q.) What is your long term ambition?
A.) My long term ambition is to create a generation of intelligent, confident, and vocal young people who have a sustainable and resourceful toolbox that will help them champion tangible change. A change that will help drive an ambitious cultural change.
Q.) Where do you see yourself in five years?
A.) In five years I want to be healthy and still present in the curation of the next moment. Whatever the journey is, has already been formatted, all I have to do is execute it. Tomorrow is not promised, so today I plant seeds, for in time the youth will harvest.
Q.) I assume, you live in the Sunshine State, were you born in Florida?
A.) I actually live in California, the Golden State. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1971. My parents, my sister and I moved to California in 1972.
Q.) Where is Solano County located?
A.) Solano County is located in Northern California about 45 miles northwest of San Francisco.
Q.) Who were your favorite heroes in high school?
A.) My heroes in high school were my mother and father and Jackie Robinson. My mother worked as a machinist and cleaned the homes of white people in the hills to buy us a home. My father, who lived in Rhode Island, owned his own truck and was a cross country truck driver. When I found out about Jackie Robinson, I remember thinking, “How could someone excel at such a high level with class and dignity, while enduring such a great deal of hate?”
The tenacity of all three of them had to endure against all odds has always been something I aspire to have.
Q.) What’s your favorite book?
A.) My favorite book is “Make Me Wanna Holler” by Nathan McCall. It was the first book I ever read cover to cover and I was 22-years old. I didn’t remember how I came across it, but something in it resonated in me so much that I read it in three days. I was not a reader!
Q.) Do you have a favorite quote?
A.) My favorite quote:
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”–Frederick Douglass
Q.) What is the best investment you’ve ever made?
A.) My best investment is my marriage to my wife, who I call My Most Beautiful. She has the same tenacity my mother had. Its her stubborn love to stand with me and endure hardships,that forced me to recognize and deal with my baggage full of demons. I am a better man because of My Most Beautiful.
Q.) What does B.R.U.H. stand for?
A.) B.R.U.H. is an acronym for Brothas Raising Up His. I started this non profit in 2020 to provide mentors for young black and Latino females and males. Now, in a little over a year, it has blossomed into everything I never imagined. We offer free English and Math tutoring, emotional and nutrition support, and we are currently creating a equestrian therapy camp for young black females.
Q.) What is your all time favorite movie?
A.) My favorite movie is “A Piece of the Action” with Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby.
Q.) If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere in Solano County, with anything on it, what would it say?
A.) My billboard would say,
“Education through communication.” –Edward Russell Jr.
Thank You Mr. Russell and all best wishes to B.R.U.H.
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