Emmanuel at his Alma Mater, Wabash U
I met Emmanuel in Dallas in about 2012 at a show, and I had no idea that the wide-eyed, fresh faced kid I met would turn out to be one of my best buds in the scene. He’s a man of many talents, a true to life nerd, and a class act. He inspires me in so many ways when I watch the passion he pours into every project. If I’m the brains of the NPC, he’s definitely the heart, or a series of gross looking but super important veins that pump the blood to the heart. And now, meet the man they call “1-Up.”
- What are you currently nerding out on?
Right now I am playing through Final Fantasy 7… for the 6th time. I’m about halfway through disc 2. You would think that after the 3rd time knowing what happens I would be satisfied but the story line is just so good! Other than that I’ve been just watching Fairy Tail, reading whatever new anime comes out on Hulu.
- What’s your most recent game played?
I play Clash of Clans religiously. I am in a clan with a bunch of my friends from middle / high school that I used to Lan party with / run track with. Other than that I’ve been mostly playing Halo and Call of Duty online with some of my coworkers.
- What music is on your playlist?
I have so many random playlists. When I’m at work I have a jazz playlist that has a lot of big band jazz on it. I have a fav game hop playlist that has a ton of Mega Ran, Doc Awk, Michael K Hill, Mister Wilson etc. Then I have my gym playlist for when I’m lifting or running with a lot of 90’s early 2000s hip hop on it!
- What do you do in downtime?
I usually spend Sunday night catching up on shows I missed during the week, but in my down time I usually writing songs, recording or mixing tracks. When work send me out of town though I look up the cool places to explore in the area (last week I went to Rocky Mountain National park for example)
- Any past/present involvement in community activities you’d like to speak about?
I am affiliated with a group called DFW Nerd Night which raises money for local charities through a board gaming night once a month in Arlington. Every other month I set up some music and bring people in to perform and I’m also part of the voting committee (I guess you can call it) which scouts and discusses which charity to support each month. The past 3 years I have volunteered as a track coach (hurdles) for a local high school and a summer track club (Irving Elite)
- What are you trying to learn to do right now?
I’m learning how to buy a house haha. But really I’m learning some more in depth statistical analysis methods so I can be ready to blast through my six sigma black belt certification when I get a chance to take the class and do my project.
- What should Nerdy People of Color get out of our website and collective
Well Xavier said it best in his interview… I grew up around a lot of diversity so I was fortunate enough to not pay any mind to the “put a person in a box” type of comments I get. I want people to understand WHY the NPC is important. How just having a group of people together who want to show, “Hey it doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, purple or from Mars… You just have to be you because when you’re old, your memories can never be replaced and you want to be happy with the person you lived as.”
I just want us to be able to remind people to be true to themselves and treat others with respect, even if they are slightly different than you.
A) Movie – Akira.
B) Food – Fufu and Peanut Butter Soup (African food lol)
C) Website – I’ll continue the trend of leading with NPCCOLLECTIVE.COM!!! And then every Friday before I go to work I read the shirk report on twistedsifter.com
- What’s upcoming?
I have a ton of work projects that have me traveling all over the country a couple of weeks a month this year. I also have some weekend fun with shows like Ongaku Overdrive Day after Show (May 11th Orlando), The Dallas Comicon Official Saturday Night Shindig (May 17th Dallas), A couple of shows in August – one in Orlando and then Classic Game Fest (August 17th Austin).
I’m slowly but surely cranking out the second volume of Nerdcore Emulation Station. Verses are trickling in now so I’ve been mixing those in the hotels / on airplanes haha.
- Talk about a person or event who made you who you are today.
I used to always want everyone to like hanging out with me, but I was also pretty weird / awkward growing up (but also a nice guy) so kids poked fun at me like kids do. But I have this AMAZING group of friends that I’ve been friends with basically since I moved to Indiana in the 8th grade. We were all in band together, we took the same classes together, we were on the track team together and played video games together. Basically we all just did everything together. It was probably my sophomore year high school that I had an epiphany and thought, “These guys push me to work harder, we always have a blast together, we have similar life goals… Literally if these were the only friends I made for the rest of my life… I’d be good to go!”
That was the point where I started just being myself and being happy with the person I was / who I was growing into and started appreciating people for the things that made them unique. Everything improved for me from school to track to band (I’d like to think I’m also a more pleasant person to be around because of it too).
I am glad to say I still am best friends with those guys, we all live in different states but fly to visit each other and have done secret santa gift exchanges for like the past 6 years (One of my those guys even came to hang out at Nerdapalooza with his wife when I was out there and met Mega Ran and Sammus!)
So that’s a long story I know but those friends are very important to me and I wanted to do their impact on my life justice.