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Clever Black was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in March of 1973. He and his immediate family left New Orleans on August 28, 2005 to escape hurricane Katrina and they never returned to the city. Clever Black and his family now call Charlotte, North Carolina home. "The ninth ward, for me was a place of happiness, sorrow, despair, hopelessness, love, success and tragedy. I learned so much in just that small piece of real estate. I learned to deal with life's problems head on. I learned to love and care for others. I've witnessed so many of my friends and peers perish on the streets, that the most powerful lesson I've learned was not to succumb to the attitude that 'it won't happen to me'. I have a deep appreciation for life and through writing, I release a lot of the penned-up emotions that have been with me since my teen years. I look at all that's going on the world and I feel sorry for all the people I knew personally that were murdered on the streets of New Orleans. I wonder what they would've become. I, too, was a child of the streets, but I, by the grace of God survived those dramatic, and confusing times. I grew wiser over the years and now I have goals and dreams that are getting ever closer and more attainable. Unlike in the past, I now have hope." Clever Black.
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