We had the good fortune of connecting with Keoshia Hall and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Keoshia, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I am inspired by the struggle. A lot of people do not know what it means to grow up struggling. Where I am from you had two options, you either chose the streets or school. Growing up my mom did not have much, she was a single mother with 5 children (a young single mother at that). My siblings and I would want, want, want but my mom could not afford it. She worked 2 jobs and it only summed up to be enough to pay for rent and the utility bills. My mom always kept a roof over our head. Struggling was never fun. It only made me want more for myself and the people around me. My siblings and I always made a way for ourselves, whatever we wanted we found a way to get it. I was born a hustler, all I had to do was learn how to survive. Choosing my route was already a blueprint in my head. I chose school, school was my way out. My way out of everything not only the hood but also mentally. School and basketball was the way I coped with what I had going on at home. I was always labeled as “book smart”, so exceling in school was never an issue. I was introverted but I was also an athlete. I played basketball throughout middle and high school. I graduated high school saying I did not want to go to college if I could not play basketball but look at me now lol. Soon to be graduating from The ONE AND ONLY ILLUSTRIOUS CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY! One of the best decisions of my life, not knowing it was the next chapter to finding a way or making one…

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost, I would like to thank God because I would not be where I am today without him. I am thankful for my mother and father, they brought me into this world with a God given gift. Rest easy to my father, I feel him living in my spirit.

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