We had the good fortune of connecting with Jermaine Meadows and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jermaine, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve been doing the work of advocacy, community building, youth development, strategic planning, and spending my entire life navigating and combating inequalities I felt that it was time to take a more formal approach.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Getting to where we are today has not been easy. It still is not easy because the work does not stop the moment we accomplish one task or goal. One way we overcome the challenges is to get back up every time and try again without allowing the fear of failure to stop us. There were multiple lessons learned along the way. The most important lesson is that many people we serve need love and to know there is at least someone that cares. As CEO & Founder of Breaking Barriers, I want the world to know that we will continue to serve our communities and help students gain access and opportunities, we will continue to reconstruct and embrace true black joy and challenge systemic issues. As a young educated black man, a first general college student from an underrepresented and under-resourced Brooklyn community I will not stop pushing the baton forward.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The first place I would take them is Foot Prints in Brooklyn for food and drinks and a nice sip & paint. End the night at a nice lounge in Brooklyn or Queens.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mentors and my Uncle Bruce has played a huge role in who I am and where I am today. Through the good, bad, and the ugly they have always picked me right back up dust me off and say keep moving.