“When I started living in the shelter, I lost my Christmas spirit at a young age. I was there from the age of 8-12 years old. The holidays were hard for me. Instead of enjoying my gifts, I had to protect them from other people who will try to take it. I had the mindset of protecting my property, my mom, and my younger sister. I just wanted to get out of there.”Joshua Hopkins
“I know how difficult it is to be in a shelter because I lived there for four years. It feels good to know that I was able to make their life better just for a moment. It is hard to have all your possessions taken away from you. It’s not easy living with strangers, not having anything new, feeling sad during the holidays, and meaning it when I say Merry Christmas,” reflects Joshua.
As an entrepreneur, what advice would you give someone wanting to pursue a career similar to yours?
As a barber, you need to be very invested in this career. Aim always to get better. Invest in having good quality tools, equipment, supplies. As an entrepreneur, you need to have knowledge of the industry. Be business-oriented. Also, you have to know and appreciate your clients.
“I wish people knew how much I pride myself on respect and quality service. I believe it is one of the most important parts of building and keeping a successful business. I appreciate their loyalty and support.” – Joshua Hopkins
How are you feeling about everything that’s happening right now?
I am honestly sick and tired of racism and the lack of humanity that racist people and cops have for the African American community. I am tired of white supremacy. Structural & institutional racism needs to be dismantled. We need better schools, a just criminal justice system, and better healthcare for our community.
“I believe we are at a pivotal point in this country. We can make a change IF we vote and are consistent and persistent with putting pressure on the government and police departments. ” – Joshua Hopkins