While interviewing Cincinnati resident Tuhvon D’Neal my personality, of course, took over. His laid back persona balanced the conversation. His vision is precise and his sense of style distinct. Tuhvon describes himself as driven and goal oriented. His inspiration comes from his mother (taking care of home comes 1st – taking care of him, his siblings therefore surviving with no excuses) Homelessness and other struggles shaped his outlook on life. Originally from Bronx, NY, Tuhvon looks forward to setting home bases in both Philadelphia & Atlanta.
A graduate of Benedict College in South Carolina, Tuhvon works as a social worker that teaches HIV awareness in the social work field and would like to continue integrating his personal and professional life to grow. We laughed and talked for approximately an hour and here are a few snippets of the conversation
Samaya: I noticed that you said that you teach, what do you teach in particular?
Tuhvon: “Health education which specialize in STD’s and STI’s, which includes adults and children young as 13”
Samaya: Who are you, how do you want people to perceive you?
Tuhvon: “I am someone who is very driven and goal orientated and I believe in making a way out of no way”
Samaya: So where do your inspiration to be driven come from?
Tuhvon: “My mom is my inspiration of being so driven, she was a single mother, so for me she always worked, worked and worked to make sure that me and my siblings had.”
Samaya: Do you have someone or something that inspire you when it comes to your style?
Tuhvon: “I just go with how I am feeling, now my designs those usually come from life experiences. My first design was a blue and white raglan t-shirt and it said chocolate and popping on it, and for me it was a lot because I am the darkest child (in my family) so I was always teased for my complexion growing up, so for it was me, living in my truth and accepting who I am, and loving the skin that I am in”
Samaya: When you design do you draw them out, or do you have someone that does that for you?