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Mike Alert

June 15, 2019


Hudson, NY


Recorded by

Taia Handlin

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This interview was conducted Mike Alert at Solaris Camphill Hudson, in Hudson, NY on June 15, 2019. Mike is a Hudson native and a local celebrity basketball player. He graduated from Columbia-Greene Community College and will attend Morehouse College in the Fall of 2019. He is a Kite’s Nest Social Justice Leadership Academy alum. He describes growing up in predominantly white areas of Hudson while maintaining a large social group of black friends.

He discusses his relationship with his mother (divorced when he was in high school), younger sister and two older brothers. He talks about his large circle of friends and how they help each other. He mentions his friendship with public figure Kamal Johnson, describing him as Hudson’s Barack Obama. He reflects on how football and basketball helped him grow up, starting in sixth grade. He also talks about his love for making music, how his admires musicians like Meek Mills and Jay-Z for giving back to the black community. He talks about his passion for helping youth in his community. Mike talks about his plans for the future, to get a marketing and communications degree and help bring jobs back to Hudson.

This interview may be of interest to those who want to learn about youth in Hudson, local social activism, relationships between different demographics in Hudson.

Interviewer Bio:
Taia Handlin

Taia Handlin is a Brooklyn-based journalist who has been writing about gender, sexuality and politics since 2015. She is interested in intersectional political movements and how popular culture interacts with social justice.

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