23 Dec Hanging With Mr. Cooper
This is my last interview for 2013 and at first i wasn’t even going to conduct this interview because I was booked but I am glad that i did not wait to speak to this young man. I had such an amazing time speaking to him. I told him that he has an anointing on him and he does because it takes a special person to devote their time and theirselves to others to see them prosper and to bring awareness to their struggles. He is one of God’s favorites if you ask me. This world could definitely use more people like him.So closing out my year is Mr. Cooper himself. I hope you all, especially my young people, my generation, read this interview and take something away from it. I know that I did and after speaking to Mr. Cooper I know that I can do a little more. We all can. -Mz. Fierce
Fierce: Who is Taikein Cooper?
Taikein: Well I am 25 years old and I am from Virginia and I graduated from the high school and graduate of Southside Virginia Community College and Prince Edward County High School and I am a former and future political candidate.
Fierce: At A very young age you became active in your community. What was it about politics and community involvement that made you want to become a part of it?
Taikein: Well I really became involved when my dare teacher was running for sheriff. This is someone that I saw once or twice a year and I wanted to help him. I knew him and I felt I knew a lot of people so I knocked on doors and I was 11 and some people laughed because of my age but he won the election.
Fierce: Being involved in your community at such a young age, did you ever receive backlash from your peers or family for wanting to take on such a positive role?
Taikein: Yes. I guess you can say that I had I had somewhat of an identity crisis in middle school. The people I rode the bus with were fighting and disrespecting the bus driver and when I went to school I was not in the classes where the people looked like me. In the winter I was in the snow with the shorts but I truly found my acceptance on the basketball court. That allowed me to appeal with my peers of all different backgrounds.
Fierce: Politicians are associated with a lot of negative views especially with what has happened recently with the government shutdown. Speaking for yourself, how do you feel you can change that view on politicians?
Taikein: Well one thing that I always try to tell people, I am a part of the community. The politicians on the national level are detached from the people. I stay among the people and I try to see things from the people point of view. A few months ago I slept outside to raise money for the homeless and try to raise awareness about the issue.
Fierce: How does it make you feel when people bring up your age to try to say that you are not capable of holding a position in government?
Taikein: Some people try to say that because of your age you are not as mature or you have not seen enough. They try to hold that against you and that being a young person they try to associate you with people that are not on the straight and narrow. I always try to take a negative and turn it into a positive. I encourage more young people to be actively involved in the community and plus I am tired of being the youngest person in the room. We are the future and I am tired of hearing “we have always done it this way” and when it is just me talking sometimes they don’t want to hear me but if there is a bunch of us that is how change will happen. Most movements normally start with one person and I don’t mind being the person in the forefront.
Fierce: What is it that you see in yourself that lets you know that you are able to hold a seat in office and represent your hometown of Prince Edward County, VA?
Taikein: I would probably say that the one thing that makes me stand out from everyone else is my ability to relate to all people. Just how I mentioned earlier how I had to juggle my personal life in middle school, I can go to the barber shop and talk to the guys and I can go to a boardroom and hold a meeting. That skill set allows me to talk to everyone.
Fierce: Do you think you will ever loose that skill set?
Taikein: I am from Farmville and I come from humble beginnings so I don’t think so. I have a good team of people that keep me grounded and balance. I will never forget where I came from and I am believer in Jesus so that also helps to keep me grounded.
Fierce: When you are out talking to the youth because you are very involved in the community, what type of message do you try convey to them?
Taikein: It’s all about chasing dreams. For me I really feel like I am living my dream right now and that is what I convey to them. Not only to chase their dream but how to chase their dream. Faith without work is dead. I have a friend who is saying that God is going to get him a job but he is not applying for jobs. When I speak to young people I say if you want to be the CEO of Apple are you researching? Are you doing your homework? Are you taking the necessary classes?
Fierce: What are your feelings on the government now with the government shut down and Obama care and etc.?
Taikein: Well I would say overall there is a bit of gamesmanship overall and ObamaCare is not perfect. It leaves some things to be desired. I thought the government shutdown was not the correct way to try to appeal the law. It was the law passed by Congress and signed by the President and the shutdown was not the way to appeal the care. In Washington we have a bunch of officials that do not feel that they are accountable.
Fierce: What is next for Taikein Cooper?
Taikein: Currently I am organizing a poverty tour for next fall and I am going to continue to serve my community from the ground up. We are doing everything from housing homeless and giving kids toys but I just don’t want to give to people I want to teach them how to use their resources but from the ground up and helping people and whatever opportunities present themselves.
Fierce: Is there anything that you would like to say to your supporters?
Taikein: Honestly I always try to thank people. I remember those people when I was 11 that did not try to kill my spirit. I am very thankful to those people. They helped to cultivate my dreams and just as much as I thank them I thank the ones that worked against me. The people that slammed doors in my face. I thank those people that knocked me down, I thank those people that called me the nerd and the geek in middle school, so thank you for helping me progress to where I am today. Thank You.
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