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

Hi Michael, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I started my business to publish my poetry and other writings through a legitimate business of my own. I wanted to own my items and be able to say that I am behind everything I’ve put into it. I also wanted to have a foundation for my future endeavors as I venture into different areas of my creativity.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My current career is in the world of 9-1-1; I am currently a Communications Supervisor Senior (Watch Commander) at a dispatch center in the Atlanta area. The growth within my career in this field taught me many things. I’ve become a better listener and how to manage emotions during my tenure here. This was not an easy journey but I knew that I had to make something happen because I refused to return home after relocating. It was time I stood on my own two feet. I learned that not everything deserves a response and that sometimes the only obstacle is self. My brand signifies that there’s always something good in any situation and if you want it, fight for it.

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.
Anybody that visits me knows we going to eat good.; recently my places are Nouveau, Fin & Feathers, RA Sushi or Grindhouse Burgers. I also love simply walking through the city around Midtown, Edgewood, Atlantic Station or cruising The Battery. For me, I like simplicity so places I’d take people to visit would be Piedmont & Stone Mountain Park, College Football Hall of Fame, Centennial Park and the many different historical sites.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would have to give my shoutout to my ladies, Eboné Turner and Madonna “Sankofa” Awotwi, who pushed me to vocalize my art and write whatever it is I’m feeling as my words could be peace to others. I also want to shoutout Tonique Brown who was major push in starting the Noir apparel and assisted me in so many ways during the start of my process. Lastly, I have to acknowledge my mother, Christine Newsome, who stands behind me and prays me through even when I don’t know I need it.

Website: LiveNoir.bigcartel.com

Instagram: @blqmike

Other: @livexnoir

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