steve grant, philadelphia, PA

 

Best childhood memory: Graduating from high school

 

Food: Turkey and cheese sandwiches

 

Drink: Iced tea and beer

 

Color: Blue

 

Thing to do: Sports, all of the above. No golf, no hockey.

 

Place in the city: Center City because it reminds me a lot of Manhattan

 

Cartoon character: Squidward, he's the only reason why I watch.

 

If you could live anywhere in the world where would you go and why? Philadelphia because I just feel like I belong here. I've been around the world twice, so seen things, done some things, a lot of women, a lot of drinking, a little bit of killin', so . . . .

 

What inspires you? Criticism. I hate when people say I can't do something,; that's my inspiration, that's my motivation. I like proving people wrong because no one belongs, and no one needs to be pigeon-holed. And when I see that come from someone, they have no idea, not just me or anybody, you know. I hate the fact that people want to put people in categories because you have no idea. Like right now you have no idea what you're going to get from me at all.

 

What are some of your goals? Long-term and/or short-term. Short-term goal is easy. To get established here in Philadelphia. To establish at least one or two group homes for military vets with both mental disabilities and some type of chemical dependency problem, be it whatever they choose, pills, alcohol, or drugs.

 

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? A penguin. Why not? They're cool. They don't bother nobody. You can't get mad at a penguin now, can you? And nothing bothers them; it can be cold, they can be hungry, and they just stay there.

 

Tell me about the craziest dream you have ever had. The craziest dream I ever had, I was a kid, I was flying like Superman, but I had regular clothes on and it was at night. I'm flying over the ocean and I go into the water. I'm in the water now, I look and there's this humungous whale, and when I looked at him, his eye was about as big as my whole body. It freaked me out, and I woke up.

 

What is one thing that you want people to know about you? I know who I am. I refuse to let anybody tell me otherwise. I don't care what you know, who you know, where you been, how much money you got, what color you are, how old you are. I know who I am. The biggest problem in America today. I don't care where you live at, a lot of people just don't know who they are. They want to be the next Li'l Wayne, they want to be the next Donald Trump, they want to be the next Jay-Z, they want to be the next Tyra Banks, they want to be the next damn Beyonce. Who cares? know who you are first. Once you know who you are, everything else comes a whole lot easier, and never let nobody take that away. There's only two things in this country that's free: your pride and your character. Once they incriminate on that, you are actually lost. Don't let nobody tell you who you are. Individuality is a lost art, and I refuse to give it the fuck up.

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