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FLY LIKE EAGLE: We sat down with creative assistant Leroy Pope who embarked on a recent project that took him back to his High School Eagle Academy an all boys public school network that stands as a national model of academic excellence and social-emotional development for urban young men.
As a graduate of Eagle-Brooklyn, how did the school shape your perspective of the world?
Attending an all boys school has definitely built my level of awareness and competitiveness. As I’ve gotten older I’ve had to channel and redirect my focus on things outside of pop culture and become competitive with myself.
How important has it been for you to stay connected to the Eagle legacy and is that why you tend to go back and include it in your current work?
Leroy: Extremely important, being the second graduating class I didn’t have someone closer in age that’s been through eagle’s program to help guide or provide mentorship. My mentors were pivotal in my growth but there was a big age gap. It’s my responsibility to stay connected to fill that gap.
What does Thinkers Cap Thursdays mean to you and why did you want to feature your alma Mater in this series?
Leroy: Thinkers cap to me is exactly that. A cap rooted in research and a level of understanding of the past and bringing it to the future. Unlike the popular fitted cap that’s trend based. Being in the industry I’ve realized that I prefer to work with day to day folks as opposed to models. There’s a story there, depth and a level of truth and vulnerability that you can capture and freeze.